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Old Jan 1, 2010, 12:35 PM   #1
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As I was driving home I spotted that the cottage across the river had a nice fire going so some smoke out of the chimney. I thought it worth a try to see what I could get.

I took these with the 1D mkIII and Canon 70-200mm f2.8.

I'm still not great at this landscape thing but hoping to get better so I keep trying.

I can't decide if the 2nd one is a little bit crooked, I keep changing it and still not sure.
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Old Jan 1, 2010, 1:04 PM   #2
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Happy New Year Mark! I do like the both of these as you get a different feeling from each one. #1 tells more of a story so I guess I would lean more for that one. The horizon is slightly tilted......I seem to shoot that way too so your not alone bud.
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Old Jan 1, 2010, 2:21 PM   #3
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Second one is straight, at least the vertical lines of the buildings are straight as is the roof lines. The shore isn't straight so that might be what creates the illusion of it being slightly tilted. It's easy to use a horizon line when shooting the ocean, but otherwise I'll use buildings to line things up. I'm another who just can't quite get a picture that's not slightly tilted without some help.

They do offer two different feelings, while I like them both, I think I prefer the first one. Can't give you any good reason, it just "speaks" to me more.
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I like the first better as it tells a story with that boat looking like it's waiting for the occupants of the cottage. Having three points of interest across the image also keeps the interest.
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As I was driving home I spotted that the cottage across the river had a nice fire going so some smoke out of the chimney. I thought it worth a try to see what I could get.

I took these with the 1D mkIII and Canon 70-200mm f2.8.

I'm still not great at this landscape thing but hoping to get better so I keep trying.

I can't decide if the 2nd one is a little bit crooked, I keep changing it and still not sure.

Mark,

Especially like the detail in the dark areas. Wonderful pictures

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Old Jan 1, 2010, 8:10 PM   #6
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i think its a good serene scene. nothing fancy, but its a peaceful and pleasing pair of images.

i think i prefer the first image because it seems a little more balanced with the little boat on the right part of the frame. but i do like the symmetry of the 2nd shot since you get the full reflections.
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The first photo has a dream-like quailty to it. That smoke coming off the chimmney adds a nice quality to it. I don't really know why, but I keep thinking og "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain when I see it....

Very nice setting, nice subtle colors giving this quiet, friendly mood. I like # 1 very much!
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