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The Lodge Grounds, North Berwick

By derek_nb
Not a spectacular photograph, but instead, I think, a well composed panoramic photograph of a scene taken in May.The people sitting on the seats adds some life to the picture. It was taken handheld, using the panorama assist mode to take a number of photographs then constructed into a Panorama using Lightroom Merge Panorama facility. I have cropped it to a 4:1 aspect ratio.

Tags: Gardens East lothian North berwick Landscape and travel Early summer Plants and flowers lodge grounds

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Howard2 5 3 4 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2020 9:53PM
I am not familiar with the software used, but this final result is good. Having already worked post-capture on the image I would suggest a little more time would be well spent on that cloud top left - I would use the clone tool to import a bit of the grey cloud from elsewhere. Being cloud, this is a simple operation that covers up that glaring white patch. The vantage point is well chosen too - that slope on the left is nicely placed. You are right - the picture is not spectacular in that it will not win major photo awards, but by going for an image of this kind, you are well placed for capturing in the future another location that is a spectacular one
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1843 England
22 Apr 2020 10:41PM
Yes - the vital thing, I think, is for a panoramic to tell a story across the full width of the frame, with plenty of interesting points for the eye to rest along the way, though none so spectacular that it stops and goes no further. Colin Prior's the master of this, and this shot is rather good, though I can envisage cropping off a little bit at either side without detracting from the story.

White balance is very blue, and there's cloud on the left side that is entirely blown. I think I'd have exposed a little less, to retain detail there.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4235 Canada
23 Apr 2020 4:28AM
Its well put together.

Overly blue as mentioned already, this is due to using Auto White Balance.

Mod is less blue, meaning warmer, closer to a daylight white balance, and sky pulled back a little in terms of highlights and the intensity of cyan.


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2406 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2020 1:27PM
I'm a bit late here. I've uploaded a modification - I warmed colour a bit and lightened overall, but I mainly wanted to take up Howard2's comment about the overexposed cloud top left. I cloned in some cloud from the right, at reduced exposure so that it doesn't jump out as pattern repeats. It's fairly crudely done, it could be done much more accurately on the full file. I think the overall effect is more even, gives a smoother sweep across the frame.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
23 Apr 2020 2:52PM
The two things that I want to change have een covered, the burnt out cloud and cold white balance..

Many photos are not 'spectacular' but there's plenty to keep the viewer interested (I like John's description of a story) which is just as good.

My mod straightens the verticals of the buildings in the background.
derek_nb 13 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2020 4:16PM
I think Modification 2 shows the sky to be unnatural. Modification 3 shows a lighter sky than the original, and overall I think it looks the best image. Many thanks for all your helpful comments and modifications.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
23 Apr 2020 4:35PM
The two things that jumped out at me...the very bright cloud and the colour balance have been very well covered here, so no need for me to repeat.
I do like your composition, lots to see and admire, the cutoff bench at the bottom is a bit challenging but I reckon your camera has served you well.
23 Apr 2020 6:43PM
Some good mods here, but the sky looks completely unrealistic in all of them... far too much cyan.
I've removed cyan on a layer and added 'deep blue.'
derek_nb 13 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2020 6:46PM
Yes, sky looks better with more blue. Many thanks.
24 Apr 2020 12:10AM
I like John's comment about pano telling a story....unless it is just to show a wide landscape. The only mod that had a realistic sky color was the last, and the overall color was not as pleasing as 2,3 and 4 to me. I will often underexpose to avoid blown out highs and increase color saturation, a half to two thirds of a stop. Also, sometimes when I do panos, I will hold or set the camera vertically so that the finished pano has a more balanced aspect ratio, and I am working 4/3, so less of an elongation than some other formats.

I found the "story" here pretty nice....a lot to look at, and the eye carries across the whole photo. Keep working at it.

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2020 10:58AM
It is a perfectly good image in most respects but the sky is the problem in original and mods - it just looks wrong. There is that hint of the Olympus colours showing too - seems to be prevalent on all modern Olympus cameras - almost a touch of HDR?


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