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View from Snowdon

By DaRo86
As a completely amateur I changed slightly exposure and brightness to remove hazle. The picture was taken in full sun from the Snowdon Peak.

In response to Critique Team:

Thank you for helpful comments.

I used Affinity Photo to achieve this results . Duplicated pictures and changed Brightness / Contrast. That was my firts editing with this program.

Tags: Peak district Snowdonia Snowdon Landscape and travel


dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 598 England
2 Sep 2019 10:24PM
Hi Dariusx, welcome to epz and the Critique Gallery. I see you joined a few weeks ago and this is your first upload for critique so I guess you know what we're about.

I like those wisps of cloud you've captured.
It's good you described what processing you did, that helps us understand what you were doing. It was effective, and while you don't say what software you used, I just thought I'd mention that Photoshop and Affinity Photo both have a dehaze function. Mind you, there are often different ways of doing the same thing!

The interest lies in those rugged mountains, and while it's nioce to see that blue sky i would crop out some sky to give the mountains the prominence in the frame they desreve. The picture then is more alignedwith the 'rule of thirds' which is really only a 'getting started in composition guide' but does give a good result here.

The colour balance looks a bit towards magenta so I'll address that in my mod.

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3 Sep 2019 8:05AM
Welcome from me too.
I agree with Keith, above, that this would look better with less sky. Otherwise I think this is a well constructed image, with the ridge leading the eye through the picture to the clouds and then on to the mountains beyond.
Keith's modification makes the best of it.

capto Plus
7 5.9k 12 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2019 9:30AM
I agree the crop enhances the shot.
dudler Plus
16 970 1532 England
3 Sep 2019 10:32AM
And welcome from me, too.

I like the concept of a 'complete amateur' weilding a K-1 and standard lens up there... It indicates commitment to the cause!

Is that the 'Five feet narrow' path I see there?

There's a lot ot like in this shot, although I have to say (and this is deeply unhelpful, given the location) that early or late sunlight usually gives more drama, and better colour. That said, this is a decent shot for something taken in the height of summer at midday.

Teh technical settings are sensible, though I'll add one caveat: if you were walking, especially if you'd climbed al lthe way up there, and didn't use a tripod, opening up the aperture a stop, and maybe raising the ISO to 200 to allow a higher shutter speed might have been a worthwhile precaution. Energetic exercise makes hte hands less steady.

The K-1 will deliver excellent results at 200 ISO, and the nearest subject is far enough away that you don't need vast depth of field.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work!
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4042 Canada
3 Sep 2019 2:41PM
Its a nice view!

I wonder if you used a filer, such as a polariser?

As is usually the way with sky and land in the same shot, the land is underexposed. So lifting exposure on the lower area is an option; cropping much of the sky also works as theres a very bright band there that distracts.

There are some colour casts, purple being one, and blue another, but this may well be to you taste.

The camera, shooting JPEG setting sharpening to HARD and using Auto White Blance will inevitable tend to add blue,and high contrast so the mod has this removed. best way to shoot these scenes is in RAW which allows you to darken the bright sky, brighten the dark land, and tweak colour balance.

All dehazeing software essentially woks by increasing contrast in the brightest areas, - so ai have slightly reduced contrast in the land portion.

Its another way of looking at the same scene.

Hope this helps.



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