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Christchurch Priory From Wick Meadows

By Therapy
Taken on a walk along the river Stour in Dorset a week or so ago. I liked the dead tree in the fore ground so I used the fence as a lead line from the right of the picture to draw the eye to the tree and then the tree points to the priory and (hopefully) takes the eye to it. Apart from a light crop the image is straight from the camera.

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
14 Apr 2016 12:59PM
Its a pleasant scene, and technicaly fine.

The fence, running horizontally can work more as a barrier than a lead in, though I do see what you are referring to. A lead in works better starting lower and moving up into the scene rather than bisecting it.

However, if you crop to a format that removes much of the empty foreground, - like a 16 X 9, I think it look better.

A scene like this, with a bright sky will usually have the foreground land area underexposed, and I have increased the exposure of the land only in the mod. This can be done in-camera by taking bracketed shots, preferably on a tripod, and using photoshop to produce a single image. The camera may also have an HDR mode that may be worth trying in a scene like this.


TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2016 3:14PM
As a rural type scene, it works well. I read your title, wondered why the Priory (as the main subject) was so far in the distance and virtually hidden by the trees, then read your description fully.

I like the logic of how you've tried to put this image together, although Willie's point about that fence is a valid one. Some lead-in lines are extremely obvious whereas others, like here, take a little more figuring out. Trouble is, if you make those things so obscure that your viewer has to figure them out, you run the risk of them getting bored before they've worked it out, and moving on away from your image. Unless you've got something else in the image frame to keep their attention, I'd say go for obvious with lead-in lines rather than more obscure ones.

The other thing I do notice with this is the perceived 'height' of the viewpoint. Would I be right thinking you were standing up to take this? If so, you may find that (ground conditions permitting, of course!) crouching down on one knee, or even lying down if you're able to, will radically alter your viewer's perception of your scene. One of the most boring things to see is something that looks the same as we'd normally see it (ie a viewpoint). If you want your image to stand out as different, simply change the angle you take it from Smile

My own mod is very similar to Willies, although I've actually cloned out that fence that cuts across the image horizontally. I feel as though it makes that space feel more open and 'inviting' now, and not a barrier to the rest of the image. Of course, in the real world it's a compromise, but it doesn't hurt to have a good look around for the best location and/or viewpoint before you press the shutter.

Therapy 5 3 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2016 8:40PM
Thank you for your comments and mods. Cloning out the fence does make a much better image.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2227 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2016 9:23PM
I'm having problems with my editing programme, so cannot do a modificatioon.
I wanted to crop some off the left side, as well as the bottom (as has already been done).
My reasoning is that, if your zig-zag lead-in is to work, there should be less space to the left of the tree for the viewer's eye to stray into.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1870 England
14 Apr 2016 9:28PM
Having spent a day with the woollybills yesterday, I now know that Moira (mrswoollybill) is entirely serious when she writes that she carries a black plastic bag with her for kneeling on!

A good move. Going lower, especially if you were closer to the tree would put it more against the sky than the ground.

Another option, if there is anything you can climb on, is to go higher, and spread thigns out more front to back. Not often available, unless you carry a ladder with you. Or a drone...

Here, I'd say there was something to be said for moving to the left a bit, and getting the tree and building closer together in the frame. You might also reduce the prominence of what look like more modern buildings on the right...

Therapy 5 3 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2016 9:11AM
Thanks for all of your comments. I will repost this picture when I have applied your suggestions. I'm not sure that I will be able to do the cloning so effectively thogh
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2016 7:16PM
Nothing really wrong. Pleasant scene and restful, but nothing to make you stop and look. It has a subject, well placed, but it is rather insignificant. I would crop top and bottom t a letterbox, but ideally needs a lift, dramatic lighting, weather, something to give it a boost.


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