Discussion in 'Landscape & Cityscape' started by _rebecca_, Jul 23, 2009.
A cold lake on a hot summer day near Jasper National Park.
I like this hot. A few comments:
1-Exposure: this shot is very well exposed. There is a great range of tones from highlights in the sky to the dark trees and you managed to retain details in both. Good job.
2-Depth of field: again good job on the DOF. The image is sharp from the rocks in the foreground to the mountains in the background. A shallower DOF would ruin such a shot IMO.
3-Composition : I quite like the composition of your shot. There is foreground interest with the rocks, then the greens of the lake and finally the trees, mountains and sky in the background. However, I think the composition is a bit unbalanced as the rocks add a bit too much 'weight' to the lower left corner. Maybe you could try to isolate a single rock in the foreground. What do you think?
4-Suggestion: I think the use of polarizer could maybe improve this image. The reflections in the lake are not very interesting (mainly white reflection from the sky); the use of a polarizer will decrease the amount of reflected light on the lake thus bringing out the green colour of the lake. This may also intensify the blue sky.
Thanks for sharing. Your shot reminded me of two beautiful weeks I spent in Jasper and Banff national parks a couple of years ago. If you have the opportunity, go back there: there are so many beautiful landscapes to shoot in and around Jasper.
While I agree with almost everything Steph says above, I would bring out more detail through postprocessing in the dark tree area.
The photo is almost beautiful, but as steph said about the rock unbalancing the photo, despite of that I love this shot!
Thanks for the great critique, Steph. I know exactly what you mean about the rocks in the foreground, that is the one thing I wasn't too sure of with this shot. A polarizer is next on my list of must-haves. I haven't shot many landscapes, and I find them very challenging. I hope I get back there soon to reshoot, but may hit Banff next in a month or so.
@skieur: On my laptop the trees are pretty light and detailed, on my PC they are quite dark and much less detailed. I guess it's time I recalibrated!
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