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Breaking Light on Ben Lomond

By flatfoot471    
Dark clos gaher over Ben Lomond with a wee break allowing a shaftof sunto break through the clouds onto the summit of the Ben.

Tags: Landscape Scotland Winter Rural Ben lomond Queens view Stirlingshire Landscape and travel Stockiemuir

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4123 Canada
13 Jan 2016 1:04PM
This is really nice light. Works very well in mono, - a good catch.

How about a 16 X 9 crop? It would remove most if that plain sky at the top.

If the darker areas are a bit brighter and the contrast in a touch improved, it works well too.

Ive done this in the mod Ive uploaded.



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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1642 England
13 Jan 2016 6:42PM
Just because there are standard formats, you don't have to use them. Often, the subject dictates what the format should be...

I've done a different crop, eliminating the distracting detail at the bottom, and concentrating on that glorious area of sunlight - and the massive dark clouds.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 663 England
13 Jan 2016 7:15PM
The very bright light on the peak has caused loss of detail.
The exif data says you used Manual which is a good mode to use in this situation as it's not something that Auto can handle. Auto systems are clever but they aren't intelligent.

But even in Manual you need to be careful. The large area of shadow will influence the reading and you need to be aware of that and adjust accordingly. Use the histogram and you'll see some tones spilling off the right hand side. Reduce exposure to bring those tones back so that the sensor can allow them to be recorded. Zoom in to see what detail is there.
After all, the eye is drawn to such bright areas and likes to be rewarded with something to see there.

You'll end up with darker shadow areas. You can lift them in software, at the expense of increasing noise in the image (though not too much of a problem at ISO 100), though darker shadow areas are not necessarily a bad thing, they do contribute to the mood and atmosphere of the scene.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2016 8:53AM
I bet this looked great to the eye, but, unfortunately, much has been lost in the image. I would have stayed with colour to get some better tonal variation into the shadows, of which there are too many. A panoramic crop, and a touch less exposure, believe it or not, as the snow is a tad too bright.


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