Mountain Lakes

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  1. brianT

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    Here are some lakes in British Columbia. Any comments or critiques are welcome.

    1. Lindeman Lake
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    2. Chilliwack Lake
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    3. Chilliwack Lake
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    Thanks for looking. There's more photos of these lakes on my website, link in signature.
     
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    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hmm another place i need to visit!
    Good images :thumbup:... are you using any kind of filters?
     
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    I use a circular polarizing filter to deal with glare on the water. I've also recently purchased a Cokin graduated neutral density square filter. It only holds back 1 stop of light so it's pretty minimal.

    The polarizer was used on all 3 photos. Generally I use the polarizer on most outdoor scenes. The NDgrad was used on the last 2 photos (in combination with the polarizer). So there's a slight image quality loss with all the filtering, but the Cokin is a cheap filter which doesn't help. The image quality loss is hardly noticeable on web-sized jpegs. Pixel peeping the full size photos there's noticeable differences. But for what is gained in the filtering, the detriments are minimal.

    I plan on getting a Singh-Ray NDgrad as I've heard they're among the best.
     
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    Yea i use Cookin ND grads, although the ND4 and ND8 are probably the ones i use the most in landscapes. You will loose some detail in stacking them with a Polarizer tho, the best thing is to stagger 2 ND's so that the transition is smoother but also gives you a much darker sky if needed. ;)
    There are better grads out there than Cookin tho, thats true.
     
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    Your first shot is better than the last two. I do not like the combo of the two filters. It is a beautiful lake for a shoot though.

    Do you have others of the same lake?
     
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    I really like #1 but I find myself wanting to see more water and less rocks.
     
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    [​IMG]

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    That is what I was thinking. I love the colors in the water.
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The first one in the second set looks great!
     
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    What f stop you shooting at. Seems like it must be around 5 or 6. The background are not really focused and very soft.... I would shoot at like f/16 or so and try to get more in focus.
    Your Composition is very good and you have a good eye. They are lovely shots.
    Keep on shooting!!
     
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    Thanks for comments. These are all between f/16 and f/20. And the camera mounted on tripod and I used a cable release. The perceived loss of sharpness is due to resolution downsize and jpeg compression. Usually after I resize an image for web posting I resharpen some areas, but not the entire image as I find too much sharpening doesn't look good.

    The original images are pretty sharp for the lenses and camera used. And believe me, it's a constant struggle to make an image that looks great at full resolution into low resolution for web. Generally I find these wide-angle landscapes lose a lot of punch when down sized.

    I also commonly do focus bracketing where 3 separate images are shot at different focus points (foreground, midground, background) for a completely sharp image if desired. On these images I didn't do any focus bracketing though.

    Also, make sure you view the full resolution version of the images as some browsers downsize images automatically.
     
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    great stuff
     

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