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Ullswater boathouse

By Bigpoolman
A well photographed place but my first attempt at it. The sun vanished for the day about 30 mins later so well timed for a change.

Little stopper used to smooth the water to a degree as I found the ripples distracting. ND grad to reduce exposure in the sky. Usual editing in LR and sharpened in PS.

Comments very welcome as always. Is it slightly soft?


Tags: Autumn Lakes Ullswater Boathouse Landscape and travel 2017

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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2017 10:41PM
Yes, seen it many times. For me the movement in the foreground rushes does nothing for the image. The result is distraction as the eyes are drawn to the various degrees and type of blur from movement rather than the subject - the boathouse.

Not sure why you chose the long exposure method - not the way to go for this type of shot in my opinion.

6 Nov 2017 11:02PM
Poor choice of title - idea was to capture the boathouse in the context of the location rather than just it on its own as in so many pictures that I have seen. Whilst I did want the sun on the reeds, I did slightly darken them so as not to be so distracting, maybe thats not enough though.

tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
7 Nov 2017 1:51AM
Soft reeds are fine. This artwork is well composed and totally pleasing. Save the all crisp focus for classic cars and steam trains. TG
Robert51 12 7 121 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2017 8:58AM
A very nice pleasing shot that captures those wonderful colours at this time of year.

The problem I have is you have two subjects with the rock and the boathouse. The rock being in the foreground grabs the eye but is not sharp. This I feel will be down to long exposure with those winds you always get there. Even on a tripod it's worth weighing down. A weighted bag hanging under the tripod helps. This will not help with the reeds as with this amount of time the reeds will blur. Looking at the image those beautiful colours still gave me a lift on a dull day...
7 Nov 2017 9:23AM
Thanks Tony and Robert. It was quite windy at that moment as I could tell when the waves started lapping over my foot!

I have uploaded two mods which I have described as to how they are different. Not sure which one I like best but its a nice spot and we were lucky to catch the sun before it disappeared for the day.

Very interested in which one any of you prefer.


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
7 Nov 2017 1:11PM
My mod darkens the underwater stone in the centre foreground, and a reed that looks like a camera strap at the bottom.

I think Paul has a point with the movement - there's enough to look a bit messy, but not enough to give a real impression of waving reeds. It looks rather as if there's a blob of Vaseline on the lens, blurring that area. But that's a relatively minor point - this is nicely composed, with the headland, the rock and the boathouse forming that much-desired triangle.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2017 1:37PM
My point is that the blurry movement is right across the middle of the frame with relative sharpness above and below. It looks wrong.

tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
7 Nov 2017 2:14PM
Mod 1 takes the cake in this foursome. TG
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2017 4:09PM
Cracking shot !.....nice strong composition with lovely light & colours !.Grin
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
7 Nov 2017 10:01PM
Well done for trying but Paul pretty much sums up my thoughts on this.

I'm not sure I'd call it wrong (though I can't think of a replacement word!) but the blurred area is quite large and it's hard for the eye to fight against it and proceed to view the rest of the scene behind.
I think an image with fewer and simpler elements would work better wioth the technique, for example just the rocks, water and reeds.

However, if you don't try something you won't know if it works.
7 Nov 2017 10:12PM
Thanks for all your comments. Whilst I still quite like the shot, I can see what you mean about the reeds and I think on reflection I prefer the cropped mod (see mod 1) but curious as to whether others do (thanks for your response here Tony).

cheers Tim
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
8 Nov 2017 10:48AM
Mod 1 is a very different picture, so comparisons are difficult. It's simpler, which will give greater immediate appeal. But I do like the longer, wandering path that my eye can follow in the original version. That triangle...

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