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Pitlochry Boating

By Dingus
A little quiet corner of a loch in Scotland. I was hoping to get across the solitude of the spot.

Tags: Landscape General Landscape and travel

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johnlw 13 1 10 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2013 10:00PM
This is a very nice image. Just looking at the thumb nail I almost missed it. But on opening it up there are are some great reflections, and the small boats add to the interest I love the colours in the trees and deep colour in the loch. This is only my opinion but I would like the colour in the sky enhanced
As its a little washed out. But overall I Realy like the atmosphere in this picture.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.

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paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2013 7:59AM
You give us no exposure details. You are a little over exposed. I set my 7D for - 1/3 stop exposure compensation all the time. The auto system is prone to slight over exposure in some circumstances and slight under is easier to correct. The reflection has taken your eye, but you could have done with a single dominant feature to act as the main subject, thus using the scene as a background.
Dingus 7 102 Scotland
27 Apr 2013 9:04AM
I appreciate your observations guys. Grin
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2132 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2013 7:12PM
A beautiful spot, Jon, with a lovely assortment of colours in the trees, and a good reflection.
The image has a peaceful atmosphere, and the unmanned boats tend to portray an air of calmness.
It's very helpful to have your Exif Data, showing your camera settings. Without knowing them, it's hard to give a valid critique.
Your camera has overexposed the sky, although its reflection in the water is good. That reflection is interesting as the water changes, being very blurred near the shoreline, quite sharp further down, then being affected by a slight ripple at the bottom.
I think the trees could be sharper, and then the blur of the reflection works better. It may just be that you didn't sharpen the image after re-sizing for the site. Re-sizing causes some loss of detail.
That tranquil atmosphere could be enhanced by going in closer, giving the boats more prominence, and then you also have a focal point, something for the viewer's eye to settle upon.
As for composition, I like to see this type of scene with an equal amount of sky top and bottom (reflected). Although this isn't necessary, I feel that your image here falls between two schools of thought. Firstly, the one I mention (with the shoreline in the centre), and secondly having the shoreline on a thirds line. That means placing it either one third down on the vertical, or two thirds down.
In my modification, I effectively eliminated the washed-out sky by using the composition that I mentioned above, with the shoreline one third down on the vertical. By doing this and after cropping the top and right, the boats are larger and more prominent.
I adjusted, highlights, shadows, saturation and levels to enhance the colours and contrast, then sharpened. On reflection (sorry about the pun), it might have been better to isolate the unreflected trees and sharpen them alone.
Dingus 7 102 Scotland
28 Apr 2013 9:14PM
Thanks pamelajean. A few thiings there to take onboard.
I'll make a point of including my settings in the future.
Q. That tranquil atmosphere could be enhanced by going in closer. Uq. I tried doing so but I then lost most of the water, which I was desperate to keep.

Again thanks for your help.

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