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By dangermouse1968
Taken a few years ago on a jaunt to the Lake district. Having spent an couple of hours in this spot looking for a good sunset which did not arrive I returned at dawn to get this which I think is ok. i posted it in the general gallery section and it got 17 votes, I think and some nice comments so how could it have been improved. I think it need more direct light, better forground interest or raising the camera to get more of the interesting sky in...but what else??

Tags: Catbells Landscape and travel

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apierzchala 15 17
23 Dec 2008 1:50PM

The shot is indeed very pleasing and one to be proud of. Looking at it “cold” – in other words I don’t have the emotion which you felt at the time – I feel that it is almost two images: one on the left with very serene water and one on the right with dramatic light, interesting colour and a great reflection.

So my conclusion would be to try a vertical crop, taking off the left hand side somewhere through the promontory in the middle of the scene.

Rgds. and festive greetings, Adam
CathR 15 151 564 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2008 3:03PM
Hello David

I have a bit of emotion when viewing the scene as I climbed Catbells earlier this year. Not quite the easy romp Wainwright suggests, at least for me, but I enjoyed it.

I think you have to decide David what this shot is all about. If it is a general Lakeland scene with Catbells as one element then what you have seems a good basis. As you suggest, you might need to get more interest in the foreground - perhaps sheep or cows in the fields.

If it is more about Catbells itself I would chop off quite a lot of the foreground because it detracts from the fell. To my mind that is where the interest is with the light falling on the hillside and the reflections in the water.


PeelNStick 17 4 United States
23 Dec 2008 6:30PM

This shot contains a nice collection of colors. I think the foreground interest is just fine. It gives me a feeling of flying as I look at it. I may have panned the camera a bit to the right to get more of what appears to be additional coloration on the mountains. This is an overall good image in my opinion.
24 Dec 2008 12:05PM
Thanks Guys, some interesting feedback there and some things I had not previously considered. I'll go back to the original over the holidays and have a look at some alternative crops. I'd also like very much to get back up there at some point in 2009 to look for some better light. Have a great xmas everybody and thanks for your input. David
Cole 17 53 16 England
26 Dec 2008 10:15PM
great tones, great composition, great sky, why is this in the critique gallery. it should be in the main gallery earning votes.

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