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Return of the Jedi

By Dennis_Bromage
I found this location and took a photo with a very similar composition about 3 years ago (page 1 in my PF). Recently a client wanted to buy it as an A2 limited edition print but there was no way the image was going to print at that size so I declined to sell him it and made it my mission to go back and redo the image and this time do the view, which for me is one of the best in the lakes, justice.

I've been keeping an eye on the forecast for weeks and finally got the break I needed yesterday. After making the 100 mile drive and sitting in the same spot for almost 3 hours I finally came up with this. Just hope I've done it justice and the client likes it now!? Smile


Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Apologies I think I got a bit carried away and uploaded this before it was really finished.
V2 is a better representation of how it looked Smile

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: luckybry, robertjhook, Dave_Holdham and 70 more

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Dave_Holdham 12 4 1 Wales
20 Feb 2010 6:14PM
Superb detailed image, well captured
billyb 16 2 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 6:15PM
Stunning. Your client will be happy with this one!
edrhodes 16 548 13 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 6:20PM
Patience paid off for sure Dennis, very marketable image.

maryg 13 66 18 Scotland
20 Feb 2010 6:25PM
A beauty! Wonderful detail and clarity.
Amanita05 11 11 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 6:28PM
Perfect Composition & Great Light & Reflections!
Well Done!

JASPERIMAGE 15 55 1 Scotland
20 Feb 2010 6:39PM
20 Feb 2010 6:45PM
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
20 Feb 2010 6:57PM
Beautiful composed image.........Sandy
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
20 Feb 2010 7:03PM
beautifully done.lesley
phil99 14 45 6 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 7:34PM
Well done for waiting and a real cracker of a shot makes it all worth while....Phil
Mike_Smith Plus
14 799 2 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 7:46PM
Beautiful shot
20 Feb 2010 7:49PM
Top shot, V2 looks good to me with the touch more luminance. Chaz.
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
20 Feb 2010 7:56PM
yep agree v2 is the best.lesley
20 Feb 2010 8:11PM
Beautifully realised image, Den.
fraser 17 631 14 Scotland
20 Feb 2010 8:30PM
A stunning landscape. I can see no way this could be improved upon.
Dennis_Bromage 14 45 20 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 8:38PM
Thanks Fraser you've really made my night Smile
MalcolmM Plus
16 1.8k 5 Scotland
20 Feb 2010 8:44PM
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
20 Feb 2010 9:16PM
Absolutely stunning. - gary
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
20 Feb 2010 9:44PM
How well worth the wait, Dennis. This view across Buttermere to Fleetwith Pike is excellent, from the stones under water in f/g., the interesting f/g boulders to the distant sunlit fellsides so beautifully mirrored. A truly lovely composition, so well captured.
User_Removed 14 11 11 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 11:32PM
An absolute cracker of an image and one of my favorite views in the Lakes!

Chris C

PS It's a crueller on the knees coming down of Fleetwith Pike!
Ian-Munro 13 200 15 Wales
21 Feb 2010 12:23AM
Fairly bloody stunning Den, well done mate.

chris-p Plus
15 75 England
21 Feb 2010 10:06AM
Well done indeed...patience paid off.
21 Feb 2010 10:34AM
Beautiful image indeed !

adamburton 17 627 11 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2010 12:05PM
Well worth the return visit. Stunning shot Den.

jon gibbs 17 147 2
21 Feb 2010 1:37PM
top composition and exposure den, this one will do well for you.
andy_AHG 12 106 6 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2010 1:47PM
Superb image Dennis.

Lorn 11 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2010 2:31PM
Hi Den

a beautiful shot, patience does pay.......

JamesAppleton 13 38 6 England
22 Feb 2010 3:27PM
Hi Dennis,

Gorgeous view, I think I'd have gone for a little more f/g and a little less sky, seeing as how you can see so much of it in the reflection anyway...! Just a centimetre of so, to give that bottom left rock a little more breathing room. I'd day be careful about V2 - I agree it looks more vivid, more alive, but it's a physical truth of the world around us that any reflection, especially in a lake such as this, absorbs some of the light/luminance from the sky, and so the reflection in V2 looks, to me, a little over-bright, maybe even brighter than the sky, which is reverse of the truth. I'm judging this based on the clouds, and the ability to see texture in the clouds just above the mountain line but not in their reflection just above the two rocks on the right.

Just a thought, the extra punch in the hills and rocks seems fair, but the extra brightening of the water reflection doesn't quite seem right to me...

No doubt your ciient will love it though, which is 100% ultimately the most important thing...

Dennis_Bromage 14 45 20 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2010 6:37PM
Hi mate. Totally agree that the foreground rock could do with a bit more space but if I angled the camera down or moved back it meant the bank was included in the bottom right corner of the frame which looked really ugly and ruined the balance of the composition. Believe me I tried everything ( I had 3 hours!) but this was the best compromise I could come up with Sad

With regards to the balance of the sky compared to the reflection, I checked the brightest areas on the histogram in Capture One and they're almost identical. The loss of detail in the reflected clouds is caused by the use of a 5 second exposure to gently soften some ripples from a very slight breeze that was blowing. Nothings blown out so I could pull the reflections back a bit but I worry that if I do the reflections of the fells will look too dark. It's not perfect (what image is?) but I'm happy that it's a fair compromise, or the best I can do anyway Smile
JamesAppleton 13 38 6 England
22 Feb 2010 9:50PM
Always useful to know the background to the shot - of course you have to make do with what is there - now you mention it, you can see the whisperings of some weed or such on the right hand side - if only we could move the earth around as we wish!!! In that case, I can't fault this as a compromise! It's a stunning shot and well composed, I guess the only way to get that space would be to find the lake at a different water-height, but it's not worth it - this shot does work solidly as it is, just wondered if there was room for a little more in there.

The 5 seconds exposure explains the detail loss, and you're probably right to worry that you'd lose the punch of the fells - unless you selectively held the sky reflection but not the mountainside, but that's a lot of effort for not much difference, was interested to know more about the detail loss - ND6 I'm guessing?

Nothing bad to say about it then Den, should have known you'd have got the best possible approach after 3 hours! Good effort on your patience!

Dennis_Bromage 14 45 20 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2010 11:10AM
Hi James. thanks for popping back. 3 filters used;
- Polarizer, backed right off but just gave the reflections on the water a bit more definition.
- Lee 3 Stop ND to slow the exposure and just make sure the ripples caused by a very slight breeze were smoothed out.
- 2 stop Lee hard grad. to hold back the sky

Exposure; ISO 100, F16 & 5 secs Smile
martin.w Plus
19 614 29 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2010 1:54PM
Works for me. I was lucky enough to get stunning light here this time last year (with Jeanie) on my first proper go with the camera at this location. It is a fantastic place Smile
23 Feb 2010 7:09PM
V2 for A2 on round 2 at the Lake.

LeighRebecca 13 267 10 England
23 Feb 2010 11:13PM
Fantastic work. Your effort certainly paid off.

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