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Wilderness Pool II by Alex37 Wilderness Pool II by Alex37
Continuing in my series of retakes....

Here's a shot of tavy cleave. I took a very similar shot last year but in worse lighting conditions, I am much happier with this shot, it seems far more in keeping with dartmoor.

I took this shot on a shoot with a Paul Morgan, [link] I think we both learned a lot from the shoot because we take such different approaches to our photography.
Whilst Paul is keen to produce and artwork primarily and processes his images to how he thinks they look best. I take the approach of staying very true to what I saw. What I find stragest about this is that Paul is several years older than me and yet seems to have embraced digital much more freely than myself.

EDIT: Sadly this was the only photo not backed up when my dad reformatted the home hard drive without asking me. I know longer have the original, which is a great shame, I was fond of this shot, I will have to retake it.
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serene-topaz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this shot. The clouds and colors create an interesting mood. :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008   General Artist
very nice shot Alex! Great dartmoor colours :nod:
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks dan
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008   General Artist
no probs :nod:
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Mystik-Rider Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
wow! Fantastic view! :clap:
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mzkate Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing shot, i love the different textures,
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wintergecko Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional Filmographer
getting better by the day my friend. Well done once again.
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mrcool256 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
This is gorgeous; great shot.
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GeminiArtNStock Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008   Digital Artist
impressive work Alex well done
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newcastlemale Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
Excellent water exposure and composition
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
:worship:
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multix Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I checked Paul's version, I prefer yours. But I'm a phanatic no-processing, so that must be it.

I think that what people say it is "washy".. is actually pretty correct since the weather was overcast.
Although the water came out well, the rocks and the trees are small so perhaps instead of even "wider" as some people suggest, I would have tried closer or more correctly a longer focal length, since I feel that the background should come out more, but the foreground is pretty much fine.
You used 17mm which is equivalent to 25mm in full-frame. I myself often find that 28mm is on the widest side I use for landscapes, because otherwise the backgrounds get too small and you need to view the pictures projected on a wall to appreciate them. Often I just use 35mm or 50mm and try to play with composition.

But that is just a suggestion, you should have tried both, I can't possibly judge from your shot if it would have worked better!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
17mm is actually 27.2mm on my camera, which is a 1.5 crop. I actually agree with you, you will notice in many of my shots that I like to simplify where I can, however I think it would have been impossible to get a similar shot with a longer FL. In previous shots of this location I have stitched frames because I couldnt get wide enough. With this shot I tried to squeeze everything in to one shot. I am not exaggerating when I say I had my camera haging over the water and as far back as possible. I think the "washy" comment refers to the brightness of the scene, I didnt process it properly. Thanks for the suggestions.

Alex
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Photoshop.

All of it.

I bet you didn't even get a single breath of fresh air that day :P
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, but my photoshop skills are sick
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
not bad...bit washy..composition could be better........
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, its washy because I processed it on my monitor at home which isnt calibrated, I'll correct it later. I am happy with the composition. If the composition could be better then how?

Alex
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
theres a rock that cuts in on the left hand edge of frame and the river meanders out of frame on the right....
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
so basically you would have shot wider.....
Well that was just a restriction of the lens and the water, this was as far away as I could get and as wide as my lens could go.

I think both point are minor in all honesty.

Alex
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
so do i..;)
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lakemans Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
prefer yours alex, I think theres a fine line between real and hdr over the edge.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad
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DeltaMoo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008   Photographer
I really find myself liking the contrast between the water, moss and stuff on the rocks, and then the more barren looking browns that make up most of the shot in the background... ^_^

I like! Nice capture, mate.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, I love it in the winter when everythign is brown and gold, so much more attractive than the summer.
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lakemans Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
texture and different element torn feel to the browns and golds. I agree
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DeltaMoo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008   Photographer
Most welcome, mate. ^_^ And, I agree. Green is all well and good... But, at times, highly over rated... I don't think, from my personal standpoint, that this picture would have had nearly the same impact had it all been lushly green.
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Suensyan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Very good!
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Very nice capture. Great vision and it must be fun on the shoot with Paul :)
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CiaranFitzgerald Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot. Came out very well
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jjuuhhaa Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Take that comma (,) away from the link ;)
Great shot btw.
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RickyLP Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
yes!, perfect.
perfect exposure Alex
Beautiful place and photo.
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