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Want Pointers Wardle Reservoir - First Landscape.

Discussion in 'Landscape Photography Forum' started by Pete.Bony, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Pete.Bony

    Pete.Bony Active Member

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    I decided to take my chance on it not raining this morning and went out to have a go at my first couple of landscapes. I went to Wardle Reservoir as it's only a five minute drive from my home! Anyway, even though it was freezing cold I got a few shots showing what's left of the old mill that was at Watergrove before it was flooded to make the Wardle Reservoir. To be honest I have never seen Wardle Reservoir this low before! Anyway here is what I think is the best shot which I am quite pleased with. (I decided that it was better to have more sky in the scene rather than too much (Featureless) water in the foreground) I would be happy to have a few pointers to help me to improve in the future.
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    Ozzie_Traveller Old Hand Premium Member

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    G'day mate

    I think that you've got the makings of a beaut image here
    CC if I may ... a bit of selective [sponge] saturation across the trees and a tighter crop [16:9 shape] of the image to concentrate the eye towards the mill & trees

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    Thoughts??
    Phil
     
  3. Pete.Bony

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    Phil, thanks so much, it is a great improvement. It is quite surprising what difference a bit of cropping and a few "tweaks" can make.
    That is the sort of pointers I was hoping for to help me to improve.
     
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    alpethsm Old Hand

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    Nice shot and a decent edit from phil.
     
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    David_MC Always on

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    Nice shot and Phil's edit shows that even a small amount of post processing can turn a good image into a great one.
     
  6. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    It is a lovely shot, and Phil's little tweaks have improved it so much.
     
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    Image with potential as Phil proved with his edit, are yo shooting in raw or jpeg as jpeg's generally tend to be more saturated , dependant on camera and settings , you'r op looks like an unedited raw image.
     
  8. Pete.Bony

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    Hi Stephen, I was shooting in jpeg. I must remember to shoot in RAW so that I have a bit more room to work in my editing.
     
  9. Stephen F

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    I don't know what camera you are using as haven't got an exif reader , but you may be able to tweek your saturation as the original looked a little insipid.
     
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    The tweaks by Phil have really brought out the shot. It shows that you have a good eye and a few adjustments have made the image. There's some lovely colour in those trees once the saturation is boosted a tad.
     
  11. Pete.Bony

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    I am hoping that this is a bit of what you mean. I have added some saturation, warmed it up a little and then adjusted the contrast. I'm not too sure if I have over done it so I would welcome your thoughts.
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    G'day Pete

    PP edits are a bit like the proverbial piece of string ... how far do you want to go with it?

    Phil
     
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    I like your first attempt at landscapes Pete. I also like, that we have very similar profiles! Same age, same month, same camera (SX50), same software (CS6) and it appears we both speak English! I had a play and thought I'd just concentrate on lifting the land part of the shot and then crop to a panorama, placing the land mass right in the middle to utilize the 'Rule of Thirds'. What do you think?
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  14. Pete.Bony

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    Hi Isac, I like what you have done, it certainly has "lifted" the landscape a little. As has been said in the previous post it's a matter of how far you want to go with it. I also suspect that we can all see the same thing in a slightly different way with different eyes.
    I appreciate your help and feedback, thank you Isac.
     
  15. Isac

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    Cheers for that Pete. Always here to help :)
     
  16. Pete.Bony

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    Isac, I always believe in giving credit where credit is due and I ALWAYS APPRECIATE help. hints and tips, so thanks again.:thanks:
     
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