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By Tony_W
Start of Baslow edge taken from Curbar Gap carpark.

Taken early evening to try and get some soft but strong directional lighting.

A gradient mask combined with a levels adjustment has been used to get more detail back into the sky (no ND Grads yet). Also the contrast and saturation have been boosted very slightly.

I was trying to work on my composition. I thought the trees, gap in forground heather and clouds all directed the eye into the picture.
Any comments or constructive criticism will be appreciated, especially regarding composition.

Exposure 1/60th @ f13 ISO 100


Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Peak district peakland baslow froggatt

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Humph 14 1 England
14 Aug 2007 8:30AM
Nice composition, trees on left nicely balanced by the dark cloud and just enough light on the heather.
Lou_C 14 755 2 England
14 Aug 2007 3:42PM
I think the composition is spot on, a lovely picture Smile
RosaB 14 61 2 Greece
14 Aug 2007 5:05PM
Composition is perfect! Saturation just right! I like the way the eye gets drawn into the picture from the beautiful purple heather to the fields and hills beyond! As Tim says the trees on the left balance the picture. Lovely Sky.
Glynn Plus
15 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2007 9:08PM
Great composition and so well presented.
Tony_W 14 128 5
14 Aug 2007 11:30PM
Thanks to all for the feedback so far. Glad you liked it.

John_Frid 15 514 57 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2007 1:30PM
Lovely composition and well exposed. Being an old velvia user I like a bit more punch, but that is a personal preference.
moglen Plus
14 14 1
31 Aug 2007 2:10PM
nice shot, glen x
Tony_W 14 128 5
28 Nov 2007 7:11PM
Thankyou for the very constructive comments David.

Not sure what is meant by "try a bolder and more direct approach" or what technique to use to blend multiple exposures for a more balanced tonal range. Is this a suggestion to use HDR?

If anyone can provide input on these points, it would be most appreciated.

Pete 20 18.8k 97 England
29 Nov 2007 10:00AM
Got your PM and as David hasn't replied I'll assist. bolder more direct approach refers to the trees on the left. His suggestion implies that you move closer and use the trees as a more prominent part of the scene.
Blending multiple exposure can be done using Photoshop and masks but it is easier using the HDR technique.
Hope that helps
Tony_W 14 128 5
29 Nov 2007 4:47PM
Thanks Pete. I'll bear this in mind for future shots. I don't live too far from Curbar so I'll have a go at an alternative and see what happens.


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