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Blues and greens

By AM74
Lake in the park

Tags: Lake Foliage Landscape and travel

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28 Oct 2018 3:23PM
A placid landscape.

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
28 Oct 2018 3:58PM
And reds and yellows...

Not to forget a seagull, a coot, and perhaps a Mallard?

It seem to me to need to be rotated a bit, just judging by reflections?

Ive done it in the mod, - perhaps Im wrong, but also removing some space from the bottom may improve the image?


pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2157 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2018 5:23PM
It's good to see you back here, Annie.

This is a lovely colourful time of year, and scenes with trees seem to be the order of the day.
I think Willie's modification makes the most of this image.

A wide view is fine if there are elements of interest round and about, but if you're only seeking to capture the trees, water and reflections, then concentrate on those elements and fill your frame with them. There's a bit too much water at the bottom that tends to dilute the strength of the main elements, but it's nice to see the ripples in the water, which break up the expanse. I have been known to throw a stone into water to create some interesting ripples when there's nothing else of interest on the waterSmile.

It would have been ideal if at least one of the birds were swimming in the foreground. Sometimes patience is required before something like that happens.
What the scene really lacks is a focal point, something for the eye to rest upon, but you captured what you saw, and have nicely portrayed autumn's beauty.

As Moira, one of the Critique Team, often says, "Reflections always drop straight down from the subject, whatever angle they are viewed from." So it's worth checking them by using a vertical line on the image, then rotating if necessary.
The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something much richer, and they add interest and depth to your photos.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2018 6:09PM
Hello again, it's good to see you back!

This is an idyllic scene, the photographer's first response is to try to capture it! But views that work well when we are there, seeing everything 'in the round' can be difficult to convey in a small flat rectangle. I think the problem here is that you went for wide angle in order to include as much of the view as possible.

That's not necessarily a good idea - remember that when you use wide angle you push the background further back, make it remote. Wide angle really does need strong foreground interest, otherwise you risk filling the foreground with a large expanse of emptiness which then acts as a barrier.

When you use a longer focal length you bring that distant view forward, make it more immediate.

The colour of the reflected sky is glorious, but it really becomes interesting when it merges with other reflections. I think it would have given a better 'being there' sense if you had used a somewhat longer focal length.

So I have uploaded three tighter crops, I think they take the viewer into the scene. You were lucky in that there were nice fluffy clouds immediately above the tree-line. That's the most attractive bit of sky, and it also produces interesting reflections. For the two square crops I placed a bird on an intersection of thirds, the birds do bring the scene to life.

This does need rotating. As Pamela quotes, 'Reflections always drop straight down from the subject, whatever angle they are viewed from', (although wide angle can distort that at the edges of the frame). If you check clouds against their reflections here there's a definite tilt.

I also lightened and brightened just a wee bit.

Really this is to demonstrate that there rare a number of possibilities that are worth exploring.
Robert51 11 7 106 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2018 6:55PM
All about the colours, so I pushed it a little further.
28 Oct 2018 8:40PM
Very nice scene!

28 Oct 2018 11:58PM
Thank you all for your very constructive comments and mods. Really grateful.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
29 Oct 2018 7:36AM
Welcome back from me, too, Annie!

For me, the only issue is the tilt: otherwise, I love the double 'bowls' of sky, the two wonderful arcs that the treeline forms, one at the top, and hte other at the bottom. Everything else hangs from this bendy letter X.

I detect a dash to enjoy the sun yesterday, and to post - time is precious, especially with sunshine and autumn colours both fading faster than a camera focusses... (You shot and posted inside three hours yesterday!)

Autumn is my favourite season, and this captures it perfectly. Willie's mod is good, but Robert's really makes the most of the weather. I don't care if it is a little bit of an exaggeration - for me, this is what a sunny autumn day is all about.

And, this late in the year, midday sunshine is often absolutely fine for creative pictures: in summer, it tends to be too bright, and with boring shadows.

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