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Well done, you kept your part of our bargain and shot portrait! Great timing to catch the sun at that point at on top of the rock. The pool is a good find too as it brightens the FG up. It looks and feels very cold up there!
Being constructive (I'm sure I'm teaching you to suck eggs here so apologies if that's the case), the 50:50 sky to ground split is generally less satisfying than either thirds or the 80:20 split (land:sky or vice versa). Here for instance, all the drama in the sky is located in the first third of what you shot. If you set up a bit higher on your tripod you can tilt the camera down a bit (of course that might misplace your sun) and you'd get more of the pool and probably more of a sky reflection in it too (using a longer exposure would help flatten the water and achieve that).
OK, you've done so well with your part of the bargain, I will hopefully upload a landscape format image tomorrow for you to get your teeth into and return the critique (as you know it's not my favourite or most competent format!). Fair's fair!
Thanks Alan, i love eggs and your comment, i must admit i was in a bit of a rush from work, late setting up, sun going down and i hadn't taken the landscape shot yet (see time taken) but i agree that the sky could be cropped to just above the top cloud and camera pointed down and move in slightly.
I'm always mindful of the comment my daughter made some time ago when she asked why i was photographing the floor when there's a perfectly good view to be had, i thought she had a point because in 50 years time when we're knee deep in windfarms (if that works) she doesn't want to look back on my photos of the floor. (kids today have no taste). So i stay clear of the 80/20 split.
Good point about the pool though, I thought exactly the same about the water as that would make the clouds clearer but on closer inspection it was frozen.
Enjoy your Landscape pic Alan and take two, one for posterity and one for art.
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