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Old 30th December 2008
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foreshortened landscape

We don't have that much countryside right where I live, but there are some green spaces and with the aid of the 50-200 (perhaps an unusual weapon for a landscape) I went for foreshortening and thought this one on Boxing Day came out presentably: it was one of those days when all was tweedy browns and greens in the low afternoon sunlight. Comments welcome:

PS: the 'depth of field' is deliberate
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Re: foreshortened landscape

nowt wrong with a telephoto landscape - see Colin Baxter - consider chopping off the foreground up to the fence ... I know you probably wanted the OOF lead in but for me it detracts ... nice one
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Re: foreshortened landscape

Tend to agree with Chris about cropping - you've a nice visual line through the gap in the 'hedge', past the tree to those thoughtfully lit terraced houses.

Though you could crop about halfway (just where the shadow line starts on the rhs) in you want to leave some of the oof area as a statement.

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Re: foreshortened landscape

Many thanks, both, for taking the time to look and comment.

I had played with the cropping but left the framing pretty much as deliberately shot, for two things: (a) this was looking down into a small valley. If you crop out the foreground OOF field you lose the effect of looking into a valley. (b) If you crop out much of the bottom field but leave a bit in for (a), then the composition loses some balance and becomes duller (to my eye). The intention is to have an unfolding concertina effect from bottom to top i.e. the bottom field has less height in the image than the central, target field, wich in turn has less height than the settled slopes above. All in approximate proportion.

To have the foreground out of focus appealed to me on the spot, as the foreground contains nothing to distract the attention yet the eye is led to the 'message' areas of the picture above it (rural tranquility, peaceful human settlement )

The other area for decision was the light and sharpness. Though the low sun was bright, there was that definite wintery haze (and no filter on the lens) so I did not sharpen it too much in an attempt to preserve that feeling.

That was my reasoning anyway! Thanks again - made me think it through again.
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