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Copper Moor by Alex37 Copper Moor by Alex37
I dont usually like to shoot alternatives of the same composition. I generally pick the best shot from the trip and only post that. On thise occasion however I feel like the two shots, this and [link] are really quite different, despite being taken within 20 minutes of eachother and from exactly the same location.

Its particularly interesting to me just how much the colours changed in such a short space of time, both images have the same whitebalance. One of many reasons why shooting in light like this is so exciting.

You might also notice that I have included the sun in this one. I had some problems with flare. Heres a tip on how to solve the problem.....Repoint the camera to a new position so that the location of the flare moves relative to the scene, then copy that flare free area over the main exposure, its very simple. Subtle flare can be fixed with a curves adjustment layer.

Processing was an exposure blend and some saturation.
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
A gorgeous palette of color, wonderful shot!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
:thanks:
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LRMHamilton Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great photo! I think it looks great having the sun off-center but lined up with the rock closest to you:)
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Rowan-Haru Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
This photos is gorgeous.You can feel the rocks,their heaviness.I love the depth of the photo,lovely,soft and appealing colours;I'm already in love with the place.
I like those clouds,"nearest" to the sun. :)
Very passionate photo! :heart:
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009   General Artist
fantastic colours :D
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ladyrapid Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
Lookin great man, smooth colors and nice touch with freezin the sun like that, good dynamics in the composition.

/rob
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the-shining Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work, Alex... But I still prefer the previous. :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
good, so do I :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
I don't think it's as strong as the other shot, but if I'd never seen that I'd think this was wonderful. The light and conditions are the kind where you just want to keep shooting and shooting, and it would be a shame to only see one of them.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I am loath to present alternatives of the same thing, but this was just so different to the other shot that I decided I could get away with it! Thanks :)

Alex
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venetiangirl-italia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009   Photographer
Simply Magic !
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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RickyLP Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Those rays of light hiting the foreground makes this image unique.
Beautiful image Alex.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much Ricky
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
Personally I like the other one more, the light is a little more intense and I find the composition stronger, although there's not flaws with this shot either. Would it have been possible to lower your camera and get more foreground? I would like to see the light coming through those rocks ;)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree that the comp of the other shot is stronger. the interest is thoughout the image whereas really I dont find the clouds here particularly engaging, despite their colour. I have more foreground in the original. This is a crop of a stitched image, but leaving more foreground would have made quite a static foreground I think. The sun is also too low in this shot for the light to come through onto the foreground. Around the time that would have occured was when the other shot was taken, but as you can see there is no sun on the foreground on that shot, hence the brightness for the sunrays behind the rocks, which makes the shot sucessful. So, it would have been nice if I had had those conditions (which I had hoped for) but I think the conditions I got were even better!
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the best of the sesh. I love it.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Got the sunset bearing right didnt I :P
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sculpted1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
I didn't know Dartmoor was that big, may have to see it for myself some day. It's hard to say which I prefer because, as you said, they are really quite different. The lighting was awesome in the other shot and I prefer it's composition but the sky is a lot nicer in this one. Thanks for the tip on flares, it may come in handy.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Dartmoor isnt that big. You can walk its diameter in a day just about. Glad you like them both!
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sculpted1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Is it still Dartmoor up to the horizon in this shot? It looks pretty big to me, there's nothing in New Zealand that vast.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
no, the horizon is West Devon, thats why its flatter, but the haze has taken all the contrast out so you cant tell, but its actually quite green :)
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sculpted1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
I thought Dartmoor was the whole green section on the map but it says west Devon is part of it?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Dartmoor is the whole green area on the map. the western edge of the moor doesnt really go into the rolling hills of West Devon. It pretty much ends where there are no more tors and the feilds start. Devon is the county in which Dartmoor is situated, so half of dartmoor could be considered as being in West Devon I suppose, but I kind of veiw Dartmoor as its own region of Devon
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sculpted1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
So when you say you can walk it's diameter in a day, how much of the green section are you talking about?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
from east to west [link]
I have done 75% of this walk with a full backpack of camping gear and camera gear when I hadnt even planned to. It was just a nice day so I kept walking.
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Random101Girl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow thats gorgeous!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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Random101Girl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome :D
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EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
I like this better Alex since it is more intimate. In general I do not like panoramas. I love the partial sunstar and the color looks very natural.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool, I'm glad you like it Eva. If we liked the same things it would all be a bit boring. My mum also likes this one more :)
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EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
I am just guessing...... but I am probably the same age as your Mum...... or older. Nice work Alex...... just hope one of my 2 sons takes on photography as a hobby. I just have to get over to your part of the world at some point..... Spectacular landscape.
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Sytrus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
This is absolutely stunning. I think I prefer this comp to the previous one, but I am quite fond of vertical oriented landscapes. :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
well for me the other shot wins, just because I think the lighting is particularly unusual. I am fond of this one also however. Thanks
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DameDesReves Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
wooooow
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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scotto Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009   Photographer
Nice colours in the clouds and quite relaxing to stare into. For some reason it reminds me of Planet of the Apes. :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
haha good stuff!
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