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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:30 am 
Smailholm Tower in the Scottish Borders:

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What do you think?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:00 pm 
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To my eye it's a lovely composition. It's difficult to tell from the thumbnail so when you look at the full size image is the tower in sharp focus?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:41 pm 
100% Crop of the tower:
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And one of the grass for you to compare it to:
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A tad soft maybe, but (IMO) not overly so. Do you agree?


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calmac1991 wrote:
...A tad soft maybe, but (IMO) not overly so. Do you agree?

Looks pretty good to me - it's not as though you would ever normally view the picture at that scale. I think the thumbnail was playing tricks on my ageing eyesight. :shock: Thank you very much for posting the 100% crops.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:03 am 
That is a lovely shot and composition altogether!! I can hear almost hear a huffing and puffing Gimli coming up behind me, grumbling about how dwarves are not meant to be long-distance runners...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:08 pm 
I like that shot, calmac1991. The composition, although breaking the rule of thirds, works - and you've got a good depth of field for the foreground interest. If I do have to be overly critical, then the shot could have been improved with an ND grad to reduce the overexposure of the sky, and/or a polarising filter for the foreground water. Good job though.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:46 pm 
Another version of the shot:

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Which do you prefer?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:44 pm 
ohhh, personally the second much more.
I find it more captivating as you've included the rocks & high grass/small plants formation of the left. I also find the subtle touches of green and dark yellow make for a richer shot overall.

:) just my "amaturish" opinion ... beautiful landscape shot !


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:51 pm 
I like the first better.

Deeper blue makes the scene a little bit more dramatic. I also like darker tones.

Anyways, both are excellent.

Cheers :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:23 pm 
Beautiful is all i can say, i've always loved scotland. this only makes me want to go there more :)


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I love them both...
so stark, standing there alone, on the Borders..
I can see where they cut the stones from the hills there.. to the left, and I wonder how they made that tower so straight! Here it stands, to this day..
Great shot for capturing the lure of Scotland, and the imagination...for the day, and for who came before..

number two for me, please, if I must choose.

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I vote for #1 as #2 is to washed out for my liking.
In general it would have loved to see this place at dusk to give it a more brooding impression. But you cannot always be there at all the right times :cry:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:40 am 
It's not far from where I live, so I'll probably try again at dusk sometime.


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whoooohoooooo! go get your camera! I can't wait to see the photo..


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