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Goulais River Aspens

Goulais River Aspens
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Copyright: ti ke (blue_river) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 52 N: 168] (1261)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-28
Categories: River
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT, Canon EF-S 18-55, Hoya Circular Polarizer - 58mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-14 18:27
Viewed: 3298
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot this fall, at the time it was difficult to achieve an overall good exposure without a GND filter, which I don't have, so I took one shot to expose for the sky, and then another to find the right exposure for the foreground. I then took these two photos into Photoshop and combined them, someone once told me on here to feather the layers before combining as it would create better result, so I tried it and it worked out much better than my other attempts.
I then simply:
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Hope you like it!

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Hi Tina!

I like your autumnal series very much. In this picture I especially like the difference between the bright and the dark layer. They contrast very well and highlight each other. The blurred reflection on the water is fine, too. I just wonder if the deep blue round in the sky is natural.

Kind regards


Hi Tiina,

I think this is a really pretty scene. I like the angled composition and the wonderful colors. I think that the two images still feel a little disjointed. I tried a workshop to bring a just a bit more detail in the shadow areas. Using a polarizer on a horizontally oriented photo often results in uneven saturation in the center. I usually avoid using one or turn it off of maximum effect when shooting horizontal landscapes. I love the reflections in the water.

Evelynn : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-17 1:47]

Hi Tiina

I've been meaning to comment on this for a while but simply didn't get the time for it...
It's a very successful blend, in my opinion. You managed to compensate well for not having a grad filter and the result is a well balanced exposure between the top and the reflection.
The colors everywhere are amazing and i just love how beautiful the aspens contrast with the deep blues of the water or sky.
Great job!

Bravo and TFS

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