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The Honister Pass, Lake District.

By ziggystardust111  
The mood of The Lake District.
Its light, atmosphere and dramatic landscape.
This was the only light for a few seconds in the time we were there with our guide, Rod Ireland...
Caroline called it the Valley Of The Kings of the Lake District...

Tags: Landscape and travel The Honister Pass Lake District cumbria moody light

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4 Nov 2018 11:58AM
Very dramatic shot, love it


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4 Nov 2018 12:42PM
Dark and Brooding...

Alex 64

dudler Plus
15 861 1488 England
4 Nov 2018 2:25PM
Hi again, Vince -

A style is emerging, and I wonder if it is entirely conscious, or if it's sort of sneaked up on you...

You've got very deep shadows, and seem to me to be losing tonal differentiation in there. Contast is high, and the colour palette isn't particularly neutral or natural.

Are you specifically aiming for this look, possibly to create a feeling of a unified set of images? Or do you particluarly like this look?

I'm asking because the instict of most of the Critique Team, I suspect, is to suggest less processing and a more natural look - but we won't do so if you've got to this specific look on purpose. In that case, though, there's another question - what do you want from us?
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2018 4:10PM
I'm wit John. I can see what you are trying to do, but there does seem to be a degree of over processing. The composition is more satisfying here than your last submission, but still not an image that makes me linger.

Understood guys!!
All the images are to appoint
Our trip to the lakes was a short one and we were unable to get the best weather or light in the time allowed.
Sometimes it was just get a picture in raw with a decent histogram on the camera and then create afterwards.
My monitor is calibrated but a choose to go to the dark side lol.
Not a fan of well exposed Sharp pictures which have no creative flare. However I am looking to take a new photographic journey to improve and looking for ideas to get there. Not after likes so much as constructive comments. This is why I am here.
Flickr link have a look.
Not after praise.. want to enjoy photography and learn more..
Thank you for all your comments 😀
pamelajean Plus
13 1.1k 2079 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2018 6:39PM
Coming in here late, Vince, I have the advantage of seeing your comments.

I fully appreciate your desire to develop creative flair, but you will understand that critiquing such can be purely subjective. Some will love the dark brooding nature of your presentation but others, like myself, would like a bit more detail brought out (as in John's modification) in order to enjoy the image more. But I think this is what you might want, diverse opinions.

I like the simplicity, the strong lines and atmospheric clouds. (There's nothing wrong with a bit of praise.)
You're on an interesting personal photographic journey, and it's important to enjoy it.

Thank you Pamela and all for the comments....
Thank god photography is an art and we all see the world differently....
It's good to listen to others...
I will share so different pictures over the coming days and weeks that will be less "moody" :|)
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2054 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2018 9:39PM
OK, I'm a bit late here... One important question - what are you looking for in the Critique Gallery? ie why did you tick that box? You don't seek praise but at the same time I sense that you are not receptive to critical advice…

I like dark images, I regard the obsession with sharpness over all other considerations as a nasty byproduct of American commercial specifications in the 20th Century. What I see here is a strong composition and atmosphere that positively oozes from the frame. But I also see exaggerated contrast and saturation, a loss of detail in blocked shadows, and rather alarmingly sharp edges to distant mountain tops that ought to be softer. Those factors are a real distraction, they get in the way of my appreciation of the image!

So a lot of processing has been done here, and we can only really assess it if we see the original file - which I suspect will look rather different.

You can upload it as a modification, just click on the blue Modifications button and follow the instructions; it's over to you.
Thank you for your comments. I have learnt some important points about edges..
I softened one edge.
It has been processed very heavy and I know it's not everyone's cup of tea.
I will go back at some point and relook at this image.
Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.
Best wishes
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 577 England
5 Nov 2018 9:55PM
And I'm evn later! Though I did look quickly at this yesterday.

I do like dark and moody images. Nor do I mind heavy processing, and with a location and lighting like this it does invite you to do that. However, it's useful to mention that in the description to start with as it helps for critique - fwe have to take it that either this is how you wanted it or this is how it turned out and you don't want it like this.

I would say that the shadows are blocked up here, it's nice to be able top see some detail there.
My fiest mod just ensures a full range of tones, so the brightest areas are just that, giving that kick the image needs. As a result even with the deep shadows remaining it has more appeal. Deep shadows do add mood and mystery but if you go with too many people will struggle to look into the image and pass it by. I could settle for just this adjustment.
My second mod uses Curves for a little overall lightening and is similar to John's mod. The trouble is, a dozen photographers will produce a dozen different variations. None of them right or wrong as they're personal interpretations, and individual styles. We can suggest ideas and alternatives that maybe you haven't considered. You may or may not agree to aany extent but he more options you see the more things you'll consider on your next piece of work
Thank you, dark lord. For your input.
Mod 3 is good..
Thano you everyone for there input.
Quite a journey with this image.
I do like the mood on it and the transformation it has had...
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2018 6:17PM
My background and training is industrial photography where detail and subject sharpness was paramount and mandatory. Nothing to do with America! I do, almost always, like to see the main subject sharp, and I mean sharp. so do most commercial buyers.

I also, usually, like a composition to have structure, which means a subject, and the background is, however stunning, then just a background.


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