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The quiet fall #5

The quiet fall #5
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Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-21
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 10:07
Viewed: 4723
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yet another shot from Vermillion Lakes in Banff. This was taken a bit ago before the snow (which has since melted down, at least down here).

Lately I've been noticing Evelynn's use of what I've been calling reverse space -- where something that appears to be the subject serves more as a frame of the "real" subject. Here, I think the trees reminds me of that -- at first glance the subject of the photo, but after a bit becomes the bg and the mountains moves to the subject, sort of like an Escher drawing.

PP: A noice filter, resize, one bit of sensor dust cloned, framed, and USM.

RP: Thanks for the suggestions and WSs. I went with the square crop to move the trees from center and also because I like the informal balance between the trees and mountain. But I chose to include the shadow in the bottom and a bit of the dark tree on the right as framing devices. Funny how the square crop adds more area and pixels, so I had to shrink this to 750 with no USM. How about now?

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To Evelynn: bitsmbasil 1 11-13 12:27
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bonjour MIKE
magnifique paysage autonale, les couleurs sont claires et nettes. bon travail félicitations et merci de partager

Very nice composition in this square format; like you pulled it out of a Hasselblad. Been to Banff last may...still miss it!

It's very nice landscape. Composition with interest in FG, MG and BG is chosen very well. There can some improvements in cropping, if original allows. My opinion about colors - do not change anything - natural and beautiful.

Yes, Mike this is very nice framing and crop for this composition. Exposure is very accurate and sharpness is excellent. Nice work.

Well this looks familiar. I do like the square crop. I'm not sure about the bits of tree on the right...is there enough to act as a frame?


Evelynn : )

I'd say it's better than your first post of this scene with the trees dead center. I'd still say though that the FG cluster of trees is too dominant of an anchor for this photo.
The bright mid-day light also makes the landscape somewhat featureless; particularly Mt. Rundle. You may get more success with a nice sunset or some cool clouds to give the sky and land features more character.
I would also think that going beyond the trees and using that pond with a good potential reflection as a FG anchor.

Well done Mike.
I think the composition is better here IMO. The original with tree center is a bit unbalanced..Sort of like me ;) The size of the tree still dominates, but shares interest better with that majestic snow-covered peak right. The tree limbs, far right frame edge, hurt a bit..
Great exposure, sharpness, and color.
Have a Great Week!

Hi Mike!
Very nice shot! The trees produce the curiosity to see what is behind them...
I think that the tree on the right instead is not sufficient to produce a frame effect...

Thanks! Enrico.

Hi Mike,
Superb landscape! That is breathtakingly beautiful. Very well composed and framed. Looks Awesome.

Will revisit for pts.


Nice setting here.
I like all the colors and the comp, pov.
Done very nice,


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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-11-16 17:11]

Hi Mike!
Yes, I see what you mean with reverse space. It is a good technique, I shall remember that! The view is great, and I feel that the re-posted version is better as it draws more attention to the mountais.
Great detail sharpness!


Hi Mike,

A good POV of the trees, of the valley and of the mountains, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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