My immediate reaction on opening this: "oooh, that's nice" (yes, I actually said it to myself)
Upon viewing big; (click the bar and f11 to full screen browser), my view hasn't changed much.
I'd be tempted to try a version without the cars in shot (a bit of cloning would fix fairly easily), but I think it would then need some humanity in shot. So perhaps just 'take out' the 4WD?
Compositionally it ticks all the boxes, I like (no, love);
- light on the distant tiled roof
- light on the buildings on left
- chimney smoke blowing across
- clouds in sky
- tree on right
- lamp posts receding on right
- forest on hill in background
Upon analysing for these comments, I notice the two trees poking up above roof on left are, because closer, much darker than the far hills, I'd be tempted to clone these out to avoid a 'conflict of depth' in that bit of the picture.
Never-the-less, a brilliant capture, well done.
Thanks Dave. You're very kind.
I thought that too, but she-who-must-be-obeyed, who had a look at it before I posted, said 'Don't be stupid', thinking it would make poor little Glenfarg look totally deserted.I'd be tempted to try a version without the cars in shot (a bit of cloning would fix fairly easily), but I think it would then need some humanity in shot. So perhaps just 'take out' the 4WD?
You're absolutely right. Why didn't I see that when I was wrestling with the brush trying to get the blending right!?Upon analysing for these comments, I notice the two trees poking up above roof on left are, because closer, much darker than the far hills, I'd be tempted to clone these out to avoid a 'conflict of depth' in that bit of the picture
You've earned it!
I should ask SWMBO to park elsewhere next time
Or better still, to add that touch of humanity I was talking about earlier, get her between the 2nd and 3rd posts on the right with a dog on a lead, walking away - I'm sure she's lovely, but it's what the image needs (I think).
Last edited by Dave Humphries; 5th December 2009 at 07:23 PM. Reason: add Or better still/humanity sentence
Last edited by Donald; 21st February 2010 at 07:43 AM.
oh please, it was only a suggestion.
What do you think of the later one?
Much better.What do you think of the later one?
Unfortunately, we're not looking after a dog at the moment, so couldn't persuade her to get out in the rain to provide human interest!!
Oops - just realised that I forgot to do the 3rd tranche (output) sharpening. Silly &^%$@£ on the second version. (Now corrected above)
Last edited by Donald; 5th December 2009 at 08:42 PM. Reason: Oops
All looks good to me Donald Good work!
I really like this, shame that the vehicles are in shot in my view.
The photo almost looks looks like it was taken under moonlight.
I need to do a version with the 4x4 cloned out. Nothing would delight me more than to wipe these things, that have never seen a muddy field (so why do they need 4x4), out of sight.
Taken at 4:53pm today, 5th Dec. Given that we're this far north, it is dark just after 5:00pm at the moment (gets earlier each day through to mid-January). So, the light was going fast.
Very nice donald. The smoke adds alot to this photo. Great work.
What a wonderfully moody image. The b/w conversion is spot on. Not a lot more to say really except that I really hope you develop this style. I look forward to seeing more of these.
Oh and make sure you enter this in the main challenge. It will get my vote
It's all clever stuff; looks like a wet Sunday evening. Brilliant.
Steve, Steve & Arith
Thanks for your comments. I'll keep trying to claim a bit of the credit, but two things have made a significant difference - the acquisition of the WhiBal card and Spyder 3. I would completely dispel any doubts that anyone might have about their importance as tools in the armoury. I was sceptical, despite all that I read, about how useful they would be. I hope I am developing a skill set, but there's no doubt that these two bits of kit have made a difference, particulary, I find, for the B&Ws.
Without the vehicle, this (to me) is reminiscent of a scene from Hitchcock,
the opening moments, perhaps? As a result, I also think it would be ruined
by the 'intrusion' of a human element as others have suggested.
Great pic, BTW.