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Frozen Trees, Capel Curig.

By WelshKiwi  
This was a grab shot,

I was driving past the usual lookout point at Llynnau Mymbyr (Capel Curig) curisng that I didnt have my camera with me (again) and then I remembered I had my compact in the glovebox.

When I got home and put it on my computer, I only had elements 5 then and didnt have a clue what to do or how to use it.

So (Im gonna regret this I just know it) I pressed the Auto Fix Button.

This is what it came up with.

Im running out of work to upload, Im going to have to make a concentrated effort to get out on my days off.

Thanks for looking everyone. As usual, your comments will be listened to.

Lee Smile

Tags: Wales General North Lake Snowdonia Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Tree and s Capel Curig

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WetDog 14 7 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 10:09AM
It is such a beautiful scene I am very pleased to took the picture and shared it here.
FredF 16 1 France
28 Jan 2008 10:31AM
Not to bad, it looks like a painting.

ChrisOs 17 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 11:42AM
Good work, or good luck or whatever. It's got super colours and a nice comp anyway.
Bodiewil 15 46 Wales
28 Jan 2008 12:09PM
Well it works for me, good comp with some nice toning and great reflections... I'd go back

Costy 15 483 6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 1:49PM
The noise that's present makes it look like a painting rather than a photo. The trees dont look real. I like it all the same though and it's composed well. Nice reflections.
WelshKiwi 14 3.2k 2 Wales
28 Jan 2008 2:14PM
Im not sure but I think the noise what you can see is actually the mist.

But, yes, it could be me doing something wrong....... Smile

Thanks for all your comments everyone.

Lee Smile
sketch 15 1.5k United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 3:12PM
very atmospheric sweetie x
proz 18 205 United States
28 Jan 2008 3:19PM
seriously nice reflection Lee. I always figure a grab shot is better than no shot. Ya done good.
stevieasp 15 7 England
28 Jan 2008 5:37PM
No nonsense honest picture, well seen Lee, hope you get out soon to do some more work,
good luck Steve
TelStar 17 116 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 6:43PM
Well grabbed!

28 Jan 2008 6:50PM
Great one Lee, keep grabbing them,well done.

akw 15 341 3 England
28 Jan 2008 7:20PM
Excellent image,well captured
martin.w Plus
20 616 29 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 9:30PM
While not an image to grab the attention, I think it is a rather pleasing photo. While there is nothing wrong with having a horizon bang in the middle, If it were mine I would be tempted to crop out some of the reflection, as the bottom left keeps catching my eye Smile
Goggz 15 2.3k 72 Wales
28 Jan 2008 10:07PM
I agree with Martin about the crop, Lee.

Is that me by the tree?? Wink
Did you take this last year when it was all chilly?

Alfoto 16 Wales
28 Jan 2008 11:13PM
Super image Lee.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
29 Jan 2008 9:02AM
Lovely mood and reflections.Lucky you having the compact.Well seen.
Guillaume 15 119 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 9:55AM
Lovely capture. Very peaceful.
Libby_M 15 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 12:01PM
great shot
SKavanagh 15 312 5 England
29 Jan 2008 8:59PM
Superb shot love the composition
rowarrior 14 4.4k 9 Scotland
29 Jan 2008 10:53PM
Love the frosty scene and reflection, now all it needs is a boat paddling across the foreground Wink
30 Jan 2008 11:29AM
Lee, I think it's pretty amazing.
Blenkinsopp 16 320 4 England
30 Jan 2008 7:38PM
lovely capture of the frost and great reflections too
csurry 20 9.2k 92
30 Jan 2008 10:03PM
Thought it was about time to see what Lee's been posting - mwahmwah

OK, firstly I would agree that there is some colour noise, particularly in the reflection. However, the autofix may have accentuated this, so we will overlook this for now.

Compositionally there are at least two other shots in this image. Cropping a 1/5th approx from either top or bottom gives a different emphasis, but both highlight the frosted trees more.

The half and half composition at the moment is just lacking that WOW factor.

I'd certainly recommended reprocessing the image and taking your time. Firstly I would check the levels tab and make sure we are seeing the purest white of the frost (without blowing it out). So bring the white slider in to meet the start of the histogram at the rhs. This will perk up the whites and give them more prominence.

After that I would look at the colour temperature and maybe bring it down to around 5000k or less as this will give the image a colder feel, that will sit better with the tone. At the moment it looks a bit on the warm side in the greens and particularly the earth on the bank.

Have fun!
WelshKiwi 14 3.2k 2 Wales
30 Jan 2008 10:42PM
WOW. Smile Smile Smile Smile

This is MY challenge that has been set for me to do in Roll Call on Wed 30th April. I have until Monday to learn what the heck Cheryl is talking about and to do as the instructions tell me.

Thank You Cheryl. Smile
Sep 15 1.3k England
31 Jan 2008 8:53PM
Mod in,
Rgds Joe.
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
31 Jan 2008 10:35PM
Well 'seen' Lee. A slightly tighter lateral crop (lose some off the top and bottom), increase the contrast and you'll be there.

Like it - and your style!! Keep 'em coming. Grin

(My Mod is up btw...)
newy17 16 273 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2008 11:09PM
nice grab shot lee well spotted..
strawman 19 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 12:17PM
I was going to post a mod, but it is almost the same as Mike Otley's, crop it in tight, adjust levels a bit, even put a gentel curve on, and adjut saturation.
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 2:29PM
You just couldn't miss this one could you.
Is it possible for you to post the original shot, un-processed, for comparison?Smile
Looked good, even from the thumbnail.
It must have been so frustrating to have those wonderful trees and not to be able to use N) 1 camera bu you've done a great job with what was available.
brianjw 15 4
1 Feb 2008 5:02PM
like it lots.
KenTaylor 18 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 6:23PM
Being a viewpoint passed regularly I would be tempted to watch this scene through the seasons.
The reflections clinch this.
Excellent bendigedig. Will
lonely_oryx 15 61 55 England
1 Feb 2008 10:06PM
Beautiful image
MalcolmS Plus
17 1.2k 13 England
2 Feb 2008 12:32PM
Great reflection Lee, the mods have covered what I would have done with it.

MrsS 16 4.5k 18 England
2 Feb 2008 6:48PM
Agree with Malcolm, really well done for spotting this shot, the mods have given you lots of ideas to improve it, can't wait for the repost! Smile

Fran x
rmr 15 1 Wales
2 Feb 2008 10:16PM
super shot
well done ,love the reflections
bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
6 Feb 2008 5:30PM
looks like a painting...very nice

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