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Swirl How

By pfheyes  
Another from the Lake District jaunt last week.

I'm really struggling to get this in a form that I'm pleased with, so I'm making this modifiable to see if you can give me some inspiration. Smile

Sometimes you can lose perspective of whether a shot is any good or not, and this is one of them. I appreciate any feedback you have.

To give you a clue why this bothers me - the composition (is it too cluttered or not), the colours, the tones - the whole thing really. LOL

Thanks in advance.


Tags: Landscape and travel

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ColouredImages 16 47 35 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2006 10:11AM
Excellent quality
ihana 17 12 Switzerland
13 Feb 2006 10:12AM
nice shot, mist looks great. you need a foreground so the rocks will have to stay so the composition is fine.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
13 Feb 2006 10:18AM
Lovely hanging mist and the foreground looks better full size

13 Feb 2006 10:19AM
I like the image as a whole, I would prefer slightly stronger colours in the grass though.
It looks like you had a great day out, I am so envious with all this greyness that seems to have settled permenantly!

MarkT 16 119 2 England
13 Feb 2006 10:25AM
Works for me - superb shot.

GillyB Plus
15 317 8 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2006 10:31AM
Superb capture of mist!
Blenkinsopp 15 320 4 England
13 Feb 2006 10:32AM
excellent exposure to get the range of light and dark elements so well
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
13 Feb 2006 10:44AM
I love it Pete, I've tried various crops on it and can't come up with anything Smile
stevebutler 16 122 England
13 Feb 2006 10:54AM
A great piece of work Pete. Incredible mist.

Mari 17 1.8k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2006 10:57AM
I've done a quick mod for you Pete, but can't see that its any better than you have already got Smile

Mari Smile
martin.w Plus
18 603 27 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2006 11:03AM
The comp itself is fine IMO. Perhaps Simon has it with the colour lacking a little, or is the foreground a bit too bright. Who cares, just to see this must have been jaw dropping!!
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 739 England
13 Feb 2006 11:15AM
Well, it's very attractive as it is. However, I've done a mod in mono - I know mono landscapes don't always go down well but this sort of stood out as one that would work well. Settings in channel mixer were red 130 green -30.
13 Feb 2006 1:07PM
A Beautiful capture.....!
Suzan Smile
gwyn h 16 432
13 Feb 2006 3:14PM me this a shot we are all capable of taking Pete, as opposed to 99% of your other work which is distinctly yours.

IMO the fg lets this one down (obviously there was nothing better or you'd have spotted it) the lack of much colour in that area (but it is Feb after all) and harsher light (taken later than the others?) detracts I feel. You'll be pleased to know I'm more than happy with the top 2/3rds though!!

Tried to do a mod, but couldn't get Scaleber Force to sit quite right in the fg!!

13 Feb 2006 8:33PM
Agree with Simon and Gwyn about the FG. I would make it a bit darker and softer to less pull the eye from the lovely mist on the mountain.

All the best
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2006 11:06PM
Thanks very much everybody - your feedback has been great. No digs at anyone on this site intended, but this has reinstated my faith in what this site is about. :o)

Simon - I agree with you about the colour. It bugs me too, but any attempts at boosting it made it look unnatural to me. As Gwyn points out, it was taken later in the day and goes someway to explain why it turned out that way. I also had difficulty with the tones so I think the grass is a touch overexposed compared to the mountain.

Dougie, Mari, Gwyn - I agree with your comments about the foreground. The message I'm getting is that the real feature of this shot is the mist covered mountain and the foreground is kind of 'tacked on'. I like your crop, Mari. It has driven home where the real attraction of this shot is.

There is an exception to all of the above though - I do love Keith's mono treatment of this shot. It seems to suit it particularly well. I think I'll have a play with a mono treatment when time permits and see what I can come up with.

I took other compositions of this shot, one includes a vertical shot that completely omits the foreground. I'm away for a couple of days, but I'll have it posted by the weekend.

Thanks for the feedback - it's much appreciated.

Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2006 3:17AM
I really like this, especially the way the mist is swirling around the mountain.

PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
14 Feb 2006 7:09AM
Hmmm.... Well, maybe a landscape oriented shot might be better. I can't see what is off to either side so that might not help. I think with a lower sun angle and warmer light, it might be more dramatic. It was obviously dramatic to be there when you took the shot, but you know how cameras need that extra punch sometimes. And if you found a single rock or plant as a foreground, that might reduce the complexity of the bottom of this image. But you found an awesome spot. Now just go back at with the right light!
Dotrob 15 Wales
14 Feb 2006 9:05AM
Nice shot.
tartanlady 17 58 Scotland
15 Feb 2006 12:38AM
I like the band of low mist and the way the light is catching it. Excellent detail and clarity which the larger version brings out.
CathyI 16 344 3 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2006 2:55AM
Hi Pete! I agree with your comment that the real feature of this shot is the mist covered mountain and the foreground is kind of 'tacked on'...I also think it's not strong enough to balance that mist. However, The mist is spot-on and I love the drama of it!
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2006 11:14PM
Thanks all.

highlander 17 32 Scotland
16 Feb 2006 4:00AM
Hello Pete, its lovely to get above the clouds and when the light hits the top of them it adds to the contrasting values of your mountain beauty, nice shot.
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2006 5:02AM
Thanks Doug Smile

ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
20 Feb 2006 12:59PM
spooky clouds - reminds me of Young Frankenstein for some bizzare reason Smile

all in all a well balanced shot, the foreground doens't have anything that distinctive - like a single stand-out boulder or plant that you'd get in a Northscape kind of shot - but I think the texture of the rocks gives enough interest to be going on with
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2006 10:33PM
Thanks Ade.


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