Graeme Gauge's picture

Golden hour - Moor reflections

Hey folks!

Taken in a beautiful location a couple of weeks ago in a local moor/swamp. The alps loom in the background and the reflections in the lake really caught my eye.
What I'm still not quite happy about is the tree line in the middle, light was great in the area but kinda looks odd. Sky is also a questionmark for me, no clouds and almost white left little options for contrast.
Maybe some folks here could drop some c&c, might help me looking a little different at the picture, would be appreciated!

Cheers, Graeme

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Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Nice light and capture Graeme!
Perhaps for my taste a little bit black or contrast. The clear sky for photographers is a nightmare, so in that case it is better to search details (some say intimate landscapes) with a telephoto lens.
Maybe something like this.

Graeme Gauge's picture

Thanks Radisa!
The rough/dark looking contrast on the right sided mountain range happend to develop in post process. It was quite misty and uprising fog created a lot of fake/bad looking haze behind the treeline. I like your idea with the different crop, just feel the lower horizon takes away from the lake reflection aswell. (Maybe I'm wrong on this?)
I'll try something different next time, it's quite close to my home.
Cheers for your input, appreciated!

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

You're right, this is just a rough idea for crop, it's best as it Joseph says to find the right conditions for grand scale images. As far as the halo effect problem concerned, I always advise slowly leave lightroom and transfer to photoshop with its almost unlimited possibilities for masking.

Graeme Gauge's picture

Maybe I should add that this is my first serious attempt in Capture One 12, I've used LR & PS in the past 15 years and moved away from it last year. Looks like I need more time figuring out possibilities without certain Photoshop options.
I have to admit I thought about adding some cloud brushed in PS, though. haha.

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

How light falls for the sunset, it seems to me that you have and an excellent sunrise position and more possibilities for fog or mist.

Graeme Gauge's picture

You're right Radisa, morning mist hoovering across the lake infront of the treeline should make for some great shots. Not sure about sunrise though, there are some higher mountains on the left which will take away the sunlight early in the morning.

New ideas to try out in summer/autumn, thanks for the helpful input!

joseph cole's picture

these are the kind of shots that you need to keep revisiting for proper conditions it seems like a gorgeous area but aside from major manipulation im not sure there is a whole lot you can do. its still nice shot but im assuming you wanted an epic image

Graeme Gauge's picture

Thank you Joseph!
Yeah, I'm glad the location isn't far away and will be visited a few times more this year.
I feel like it's a location made for an epic image, already thought about doing some nightsky/star photography there..
Cheers for you opinion!