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Tredegar House Lake, Newport

By mikewatson
This photo was taken early whilst walking around this beautiful park.
The fantastic light was there for just a matter of minutes.
I used a nd grad to hold back the sky slightly.
I used Photoshop CS3 to enhance the levels very slightly.

Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 10:04AM
you know Mike, this picture is similar in composition to one posted just a day or so ago called 'Messingham Ponds' and similar comments apply. It is always worthwhile reading comments applied to pictures made in the style that you use yourself, a sort of self learning situation exists.

I can see you were taken by the time of day and the ambient lighting and why not? This does however still miss that essential ingredient, a figure, boat or tree as foreground interest. I don't know what you could have done about it given the light was there only briefly and I suppose potential boaters were still in bed. Grerat shame but well done for the effort.


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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 4:50PM
If this is a lake that you often walk around, Mike, you could time your walk for sunsets, and also for some suitable foreground interest, even if it's just a bird or two on the water at the bottom, to take away the large expanse of plain water where the tree reflections do not reach. The white birds in your image are a nice element, but a little too far away to be considered as a focal point.
However, I think the scene is very attractive and fully understand why you wanted to capture the pink and gold reflections. Your filter has worked well to maintain the sky colour.
I'm not sure, but you may have been trying to achieve two thirds water and one third sky on the vertical, ending up with a bit too much water.
In my modification, I have cropped the left and bottom, maintaining your aspect ratio. Quite often, an image such as this lends itself to a 50-50 vertical split, creating a nice balance between sky and water. I also adjusted levels to enhance the colours and contrast, and painted some soft pink into the white area around the sun, as I lost colour there in my editing. I selectively sharpened the white birds, just to brighten them and help them to become a bit more of a feature.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 9:00AM
Technically good, but theres nothing much there for me. Lacks a subject and there is a lot of foreground with indistinct reflection due to the ice.


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