Taken looking north across Derwent Water from the east side of the lake near Ashness Bridge and looking toward the town of Keswick. Here there is an abundance of beautiful neat drystone walls of Cumbrian stone and slate and that little gate almost seemed to beckon me on further on my little ramble.
Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE9 with little other than cropping, slight adjustment of levels, resizing and sharpening.
As always, all comments/critiques/advice are warmly welcomed!
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dta (65694) 2011-06-15 10:48
Hello John ,
May be that the light is a little poor , but the atmosphere is very fine . And the composition is excellent , with two very interesting grounds : the first one , with the old stoned walls and the wooden fences , and the second one , a splendid lake surounded by green mountains .
It seems that this is one of the most interesting places , for my taste , in England .
saxo042 (37268) 2011-06-15 12:01
You have expertly built this picture along the diagonal with the drystone wall and separated the picture into two equally interesting parts. The are many fine details in the foreground part. The background landscape is quite fantastic. I was here on a rainy day in 1958 (not up here, but along the lake). I can΄t remember if we ever left the car...
graffer (1800) 2011-06-16 7:43
I've been looking forward to seeing the results of your weekend trip to the Lake District. And of course, the images from your new camera.
As a composition this picture ticks all the boxes. The end of the lake in the distance sits neatly on one powerpoint and the stone steps up to the gate lie close to the diagonally opposite one. Also, I like the way that the gate is very slightly ajar, an invitation which leads the eye on and up to the top right corner of the image.
Reading your replies to the critiques from Denis and Gunnar, it seems that you are slightly disappointed with the final result.
I wonder, if the sun had been shining a little more strongly on the foreground, would the perspective effect have been more satisfying?
Anyway, I very much like the picture.
MJR (3360) 2011-06-22 12:56
I have looked at this a lot, here and Flickr, and with the benefit of new found wisdom I read on one of your critiques realise at last why it is not quite right for me. I think somewhere I read you were not entirely satisfied too ? The foreground is so strong, and the abrupt change to the softer background creates a jar. The Aerial Perspective ( get it ! ) is not gradual and the wall, while giving mystery, stops the midground from helping the transition.
I see the other merits of your composition, thirds as ever, good sharpness, good colour, but that missing middle ground makes it unbalanced for me. It is nevertheless a good record of the moment, and a view to treasure. The eye on the day is more forgiving than the lens is after the event..
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20018)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-11
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-15 9:35