Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Show your photos > Looking for improvement

Looking for improvement This is the e-group critique board. If you post a picture here it will be assumed that you are looking for comprehensive technical feedback - both good and bad, but always respectful. Only post pictures here if you can deal with potentially negative constructive criticism. Anyone is qualified to comment and post feedback, and everyone is encouraged to do so. NB: "Looking for Improvement" is the place to post any pictures you would like advice on improving, no matter how bad you might think they are.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 27th January 2014
wanderer's Avatar
wanderer wanderer is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Penicuik
Posts: 1,248
Thanks: 95
Thanked 115 Times in 100 Posts
Likes: 19
Liked 45 Times in 28 Posts
A day in Affric

Despite the 'incident' already mentioned I did have a good time based in Inverness for a week. The weather was January but not too much snow and some rather nice stuff.
I had a wander into Glen Affric in Iain MacD's territory When I eventually got to the end of the road the light was disappointing, but halfway up..... a different matter.
First up a wee waterfall that Iain has already photographed although Laurie Campbell has the best I've seen.
These are my versions, one just low ISO and mall aperture and the other with a 10 stop ND filter. the filter does seem to have a 'warm'tint.
Which do you prefer?



At dusk the mist was drifting about and I managed to get a few shots in the Birches.
Here is one in colour and also b&w. Again which do you prefer? I favour the colour version as they are muted but there.



Whilst shooting the waterfall, I turned round and was presented with an astounding sight; the frost had melted to a million drops on the birches. This took a bit of composing but I liked the idea of the tree 500m away sahrp with the close drops as an out of focus surround. I tried it at different apertures but preferred it open. I had to 'take out' one particularly bright 'ball' which distracted. The moral; always turn round, you might miss something.



I couldn't 'leave the glen' without some pictures of Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin and the pines.





Comments welcome.
__________________
Duncan

Lots of toys.

Last edited by wanderer; 27th January 2014 at 10:42 PM. Reason: positioning of pictures
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 27th January 2014
IainMacD's Avatar
IainMacD IainMacD is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Drumnadrochit
Posts: 3,945
Thanks: 1,226
Thanked 547 Times in 490 Posts
Likes: 1,859
Liked 847 Times in 239 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

Wow, great set Duncan, my preference is for the shorter exposure of the waterfall as the light seems better. The colour version of the misty trees gets my vote, but the overall winner has to be the frosty distant tree with all the shiney baubles - a beauty!
__________________
Iain

E-M5 II, E-M1, E-M1 II, 7.5, 8-18, 12-40, 25, 40-150, 45, 60, 300

Website
Flickr
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 27th January 2014
brianvickers's Avatar
brianvickers brianvickers is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: UK
Posts: 1,762
Thanks: 21
Thanked 230 Times in 221 Posts
Likes: 2
Liked 87 Times in 54 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

Great set, I prefer the warmer waterfall, and colour version of the treescape, the isolated tree is really good - inspired even. The last is a classic !
__________________
see my blog... http://www.rps.org/my-rps/portfolio
and flickr page...http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianvickers/
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 27th January 2014
stoates stoates is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Findhorn
Posts: 582
Thanks: 277
Thanked 102 Times in 94 Posts
Likes: 30
Liked 160 Times in 57 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

Glad you managed to get something out of your visit Duncan! I really like the composition of the waterfall but prefer the water in the longer exposure but the colour of the vegetation in the filter-less version. It`s also the colour for me in number 2. Agree with Iain that your iced beech trees very cleverly spotted and executed.
__________________
Steve

E-M1 Mk II, E-5, E-510, 9-18mm f4-5.6, 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II, 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD, 5omm f2, EC-14, 14-42mm, 40-150mm, Velbon GEO E640L/PHD64Q, METZ 48 AF-1

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stoates/
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 27th January 2014
wanderer's Avatar
wanderer wanderer is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Penicuik
Posts: 1,248
Thanks: 95
Thanked 115 Times in 100 Posts
Likes: 19
Liked 45 Times in 28 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

Thank you, gentlemen.

Quote:
iced beech trees
This is a Scottish forest! A dripping wet Silver Birch, please.
__________________
Duncan

Lots of toys.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 27th January 2014
sponner sponner is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Staffordshire Moorlands
Posts: 1,211
Thanks: 12
Thanked 164 Times in 143 Posts
Likes: 7
Liked 28 Times in 21 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

I prefer the right hand waterfall by far.(cooler)

Undecided on the foggy birches, neither grabs me.

The turnaround is magical and probably my fave is the last one.
__________________
hearts at peace under an English heaven
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 28th January 2014
StephenL's Avatar
StephenL StephenL is offline
Senior Pixelmonger
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Yorkshire Dales
Posts: 9,863
Thanks: 984
Thanked 1,126 Times in 921 Posts
Likes: 658
Liked 755 Times in 499 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

Like Brian says.
__________________
Stephen

A camera takes a picture. A photographer makes a picture

Fuji X system, + Leica and Bronica film

My Flickr site
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 28th January 2014
IainMacD's Avatar
IainMacD IainMacD is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Drumnadrochit
Posts: 3,945
Thanks: 1,226
Thanked 547 Times in 490 Posts
Likes: 1,859
Liked 847 Times in 239 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

I am now viewing these on my big screen at work and although my earlier comments still stands, I have to mention the last image, it didn't stand out on the tablet but now it does Scotland in a nutshell.
Nice one Duncan
__________________
Iain

E-M5 II, E-M1, E-M1 II, 7.5, 8-18, 12-40, 25, 40-150, 45, 60, 300

Website
Flickr
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 28th January 2014
macmcgill macmcgill is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 195
Thanks: 9
Thanked 18 Times in 15 Posts
Likes: 75
Liked 57 Times in 26 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

The waterfall on the right

And I like all the rest
__________________
Taken up photography so I can legally shoot people and chop off thier heads!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 28th January 2014
Bikie John's Avatar
Bikie John Bikie John is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Wessex
Posts: 3,927
Thanks: 187
Thanked 643 Times in 571 Posts
Likes: 484
Liked 723 Times in 483 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

That's a fab collection all round. Since you ask so nicely Duncan, here are some opinions:

1. The waterfall - I strongly prefer the unfiltered version on the right. Partly because the colour balance looks better to my eyes (although you could probably change it at will in post anyway) but mainly because of the higher shutter speed. It has kept some movement in the water, which to me helps to show how dynamic it is, but that is probably a matter of personal taste. More important the filtered version has blurred the surroundings and I really don't like that.

2. The misty trees - the colour and B&W are both good, but they are very different pictures. I'm a fan of B&W but in this case I prefer the colour, probably because the subtle pastel shades contribute so much to the atmosphere.

Icy tree great, and the last one - just fantastic. Great scene, lovely colours and a fantastic sense of depth from all the different planes (geometrical not arboreal or aeronautical ) in the image.

Thanks for putting them up.

John
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 28th January 2014
yorky's Avatar
yorky yorky is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Halifax. West Yorkshire
Posts: 1,451
Thanks: 200
Thanked 70 Times in 66 Posts
Likes: 89
Liked 43 Times in 34 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

I agrre with the last post, the right hand picture seems more credible to me and the last one is to die for.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 28th January 2014
OM USer's Avatar
OM USer OM USer is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: London
Posts: 11,984
Thanks: 2,360
Thanked 1,491 Times in 1,419 Posts
Likes: 6,145
Liked 1,400 Times in 895 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

Fantastic set. Looks like you did indeed have a good time.

Can't make my mind up on the waterfall.
The misty shot has to be in colour.
I like the water droplets shot - great idea.
The 2 shots of Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin are great too.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 28th January 2014
Phill D's Avatar
Phill D Phill D is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 9,782
Thanks: 1,177
Thanked 1,402 Times in 1,294 Posts
Likes: 1,021
Liked 2,334 Times in 1,108 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

I'll go with the rh waterfall brigade too. As for the others they're all really nice but that last shot, well it just makes me want to retire to Scotland, great composition and the light is just beautiful.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 28th January 2014
Peter_Hartland's Avatar
Peter_Hartland Peter_Hartland is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Nr Andover Hampshire
Posts: 909
Thanks: 157
Thanked 201 Times in 175 Posts
Likes: 99
Liked 181 Times in 99 Posts
Re: A day in Affric

My favourite 2 are the colour version of the misty trees & the last image
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
3 from Glen Affric IainMacD Foto Fair 17 5th February 2013 08:12 AM
Classic Affric IainMacD Foto Fair 13 22nd October 2012 06:55 AM
Affric Munros IainMacD Foto Fair 11 25th January 2012 09:15 PM
Glen Affric Take 2 IainMacD Foto Fair 14 8th November 2011 04:35 PM
Glen Affric in the Autumn. Anyone? Seonnaidh Events 41 5th November 2011 10:04 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:59 PM.


The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2019, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger