Snowdonia Dawn


simonkit

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 09:41
Seen as I'm trapped inside here in North Wales at the moment by poor weather I thought I would post a couple of shots from last October for some C&C

All comments appreciated

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MarkMorb

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 10:09
Very nice set...I like No.3 best (but I am a fan of Portrait orientation on shots like this).
Watermark is a bit intrusive but I understand the need for this sometimes.

Nice one
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Mannesty

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 12:43
Beautiful. The lake looks like a mirror.

The pics lack something though, and I can't decide what it is. It's certainly not location, lighting, or composition. Contrast . . . saturation maybe. Don't know. They have a kind of milky appearance to me. Possibly haze, but not likely if it's around dawn.

Did you use a polarizer? If not, maybe you should have.
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MX veteran

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 13:49
I've seen these on your site and I think they are great. In these I can see why some people think you have used HDR, 'cos they have that quality. I took some by the lake at Capel Curig in Feb on a still day and the light was similar (but without clouds) and the results were similar. I do think the light in Snowdonia on a sunny day is special somehow, hence my results, not so much to do with my skill!
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simonkit

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 14:41
Thanks for the comments, sometimes nature really does blow me away & this was one of those times, the weather & lighting were pretty much as good as it gets. This shot shows the fantastic clouds a little better

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Mongoose

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 14:55
fantastic shots, shame about the watermark although I understand why you've done it. Bet these look great in the original.
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simonkit

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 15:15
Mongoose wrote:
fantastic shots, shame about the watermark although I understand why you've done it. Bet these look great in the original.

Thanks - not happy with the watermarking myself but unfortunately it recently became necessary.

I've printed several of these at 18 x 12 inches & they look fantastic - I think posting landscape shots on the web often don't do them justice, bigger the better !!

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amilner

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 15:59
I like the composition of no. 1 best but the sky is a little pale. I tried a rough and ready adjustment using curves - keeping the bottom 50% straight but then as it were reducing the gamma of the top 50% somewhat and it brings out the sky better. Mindyou I am currently viewing things on a 12" laptop screen which is hardly ideal. I'm in grey & cloudy Surrey at present and my nice monitor is in Rome.

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even better - put a contrast enhancing 's bend' into the top third of the curve
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Malo1961

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 16:39
Mannesty wrote:
Beautiful. The lake looks like a mirror.

The pics lack something though, and I can't decide what it is. It's certainly not location, lighting, or composition. Contrast . . . saturation maybe. Don't know. They have a kind of milky appearance to me. Possibly haze, but not likely if it's around dawn.

Did you use a polarizer? If not, maybe you should have.

I am having the same dillemma. One part of my brain( the emotional part) is asking for that Velvia ooompf Due to the fact these kind of photo's are so often seen in those thick and expensive coffee table books.
The other part of my brain( the one with some reason ) is saying: If I took this pictures I would be very, very proud of them.
Martin.
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simonkit

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 16:49
My preference for landscapes is very much a natural look, or at least that's what I aim for - having said that every now & again I do "notch up" the polariser & give things a go, same spot on a summer day...



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Mannesty

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 17:13
That's exactly what I mean. The colours are more pleasing to me. If that shot had the clouds too (you can always add them) it'd be a cracker. I appreciate your desire for the natural, if a bit dull, look too.

Excellent photo's, well done.
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Hyram

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 18:53
amilner wrote:
Mindyou I am currently viewing things on a 12" laptop screen which is hardly ideal. I'm in grey & cloudy Surrey at present and my nice monitor is in Rome.

Tony,

I hope you won't be using a 12" laptop to carry out the judging for this week's competition
Hyram

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simonkit

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 19:40
[quote="Mannesty"]If that shot had the clouds too (you can always add them) it'd be a cracker. quote]

Thanks for the suggestion but not really my thing, if I can't catch it "in-camera" the 1st time I'll keep trying until I can - gives me even more excuse to spend more time in the fresh air than staring at this PC screen !!

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Mannesty

Link Posted 14/03/2008 - 20:50
simonkit wrote:
- gives me even more excuse to spend more time in the fresh air than staring at this PC screen !!


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Father Ted

Link Posted 11/04/2008 - 16:20
simonkit wrote:
My preference for landscapes is very much a natural look, or at least that's what I aim for - having said that every now & again I do "notch up" the polariser & give things a go, same spot on a summer day...



WOW.
As a newbie, I can't get technical, but I know what I like and that is VERY much what I like.
I just hope I'll be able to get pics like that one day
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

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