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22/09/2014 - 2:04 PM

Sunset at The Rock

Sunset at The Rock
Quote: Does it look HDR ?

Yes and it looks horrible if I'm to be honest with you Chris. The sky looks unreal and there is no shade or contrast definition in the foreground area where you would expect it looking into the sun.

Compare this the your Kelly Hall Tarn image towards the Old Man where that looks so natural and believable. There are almost blacks in the tarn, natural light throughout and a believable sky. That image is side lit and graduates from dark at the bottom to light at the top, just how I'd expect. This one has a uniform luminance throughout so it just doesn't look right to me.

I normally don't comment on images but you asked and you had one opinion that thought it didn't look HDR so I've just mentioned it for balance.

15/09/2010 - 10:13 AM

Elgol Sunset

Elgol SunsetExcellent Richard, one of the best for me I have seen from Elgol I reckon.
You have arranged four main elements cohesively into the frame all glued by the unobtrusive sea, an image full of variety and interest.

08/09/2010 - 1:27 PM

Rock in a Soft Place ...

Rock in a Soft Place ...Very nice Paul, I like the soft water against the nicely lit rocks and the Cuillin looks good in partial silhouette but the top right rocks look a bit too dark for the rest of the image. I'm assuming its close to sunset with the bright western sky, if so the rocks would look better evenly lit perhaps.

21/02/2010 - 10:29 PM

Satin Chic

Satin ChicI like the white swirling against the black rocks Den and comp is spot on but some of the whites are a little too white for my personal taste. Trouble is that we see a lot of shots from this angle with fabulous skies, colours and light streaking across the horizon level to accentuate the castle, here the castle looks a bit dull and not a terribly interesting feature in shadow.

I know I shouldn't compare to others and take yours on merit but I feel that it does lack a wee lift in the light or colour dept, especially the sky and castle.

03/09/2009 - 7:02 PM

Godrevy Golden Nuggets ...

Godrevy Golden Nuggets ...Like the clarity and dynamics of the sea Paul but the right headland rocks tend to pull the eye away from the lighthouse a wee touch possibly??

edit: after reading Jeanie's comment, you could be forgiven for thinking that there is a witch hunt after you...Wink

24/02/2009 - 7:09 AM

Loch Etive

Loch EtiveI think two great panoramic vistas of alternative view of Loch Etive. I don't think big views like this need a fg interest as such and like V1 but having said that i do prefer V2 and think it wee bit more balanced. I like the overall colours and would leave alone as it looks very natural to me.

If a manufacturer produced a digital equivalent of 6x17 I'd be very tempted to buy one as it's a fine format for exactly these kind of shots, stitching and all is ok but not the same as it has it's pitfalls I reckon.
19/02/2009 - 7:31 AM

Troubled Waters

Troubled WatersVery good mono Nick and the comp is spot on as is the subject interest, the only slight thing that makes me wonder is the well illuminated hull but completely black strip of upright metal, was this intentional or due to ND Grads?
19/02/2009 - 7:25 AM

Frosty New Year II

Frosty New Year IIIts another great one Gary but I prefered the POTW one as the foreground was concentrated with the grass colours but this one has a more jumbled fg and the dead branch slightly distracts.
17/02/2009 - 12:26 PM

3 in a row

3 in a rowI think it a fine view of these 3, I guess from Fiarach overlooking the A82, did you do Ben Oss and Lui that day, thats a mega circuit?
There's a nice balance here of the valley leading in to the hills and the cloud filling the space in the sky, all going left to right which seems appealing.
20/01/2009 - 7:39 AM

Loch Quoich, Knoydart.

Loch Quoich, Knoydart.I read the above comments Craig and can understand their points of view but for me the image is fine exactly as it is.
I've had the pleasure of walking through Knoydart and the thing that struck me about the area is the massive scale and remoteness with views as far as the eye can see of mountains. This image, I think captures that perfectly, it has the left to right slant and lead-in with the Loch and mountain to the left then my eye naturally arrives at the head of the loch and the farground hills before coming back to the foreground snow which, for me, balances the bottom half of the image with the top.
The sky may or may not be overexposed, it looks like a fine winters day in the highlands of Scotland so it looks right to me and I don't think an image like this needs extra drama. I believe it portrays exactly as it was and I wish I was there to witness it.
08/01/2009 - 9:19 AM

Black and White

Black and WhiteI like this a lot Barry, I think the composition is superb with the central castle placed over the stern of Magpie. The tones are fab and I suspect you have tone mapped it or it's a very good HDR shot either way it's very appealing. The only slight crit would be the clouds and sky being a little grey when could be more punchy being brighter/whiter.
12/11/2008 - 9:14 AM

Bye-bye Buachaille

Bye-bye BuachailleI don't think this one or any of your pf are particularly muddy or murky Conrad but I would tend to say that some of the random ones I looked at do lack a bit of crispness/sharpness. This one in particular looks soft especially large which may account for the slight lack in detail overall. May be worth reviewing your sharpening process. I used to do all my sharpening in Elements from my D200 but now I have a D300 I just leave it on max sharpness in camera and hardly ever use USM in Elements now.
Hope this helps.
I should add that I like the shot for it's subdued tones and water movement.