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The Lake District

By lampgb
Close to Coniston Water

Tags: Nature Travel Landscape and travel The Lake District National Park

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steve_kershaw 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2016 8:43PM
a much tighter crop will make this image work better, the foreground left/right/bottom is dominating the shot, take
10% off the left
10% off the top
30% off the right
20% off the bottom
and you get a much more balanced shot
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 407
21 Mar 2016 9:48PM
I have been thinking... Would crop be the answer?
While my first thoughts would be to crop as mentioned above I realise the cropping would almost take out all of the blue sky. It's a kind of pity to lose this symphony of colours the play between the blue and the green which is far more dominant being in the background. What do I find strange in it? It's front to back sharp. It's like a volume of an epic poem being landed on your desk and having nothing to pick out as the most important part. I see you are making an attempt to frame the real subject but suddenly everything looks as the ''main'' subject. Did you try to take a picture placing your back against the trunk of the tree on the left sitting on the wall? Is the wall a schematic tool to guide you to an important feature of the picture or does it lead you out of it? These are things you should evaluate and try to deal with while you are on the field. I think your camera doesn't give you any other framing option but 3:2, I think a square frame can hold the best of the elements of the picture , the left side of trees on the right edge of the picture, the blue of the sky and eliminate the trunk of the tree on the left corner. A branch from that tree would remain in the frame reminding your framing attempt and the fact that nature must have freedom to do its thing and spoil sometimes our bubble. Out of curiousity I would also try this in Black and White too.
lampgb 14 3 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2016 10:08PM
When I saw the scene I imagined it as a parallelogram created by the tree on the left-hand side in the picture leaning to the right and those trees on the right leaning further to the right. I noticed a similar effect with the wall travelling down and to the right in the same way but leading the eye to the centre of the photograph and thus giving an idea of scale and distance. I think that removing the tree on the left would create an imbalance.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
21 Mar 2016 10:21PM
Its a nice Spring scene, almost 4 years ago to the day.

I would crop only some of the lower, and have two versions uploaded.

Theres is an over-sharpened effect, some halos around branches, could be too much clarity or sharpening, easily addressed.

The wall responds well to shadows being lifted a little, which also help with the composition, making is less black also makes it less heavy.

Take a look at the mods and see what you think.


lampgb 14 3 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2016 5:27AM
Prefer mod 1
salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2016 2:08PM
A lovely clean, fresh image of this beautiful part of the country, I can almost smell the cool breeze. I like it as presented and would only suggest a minor crop on the right side, as my eye tends to wander up the area to the right of the wall and out of the picture. Only a minor personal preference and in no way detracting from this most attractive shot.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
22 Mar 2016 6:52PM
Welcome back, Philip! Nice to see another of yoru pictures, and this captures the airy feel of a nice day in the Lakes.

I really like the composition, and don't want to crop. Indeed, half a step backwards, and include all of that brnach at the top left.

The sharpness hits me, though. I feel that most people tend to overwork it these days: it's one thing to go for high detail (and I've been at the show at the NEC today, talking to both Zeiss and Sony people about lenses, so I am not averse to a lot of sharpness!), but getting it or increasing it in processing can easily take a relaxed and near-perfect image and make it scratchy.

Otherwise, I like the way Willie's opened up the shadows a little: my sense is that standing there, the wall would look brighter than it actually is, as my eye adapted to the darker tones. It's improtant to distort things in a way that makes them seem more the way you perceived them if you are aiming for a 'natural' look... I shall try to do the same, and to soften a fraction.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
22 Mar 2016 6:56PM
With apologies - I had the branch at the edge of my screen: with the image positioned better, it is all there.
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2016 9:26PM
Cracking shot !!.....lovely composition, well framed by the trees, & the wall creating lots of depth, & nice light !!.....I wouldn'the change a thing !!!!!!!!

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