Guy Davies, EPSA  

Ullswater Light by Guy Davies, EPSA

November 2020 - Ullswater Light

About the Image(s)

Well here we go into another lockdown in England. Just before this situation developed Paula and I had a couple of days in the English Lake district at the end of October. The weather was grey overcast on both days with some rain and occasional patches of sunshine but we still enjoyed getting away. This image was taken on the second day when we had a walk along the shore of Ullswater. There was very little interesting light, but then a little patch of weak sunshine suddenly lit up the valley behind the nearest hill. I composed the shot to include the pontoon as there was no chance to get a better viewpoint. Camera details were Lumix G9 with Leica 50-200 lens at 111 mm, 1/500 sec at f/8 with 200 ISO. The shot was taken hand held with the image stabilisation on. Back home I processed the image in the just released ON1 RAW 2021 version, brightening the light behind the hill and toning down the brightness of the water. I also brightened up the white house on the far shore and put some more contrast into the rather dead cloud layer at the top and I cloned out two seagulls on the water. Then I exported to Photoshop and used Topaz DeNoise AI to improve the dark hillside. It also seemed to put more definition into the ripples in the lake. Finally I used a trick I learned from Chip Philips on a workshop in the Palouse “ I applied Unsharp Mask at a modest amount and a very large radius (A=30, R=70, T=0). This just gives the image a bit of ‘pop’, but doesn’t work every time. Looking at the image now, I think it shows our current situation “ dark and brooding at present but the light just beginning to show beyond the next hill. Let’s hope we can all make it over that hill and into the light again!

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
(Group 77)
Just checking in and saying hi! This is a nice image, and I'm glad you got out to take it. I like the layers in the hills, the fog and the boat.

I'm thinking there's room to go a bit further with mood, so I tried adding two textures using the Adobe Texture Pro that comes with PS (via Window/ Extensions). I added Atlantic at 75% opacity in overlay mode to darken the hills, masking the foreground and Sakura Skies at 10 % in overlay mode to warm up the scenes. I also brighten the foreground water and boat using levels, but not the trees at the left. Finally I toned down that house, since in my opinion it is too small.   Posted: 11/08/2020 17:15:02
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Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Witta, thanks for the comments. It's always interesting to get other people's views. I spent some time on this image trying to decide on the crop, whether to include the dark clouds higher up, and on how much light on the hills. The nearest hill was very dark so I lightened it to show some detail. The house was rather dull (neither something nor nothing) so I brightened it up to make it stand out. If you can't fight it, feature it! I like your interpretation though so I may well take a second look at the image.   Posted: 11/09/2020 04:29:19

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
I haven't gone more than half a mile from home since March, except for an occasional trip to the doctor, so I'm jealous of even this dull image. I think you did a great job with what you had.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:11:09

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, nice landscape featuring the boat, the white house in the back and a couple of birds as well. The different layers have their interest. I do like the way the hills are overlapping and the way the fog obscures all the details that were brought out more by the adjustments made by Witta. Overall a very piecefull image.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:10:23

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
The image is well balanced, sharp and works well with your use of the Rule of Thirds. Your P.P. made this offering almost the best it could be. I agree with Witta that the house was to bright. After Witta worked her magic, it now appears to be the best it can be.   Posted: 11/13/2020 20:40:43

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
I had a much anticipated 5 day trip to the lakes last week in September 2019 every waking day was a monsoon the only lake I saw was the one in the hotel car park so you did much better than me.
Love the autumn colours and the softness on the hills the light is stunning,the pontooon is ideally placed,the white building gives such a sense of scale if you had not brightened it I may not have noticed it.You have caught the mood of the day superbly Guy.   Posted: 11/15/2020 12:54:41
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Thanks Ian. It was one of those typical Lake District days!   Posted: 11/15/2020 14:09:07

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Good analogy for the present situation, and your photo inspires that there is light coming. I like the pop of white of the house, it draws the eye in.   Posted: 11/17/2020 15:55:46

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Perhaps this image typifies 2020. Dark, overcast and obstructions in our photography, the pontoon boat. Even Content Aware Fill will not remove it. :-(
Your enhancements have brought some life to this image.   Posted: 11/21/2020 09:37:53