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Millarochy Bay

By HMac
Approaching sunset at Millarochy Bay 15 November 2009

Tags: Landscape and travel



16 Nov 2009 10:57PM
Great image indeed !

colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
16 Nov 2009 11:11PM
Hi and firstly welcome to epz hope you enjoy it as much as I do !
This is a beautiful image so well captured of "that" tree , couple of wee things ... the horizon was not straight and have done a mod tweaking the levels and boosting the colour a tad, straightened and uploaded hope you like it and dinnae mind me attempting it. Colin
Paree 18 616 3
16 Nov 2009 11:15PM
amazingly beautiful
oll1e 16 57 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2009 11:28PM
very nice image Heather ,slight horizon adj but otherwise a lovely image .welcome to epz Smile
martin.w 21 619 29 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2009 11:32PM
Welcome to EPZ Heather, hopefully with the first of many uploads.

Colin has put into words what I was thinking and done a great mod too. The only thing I have too add is that I would have like to see a bit more space around the tree. It looks a bit squished into the frame, with the top branch just exiting out of the frame.

Martin Smile
Nothern_Licht 14 13 4 Scotland
17 Nov 2009 12:23AM
I like this image a lot. I think you have been just about 20 to 30 minutes too late as you have lost a lot of the colour from the sky. I've uploaded a tweaked one with the sky saturation adjusted.
Tooth 18 5.8k 227 Ireland
17 Nov 2009 2:29AM
Hi heather, welcome to PZ indeed, lovely first upload.

This is quite a "famous " tree on here due to its proximity to the annual Rowardennan meets - do a search and you should find lots of examples.

I think you've done it quite good justice and the silhouette effect works well against the subtle sunset. What lets it down for me are 1) the crooked horizon, and 2) it's very cramped in the frame., and the reflection is cut off at the bottom. Assuming you're at the wider extreme of your 14mm (28 equivalent) lens, then the only solution is to walk backwardsto fit more in.

The horizon thing - you may think it's easily fixed later in an editing program, but it inevitably involves a crop losing another bit from the top, bottom and sides, and you really can't affors it here. So for that reason it's always worth taking the time to get it straight before you hit the shutter

Anyway, just a few niggles, nice first shot, stick around and enjoy and you'll learn a lot as well

malc_c 16 2 167 England
17 Nov 2009 4:51AM
Hi Heather, and one more welcome to epz.

This is a lovely scene generally well seen and shot as has been said above. But with landscapes almost more than any other type of picture, the devil is in the detail, and detail is crucial.

So, starting with the tree-
1) it is vital to leave at least some room above it so that it sits inside the frame of the picture, rather than breaks out of it. 2) Almost worse for me is the little branch on the right whose detail gets lost in the dark hillside behind. If we could see the ends of this it would have been such an enjoyable part of the image, but instead it's essentially lost. 3) The fact that the tree is in silhouette is fine, but the way the reflection is cut off is too harsh- it would have been much better if you could have had the reflection up to the bank included. These last two points might have been addressed with a lower viewpoint- there is no rule that says images should be composed from eye height after all.

I do think a slight boost to the saturation gives the image slightly more depth and helps the tree stand out.

The horizon issue has already been covered.

Finally, well done with the duck! It really helps with the overall scale and composition. And you have it in an almost perfect position too.

To help illustrate these points I've posted a mod which:
- adds some space above the tree
- moves the branch on the right up a little
- boosts saturation slightly
- levels the horizon
- moves the duck a foot or so to the right

As I said to start with, you have a lovely shot here already, but I hope this, and the other comments can still help... do let us know your thoughts!

Grampy 13 507 71 England
21 Nov 2009 1:25PM
No more to say really except well done
sprock 19 66 1 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2009 3:35PM
Very good image to work with and overall. Slight crop , colour and slight contrast boost , blitz the stray twig , posibly a black and white version. Infact there are alot of options you could go with depending what application you use to edit and what you like personally. I find with my images I always think if only had stood one foot to the left or gone earlier in the day, but then thats photography!

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