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Blea tarn in March

Here are some shots I took back in March I didnt process these at the time and I am still unsure about them now. The first I am quite happy with but the other two I am wondering whether they work.



Blea tarn reflection by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Blea tarn LE by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Blea tarn fly past by Alf Branch, on Flickr


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Re: Blea tarn in March

I prefer it without the intruder, but its a nice set of pictures Alf
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Re: Blea tarn in March

No. 1 for me. Simple, peaceful with emphasis on the interesting background detail.

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Re: Blea tarn in March

Stop it Alf ! They're all too good...

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Re: Blea tarn in March

All up to your usual high standard Alf. There is something about #1, though, that makes it stands head and shoulders above the other 2; I think its the way you have managed the reflection. Fot my taste I would take about 5% off the bottom so the edge of the cloud reflection just touches the frame.
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Re: Blea tarn in March

I actually think that the first shot is the weakest.

So landscape photographers need to carry a chainsaw to remove telephone poles, a snipers rifle for ramblers that get in shot and now a rocket launcher for unwanted junk in the sky.
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Re: Blea tarn in March

Yes David, I agree. Number three is my favourite.
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Re: Blea tarn in March

For me the first one lacks impact because there's nothing of interest in the foreground. The other two are both very good, I prefer the one without the plane but would be chuffed to have taken either.
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Re: Blea tarn in March

No 3 for me! Love the reflections.
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Re: Blea tarn in March

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I prefer it without the intruder, but its a nice set of pictures Alf
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No. 1 for me. Simple, peaceful with emphasis on the interesting background detail.

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Stop it Alf ! They're all too good...

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All up to your usual high standard Alf. There is something about #1, though, that makes it stands head and shoulders above the other 2; I think its the way you have managed the reflection. Fot my taste I would take about 5% off the bottom so the edge of the cloud reflection just touches the frame.
Thanks OM but if I cropped it, that would no longer be a 50/50 shot which I aimed for.

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I actually think that the first shot is the weakest.

So landscape photographers need to carry a chainsaw to remove telephone poles, a snipers rifle for ramblers that get in shot and now a rocket launcher for unwanted junk in the sky.
Thanks David can you supply the required equipment?
I rather liked the plane as it shows the place as it is.

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Yes David, I agree. Number three is my favourite.
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For me the first one lacks impact because there's nothing of interest in the foreground. The other two are both very good, I prefer the one without the plane but would be chuffed to have taken either.
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No 3 for me! Love the reflections.
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Re: Blea tarn in March

I think No 1 would perhaps work better as more of a panoramic shot?

In No 2, I found the rocks leading me to the dark clump of trees and their reflection off the stage to the left.

Did the plane in No 3 come much closer? That could have been really dramatic with the plane much bigger and lower over the lake. And perhaps then without the rock in the foreground. I found my eye went to the rock and kept going back to it. (Maybe should've gone you know where! ) I saw a Lancaster low over the Lady Bower Reservoir, and hadn't got my camera to hand at the time. If you saw a series of splashes coming towards you, you might get a worried though...

Seriously, I think 3 works better because it's lighter on the left edge. 1 and 2 look too dark and almost featureless to me in that dark area on the left. I think the reflections a re better in 1; maybe lift the shadows a bit?
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I think No 1 would perhaps work better as more of a panoramic shot?

In No 2, I found the rocks leading me to the dark clump of trees and their reflection off the stage to the left.

Did the plane in No 3 come much closer? That could have been really dramatic with the plane much bigger and lower over the lake. And perhaps then without the rock in the foreground. I found my eye went to the rock and kept going back to it. (Maybe should've gone you know where! ) I saw a Lancaster low over the Lady Bower Reservoir, and hadn't got my camera to hand at the time. If you saw a series of splashes coming towards you, you might get a worried though...

Seriously, I think 3 works better because it's lighter on the left edge. 1 and 2 look too dark and almost featureless to me in that dark area on the left. I think the reflections a re better in 1; maybe lift the shadows a bit?
Thanks for your thoughts Keith I appreciate you taking the time mate. I will need to think about the points you make.

No the plane never loomed any larger or lower it is a prop trainer with the RAF I think.
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Re: Blea tarn in March

I must admit, I'd probably have taken the shot with the plane in frame and then waited for it to bugger off and taken another shot. It's always nice to have multiple versions for editors and picture buyers and the plane adds more potential uses.
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The conditions were constantly changing with the wind speed constantly and the breeze shifting frequently over a day in numerous loactions and using two cameras working at Wasdale hardknot pass and wrynose and finally here I shot 700 frames some of which were pure optimism or speculative but you have to try I did get a shot of the plane larger in the frame on one I zoomed in further. I use two cameras for landscapes as I hat loosing fleeting opportunites when taking a long exposure.
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Blimey, I doubt I exceeded that many on my whole holiday!

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And here's me trying to reduce the weight I carry around! (Though I do know someone who carries more than that, and not lightweight Olys.) You must be very keen indeed, Alf. And very fit and strong..... Loads of Irn Bru, perhaps?
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