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Heather and sky

By Gazzten
Just trying to make the most of the heather and a pretty good sky?

A bit of work done on sky and colours, but not much! Smile

Any thoughts appreciated again.



Tags: Landscape and travel Dshire heather aug 09

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ColleenA Plus
8 470 7 Australia
23 Feb 2013 4:26PM
A lovely landscape, the heather is so pretty, and the light through the clouds is like Gods window. Well doneGrin
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
23 Feb 2013 4:36PM
Hi Garry. First observation is that this is very soft, with no real sharpness anywhere. I suspect the slow shutter speed is the reason, but I need you to tell me is you used a tripod; if you did, was it very solid, - immune to any wind; and did you use either the cameras self timer, or a remote release. If no to the tripod, then the shutter is way to slow to hand hold, and this is destined for the outbox! If you didnt use a remote releae, or the self timer, you are inviting lens blur.

next is that the colour tone, or white balance is quite cool for a scene like this, ans should be warmer. You need to take a shot like this, that you have spent a lot of effort obtaining, in RAW, and use RAW processing to check the white balance. Even the AUTO setting in a RAW converter can do a good job most of the time.

Last is the very burned out area of sky. This would usually result in an underexposed foreground, but by using manual, you have exposed for the foreground, and ended up with the burned area. This is easily sorted out in post processing, and in the mod Ive loaded, I simply copied an area of cloud over it, adjusted opacity, and cleaned up edges using a layer mask. Those who do a lot of landscape shooting will use Neutral Density filters to reduce the skys brightness to near that of the foreground to a more even exposure.

The mod is sharpened, - though not enough, as there only so much can be done with blur; white balance warmer, and colours a little more vibrant.

Hope this helps, and I will check back to see if you have posted any comments.

Its a lovely scene too. View the mod large.


Gazzten 14 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2013 6:07PM
Thanks for the comments both, especially yours colleenWink.

Seriously though, thanks again for yours willie, regarding the softness, if I remember right I think it was very windy, I did use a tripod but at that time it was quite a light thing, not like the one I have now!

At the moment I try to keep the images as close to how it was at the time so we might have to agree to differ on that one (white balance).

Love how you remedied the burnt out bit of sky! Wish I had thought of that!!


Mike43 9 222 21 England
23 Feb 2013 7:09PM
Hi Garry.
I use to hump me old Benbo about and by the time I got it set up the sun has set, so all I do now is sit down and breathe in, but yes willie is right the conditions you were in calls for a heavy tripod. But apart from that if you live near then you found yourself a nice location, have uploaded a mod it is not much better but maybe give you thought.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2013 8:40PM
The main problem for me is the burnt out section of sky and, to some extend, land below it. The composition is potentially great, but the brightness is just too much. A good couple of stops less exposure or a grad. Then the foreground would need brightening.

The softness is not too bad at this size, but you could have opened a couple of stops at that focal length due to the huge depth of field. I treated myself to a good carbon tripod a couple of years ago. Very strong and robust and low weight, but still has the bulk which makes carrying difficult.

It also cost nearly £300! My then freelance work paid for it.

Sooty_1 10 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2013 1:41AM
If your tripod isn't too sturdy, hang your camera bag from it. That will help damp oscillations. I keep a bungee in my bag, which allows the bag to sit on the floor (so it doesn't swing and vibrate the tripod itself) and you can adjust the length to get the right tension if you change the height.

The light patch is just too bright, but the rest of the pic is just very similarly toned. You need to find a way of getting more tonal separation here, and the best way is not to shoot into the light, but with side lighting.....hard if this is the only direction with a good composition!

Heather can be beautiful colours, but shooting into the light has muted them, so there's little left as a subject. Willies mod goes some way to helping, but sidelight is really what you needed here.


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