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Castlerigg

By Tony_W
Taken at the end of our last day in a recent Lakes visit. I particularly like the way the my eyes get drawn through the gap in the near stones to the three far stones and then up to the fells beyond.

Exp: 1/60th @ f11
PShop work: Curves adjustment, bit of shadows & highlights, a dodge or two on the stones and then an overall sharpen.

Hope you like the image. Any comments or criticisms welcome and appreciated.

Tony

Tags: Lake district Lakes Castlerigg Landscape and travel

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Comments


15 Feb 2009 7:19PM
Yes, it does draw your eye up. Up to that lovely light on the hill. Nice shot.....Sandy

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15 Feb 2009 7:53PM
Lovely play of light and shade, and a good visual path through. Excellent.
conrad 11 10.9k 116
15 Feb 2009 7:58PM
Does indeed lead the eye well, and even from the thumbnail it was obvious that you were concentrating on the gap and the fells, so in that respect this works very well. I wonder if the colours would benefit from some more saturation, and maybe a little more lifting with a levels layer, but I'm on a computer without PhotoShop at the moment and can't check that.
rangerpaul 9 19 7 England
15 Feb 2009 8:04PM
Hi Tony. Another great looking shot with a very good comp. The gap indeed does lead you to the light beautifully. I've done a quick mod as the one thing I thought was the midground didn't separate tonally from the foreground, so I've darkened the shadows on the hills using a curves layer. Thought this might put some separation between the stones and that great light out back.
Nice to know what you think!
Paul
Tony_W 8 128 5
15 Feb 2009 10:57PM
Thanks folks for the comments.
Conrad, I've tried a little more saturation but all I get is a false looking image. Maybe I'm not subtle enough. By lifting do you mean a boost to the contrast?
Paul, initially I thought your version was a little too dark on the hills. Looking at it again it does make the stones stand out more. In my version I am looking at the hills as it is easier to see the detail in them. Your version makes it harder to see the detail and so you aren't drawn into them thus overlooking the foreground. Thanks for the mod.
Tony
rangerpaul 9 19 7 England
16 Feb 2009 5:52PM
My mod was based on what we'd seen at the David Noton lecture. He put the emphasis on the light but left detail in the shadows if you wanted to look for it. It's all about personal interpretation at the end of the day. Nothing wrong with how you saw it at all. That's what makes it so interesting. Everyone has their own little ideas on how a shot should look, whether it be as it was or how you would like it to look.
Great isn't it!
Paul

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