George R Phile  

Iceland Sheep Ranch by George R Phile

January 2020 - Iceland Sheep Ranch

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Title: Iceland Sheep Ranch

This was taken near the town of Hvolsvöllur which is on the Ring Road in the south of Iceland while I was on a trip to visit my grandson.

I liked the layering of the foreground house and pastures followed by the ranch headquarters and tan hills ending with the mountains at the back. I cropped a river out at the bottom because it seemed distracting to me. I added contrast (20) and Dehaze (33) in Lightroom.

Shot with a Nikon D5 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens set at 180mm. ISO 400, 1/800 sec at f/5.6 with shutter priority

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8 comments posted

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I envy your travels.... I like the layers in this image and the depth they provide. It is amazing how sharp this image appears with f5.6. I like the placement of the house in the foreground and the leading line heading to the next group of buildings. To my eye the image seems a bit flat so my suggestion would be to up the contrast through perhaps clarity and add a vignette or alternatively, lighten and increase the contrast of the group of buildings in the center.   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:00:51

This image, in my opinion, is too inclusive. It has a foreground, a middleground and a background, all of equal prominence. Since the foreground attracts my eyes, I would crop it out, and part of the image to the right. I would keep the road as a leading line to the clusters of houses and later to the mountain range in the back. I add some contrast, decreased highlight and increased shadows to show some details in the mountain range, particularly the ridge lines. All done in LR Classic.   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:09:07
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I am going to have to agree with both Le and Michael on this one. Like Michael I envy your trip to Iceland. In looking at your settings and noting that this is a landscape I would have increased the aperture to at least an 8, and then dropped the shutter speed. The f8 would be closer to the sweet spot of the lens and perhaps added a bit of additional sharpness and depth. I feel the flat feeling of the image is due to the shot being made near the mid part of the day and this reduced the shadows which in turn create the flat feeling. Like Le, for me there is just too much going on in this image. The foreground is the least interesting, for me, and thus I would crop it. I think on its own it could be an interesting image. I might had cropped Le's version a fraction higher to remove the light colored line at the bottom but that line could be used to set off the scene so it becomes a personal choice. Using the adjustment brush in LR to darken shadows, increase contrast and clarity in the brown portion would give the image a bit of drama as would greatly increasing sharpness, contrast and/or clarity on the mountains, especially the group on the far left would give them greater interest.

Finally, just for fun consider shrinking the adjustment brush and enlarging the image. Them,increase magenta, add a bit of saturation and carefully paint the red roofs of the building. Not much just a bit. That would add some pop. Of course if you are a purist this is not an option. I only mention it as something to think about.

You have created a strong image of the Icelandic landscape that is quite inviting.   Posted: 01/07/2020 11:10:30

Richard White   Richard White
I agree with the cropping the shot to take the house out. I took Le, Michael and Larry's suggestion and cropped the photo, added contrast and brighten the red roofs. With those adjustments the viewers eye goes to the houses and then the scene. Iceland is on my bucket list. Soon.   Posted: 01/07/2020 13:22:49
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Wow. Those roof tops really add some pop to the image.   Posted: 01/07/2020 15:53:01

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I love Iceland, I have been there twice and would like to go there again one day. Most has already been said about this image. Just let me say that the cropping improved the picture a lot as it was too crowded in the original one. In addition, I would darken the light area in the middle, as it takes attention from the houses.   Posted: 01/18/2020 01:00:05

George R Phile   George R Phile
All, All of your suggestions make sense to me now that I look back at the scene I submitted. I think I just got caught up in the bucolic view. Thanks   Posted: 01/18/2020 08:17:04

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
Iceland is great, I was just there in July! I like the changes that Le and Richard made to the image, I think the foreground was a little to distracting. I think Arne's suggestion is good too. Another think to consider would be to lightly sharpen the houses, since they are the subject. In PS you would create a masked layer of the houses using an unsharp filter. I'm not sure how that is done in LR. It is a great view of a typical farm, there.   Posted: 01/19/2020 19:36:42