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Frozen pond

By samjackster
Just trying to get a good balanced landscape thats pleasing to the eye.

Tags: Landscape Ice Frozen Pond Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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conrad 17 10.9k 116
26 Feb 2009 2:14PM
I don't think the balance in the composition is the biggest challenge here, to be honest. Granted, I don't think you've found the ideal composition yet for a subject like this, but there are other issues.

But first the composition. I tried something like this at my local frozen pond or lake myself recently, and no composition with a tree in the shot like this was to my satisfaction. It wasn't until I deserted the idea of using a tree and switched to something else as foreground interest (reeds, to be exact) that I was satisfied. Why? I have no idea, but that's how it seemed to work.

Now, the other issues. First of all, the sky without definition doesn't help. Fortunately you don't show too much of it, but it's not exactly a bonus. Secondly, and more importantly, there seems to be an exposure problem. I don't know, of course, what metering method you had your camera set for, but it seems to have had trouble balancing the shadowy part where you were standing with the more brightly lit landscape in front of you. And thirdly I'm not 100% sure that you got this really sharp. I'm not viewing this on the best monitor possible, so I'll have to allow for that, but it looks slightly soft to me.

But having said that, it's a scene with potential, so worth figuring out how to get it right.
Davesumner 14 28 300 Australia
26 Feb 2009 3:38PM
The biggest problem for me is the tree, it does look like it is in the way and it leans into the image making it appear more dominating. The sharpness is okay I think and the sky is better minimal when there are no features in it but as Conrad has said, it isn't the best position for this shot.

You may have been better to try and get as close to the level of the ice as possible and try to include something smaller to balance the foreground such as a rock or some plants etc. Then find some really autumn like trees with loads of reds and browns in the leaves and try to get some colour into the shot as well. Those ducks must be hungry, you could lure them accross with some bread and then get them into the foreground. Remember to get their eyes sharp though if you do that.

The problem with your shot is that there isn't one thing to focus on (apart from the tree that is) so the eye is jumping around the picture trying to find something. I find myself trying to look around the tree.

However, having said all of that, it is a great effort and just a little more work would make this look good.

I hope that this helps and I'm jealous, we don't get much ice where I live, only in the freezer usually. lol

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