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Autumn in the Lakes

By WeeGeordieLass    
My last upload of 2011. My attempt at making water look dreamy. Do you think I succeeded? This was taken in Autumn in the Lake District. I can't decide if the fallen leaves look messy or add colour to the image. What do you think? This is another scan of my 35 mm slides. I cropped the image and increased colour saturation and auto fixed the contrast.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 3:14PM
It's a very pleasant scene Elaine and the water has that dreamy look you were after. The auto fix on the contrast hasn't done you any favours though as the waterfall has become very overexposed with little detail in the white water. It's quite a challenging pic technically as there is a large contrast range between the white of the water and the dark rocks and shadows. any auto processing setting is going to struggle. I'm not sure what procesing software you are using, so it is a little difficult to offer advice but I would try a manual adjustment using levels if you have photoshop. I would try to get the water right even if it means that the shadows are too dark.

Also you have been a bit heavy handed with the saturation slider. You want a nice green but your foreground goes beyond the natural. The brown leaves look good though. They add a warm colour which offsets the cool grey/blue of the river.

Best wishes


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1 Jan 2012 4:57PM
Hi Catherine,

Thanks for taking the time to offer your advice........especially on New Years DaySmileSmile

I'm glad you like the scene, it's beautiful in the Lake District in the Autumn, and I plan to spend some time there this year with my new DSLR.

I'm new to digital imaging and have got Elements 10. I've bought myself an instruction manual but I'm only on the first chapter so, at the moment, when I alter my images its "auto everything".

I think that this would be a good image to practice manual adjustments using levels because of the large contrast range, so thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2012 10:51AM
Nice shot. You will quickly learn that auto correction in software is not a good idea. It usually gets it wrong. You have created the milky water effect quite well - the only real problem being the extreme background being a little over exposed. Some work with the burning in tool might help. but a little less exposure initially, then brighten the foreground is better.

You will get used to the software, but practice manual adjustment.

2 Jan 2012 9:24PM
Thanks Paul. I'll have a go with the burning in tool


3 Jan 2012 12:55AM
one of the best photo i've ever seen
3 Jan 2012 7:58PM
Thank you very much Kaleem, it's very kind of you - I'm glad you like my photo.

It's great that another photographer likes my image.

I've looked at your portfolio and love the portraits of the lovely little boy with the beautiful big brown eyes.

Enjoy your photography.


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