Ian Chantler  

Lakeland View by Ian Chantler

October 2019 - Lakeland View

About the Image(s)

September 25 - 27th saw me take a much needed break in the beautiful Lake District I stayed in a guesthouse 3 minutes walk from the banks of Lake Windemere the plan to get some sunrise and sunset shots across the Lake you know what they say about the best laid plans from the moment I arrived until the moment I left it was non stop torrential rain with the odd break long enough to get the tripod and camera set before yep more rain so this is about the only image I got I had spent 4 hours at Yew Tree Tarn hoping for a break in the rain no luck driving back to Ambleside there was a small break in the clouds so I pulled over set up the camera and the tiniest fleeting break in the clouds lit the side of a distant fell as soon as I had taken this shot it was starting to rain were I was stood so that was that I shall return and hopefully next time have the Gods and the weather with me.

How I did it

Camera Canon EOS 5D MKIII lens Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM f11 at 10s ISO 50 focal length 97mm lee 6 stop filter used and Lee medium grad filter used for the sky camera set on a Manfroto tripod RAW file converted in photoshop image cropped from the bottom contrast and brightness adjusted sharpened using a high pass filter some dodging and burning and a 2px border added

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10 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Ian, beautiful landscape and your 10 seconds exposure, softened the clouds giving a sense of fog on top of the mountains. The two houses are well placed in the frame, and the one on the left of the frame has a distinctive leading line created by the fence. The green of the vegetation is well handled. Sharp. Better luck with the weather next time.   Posted: 10/08/2019 15:22:06

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Isaac
As always your kind words are very much appreciated a good friend of mine was up in the same area last week and said its still raining heavily and the greens are even greener.   Posted: 10/08/2019 15:32:28

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
I like the houses and the trees, and what may be sheep. I'd suggest cropping a bit more of the sky though. Of course it's England so we could expect a sky like that, but even so...   Posted: 10/09/2019 15:33:30

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Joe
As soon as I saw it on the page I thought need to crop out some of the sky hoping great minds think alike.   Posted: 10/09/2019 15:42:05

Thomas Wiemer   Thomas Wiemer
nice landscape with the weather you often ,as I think, have there. But with a bright blue sky it would lose the " romantic touch" in my opinion. I agree with the suggestion of cropping the sky.   Posted: 10/10/2019 03:20:42
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Thomas
Thanks for your comment as I replied to Joe I intend to crop down your comments are always appreciated.   Posted: 10/10/2019 03:49:02

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Ian, this is just so typical of the Lake District. The house is well placed in the composition and the curved drystone wall leads the eye nicely into the picture. The light on the distant fell is soft and gentle and completes the picture. I agree with Joe and Isaac that maybe you should crop out about a third of the sky. It might also be worth just applying a touch of darkening and more contrast to the sky using Curves and a gradient mask. It was bad luck that it rained all the time, but it isn't called the Lake District for nothing, and all that water has to come from the sky!!!   Posted: 10/10/2019 08:58:24
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
As I said as soon as I saw it on this page thought the sky needs a crop will certainly do what you say with the sky I know where the rain came from and know were most of it went down the collar of my jacket.   Posted: 10/10/2019 09:57:02

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
The overcast and your settings helped provide very natural color to the land and vegetation. Your Anker (the house) is perfectly placed on your canvas and the structure on the right provides the balance. After the sky is cropped you will have a stronger rendering. While experiencing bad weather, you persevered with patience and made lemonade out of lemons, good job.   Posted: 10/19/2019 20:25:51

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
A very peaceful and serene image. Your technique made the best of this scene. I like the gentle curve of the wall out of the lower left corner as it brings your eye up to the house.   Posted: 10/31/2019 23:41:48