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Lovers Retreat

By canonfan46  
"The Lovers Retreat" is a local beauty spot, and in my lifetime I have never seen these conditions.
I have'nt tried any landscapes yet but wanted to record this scene.

Any pointers would be appreciated and I am more interested in whats wrong than whats right.
Light wasent great as it was about to snow again.
1/20th f/11 ISO 100

Tags: Landscape and travel

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accipiter 11 61 England
9 Jan 2010 3:44PM
Nice shot. A
Cor 11 Belgium
9 Jan 2010 3:59PM
There is nothing wrong with your images. Very well taken.
borrower 11 4 England
9 Jan 2010 5:49PM
CathR 13 151 564 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2010 3:26PM
I think both shots are competently taken John with good depth of field. You have got the snow nice and white which is not always easy and you have blurred the water without it going too milky. This is always a matter of taste but it looks good to me.

Of the two shots I prefer V2 from the point of view of the composition. V1 is the more general scene and to my eye it lacks a bit of a focal point. The tree on the right in the middle ground could act as a focal point but it gets a bit lost in the trees behind it. V2 is a much tighter composition but the cut off tree and the wall look a bit awkward in the background. It might have been better to focus just on the water where there is plenty of interest. I have uploaded a mod for you where I have cropped a bit off the top to give you an idea of the scene. Of course you do lose the context with focussing in on the water alone and you may have wanted to record the wider scene if it is a local landmark.

There look to be some lovely shapes and textures in the lower left part of the pic where the ice has formed which would also make a great study.

Best wishes

canonfan46 11 1.1k United Kingdom
10 Jan 2010 4:42PM
Thanks Cathy for the very constructive critique.
I liked V1 because, as you say, its a general shot of a well know scenic view that has been photographed many times but never in these extreme conditions.
I shot V2 to show the ice formations in more detail.

Your crop makes such a difference to V2 and is exactly the sort of help we amatuers are looking for.

Many thanks.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 3:51PM
Ah, a 7D - I am awaiting mine. Very good, technically first class and a well composed scene. Would simply leave both images alone - they do the job admirably.

canonfan46 11 1.1k United Kingdom
13 Jan 2010 3:54PM
Thanks for your comments everyone.
I'm feeling quite pleased with that, must be getting better.
Thanks again

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