Jon Allanson  

Wastwater Calm by Jon Allanson

December 2019 - Wastwater Calm

December 2019 - Jon Allanson


About the Image(s)

Taken in early November, Wastwater is a large deep lake in the UK Lake District National Park, surrounded by some of the highest peaks in England. Taken on a typical Lake District day with low cloud shrouding the hills and raining steadily, with my Fuji XT2 with 50-140mm f2.8 lens plus 10 stop ND filter at 98mm, 30 sec,f16. Taken into Lightroom, horizon straightened and some water marks on filter removed or cropped off then the image was lightened up. In Photoshop the reds and greens on the hillside were intensified and then 3 masked B & W adjustment layers used to convert to mono. A masked curves adj. layer was applied to lighten up some shadows on the foreground rocks. The image was sharpened with High Pass.

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6 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
I like the mood that this image portrays, but the rocks in the front stop my eyes a bit. Maybe if they were toned down a bit that would help.   Posted: 12/03/2019 15:42:45

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Had the weather been better, so that there was more to see at the head of the lake, I would have placed much less emphasis on the foreground rocks, which were more prominent on this occasion as the water level was lower than usual for the time of year.   Posted: 12/08/2019 03:25:03

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
I like the original mood colors which seems to draw me into the photo. A little mood is lost, to me, in the conversion to black and white.
I might crop so that the level of the lake is on the upper third horizontal line which also places a gradual line into the photo. Just talking to myself, Jon.   Posted: 12/09/2019 09:46:31
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Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
The amount of sky in images like this is flexible, and if I print it again, I would almost certainly reduce it. I have also produced a colour print of the scene, but to have good atmosphere it needs to be somewhat darker than the mono print, that would make it un-acceptable to many viewers and judges.   Posted: 12/10/2019 07:34:55

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
A nice moody photo and the color and B&W are interesting but I do prefer the B&W. I like the additional texture you have brought out with the color filters. I think a little bit of cropping off the top will help.   Posted: 12/14/2019 08:25:47

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
You captured the mood beautifully. I like the leading line that the rocks provide to the misty mountains in the distance. I would not change anything; I prefer the monochrome version.   Posted: 12/17/2019 17:23:08