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Solsbury Hill 2

By Eightball
I uploaded this one in the main gallery at the weekend and thought I'd checked the critique box doh. Curves adjusted along with a little burning to the sky and slight crop.

ISO 200

Tags: Landscape and travel

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LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 4:56PM
Magical, mystical shot.
Dennis_Bromage 14 45 20 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 6:23PM
Not a lot wrong with this. Lovely soft tones and great mood

Woofmix 12 69 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 7:13PM
Hi there, judging by the camera settings you were going for a shallow DOF, I would have probably used a much smaller aperture and thus slower shutter speed and bought the foreground into shaper focus, maybe even crop the bottom of the pic to remove the grasses etc but a great picture.

Eightball 14 14 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 8:07PM
Thanks Paul, I did actually take the same shot several times with different apertures. This was the first time I'd gone out specifically to try and get some landscape shots and I really didn't know what I was doing (and still don't). However, when I got to look at the shots when I got home the f2.8 shot was the better one. I wouldn't have thought a wide aperture such as f2.8 would be ideal for landscape shots but it seemed to work on that one at least.
elowes 17 2.8k United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 10:09AM
I don't know if you used a tripod but if not then perhaps the other images did not look so good because of camera shake.

The image looks sharp in the mid distance but perhaps more depth of field would have been better.

Landscapes often look better for some foreground interest and your foreground may have been a bit more interesting with it in focus.

The frost could have been whiter though you would have had more problems with the sky. Exposure is tricky in these situations. ND grad or two exposures (on a tripod) and combining the images would have produced better results.

You seem to have thought of the rule of thirds but the gap in the trees is very central. I t may have been improved by it being off set.

I like the look of the sky because it has a frosty morning sky look about it and I like the middle distance.

I am no landscape photographer and like you I am trying to improve but there is no doubt that a tripod is the first bit of additional kit you should look for (or use if you already have one).
CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 5:31PM
You have some nice trees here Dean. They look a bit fluffy in the mist. The apricoty shades in the sky are also very nice.

As for your camera settings (thanks for posting them - it does give the team a better idea of what is going on) it is always best to have as low an ISO as possible. True, there is not a lot of difference between 100 and 200 but why use 200 when you can easily get away with 100. You do not need a very fast shutter speed as there is no movement you need to freeze. I take it you used your lens at the wide end which gives you a lot of depth of field even though the aperture is wide. However the near foreground is out of focus, so a smaller aperture should have been better - although I hear what you say about this being the best of the ones you took.


Eightball 14 14 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 11:48PM
Many thanks for the critique to both Catherine and Eric. I did actually have a tripod with me but it was very awkward to use for this shot because of the angle overlooking the edge of the hill looking down at the scene so I shot it handheld. I am aware that the foreground was out of focus and thought about cropping it similarly to the mod and making it more square but decided not to, probably wrongly. Overall, as one of my first attempts at a landscape I was pleased with what I got, however I take on board your advice and hopefully my next attempt will be reflect this and be an improvement, again many thanks for your input.
jonathanbp 13 99 Thailand
8 May 2009 10:57PM
beautiful composition - Jonathan

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