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Misty Morning

By quickordead
This was taken at 5.30 am in the nature reserve in Witham.
I used 16-85 3.5-5.6 Nikkor lens at 16mm at f20 for 1/250 second.
Large view would be better to see the detail in the cobwebs it the foreground.

Tags: Landscape and travel



LexEquine Plus
17 1 20 United States
29 Aug 2010 1:55AM
Beautiful light & mood in this excellent serene landscape capture. I would suggest to "tone down the highlights from the morning Sun"(maybe a touch too harsh). A curves adjustment would help. I am sure other EPZ members will have additional expert advise. Otherwise, nice work with the D90. Regards...LEx
quickordead 12 63 England
29 Aug 2010 2:12AM
Thanks LEx. I tried a selective adjustment as an overall layer adjustment lost the lowlights and shadows. It still made the image look unatural so I left as nature intended.

29 Aug 2010 6:15AM
I find this highly artistic and excelent in regards to mood and composition.

Nature had its say indeed!
polly470 13 25 8 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 7:56AM
This has captured a beautiful moment -not sure I would alter it in any way, as that might add an artificial feel - colours are lovely!
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 8:03AM
Nice shot. Difficult to suggest changes.

quickordead 12 63 England
29 Aug 2010 12:07PM
Thanks for all the great comments.
Thanks for the mod suggestion Frank, I had this printed on German Etch Paper at 16x22 inches and the printed version has a touch more contrast and the foreground is lighter in parts than can be seen here (same image no adjustments), which really brings out the cobwebs and dapples of sun on the greenery.

Paintman 16 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2010 12:09PM
I tried to add some lightness and colour into the photo. The sky was made bluer and the grass and sunlight through the trees a little fresher, or that was the thinking. I was going for the dewy freshness lookSmile

I filled in the sun highlight with a suitable colour then gradually painted some of it out so it wasn't such a light hole in the image.

Probably gone OTT with the sharpening, should have backed that off a little.

quickordead 12 63 England
30 Aug 2010 12:31PM
Hi paintman how did you do these adjustments?

Paintman 16 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2010 1:01PM
I mainly use curves and select each RGB channel to modify the colours and tones. I use a layer mask to paint out what I don't need adjusted in the image.

To lighten, I select a curves adjustment layer and set to screen blending mode. Again, I paint out any effect I don't want and use the opacity slider to back off the intensity of the effect until it looks more natural.

Use the colour picker to pick a colour close to the bright sun and fill a new layer with it. Use a layer mask to paint out most of the effect so it becomes a subtle transition. I still have a white centre to it but it's at a very reduced size compared with the starting image.

I usually sharpen using the High Pass filter or Smart Sharpen.

Hope this helps, Alan.
quickordead 12 63 England
30 Aug 2010 1:10PM
Thanks for that Alan. I used curves to bring up some of the image but didn't go into each channel. I am very happy with the image I've got as it is just the way I remember the morning as the mist muted a lot of the colours, but I like your mod a great deal.

Thanks again


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