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Old Dec 27, 2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default Waterscapes - Burrator Reservoir

I'm trying to force myself to get out and shoot more varied work so decided to get a few evening waterscapes but I got too cold so only did a couple from the same spot then headed home.
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Old Dec 28, 2009, 11:11 AM   #2
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Beautiful compositions and lighting. What accounts for the blue cast...was it natural lighting or were you playing with the WB?
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Old Dec 28, 2009, 11:21 AM   #3
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Thanks. The blue is quite representative of the evenings light, I did boost the saturation a little but the colour was already this interesting blue. They are long exposures (3 and 6 seconds) which plays a part in this colour.
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I really like the first one.
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Nice shots, I prefer #1 over #2 - great colors, nice reflection and a beautiful composition!

But that's just my two cents worth - I've started "serious" photography about two months ago, so my opinion really does not have the same status as others I think...
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Thanks Maggo, glad you like them.

As for opinion having status it's not just down to experience. Yes some things are leaned through experience, studying the work of others etc, but also the natural eye, knowing what is pleasing or uncomfortable etc.
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 6:20 AM   #7
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wow great shots, I like no 2 the best, it has a kind of magic atmosphere over it ~!
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While I applaude both the composition, which is rock-solid, and the crispness and sharpness of the pictures, I am not quite sure about the blue tint in them, which IMO, somewhat overpowers the otherwise so delicate scenery?

I know that Mark marked (no pun here...) it down to being "...the blue is quite representative of the evenings light..." - I still think the pictures could have gained by a slight 'warm-filter' applied to them.

Other than that, I have a distinct feeling that the horizon in #2 is a bit off to the right. Hope you don't mind, Mark, that I have made an edit of what I feel to be a more friendlier version.

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i prefer #2 over #1 myself, as i like the way the trees on the shore guide you into the mountains in the background with the reflection of it on the pond. the long exposures add a subtle bit of of smoothness in the water. #1 just isn't as interesting for me. the reflections are nice, but it lacks the impact of the sweeping pano of #2.

i think i would keep the blue cast. its a little flat and boring without it. i think it gives it the context of being in the evening.
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just to see what it would look like b&w with a little darkened edges to put the focus more in the middle. it would work better with a larger image of course, so ignore the artifacts.
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