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Colonsay Colours

By widtink
Another photo from my recent trip to this lovely wee island. Just thought the scene was very autumnalSmile


Tags: Landscape Autumn Landscape and travel Colonsay

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ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 10:32PM
Your right about the colours Rod, but the white cottage in the centre has blown out I assume the light was reflecting off the window. Its a pity because the cottages give a real sense of the scale of the hills. Maybe next time try moving just a wee bit to take the sun out of the window line.

Nice picture Rod


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Alanup 4 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 10:34PM
You're right this is a lovely autumnal scene. I find that the slighty burnt out highlight on the roof of the first building keeps distracting my eye. Maybe a crop off the right hand side of the image would also be worth a go. Very nice picture anyway.
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 10:42PM
Spot on strangely enough it was the reflection that made me take the photo in the first place .......... and its the one thing that spoils it Sad we shall keep searghin for the perfect image lol . Alan surely i cannae crop half the photo ??? think there must be a way (lightroom ?) tae tone doon the reflection. Cheers boys

ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
1 Nov 2012 10:49PM
Worth a try in lightroom or photoshop but I've been there and did nae have much success

Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
2 Nov 2012 5:23AM
Stunning landscape ! What a view ! Excellent photo Smile
Focus_Man 6 481 631 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 8:50AM
This must have looked stunning to your naked eye which obviously made you make the exposure, but a couple of observations if I may.

Firstly the cottage is tooc entral within the frame to give it maximum impact and secondly, the parefernalia (looks like a country sub-station?) to the right, for me spoils the feeling of peace and tranquility that you were seeking to obtain. The sky to the top is a bit wishy-washy and IMHO doesn't really help the overall impact of the image at all. The EXIF is not what I would have liked to see but I think your compact has given you that without much option to change it. Full aperture with a slow shutter speed makes life difficult for you as well as the reflections on the walls from the brilliant sun. The reflections you wanted there as you state but with hindsight I guess you can see the problem that it has left you with.

So accepting the EXIF as used - a judicious crop to rule out the sky and to place the building in a better location with the sub-station and its cables removed would, I feel give you a better composition. I will upload a mod to show you what I mean. The pity of this is that the land which gives you the greatest relief due to the superb shadows will be missing from your frame, which I feel shows the importance of getting the composition right in the viewfinder rather than making adjustments afterwards. I have also uploaded another version of the mod with the opposite side used and the cables ets cloned out. Each crop has meant a resizing was necessasy which meant a reduced resolution.

widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
2 Nov 2012 9:11AM
Hi Frank its not a sub-station but just a typically dour scottish hoose Smile unwhitewashed. Yup the buildings are central but i kinda like the line they take. Thanks for the mods makes me think. Too be fair comp is not my strongest skill it does need working on , learning all the time.

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
2 Nov 2012 10:58AM
Mornin' Rod,

You're never going to be able to tone down the blown white bits on the building and the area directly around it is suffering slightly too.
Rather than fix it, I've had a go at, shall we say, disguising it.
I've uploaded a mod. in which, rather than cropping away of your image, I've concentrated on the building and the area directly behind it.
I selectively reduced the exposure on the whole of the blown area and rebuilt the roof by cloning from the 'good' bit. I then cloned in a few windows (from the other building), touched up around them and replaced the undergrowth next to the roof.
Then it was a case of using the clone tool to generally tidy the area up a bit.
I've left the white structure, I don't think that they're wires, alone. Personally, I don't clone things out these days unless they're obviously intrusive. If they exist in reality, I'd expect them to exist in my photographs.
Finally, I desaturated the whole image slightly
I'm not bothered that the building's close to the centre. My views on the so-called 'rules' are well known and the second building's roughly on a third anyway.
Hope this helps.

See Ya!

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3533 Canada
2 Nov 2012 2:44PM
Rod, I think the structure Frank is referring to is that area on the right, lots of posts, sort of a fenced area. Would look better without it I think.

Im interested why you opted to use a manual exposure here rather than let the camera have a go, and then using exposure compensation to adjust?

All the above taken into account, - it looks like the best way around this might well be to use some sort of art or painting filter on it, which could make the exaggerated colours and contrast work, - Ill give it a try.


iancrowson 6 211 142 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 4:40PM
Cracking capture, beautiful rich colours in the late afternoon sun. Something seems to happen to that gable end. A bolt of light? Composition looks fine to me and I have heard of the rule of thirds a few times.
Bren's cloning mod is pretty good - except that he has placed a window in the chimney breast.
Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
2 Nov 2012 5:19PM

Quote:except that he has placed a window in the chimney breast.

That's priceless Ian!

I really hadn't thought of it!
Focus_Man 6 481 631 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 5:33PM

Quote:except that he has placed a window in the chimney breast.

What an excellent observation, you must be wide awake - have you just got out of bed Ian?
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
2 Nov 2012 5:42PM
thank you everyone willie go for it ! Ian rule of thirds ? rule of schmurds Wink
Bren thank you for all your advice and work the windae is in the gable end and it shouldnae be there lol but your mod works methinks !! I still think the original has the edge though ???? thats what it was lol if only that blown oot bit could be dampened Tongue aye Bren the houses are roughly on a third lol

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3533 Canada
2 Nov 2012 7:30PM
Finally had some time to upload a mod as mentioned. I did use an oil paint filetr, cropped close to thirds, cleaned up rhs, cloned over reflection, etc. Framed and canvas texture to complete the effect.

Hope this might work for you.


widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
2 Nov 2012 7:56PM
awwww thanks Willie you are a master of the digital medium Wink

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3533 Canada
2 Nov 2012 9:22PM
Nae botta!

iancrowson 6 211 142 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 11:34AM
Guess who's been to SpecSavers! Not that shepherd behind the house on the left.
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
3 Nov 2012 5:33PM
sheperd or haggis lol

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