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New Year in Buttermere

By Stoxpix
The camera setting date is probably wrong - I'll get round to re-setting it sometime - but it was bitterly cold at Lake Buttermere (UK) in late December 2013. The lighting was such that it created the effect of monochrome but for the fairly lights in the tree.

Would appreciate some constructive input from the pros.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 5:47PM
Time must be wrong. Would be dark at this time and date. Obviously very low light and a decent interesting shot made by the artificial lights. The effect is monochrome in acway, blue and white! There is a heavy cyan cast due to light levels, but I don't mind because the lights tell me it is nearly dark. The result is I expect a bluish cast.

Not a bad image at all in the conditions. There is a slight loss of definition on the building, probably due to the liw shutter speed and 70mm focal length. Was the camera supported?


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16 Jan 2014 7:29PM
Thanks, Paul. You are right. The time and date are incorrect on my camera. I just haven't gotten around to re-setting them. And l agree, the slight loss of definition was due to the low shutter speed and the fact that it was hand-held. And that hand was freezing as well!

Input much appreciated.


banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
16 Jan 2014 7:32PM
Its a pleasant shot just as it is. The other lights in the building also stand out, apart from the tree lights.

The building isnt actually blue, its white, though it looks blue due to underexposure rather than time of day. Its looks OK blue as it does suggest dusk. The mod shows what it would look like had the exposure been correct, - still quite monochromatic.

If you had used a +1 exposure compensation to correct for the white building, the downside would be a slower shutter speed, and that would have certainly caused some blur unless the camera was on a solid support.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 9:04PM
Going by your title, Brian, your subject is the New Year, so you have tried to show the pink lights in the tree and the decorative lights inside the Inn.

You chose to focus on the Inn and the pink lights are therefore blurred, because they were closer to your camera and not on the same focal plane as the Inn.
The alternative would have been to focus on the lights and to allow the Inn to become blurred, as a background to the tree and its lights.
I think this would have looked very attractive and, since those lights are the only nice bit of colour in the frame, and if they had been in focus, they would have obviously been your main point of interest. As it is, my first thought was that it was a shame they were out of focus. My eye is always drawn to out of focused areas, and I think probably more so in this case, simply because of the splash of colour.

In my modification I have cropped very tight, just allowing the tree and lights to frame the Inn and to become less of a feature, the crop concentrating on the important elements. The crop also removes the bollards at the bottom of the frame which, because there are only a few bits showing, pull the eye and start to act as a barrier to the scene.
I reduced the blue, did a Levels adjustment, sharpened, and selectively saturated a few bits on the Inn where I discovered a bit of colour lurking.


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