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One (two) from the Peak

A flying visit to Hathersage via Burbage North enabled me a little time to try and get a view or two. Misty most of the time so had to choose my moment. this scene appealed to me, but is it better in colour or mono? Taken with E-M5 and Leica 14-150mm and both pod in LR4.2



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Re: One (two) from the Peak

Lovely shot. For me, this one works better in colour. I think it is because the colours are muted and subtle, which gives a lot of atmosphere.

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Re: One (two) from the Peak

Great images David. very atmospheric. I think no1 has a slight edge over the 2nd one.
Which do you prefer.
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Re: One (two) from the Peak

Colour is the one for me, it might be worth trying a crop and losing some of the foreground?
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Re: One (two) from the Peak

The sky makes the 1st image for me, has that heavy , snow laden look .
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Re: One (two) from the Peak

Another vote for colour, and maybe cropping out some of the field... nice shot!
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Re: One (two) from the Peak

Much nicer with that hint of colour in the sky I think. It goves the image a later (or early) in the day context and emphasizes the coldness.
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Re: One (two) from the Peak

the colour version is better as the blown highlights in the sky work better. The subtle colure are very nice.
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Re: One (two) from the Peak

Thank you all for your positive comments. I myself prefer the colour version and I only tried the mono as the foreground appeared already to be black and white. I am not a fan of B&W except for just a few subjects and this is not one of them. I agree that a foreground crop would add to the image, I ashamed to say I didn't give enough thought to the composition at the time!

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Re: One (two) from the Peak

Another vote for colour! The colours are so subtle, but still bring a lot to the image. You could crop out a lot from the foreground to give the landscape a more interesting
composition. Also - did you take this in RAW? You could maybe bring down the whites, to recover some in the blown out parts, or use a gradient.
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Re: One (two) from the Peak

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Another vote for colour! The colours are so subtle, but still bring a lot to the image. You could crop out a lot from the foreground to give the landscape a more interesting
composition. Also - did you take this in RAW? You could maybe bring down the whites, to recover some in the blown out parts, or use a gradient.
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Yes I did take this in RAW and I have brought down the whites as much as I dare without reducing the overall contrast too much. I've also used the graduated filter facility in LR4 to reduce exposure in the sky and slightly increase the colour, I feel I've got just about as much out of it as I am able, but I'll have another go.

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