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Dry Stone Wall by Alex37 Dry Stone Wall by Alex37
EDIT. I decided that the processing on the original was disgusting. This updated image is pretty much as shot. I have done some exposure blednign and brightened the wall. That is literally it.

The original is here: [link] for comparison


The sky clouded over at about 4 this aftenoon but by 5.30 sunrays were starting to peak through. I am glad I abandoned my river walk for a loftier one.

Dry stone walls have been built for hundreds of years on Dartmoor, it is quite a skill and some of them are beautiful peices of workmanship, sadly this one has seen better days.
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:iconaegaronz:
aegaronz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing
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:iconsingingkkatt:
singingkkatt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I LOVE this picture. You seem to have perfectly captured one of those moments that really make you understand the beauty and grandness of the world we are living in.
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:iconagatje:
Agatje Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
WHere is this? This is nice!
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:icon27cm:
27cm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
used here [link] , thanks
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snoopcat99 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yet more proof that I have to get to England again!
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:iconmoloco98:
moloco98 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Great photo !
May I use it as web site background ?
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Not without paying me!
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:icondunklematerie:
DunkleMaterie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
If you ever shoot one again with sky like this, you can call this
" Return of the Angels " :XD: or something like this. ^_O
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Too cliche!
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InsaneGelfling Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Cracking image mate, but I think I prefer the linked image, the colours in the grass in the foreground are much nicer, and I like the slightly higher contrast.
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess that is personal taste, reality holds a greater appeal for me :)
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:iconalban-expressed:
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
I love this image, as I love walls of natural stones and the sun rays through the clouds. Thanks for telling about your editing of it.
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure, thanks for commenting
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:iconallanibanez:
allanibanez Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009   Photographer
quite a contrast to the original...which you're right, was disgusting :P
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:iconeggy-studios:
eggy-studios Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
This is beautiful! May I use it as a background for one of my manipulations? Credit would be on the image and in the deviation description. :)
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
no, sorry. Thanks for the compliment.

Alex
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Naraethlas Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009   Photographer
you have been featured here: [link] =)
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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Naraethlas Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009   Photographer
=)
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groovyfeet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
I understand why you refined it, it takes a subtle eye, rather than a dramatic one to see why this one gives the whole image import, rather than just the rays of light methinks. I like it very much.
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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Honest-to-a-Fault Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
That must of been amazing to witness. =O
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
yes wonderful, and it lasted a good half hour
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JoInnovate Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
great view from up there. nice pic
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:iconfero1984:
Fero1984 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
*sighed* I want to be there!
That is so awesome. I don't have any words for it...
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multix Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I undertsand that you like the new edit more, it is more balanced, but I think it has become duller. The original had more the "impression of light" which made for me the image, I don't get this impression in the edit.

I fully undertsand your position though, I often have this problem when printing in the darkroom, usually I tend to print "dark" since it gives detail. A year ago I would have agreed with you on the choice, but currenlty I am in a rethinking phase and prefer the old edit of yours.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Its difficult deciding between what is really a 2D realism, this shot, or the other, which really gives a much greater sense of the 3D aspect fo the scene. hmmm
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Shutterflutter Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Love this version all the more. The stone wall looks a little too bright for me but that might just be my laptop.
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
no, I'm sure its not, you neednt excuse yourself!
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prprincess3869 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
I love it!!! I love how you can see the Sun rays so clearly!!! Nice!!!
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:icongrevys:
grevys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
i may have commented on this already but it doesn't matter: it's great. well done!
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
haha thanks :P
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BillyRWebb Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008   Photographer
I do like this one better! Its obvious you enjoy your craft! I find most of your images epic in proportion.
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
T
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Xerox27 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Great Photo :)
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TheMadScot81 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I think they are both stunning but this one stands out better
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Ookami16 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
an amazing contrast between the rays and the land
not as in color but..... i think the word is composition?
the land seems so desolate and lonely, the broken down wall kinda says abandonment
but the rays of light from the sky, shines down on the land giving it a warm and a happier feel
amazing, truly amazing
question, i tried taking pictures similar to this, as in the rays of lights, but can never seem to capture them with such great exposure... how do u do it?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I shoot RAW so I can tweak the exposure in post processing. I think the real key here though was that the sunrays were just ridiculously good!Thanks for the comment

Alex
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Ookami16 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
ur welcome
i did shoot RAW and tried exposure changes but nothing really worked
were the rays more clearer then it was in the picture
like for me i could see it really well but when i tried to take a picture it was like it wasn't even there
in the camera should i use a longer shutter or shorter one...
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
yes indeed, the rays were more ditinct than you see here, that is what prompted me to process the original pore heavily. I think having depth percetion makes a huge difference for such scenes. Shutter speed wont really matter unless it is so long that the rays become blurred.

Alex
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7yearsislongenough Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Photographer
Fantastic! Your images have given me a new appreciation of the British countryside.
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TheWindWraith Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Compositionally I love this - I wish there was a bit more colour in it to pop but you can't help that. The current version is a nicer version than the previous to be sure though I did prefer the colours being a bit more saturated in the previous one. That may also be my awful PC screen which is older and doesn't pick out the gradual tones as well too though. So take that with a grain of salt. Either way, beautiful and breathtaking scenery - it would make a lovely painting!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I sure it isnt your PC screen. I cant seriously expect everyone to have identical taste to me. You may notice looking through my gallery that I am big on colour, but I like the subtlety of the colour in this scene. I do actually think that it is slightly duller than the real thing, so I might just saturate it fractionally. Thanks

Alex
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TheWindWraith Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
*nods* I think that was what I was also picking up on, a touch of dullness or muddiness - it's just the teensiest bit flat but not a lot. I bet a slight (I mean *slight* here) hair more saturation would do it *nods* But I'm speaking from a painter's perspective, not a photographer's so I'm not sure about whether they are the same. I do love the understated tones and subtle colour changes - that should not change at all, it's lovely! Just a fraction more pop to it and that would be it :)
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah I have now just slightly popped the contrast and saturation
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:iconthewindwraith:
TheWindWraith Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
:D :D :D Awesomeness! :S I'm so glad I was able to help too :) :hug:
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akhater Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
love the rays
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kimonokraken Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Yeah, this is much better. No offense but to be honest I thought the original looked like the sunbeams had been phtoshopped in!
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
if I was that good with photoshop I probably wouldnt be a photographer :P
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kimonokraken Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Haha I have no idea how to do sunbeams either, but apparently it can be done...
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