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Looking Towards the Langdales

By WeeGeordieLass    
Went on a 7 mile hike in the Lake District yesterday........and don't my muscles know it today!!

This is a view looking towards the Langdales from Loughrigg Fell.

I like the lead in line of the wall, which I think leads the eye into the scene and gives a sense of depth.

I had a polarising filter on the lens (which I've used for the first time) this reduced the amount of light hitting the sensor, and meant I had to increase the ISO to 400. I didn't have my tripod with me - didn't fancy lugging that up hill and down dale for 7 miles!

I've cropped a bit of sky to give a more pleasing composition.

I'd be grateful for any advice, comments or mods showing how I could improve this shot.

Thanks All


Tags: Landscape and travel

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Griff2012 5 363 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 12:12PM
Great detail and colours Elaine. The polarising filter has helped keep the detail in the sky. You've managed to balance the exposure across the whole scene well, Jacqui Smile

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12 Aug 2012 12:32PM
Thanks very much Jacqui. The scenery is amazing in that area. I really liked how the polarising filter saturated the colours.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.


adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
12 Aug 2012 12:47PM
Even with the polariser the sky is a little bit bland, did you have the polariser set to give the maximum effect? Alternatively, the use of a graduated ND filter to darken the sky may help.
You're right about the walls giving a good lead in, I like the S format they give.
The only thing missing is a sheep in a red jacket placed on a third to give a focal point of interest Tongue
12 Aug 2012 1:06PM
Hi Adrian,

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

I'm not sure if I had the polariser at it's max effect - probably need to practice a bit more with it. I might try burning in the sky a little bit,

Thanks for the tip about the ND grad filter - I've put one on my photographic shopping list now!

There was a sheep in the shot but he had on a blue jacket so I decided to clone him out Wink lol


NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 2:27PM
A rather beautiful scene of the ever beautiful Lake District. Seven miles across such terrain, will certainly take out of you, and often feels much longer.

Regards Nathan
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
12 Aug 2012 2:40PM
I like it Elaine.

If you can't be a***d with a tripod, as I can't almost all of the time, you might find a monopod more convenient. Mine cost about 7.50 from Amazon. It's a cheap aluminium job with very little, actually, no scope for positioning the camera anywhere except 'landscape' but it does everything I need it to and once it's collapsed and in its bag, it's a doodle to carry about.
Just bear in mind that it is very basic.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
12 Aug 2012 4:35PM
A lovely scene, Elaine, and because it's not bright sunshine you've got a lot of detail in the image. From a compositional point of view I may have moved back slightly or pointed the camera down a tad to get the wall coming out of the bottom left corner (as a variation). The foxglove in the bottom left intrudes a bit so I would clone that out. A tripod was probably my best buy for an accessory but no way would I spoil a walk with that extra weight. Your Exif shows f16 1/30s at Iso 400. F11 would be ample depth for this scene which gives you more latitude with the other settings.

All that said, I think this is a lovely image, with a great lead-in with the walls, and the fir trees on the left pulling the horizontals together.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
12 Aug 2012 4:55PM
Its a very attractive landscape. Theres no particular focal point, but a pleasant scene.

the weeds or foxgloves at the bottom left are an unwanted intrusion, so have to go, clone the out. I assume you know the polarizer rotates for the best effect, and that it will only work best when the plane of the filter is at 90 degress to the direction of light from the SUN, - so it will work better some times than others. An ND grad is useful to have, but want needed here and you have a good exposure top and bottom. The clouds are not overexposed. What you do have is a lack of contrast in the sky and the distant hills, and if you concentrate on this in post processing you can improve the shot overall. It can also benefit if its a little warmer (colour temp, not the weather!)

I tried cropping out that large tree on the left, - but doesnt work, - I was thinking that if you had pointed the camera more to the right to exclude it, you might get more wall as Dave suggests, but I have no idea what was on the right.

Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean.


12 Aug 2012 8:28PM
Hi Nathan,

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my shot. I'm glad you like it.

Today it feels like I walked 20 miles yesterday!! - it was worth it though.........beautiful scenery, can't wait to get back and do it all over again Smile


12 Aug 2012 8:34PM
Hi Bren,

Thanks for your advice about the Monopod. I'll definitely get myself one.

I'm pleased you like my shot.


12 Aug 2012 8:44PM
Hi Dave,

I agree about the foxglove and will definitely clone it out for the final image.

I'll bear your advice in mind re: the F stop.

Thanks for your help, and positive comments and advice. Much appreciated.


12 Aug 2012 8:50PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for the tip on the polariser - I didn't know about the 90 degree part. I'll do some additional work on the contrast in the sky and distant hills as you recommend.

Thanks very much for the mods - it's great to have a visual aid to see how changes can improve a shot.

I agree that the foxglove should go.

Thanks again for your great help.


Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 10:10AM

Quote:Hi Bren, Thanks for your advice about the Monopod. I'll definitely get myself one.

If you find that you would also like to also the monopod in portrait format, you can always purchase a small ball head to add to the top. I bought one for about 20.00

14 Aug 2012 6:34PM
Hi Frank,

That's a great idea - and not too expensive either - thanks very much.



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