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Heron Pike and Windermere by Alex37 Heron Pike and Windermere by Alex37
Another from the dawn hike up Heron Pike in the Lakes. The light glinting off the ice on the foreground rock was an excellent foreground to have. Whether I pulled off the composition I am not so sure....
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maikarant Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Wow! Very impressive!
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svangeest721 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
Featured [link]
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TW-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing view!
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Dirzyn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
The reflections in the ice are fantastic! Well done! :clap:
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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Bandit83 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Wow. Looks unreal, like a scene from a game trailer. Epic and fascinating.
The composition works very well. And the ice on the rock causes a great effect.

In short words: It's simply breathtaking
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, thats very kind
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Sieste-addict Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
well catch up
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TheFakePixie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Ahh wow, it makes you feel on top of the world. Very dream like, well done :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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TheFakePixie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
No problem! :)
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anjules Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
It feels like such an 'epic' (even though I hate the overuse of that word) shot. With such a wide expanse covered, with the sun rising to light up everything, it looks amazing. Well done. :)
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martinkuna Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
that is amazing. i wish i could be there.
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JTHM5000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Breathtaking and beautiful beyond belief
I absolutely love the lighting and keep up the amazing work I can't wait to look at your gallery!
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Andrea-Reyes Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Featured here --> [link] :heart:
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ladyrapid Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
That doesn't look all that bad now does it! Fantastic composition here with the narrow widescreen-cut, great!
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infinityloop Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009   Photographer
amazing- what exposure makes that sun so beautiful?

excellent capture.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Firstly. Excellent. I have read the other comments concerning the sun/haze/halo and I have to say that for me it works simply because it is unusual.
Secondly, I think the processing is increadible (and the capture, can't believe it's a stitch as well as all the blending you have done) I have read all your descriptions in the various comments and even still I would really struggle with this and probably have to give up at the processing stage. Well done, really, really good.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Jake. I'm probably going to do some serious video tutorials at some point in the next year because I suspect that the processing would be beyond most poeple simply becuase it takes a long time to work out how to do it and then quite a while for every photo where I am shooting into the sun.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have tried to keep up with you and realise that I actually know more than most but you are have stepped into the lead...

"simply because it takes a long time to work out how to do it" EXACTLY.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
mmm, well I think most of the time comes in trying to get it to look realistic, there's a fine line between going to far and just far enough! There's a collaborative project on the horizon with two top young photogrpahers which should be exciting!
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CainPascoe Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
Beautiful light/colour/compo! Really like how you've controlled the flare of the sun. To me it has a mystical, even angelic feel:)
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ancoben Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Another lovely one, beautiful colours :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Anne
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polkadot-shorts Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Beautiful :)
I have always wanted to go to the lakes and you've made it even more appealing.
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rossco666 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009   Photographer
nice one Alex, i love the warming glow from the sun in contrast to the ice.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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multix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Alex, I think I can sense the atmosphere, the light on the iced rock is excellent, the lake in the background is perfect. But at the end the imaghe itself as a photograph is not nice, I think the sun halo is perhaps too big and glaring. The composition itself relies on it to balance the left part of the image.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Perhaps you are right, but at the same time, I have sold 2 copies of this image already, so I think I will keep it as is :P
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multix Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Taste is taste! You asked about an opinion...

Well, in my current exhibition, the image about which I get most questions, price inquiries,etc... is perhaps one of the simplest architectural shots there...
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
well simplicity is best :P
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Same comments as Steve I guess. I saw the thumb and thought "Fucking hell!"
It reminded me of Adam Salwanowicz's shot of the Old Man of Storr in the snow.

Full size and the flare does bother me a little....I'm not sure what you could have done about it reading your description of the bracketing you did. Maybe cheating a little and waiting for the sun to go behind one of the clouds to shoot that part of the image (although I guess it wouldn't look natural to have a hidden sun but beautifully lit foreground).
Still, it IS as wonderful image, the foreground and the icy rock are fantastic.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Andy. I guess I cant have it all the time! I'm happy with the way the shot has come out, but I do agree with you.

Alex
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tosmac83 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
its a nice look...
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009   Photographer
This is a great shot Alex very well composed and the way the sun is flaring out doesn't bother me at all. But that rock is definitely stealing the show, I really love the white areas of the stone.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much James, glad I pulled it off!
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justeline Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
You most certainly did Alex! :wow:
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
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Hydrorg Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful scene m8 :D
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Really beautiful Alex. I personally really like the composition with the light against the right foreground rock, and grass, and the sun to the left of the shot. Some nice colours in those clouds as well. Only nit I can say is with the glow of the sun, it's a bit much over the land.
I have to ask, do you auto bracket your exposure by 2 stops all the time, and then blend them from there in the pp? Also, in the pp stage, do you tend to always brush out the areas you don't want, rather than using gradients yeah?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I auto braketted 3 exposures, one at -2.0EV one at -0.5EV and one at +1EV. I did that for 3 horizontal frames (so 9 shots in all) I then made 3 differently exposused panoramas and finally blended them using layer masks in CS4. For most shots I use a combination of gradients and painting
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the info Alex. Only part I'm unfamilar with there is how you mentioned your AEB settings. I always thought it was fixed so that when you moved the arrow along to -2.0EV, the other exposures were then moved along as well being set to 0EV, and +2.0EV. How do you determine how much bracketting you need to do with a shot? I have got myself some GND's so I've been trying to get used to using them when I need to, seeing as it saves so much time in the pp.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
OK so 0EV is what the camera would take on Auto. In P/Av/Tv modes you can adjust the exposure to -1ev or whatever you want. You can set the braketting in 2,1.5,1 or 1/2 EV increments. You can then alter the 0 offset so that you have -2, -0.5, +1.

I know how much bracketting I need largely from experience. A 4 stop range will be very difficult to blend and make natural. A 2 stop range only really requires 2 exposures or even 1
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Completely get you now, just misunderstood the first time round. Thanks Alex.
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Voohoo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely stunning and beautiful! if the image was big enough i would have made it my wallpaper by now!!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
well its not so.... :P
Thanks
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Andrea-Reyes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
This is one of the best landscapes shots! I think you pulled it off quite well!
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Noncsi28 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Wonderful...
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Andyw01 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Fantastic mate.
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