I have previously posted quite a few photographs from this National trust property in Wiltshire. Most of them were taken under sunnier conditions than those that prevailed yesterday.
However, the drizzly dull still conditions, with soft reflections in the lake, show the gardens in a different light.
The rhododendrons and azaleas of early summer have had their season, and now the most striking foliage is that of the copper beeches.
Taken as JPEG: PP in PhotoShop 7.
Slight adjustments to levels and curves, then I used Luko's sharpening method to give the image a bit of a lift.
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tyro (20012) 2009-07-19 16:11
Well, it is some time since you last posted a picture here but this one has been well worth the wait.
This picture is just very, very fascinating. It also has a lovely restful quality. Yet, although there is so much to look at in it, I don't feel my eyes darting about but rather slowly absorbing one part, then another.
To me, the foreground trees break the picture into a number of easily-digestible parts, each with its own interest, whether that be a little bridge or a colourful tree. But then the whole picture is held together by the wide expanse of the calm and peaceful lake with its fine reflections. I'm almost looking out at some secret scene whilst I remain invisible. Fascinating and enchanting.
Judging by your note and exif data, this was a fairly dull day and you have done well to capture this so successfully. Perhaps the sky is a tad bright, but it always is on such days. The rest of the picture is perfectly exposed and you have managed to include good detail in the trunks of those trees which so easily could have turned out very underexposed.
From the technical point of view, excellent colours and sharpness as usual. Incidentally, thank you for including that link again to Luko's method: I have not actually tried it and I must confess that I find it a bit difficult to follow - must give it a go sometime.
Once again, an excellent photograph well worth the wait. Please don't keep us in suspense for so long in future!
Glint (6165) 2009-07-20 11:32
nice to see you posting something. Not just something or anyhting but this rathyer nice and tranquil scene. John has offered an excellent critique which I cannot hope to match in qualitybut I would like to say this has a certain elegance about it. The slender trees, the mirror like water and its refelctions make me think of a Japanese print.
saxo042 (37268) 2009-07-21 11:17
I am regularly checking your gallery to see if there is a new upload. At last, here it is! This is really a much longed-for return, I nearly thought you had lost all interest in photographing (or at least in TE...).
I can definitely see the hand of a painter behind this composition, the different patches of colours and the balance between these colours. I thinks, as well as Bev, that John have already written a critique that covers everything, and there is nothing I can add.
I hope there will be more contributions from you in the near future.
akm (1216) 2009-07-21 19:25
John has said it all so well already. All I can add is thanks for an exquisite photo of one of my favorite gardens. Your "stage set" composition, the light, the subtle tones and the gentle reflections create magic!
Angshu (55375) 2009-07-23 3:00
Spotted one of your latest critiques from the gallery & liked your indepth analysis. Honest critique...yes, that's something I look fwd. to, but rarely get in this site. In fact the little amount I've got in the past has allowed me to progress a wee bit in the lesson that is photography.
Nice view, but the light is a downer here, as you yourself said. I might have thought a bit of contrast could have boosted the colours. I also observe a bit of a blur or lack of sharpness towards the left BG, maybe selective sharpening of that portion could help. I was also wondering why you composed with the two thin tree trunks in the FG...do they add to the picture? IMHO, you could have stepped up a bit or taken an angle to avoid those two trees. But I do like the mesh like leaves which cover the washed out sky at the top.
Buin (42280) 2009-07-23 10:59
What a sight - and what a well-kept park. The missing direct sunlight here somehow emphasizes the colours and there are no hard shadows at all. The point of view here reallyis very favourable,creating a wonderful depth. A place "to let the soul dangle ..."
Greetings from sticky and thundery Germany!
Keitht (1292) 2009-07-23 13:27
It's rare to find an image of Stourhead that uses an original viewpoint, but you've certainly done it here. The reflections are great and I like the way the overhanging branches have masked a very bland sky.
In a perfect world there would be a bit more light on the tree trunks in the foreground, but you have certainly used them very well to frame the pictures within a picture.
ManuMay (34433) 2009-07-29 1:22
A dream like picture...very good light conditions and colours, refelctions are superb...
iainsp (2626) 2010-09-11 7:36
my first exposure to your portfolio and there are soem wonderful works in it. This one is so evocative of a place that I am sure many English people would look on it as 'their' photograph.
As you point out, you have picked a difficult day to shoot a masterpiece - uniform grey skies are never easy - even when they do lend a beautiful, subdued light to the environment. Your use of the foreground trees is an excellent touch and the splash of purple to the left sets of the wonderful range of greens in your shot.
great work, regards, Iain
PS - a thought: crop it down to exactly where the sky is all cut out - it seems to provide a richer, green panoramic shot - with enough leaves in the top of the pictures to ensure the tree trunks do not look out of place.
- Copyright: Peter Geldart (graffer) (1800)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-18
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon 28-300, Kood Circular Polariser
- Exposure: f/3.4, 1/60 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2009-07-19 10:12
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