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Weavers Cottage

By SnappyViking
Taken using a Cannon 550D using: landscape mode, f/8, 100 ISO, 1/200 sec, Sigma 18-200 @86mm.

Taken as a RAW file and then processed in PE9 and Topaz Adjust.

What caught my eye was: the texture of the wall and roof; the pattern within the tangled strands of the art work and the red colour of the window frames and the flowers. And the shades of grey within the slate roof.

Please feel free to comment in anyway you see fit.

Tags: Lake district Architecture Keswick Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Public art

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 7:35PM
Like this a lot, juxtaposition of two unrelated subjects that contrast very nicely. Curves plus straight lines. A very limited palette. Neat verticals, and horizontals that are as true as that cottage could manage! And I do like the inclusion of that lamp, it's a sort of full stop. Satisfying. You have a good eye for a composition opportunity.
Two thoughts that come to mind:
If you had moved a step or two to the right you would have got the entire wall-basket of flowers as a shape in its own right, isolated from the others, and in view of the geometric lines I think I would prefer that. But it's a minor point.
Secondly, I think this would really benefit from a tighter crop. You've gone in close - but then the area of sky reduces the impact of that and I'm not sure that the lower window with cut-off red lines adds anything. A tighter crop would contain those lines, give a tauter feel. Will upload a Mod shortly.

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 7:59PM
I like your reasons for taking this shot, David, and would include straight lines vs wiggly ones, and the flowers echoing the colour of the window frames.
You have placed the sculpture over to the left, which looks good, and it's nicely set against an area of fairly plain wall, with the red window on the right. The reflections are good, too.

I immediately felt that a crop to the top and bottom would simplify the image, removing the bit of sky and part window. But I also felt the crop to the top would remove a bit more of the top of the artwork. The reasoning behind this is that you almost have the top included inside the frame, but not quite. This tends to look like a mistake. So removing a bit more of it tends to help it to look intentional.

I have done this crop in my modification. I also selectively sharpened the sculpture and used Levels to adjust contrast and brighten the image overall.


PS: I see that Moira uploaded her modification whilst I was typing my comment, interesting to see the similarity.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 8:07PM
Yes, well seen and interesting. I would crop top to remove the sky - the top of the sculpture is already cut, and the bottom part window off. Whilst colours are quite good, they look a touch unusual. Is it the topaz?

25 Jul 2013 8:07PM
Hi Moira

Firstly 'many thanks' for your comments, I love it when people make me review, evaluate and revise my thoughts and ways of working.
The one thing we both agreed on was the leaving in of the wall lamp - I think it works as a natural stop as well.
As for your other pointers:
The Wall Basket - i can't think why I didn't do what you suggested, it is normally one of my steps in what I call my photo scheme of work.
The Tighter Crop - great pointers, i'll give it a go.

Once again - Many Thanks!
25 Jul 2013 8:09PM
Hi Moira

Firstly 'many thanks' for your comments, I love it when people make me review, evaluate and revise my thoughts and ways of working.

(I tried to add more of a detailed response - but the system said I was try to repost and flood the stream)

Once again - Many Thanks!
25 Jul 2013 8:33PM

I see what you mean and your crop is a great deal tighter. I must admit I would never have considered going square.

It all looks so much clearer and well defined.

I very nearly did the top crop in my original image and yes I the the colour is down to topaz.

Many Thanks to all!

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