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Misty Days 2

By pdarby
Another in my 'Misty Day' collection. i kind of lucked out with the bird taking off in this but I felt the suns reflection worked well along side the silouhettes

Tags: Landscape and travel

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jeb2012 11 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2010 11:58AM
An excellent capture
pdarby 10 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2010 1:16PM
No problem. It's funny what people like and don't like. My previous pic of this style resulted in people wanting a much more burnt out sky but still as much.
I did consider straitening the horizon but decided that if I did that the trees on the right would lean to the left and look wrong. The current angle is how it appeared, so really it could be said that it is right as it is.
I kind of agree with you with regard to the forground - I wanted to cut some of this but also wanted to retain the suns reflection so made the tricky decision to stick with it.
It is however again how it appeared on the day. This picture is actually a colour picture. The fog was so dense that it provided this ethereal feel.
Whilst I do understand where you are coming from with most of your comments, I am loathed to create an image that is two false against what I was seeing on the day.
Thanks for the comments.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2010 2:57PM
The sky is the problem here. You could crop the top quarter, possibly as much as a third to advantage. The misty image is good, but you only need the tree line and foreground. would not have tried to include the actual sun.

The effect you saw has been well recorded and I would leave the contrast and tones alone. Silhouetted foreground plants maybe not the most attractive - could have done with Bullrushes or similar, but obviously not possible.

CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2010 4:15PM
Your other Misty Days shot is excellent but this one does not work so well for me. The main issue is that the foliage at the front is too dark and intrusive. It takes away from that misty feeling elsewhere in the pic. If you are going to have something so close in the foreground then it needs to be wispy so it fits in with the rest of the scene.

In principle I like the inclusion of the sun's reflection as it adds a little colour. But unfortunately it's just in the wrong place tucked away in the corner. It's just one of those frustrating things when you cannot arrange things how you would like them for the perfect composition.

Best wishes

pdarby 10 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2010 5:06PM
Thanks all - good critique
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 11:34AM
This doesn't work for me, either — there are just a few too many little things wrong with it. Having a shoreline in receding perspective isn't a problem if there are strong cues as to what is vertical but, here, there aren't any, since the trees are also growing at angles. In the absence of such cues, it would have been better to shoot perpendicular to the shoreline, to make it appear horizontal in the photo. By the way, your camera isn't quite straight, either — the reflections in the water aren't quite directly below them and a small anti-clockwise rotation is needed.

The composition seems unbalanced towards the right, which has the foreground, the island in the middle distance and the tallest trees. I agree with the comments above about the placement of the sun and the desire for a prettier foreground so I'll not labour that. I also find the bird a little distracting as it's not big enough to make a real impact and my first thought was that maybe it was a bit of dirt on my screen.

Having said all of that, I do like the fact that you've included material at a wide range of distances from the camera, receding into paler shades of grey. That gives a good feeling of depth so, for that reason, I think it's good that the foreground is dark.

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