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'MY Personal Roll Call Challenge Image'

By pepperst
I was told to go a landscapeing but do to Jen being on call and having none togging friends round I couldn't go far.

Right, about this picture.

f/7.1, not sure way but I wanted to show the background as much as the gate itself

1/160 because thats what the light meter said (well actually a stop over because mine always underestimates)

Not a traditional landscape but I've been one for following the 'norm'.

Say what you see and thanks for reading this far.

Tags: Gate Snow Field Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature No cows here

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Costy 12 483 6 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 5:16PM
Interesting perspective pepps. I like it on the whole... although I think I would have lked to have seen the bottome of the gate, and the muddy footpath that it sits on.

I wasn't sure at first but I actually like the directional arrows for walkers. At first I though they appeared un-natural to what should be a natural scene but then I picked up on how they led the eye through the gate and up the snow covered path and into the distance.

Well done for completing your challenge Smile Even if you did act like a big girl and fall asleep before the big finale last night Wink

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pepperst 12 2.3k 4 Wales
4 Feb 2008 5:20PM
Cheers costy
John_Frid 13 514 57 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 5:50PM
I like the idea and the exposure is well handled. I think the dof is about right with it going off in the distance, but holding sharpness for a good way beyond the gate.

However, I would have liked to see all of the gate and perhaps a little of the path leading to it.

I know this gate couldn't be left open, but an open gate often invites the viewer to look through the picture, whilst a closed gate can create a barrier.

It would also have been nice to have a figure on the path in the distance (preferably wearing red) to allow the eye to rest on a point of specific interest.
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
4 Feb 2008 7:21PM
Composition wise, I don't think I am been invited to go pass the gate and explore whats behind that. Probably open the gate a bit to let the eyes to go in and follow the foot path to the bg.

It is a bit flat as well.
pepperst 12 2.3k 4 Wales
4 Feb 2008 7:47PM
Me thinks I have to try again
CarlSN 11 372 1 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 10:02PM
Steve, you stepped outside your 'box' and their's potential.

All my thoughts have been covered, but the open gate (maybe only slightly) and including all the full gate, are tops.

For me, to entice me further I'd have chosen a larger apperture, to bring the background into focus, to let the eye see what might be there.

Another one and with so many winners.

pepperst 12 2.3k 4 Wales
4 Feb 2008 10:35PM
Set up the tripod in the wrong place I think, I wanted to get the path behind on its own and not just through the gate and thus cut out the floor.

Thanks all for your comments
Libby_M 12 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2008 6:41AM
i love this picture
you can put a gate in a photo any were i think and it makes it intrestin
love the way it leads you down a path you have no idea weres its going
great shot in my eyes
WelshKiwi 11 3.2k 2 Wales
5 Feb 2008 9:40AM
Well without reading any of the comments above before I type this, these ar my thought.

I like it Peps, its the sort of thing I like playing around with. I bet someone has mentioned the open gate thing, (inviting people into your image) but its something I do a lot, eg, leace it closed, because I like the subject of gates.

It is right, and a Camera Club judge would pick up on that.

As for your settings, try F11 for a little more of the background in focus, all depends what you want really, but I think this works.

Try working on this one to warm it up a bit, because I think the image has potential, especially as it has the walking signs on it. This image could actually SELL for you.

Its also a kissing gate, so you are not going to get it open, but the people who produce walking brochures will realise that.

Try working on this image, or re taking, and I bet it will be great.

If your thinking of re taking, a person in the image would be great as well. Maybe with the Camera Killing Dog Smile Smile Smile

These are just my thought, I will now read the other comments.

Lee Smile
rowarrior 11 4.4k 9 Scotland
5 Feb 2008 11:29PM
Well done for venturing out of your normal comfort zone. I'm another one who'd have like to have seen the whole gate, and as it looks like one that doesn't open fully (I think it looks like it swings to allow you through a V shaped bit on the right?) then perhaps if it was swung away it would lead down the path a bit more

Well done for trying Smile
Tooth 14 5.8k 227 Ireland
6 Feb 2008 10:23PM
You have a sound idea of innviting the viewerr through the gate and along the path to the background area. However,

1) as some said above, and maybe it can't be helped, but the gate being closed kind of works against that by barring the eye from going further,


2) once you sneak a look past the gate along the path, unfortunately what it leads to isn't too inviting. Unfortunately there isn't great light and the sky is very bland and featureless.

Fixes? - possibly (and I realise it's a gate that doesn't open) if you had got higher and included less of the gate so the eye sees freely over it instead of peering through the bars,

and b) another time with better light.....

Good try though, fair play to all of you for challenging yourselves, maybe I should try it myself Smile


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