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    Posted: 20 March 2020 at 17:23
Took a little drive this morning. First, stopped for a quick shot of the moon.
1. A99ii + Minolta 400/4.5


Then, I got to the Malahat summit viewpoint. Have not been here in the AM for several years now - a lovely spot. The large mountain is a long way away at 130km. Its the 11,000 ft Mt Baker.

2a. With Minolta 200/2.8 - Replaced with darkened water at bottom - Roger quite rightly pointed out it was bright and distracting!


2b, following Roger's suggested edits to the letter for a quite different look to the image!



3. With ZA 24-70


All the best to everyone, especially those who are hardest hit by the crisis right now.

Mike

Edited by WestCoastCannuck - 20 March 2020 at 20:03
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Worthwile the drive Mike! All excellent shots, but the layers and light with the fog in #2 make it my favourite.
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That's a wonderful, soothing mood in these images, Mike! It's a treat.

I like the image of the moon with that impressive tilted silhouette of the woods very much, but the second one even more with its subtle layering.
The wider angle of the third is not as effective - but good to see the context.

Thanks for the effort to get up so early!
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I find #1 to be absolutely stunning in its beauty and simplicity with a major element being the wispy clouds partially covering the beautifully shaped and positioned crescent moon   A very small concern might be that the size of the moon is a bit too exaggerated. #2 is close for me but would be markedly improved IMO by by cropping a bit off the top and, much more importantly, all of the water at the bottom of the frame. The water is so bright it detracts from the overall mood of the scene and de-emphasizes that wonderful fog layer. This crop results in going from a brighter top of the frame to a darker/heavier bottom of the frame which is much more balanced and soothing to the eye. All quite personal, obviously.
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I really like #1. #2 is an absolute stunner! I much prefer the close up as compared the #3.
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Thanks so much to all!   I really miss driving past this viewpoint every day on my way to work a few years ago. I just felt in the mood this morning... and as I get up at 5AM for work on the other side of the Island these days it was not really that hard to get moving this early AM. lol

@ Roger - Thanks much for your suggestions! I really like the original composition of 2, and feel it is much better by just darkening the overbright water as you pointed out. I also like the end result of taking all of your suggestions, and have added it.

Very, Very best regards

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Mike,

I like your solution to the bright water much better than mine. By simply darkening the water as you have done it retains that layer which adds depth and interest to the image. I think the original was much brighter than what is shown now but my memory is quite suspect.

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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Mike,

I like your solution to the bright water much better than mine. By simply darkening the water as you have done it retains that layer which adds depth and interest to the image. I think the original was much brighter than what is shown now but my memory is quite suspect.

Roger


It WAS quite a bit brighter Roger, and that simple fix really works well and keeps another (now) balanced layer in play. Thanks much for helping me arrive at best solution!   
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Very nice. I like long landscapes very much, especially with the fog.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2020 at 03:08
Lovely images, and well worth your early wake up call.

To my taste, your original version 2a is the more appealing.

Thanks for sharing.
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Love #1 with the moon but #2b is very special, great work Mike!
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Thanks much everyone! Was glad I went for sure. I miss this spot.
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Had a final look at these.... and remembered that I shot two overlapping starting with the same framing as 2A..... I just stitched them together and I rather like it.

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Also, I suppose I could add the actual sunrise! Though I don't like it as much as the "before" shots.

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Cheers all!

Mike

Edited by WestCoastCannuck - 27 March 2020 at 19:26
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