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Sun setting at Loch Lomond

By sdixon2380
Sun going down and some dramatic skies, the picture was changing every minute.

I wanted to capture sun setting whilst still behind clouds for dramatic affect and reflections.

Tags: Sunset Sky Water Clouds Lake Loch Landscape and travel

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 7:23AM
You have certainly achieved what you set out to achieved in this very dramatic scene. However I am not so sure about the encroaching foliage as it seems to draw the eye unnecessarily away from the beauty within.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 7:34AM
This is very nicely done and I like the composition. I'm not sure it says sun setting as I would expect warmer colours? Wonder why you went for the small aperture. Works but f8 and thus faster shutter speed would do and add insurance.

Coast 13 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 3:43PM
Steve. You have captured a lovely vista here with the dark brooding sky, the sun's dying rays waving goodnight through the cloud and the lovely reflection across the water. Setting out to capture the sunset, reflections and clouds has been achieved.

I tend to agree with Nathan on the foliage to the left side. It is just poking in and not enough or not in the right position to create any foreground interest. If it were possible to come round to your left and retain the cloud formation and reflections then perhaps you could have used the strip of trees as foreground interest or a lead in line to the scene. As it is I think it is better to exclude it from the frame and concentrate on the vast water expanse, the distant hills and the brooding clouds.

PaulB mentions the lack of warmth for a sunset but although I get his point I believe this is an honest representation for 10 past 7 on an April evening. The sun has dropped lower and the last bit of warm colour is hitting the underside of the clouds as we start to move into the twilight and the cooler, darker blue before nightfall. That said this lacks a little bit of va va voom that can be pulled back in processing.

I've uploaded a mod to demonstrate, which lifts the brightness a little, using a levels layer mask. I've then painted back in the darker areas to retain the moody cloudscape. This results in the central sky and water being brighter.

I've then added a saturation layer and increased the red and yellow channels to pull that last dying colour from the sun.

Overall an appealing and pleasing image and would look very nice printed up, framed and hung on a wall - too good to be destined for only a place on a hard drive Grin.

I hope that helps and I'd love to hear what you think of the mod.

sdixon2380 10 9 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 4:07PM
Thanks everyone for your comments, this was my first post with critique so was a bit scary.
Paul, thanks for your version and I just love it...did I really take that, I admit it looks so much better without the trees and really like what you have done.
Not sure if there is a better way to respond to peoples comments other than add a comment here.
Niknut Plus
11 2.8k 82 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 5:28PM
Cracking shot !!.....impressive wide 'vista', with a great sky & lovely subtle colours !!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2203 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 6:21PM
Hello, Steve, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
We're not all that scary, are we?
A comment under your picture, as you have done, is a perfect way to respond to critique.

This is an excellent image and the reflection is what makes it special.
I don't think I could express the atmosphere better than Coast!
Having the sun behind the clouds is a good idea, it avoids exposure problems.
The ripples in the water are an interesing element.

Your horizon/water's edge slopes a little down to the right and could do with straightening.

This type of landscape reflection often looks good with the horizon in the centre, but I also like what you have done, featuring the sky by giving it two thirds of the frame on the vertical. Also, there may have been something in the foreground that prevented you from doing a 50-50 split.

I'm going to be a little different here, because I like the inclusion of the trees on the left. They are balanced by the more distant ones on the right. However, I would certainly like to have seen more of them inside the frame, but failing that, and having seen the modification, it does look good without them.


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