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By Nigeve1
Many thanks to Graceland for the valued UA yesterday.
Landscape at Monestier near Duras, Western France showing the Village Pigeonnier ( Dovecote ).
I have been in France for nearly a week and had hoped to do more Landscape shots, but the light has been very strong and there has been quite a lot of haze particularly in the morning / evening. This is the best I have managed after a brief thunderstorm cleared the air for a couple of hours.

Tags: General Dovecote Landscape and travel Monastier Pigeonnier

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2013 6:28AM
wonderful comp nigel brilliant tones and detail a stunner nice one Wink

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User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2013 6:30AM
A beautiful picture. Smile
19 Jul 2013 6:59AM
Difficult, those conditions you describe, not good for landscape. This ain't bad though- not mind-blowing, but worthwhile nevertheless. Good comp, the field, lovely willow ( yes?), very nice sky (very).....undemanding but just very enjoyable to look at. I wonder if Moira will have her crop tool out, click-clicking impatiently.... ( Hi there Moira, sleep well with all this heat? )

S_Psharma 5 1 India
19 Jul 2013 7:02AM
Excellent landscape beautiful colours.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2013 7:05AM
A wonderful quintessential French landscape, beautifully composed and captured.

REgards Nathan Grin
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
19 Jul 2013 7:55AM
A stunning landscape image...I disagree with Alan I think it is mind blowing...A beautiful scene,great composition,good leading lines,a magnificent sky and the natural beauty of France...all make for an excellent capture...well done
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
19 Jul 2013 8:27AM
Good stuff Nigel although I think the exclusion of the building extreme right may help.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
19 Jul 2013 8:32AM
As you say tough conditions , i love the field and wi a wee guddle this could be a really good image SmileSmileSmile

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2013 8:35AM

Quote:I wonder if Moira will have her crop tool out, click-clicking impatiently....

No way. This is all about lazy, expansive, generous breadth of spirit. Loosen your shirt buttons, sit back, relax.Those delightfully wobbly crop lines need the width of the frame to spread across. (I reckon that was après-déjeuner harvesting). I suspect that some people would want to crop off the bit of farm house on the right but for me it adds context, it prevents the dove cot from being just a visual cliché.
This is the bit of France that I know least well but it looks right. This is Atlantic France, not the Med. The light has a colder, harder feel, the mists are grey.
All that I would change would be to take out a couple of light dots and a bright patch showing through foliage, simply because they disrupt the flow of the image, they make the eye stop at the wrong places when it needs to explore freely. Mod to follow.
Hi there Alan, by the way, and no, I had a lousy night, I'm not a hot-weather person. My travel ambition is Siberia in winter...
19 Jul 2013 8:39AM
Spot-on crit. Moira.
19 Jul 2013 10:05AM
Wonderful composition, lovely tones and detail.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
19 Jul 2013 10:48AM
Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
19 Jul 2013 10:50AM
The wonky lines are the stars of the show, Nigel. Moira's done a good tidying up job as well. From a composition point of view I would have been tempted to point the camera down a bit losing to bright top of the sky and including some more foreground.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
19 Jul 2013 1:40PM
This is very beautiful! a touch of country -
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
19 Jul 2013 3:23PM
Nice sceneNigel.

Your exif data in Photoshop shows an exposure comp of -1, not -1/3.

The scene would be one, for a landscape photographer that requires an ND grad filter to reduce the light from the sky. The disadvantage of using negative EC is that it affects the entire scene, and its all underexposed. Ideally, this was a scene for exposure bracketing, and some work in post processing. You have exposed for the sky, and its exposed very well, with the land area under.

Ive uploaded a mod that tries to balance the exposure, - the exposure increased in the lower area only. The scene needs small clock wise rotation, also done in the mod.View large.

Full marks for spotting a lovely scene, and a great effort.


Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2013 7:03PM
Beautiful summer landscape, and i cant believe the difference in the mod of Banehawi, he is obviously real good at post processing
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
19 Jul 2013 10:01PM
This is a beautiful imageSmile
19 Jul 2013 10:08PM
Willie is a Master at this kind of thing. I've uploaded a B&W just out of curiosity, though I think it works better in colour. Smile
20 Jul 2013 3:15PM
A beautiful scene so typical of rural France, Nigel!
There's so much content, you could look at it for a very long time.
Some interesting comments and modifications.
There's much you can learn from others on EPZ - that's not a criticism, Nigel - it's what I love about the site!!
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 7:15AM
Very good Nigel but I prefer the other image you posted later.
YorkshireSam 8 110 3 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2013 12:24PM
I love the composition and subject but it lacks contrast I feel and the colours of the straw in particular are a bit too saturated for my taste so modification added.

Lovely image !

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