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Stanley Ghyll

By pfheyes  
This is one of the 'not sure' shots. I like the simplicity of the foreground and the water flow, but I don't think there's much going on in the background.

All comments and crit are welcome.

Thanks for looking,


Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: ChristineL, denka, deavilin and 14 more


denka 15 7 Finland
21 Apr 2005 9:36AM
I think its a real nice capture the composition is great and love the stone in the foreground. I get a feeling of dof when i look at this picture.
Great shot.

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deavilin 16 352 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 9:55AM
Really natural shot, I like the effect you have achived in the water it seems to swirling towards the bolder. Great compositionSmile

proberts 16 218 4 Wales
21 Apr 2005 9:57AM
Good shot Pete,lovely detail and water.
John_Duckett 16 386 2 Norfolk Island
21 Apr 2005 10:13AM
That foreground rock makes this Pete. Excellent

jaktis 16 84 Sweden
21 Apr 2005 10:40AM
The big version gives more to details, you have a couple of things of interest, the redbrown things that hangs from the moss in the background is an eyecatcher. Also the the vertigo in the water is great.

glazzaro 15 70 23 United States
21 Apr 2005 10:48AM
Actually I think the background has an alluring quality, your water comes straight at us, this we can see, but one is left wondering what is around the bend further up, the source seems to be shrouded in trees and moss covered rocks, with brilliant colors. So, for at least me, Im left wanting to see more. Its a great shot, one to be proud of, very enticing, yet subtle! Spot on! Click!!!

Hazard 16 1.2k United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 10:53AM
My favourite of the day
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
21 Apr 2005 11:20AM
Make's me wanna get out there.

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 11:20AM
Thanks everyone - it's much appreciated and useful feedback.

gwyn h 16 432
21 Apr 2005 11:43AM
Definitely need to be viewed at the larger size to be appreciated Pete.
Think the fall itself and the background work fine, the fg rock works well too, just a touch bland in between the rock and the fall for me though (I hesitate to call it a plunge pool!).

kinfatric 15 550 9 Scotland
21 Apr 2005 12:09PM
I like the moss and the hanging brown vegetation and the flow of the water through the rocks and across the pool, however I would have cropped it closer to the large foreground rock and to the right of the shot again to nearer the large rock to omit the frothy water Smile
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 12:16PM
Thanks chaps!

I agree with you Gwyn, I think there's a whole lot of nothing between the background and the foreground rock. I did use the polariser so that it reflected some light, rather than suppress the whole reflection, to give it some interest. I couldn't get a lower perspective without taking a dip in the ghyll, although I hear you're susceptable to a bit of ghyll snorkling! ;o)

Hi Kin - I can understand why you might find the frothy bits distracting, but I actually like them - I think they round of the image and emphasises the sharpness of the boulder against the water. We'll agree to disagree on this 'un! :o)

All the best to you both

pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 12:17PM
p.s. I prefer this critique to a hundred clicks. Just as well really! :o)))

gwyn h 16 432
21 Apr 2005 12:25PM
Very funny Pete, I'll have you know there's not a river/stream in the Beacons I haven't been in, accidentally or otherwise (and the occasional reservoir too!). You just got to get in there Mr H!
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 12:35PM
LOL point taken, Gwyn. I'll pack me snorkel for any future trips!

gwyn h 16 432
21 Apr 2005 12:37PM
...and a wet suit!
CatherineD 15 25 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 1:15PM
I love the natural colour of this and the flow of the picture.

Great work.

jules41 16 197 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 2:58PM
Hi Pete,really like this,the capture of the water flowing round the rocks and such superb colours.I really think the background adds interest.well captured
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2005 11:58PM
Thanks Catherine and Julie (great to hear from you!)

Westers 15 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
22 Apr 2005 12:18AM
Agree with your thoughts Pete but I still like it. Reminds me of the streams and woods I messed arround in as a kid.
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2005 12:40AM
Thanks Ian - it's helpful to know which ones don't quite work and the ones that do. I have a 'gut' feel for it, but I always like to check with people like yerself. Very enlightening!


claret 16 49 England
22 Apr 2005 12:48AM
You're starting to trespass on my territory now, Pete! I can see some trees in this shot. There aren't many people do trees (I wonder why??) so mine don't have much competition but if you start..........
Very well captured as ever and personally I think the background looks wonderful but for me there's too much dead space in the fore and mid ground.
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2005 12:52AM
LOL Ian - don't worry, I don't really 'do' trees, I always make a mess of 'em!

Agree with your comments - this is a curate's egg of a composition, good in parts! :o)

lobsterboy Plus
16 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2005 5:52AM
Technically I can see nothing wrong with this but it lacks the "wow" factor that most of your shots have.
ChristineL 15 39 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 12:09AM
The simplicity of it is what works for me,
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 12:35AM
Thanks Chris and, er, Chris Smile


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