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    Tracks in the Mud

    Tracks in the Mud
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    Very good, Donald. The composition is particularly good. I think winter in Scotland looks slightly bleaker than winter in Wales. I like the lighter area at the top and bottom, with the darker areas in the centre.

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    I like it, Donald. Beautifully sharp, overall, as far as I can tell, and captures the atmosphere. Attractive composition.
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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Grant

    Thanks for the comment and raising the point about sharpness. There is a connection here with a recent post by Katy in which we discussed the problem of halos.

    I actually put a layer mask on this and painted back the sharpness on the tree branches by 50%. At the full 100% they looked way over-sharpened.

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    What a great shot, I love the moody black and white. I am not one to give critique as I am young and don't have much expirience, however maybe if you cropped the right side in so it is just before the tree?

    How I wish I lived somewhere like Scotland or Ireland!

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    Hi Donald,
    For me the drama at the bottom third of the image holds me, great. Then the eye follows along the wheel tracks and hedge directly to the bails and the trees. Here the eye sits, stopped by the horizon and that is very pleasing, for the beautiful sky is soft and gentle on the eye and does not make any real demands. A very pleasing image Donald, well done.

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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Rebecca & Bryant.

    Thanks for your helpful comments. The views of others always encourages us to re-evaluate and re-assess.

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    Donald, once again you capture the atmosphere and mood of our green and pleasant land. The lead in of the tracks to a positive destination makes this a walk in image. This could only be Britain and you bottle that commodity and serve it in spades.

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    Hi Donald,

    I like that photo. I can already feel the cold wet weather while walking in the mud towards the trees. It looks like late autum in Scotland is as bad as in Germany. Luckily I am at home, sitting in my armchair and just decided to take a glass of Macallan.

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    Very nice photo! It reminds me of how much I need to get a GND!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pono View Post
    It reminds me of how much I need to get a GND!
    ... and a tractor?

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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Very Nice

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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Grant

    Thanks for the comment and raising the point about sharpness. There is a connection here with a recent post by Katy in which we discussed the problem of halos.


    I actually put a layer mask on this and painted back the sharpness on the tree branches by 50%. At the full 100% they looked way over-sharpened.
    That is a really interesting comment, Donald, about the over sharp tree branches. I have noticed with photos of palm fronds that you get what looks like interference fringes across the parallel fronds. It is really disturbing. I now think that over sharpness may be the problem. I will give your solution a try.

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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Donald- Very nice shot. I do like the way it leads your eye though it.

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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Thank you for the additional comments above

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    It looks like late autum in Scotland is as bad as in Germany.
    We had the first low-level snowfall of the year this morning. Some higher level roads closed. This location for this image will, for example, have a covering of snow this morning.

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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Wonderful shot, Donald -- I love the lines of it. Well done.

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    I like this photo; it reminded me of similar photo I had taken. So I rummaged through all my photos taken in my ill spent youth, and here it is. Taken about 1960 on Ilford FP3 film and printed on Ilford Multigrad paper. (those were the days with the smell of developer and Johnsons daylight loading developing tanks). About the same time I took the other photo of a country lane in the same area. Note the gas lamps and pre Common Market road signs . These photos were taken at a place called Chigwell in Essex.

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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Great shot Donald. Your vision and control of light is just getting betterer and betterer and the time.

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    Re: Tracks in the Mud

    Thank you for the latest comments above

    Quote Originally Posted by delboy View Post
    I like this photo; it reminded me of similar photo I had taken. S
    Glad I was able to stir up come memories. There's something about old country lanes and roads!
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