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English countryside view

This is my first attempt at using LR after going for the CC photo option. The sky was pretty washed out so I added a graduated filter. All comments welcome.

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Re: English countryside view

Nice composition. In Lightroom, I would now lift the shadows to give more detail to the distance.
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Re: English countryside view

I like this and it looks very good for a first attempt in LR Phil. I must admit I still tend to go into PS, although I am slowly learning more about the capabilities of LR.
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Re: English countryside view

Phill,

For that distance-haze thing, on the grad filter as well as lowering the exposure I increase the "Clarity" a little and warm the temperature. On the whole image it may be worth moving the "Black" slider a bit to the left, seems to bring out a bit of detail in the haze - but it affects the foreground as well.
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Re: English countryside view

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Nice composition. In Lightroom, I would now lift the shadows to give more detail to the distance.
Me too

Phill it is a very nice composition and I do lurve the excellent foreground which makes it feel "taken from my garden"
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Re: English countryside view

A stunning scene and the grad filter applied in lightroom has worked wonders. A tweek of the exposure as suggested by Stephen and John should make it an even better picture.
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Re: English countryside view

Excellent photo LR is such a great tool John.
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Re: English countryside view

Thanks everyone, I was quite surprised how much LR improved the sky. I also tried fiddling in curves too and it gave some very weird but striking effects. They all looked a bit artificial though. Thanks for all the suggestions I'll have a play and see what I can do. Got to go shopping in a bit so it's not going to be for a while.
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Re: English countryside view

And while I remember, because I keep forgeting this, Lightroom has inbuilt profiles for many cameras. It has the E-M5 and more than likely it has the E-M1 as well. Look under "Profile" in the Camera Calibration section. It auto-detects the camera from the RAW file. For the E-M5 it has "Muted", "Natural", "Portrait" and "Vivid" settings.
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Re: English countryside view

Hadn't spotted that John thanks.
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Re: English countryside view

Hi Phill,

Nice view I think I know where this is, Duffield Bank looking across to Chevin Golf Course. We are currently waiting to disappear to East Midland Airport to fly to the Algarve for 11 nights. Some R&R required. Will be seeing the granddaughters before we leave believe it or not they had there first birthday Thursday. Angie needs a cuddle or three to keep her going.

Tea room doing a storm see you soon.

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Re: English countryside view

Ian spot on recognition there it certainly was Duffield Bank. You don't realise how busy that little road is until you stop to take some photos. You'll probably be on your way now so if you read this on holiday then I hope you are having a great time. 1st birthday wow doesn't time fly. Excellent news about the Tea room, haven't been back myself yet but definitely will one day soon hopefully.
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Re: English countryside view

For me the light is OK at best though with a bit clarity mono may be OK.


The thing I cannot get past though is the flowers in the foreground they just feel in the way of the shot they either needed to be made the foreground interest or excluded IMO.
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Re: English countryside view

Hi Phil hope you don't mind tried a little fiddling on your image, you might like or not can remove it if you wish.

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Re: English countryside view

Dave wow what a difference. How did you get to that. I think the heat of the sun has killed off the flowers in the front too but I'm not sure that is quite what Alf had in mind .
No don't remove it I like it in a strange artistic sort of way. The sky is great and with a bit more realistic colours in the fields I'd like it even more.
Thanks for showing what can be done.
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