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Morning, Buttermere

By Glyno    
I was fortunate enough to enjoy perfect conditions as I walked along the shore of Buttermere in The Lake District prior to climbing the lofty heights above this beautiful valley.

Tags: Landscape and travel


banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4177 Canada
7 May 2015 1:17AM
Hi Glyn, welcome to EPZ.

This is the critique gallery where we try to give constructive feedback to assist with improving images ans camera technique.

This is a lovely scene indeed.

Youve got a mirror in the foreground, as well as the lovely reflection scene further out.

I had access to your RAW adjustments from your exif, so I have a good idea what you were trying to do.

First this to notice is that theres some very bright light coming into the top left of the lens. The camera has dealt with it very well. I has resulted in an uneven exposure, where the left is a lot brighter than the right side. I know the X110S doesnt come with a lens hood, and dont know if you have one, but its a useful accessory in a case like this.

It has also resulted in a general underexposure of the scene apart from the sky. The filtered light on the left is lowering contrast (value of black) on that side.

Its still a nice image, however working on evening out the exposure, addressing exposure and black level does make quite a difference. Since its uneven, you can best do this is Photoshop rather than RAW.

This involves treating two sides of the image as separate images, using layers and masks to restrict changes to where they are needed.

I have uploaded three crops of the modified image, starting with the original, then less sky, then a 16 X 9.

Scroll up this page, click the modfication tabe to see the modified images, Click the image to view large, and then also select the view large option.

Hope this is helpful,


sawsengee Plus
14 6 36 Malaysia
7 May 2015 6:23AM
Hi Glyn, you have captured a beautiful scene with splendid light & water reflection & the mods. by Willie are very admirable, quite close to your original shot. My mod. is slightly different in the following adjustments that I have made. Hope they are acceptable to you:
1. white light balance adjustment to bring out more colour contrast to the scene;
2. used a pseudo polarizer in my software to polarize the sky & water to bring out the cloud formation against the blue sky;
3. lighten the treeline & water reflection on the right to create more aerodynamic feel to the composition.
4. I noticed the slight sun flare on the lens casting a light rainbow spray of colours from the light source on the top left towards the hills & water ....that I am sorry I cannot correct but it could also lend a certain enchantment to the scene from your lens point of view.
Mike43 9 210 21 England
7 May 2015 8:44AM
Hi Glyn,
I live just down the road from Buttermere and know this location very well, so would have considered moving to either side of the fence. It just the fence makes your bottom half of the photo feels crowned.
Because you are more or less shooting directly into the sun it is not that easy to get a well exposed shot. but you seem to have done it, with a nice spring morning feel. You seem to have a few nice rays coming from the sun, so just thinking it might be worth trying to work on them and maybe who knows get something from them.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
7 May 2015 9:26AM
A nice lakeland image. The issues are dealt with by Willie. Main issue is dlare and the resulting degrading of parts of the frame. It is quite possible to improve things very simply by careful use of dodge and burn tools. Mostly burn here.

Glyno 15 88 England
7 May 2015 9:37AM
Hi! Thank you very much indeed for the excellent constructive comments and especially for taking the time with the modifications - I'm still trying to decide which I prefer!
I was trying to keep the photo a bit 'high-key' as I wanted to maintain the crispness of the morning which I felt I might have lost by warming or darkening the image. The modifications however, have certainly made me think i bit, and I'm going to have another tweak with the original later.
Thanks again,

TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
7 May 2015 5:55PM
Hi Glyn - I would welcome you to the site, but given that you've been a member for quite a long while, well it's probably pointless! However, welcome to the critique gallery instead Grin What an absolute beauty to start (or restart?) your portfolio off with ...

Yes, there's lens flare (but I like it), yes, the exposure's uneven across the scene due to that lens flare (but I like that too). But for me, the reflection of the fence and the rocks does make that lower left section feel a bit ... not crowded as such, but perhaps disorganised and unreal? The reflection of that larger rock is almost so perfect that I'm finding my eyes are trying to resolve the puzzle of which bit is real and which is reflection ... when actually all I want to do is to disappear into the glory of that landscape and stay there till the cows come home Grin (Or not, depending if there's any farms nearby ...)

I've done you a(nother) mod to consider - one where I've tried to stay true to your original intention of that feeling of morning crispness in the air. I have cropped a bit off the top and the bottom and slapped the horizon dead centre pretty much ... it doesn't always work, but with reflections like the distant mountain ones here, it works for me. (Excuse the slightly dodgy cloning of parts of the fence wire - I tried to remove the top of that rock Blush) I've also used the Shadow/Highlight feature in Photoshop to try and bring out more detail in the stand of trees on the right.

You may not agree with what I've done, or even like it, which is absolutely fine. It's only another viewpoint to consider when (if) you go back and tweak the file to your own satisfaction.


[Edit: relooking at the other mods, I think cropping the bottom was a mistake ... so look at mine as it is, but mentally put the bottom bit back in, will ya?! Ta Grin)]
Glyno 15 88 England
7 May 2015 7:08PM
Tanya, thank you very, very much indeed for some very interesting critique, I found myself trying NOT to agree with everything you suggested but found it very difficult!
Your version is brilliant, I really love it... however, I did find my eye being drawn to the fence posts disappearing off the bottom of the frame. Is that why you're having second thoughts about the crop?

Again, thank you very much,


Regarding my being a member for so long... yes, I've been here on and off for a few years ago but my photography (or interest in it) waned somewhat. It's currently having a bit of a resurgence!
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
8 May 2015 9:39AM
Thanks for the feedback Glyn, it's really useful Smile

Quote:I did find my eye being drawn to the fence posts disappearing off the bottom of the frame. Is that why you're having second thoughts about the crop?

Yep ... the bit at the bottom needs the complete reflection of the end of the wire fence if nothing else. I don't think I realised how much difference that little bit made, until I properly looked through the other mods.

We lives and we learns! Grin


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