No, not Dartmoor Zoo for a change. This is proper Dartmoor. With ponies, sheep and rain! I was well equipped, with non waterproof footwear that had no grip on wet grass or rocks that at one point I slipped into a pile of wild pony poo. Lovely.
I did get a "what am I doing" thought for... about 80% of the time I was there, but tried to make the most of it regardless.
Anyway, my main objective on that day was to have a go at landscapes, which is a traditionally weak area for me. I can't get what my eyes see into what the camera outputs.
by Crestie Crazy
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EXIF has been eaten by all the processing, but in short it was 5D2, 35mm f/2 at f/8, ISO100 1/500s. My first mistake at the time was trying to use only 24mm, which while wide, I just couldn't compose with. Every subject just became too small. I saw things perk up a bit when I went up to 35mm here.
So here is my crappy attempt at landscape, based on what I've seen others do.
Part 1: have lots of stuff in focus practicably to my feet - check.
Part 2: have something kinda interesting in foreground. Those rocks to the right will do there. It's actually part of Leather Tor I think...
Part 3: have something kinda interesting in background. The reservoir and surrounding will do there.
And the sky didn't totally suck either.
In the comfort of my home I'm thinking maybe I should have taken a few steps to the left to separate the reservoir from the rocks. Would me getting lower down to bring the foreground even closer help this or not?
Yes, this is HDR. I wish I remembered to bring the GND, but I didn't. Without HDR, I have have a nice sky dark foreground, or nice foreground white sky. As a single RAW HDR, the noise is rather chronic but not too visible at this scale (pixel peep the background trees). Oh, if I wasn't totally lazy I probably should have taken a tripod too.
Any constructive criticism welcome. If I hadn't already submitted into this month's challenge I might have put this in instead...