While walking round this lake on the last day of 2007, looking for suitable photo opportunities, I was passed by this lady in a red coat.
As she walked through the line of trees, I took this shot.
“Coate Water Country Park has a 56-acre reservoir built in the 1820s as a headwater tank for the Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal.
In the 1970s a smaller lake was created as a flood storage lagoon, which was made Wiltshire’s first Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 1976. Most of the site and all the water have been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), in order to protect the wildlife and wildflower meadows.”
Taken under very dull lighting conditions.
Shot in RAW - 1/27 sec f8 ISO 400
28 mm focal length [35mm equivalent]
Converted with Fuji Hyper Utility software
PP in PS Elements 1 and FastStone Image viewer
Another picture taken at Coate Water in my TL gallery
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holmertz (39569) 2008-01-02 4:33
A pleasant mix of green and brown, with several shades of both colours. The red, blue and white of the woman's clothes brighten the picture. There's a good depth in the photo thanks to the rows of trees.
tyro (19780) 2008-01-02 4:59
Best Wishes for 2008!
This is very well taken in my opinion. The sky is pale, as it so very often seems to be at this time of year, but it is not bleached-out. Similarly, you have managed to retain detail in those tree trunks which otherwise might just have appeared black. In other words, perfectly exposed.
An excellent photograph, considering the very poor lighting conditions at the time - as evidenced by your ISO and camera settings.
jellianne (250) 2008-01-02 7:09
Just want to let you know that I really like this picture of yours. The color of the fallen leaves, the branches and the grass create a significant contrast for the picture.
saxo042 (37226) 2008-01-02 9:09
A grey day but good colours anyway. The division of the picture in separate coloured fields is quite good, all these fields are leading up to and pointing out the bright colours of the girl. She is the centerpiece even if she is far away.
Glint (6165) 2008-01-02 9:32
hello Peter, this is a wel compopsed picture. It perfectly reflects this time of year when everyhting seems grey and raw but with a little of last autumn's colour in the fallen leaves to offer some relief. And of course the red coat offers a point of coour, placed in exactly the spot in the frame.
happy New Year,
philsim (1914) 2008-01-06 21:37
An excellent composition for you 100th English shot. The perspective of trees is reminiscent of Meindart Hobbema's picture in the National Gallery. The use of a red highlight in an otherwise muted colour scheme was a device used by the Barbizon painter Eugene Boudin. The red/brown leaves and the green trees and grass are nicely complementary.