Gordon Watson  

Kelly Hall Tarn by Gordon Watson

September 2023 - Kelly Hall Tarn

About the Image(s)

This image is from a trip to Kelly Hall Tarn in the Lake District (a tarn is a small lake). The main challenge here was balancing the composition to get the full circle of water around the front tree and keep the branches of the far tree above the horizon - I needed a high point of view for the water, but a low point of view for the far tree. Moving in very close with a wide angle lens gave me what I wanted. Not particularly good lighting or anything, but I was quite pleased with the composition. I used F11 for depth of field and quite a fast shutter speed because it was windy and the branches were being blown about. Not much processing on this one.
Technical details: Canon EOS-R, 14-35mm F4L Zoom lens at 15mm, F11, 1/320s, ISO800. Polariser + 4 stop ND Grad filter.

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4 comments posted

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
This is a very good image Gordon. Your thinking process about viewpoints and how you used the elements give your composition here good visual depth. Sometimes "not particular good lighting" can be a good thing, to assist with bringing mood into an image. Given the cloudy sky at this time that might be a benefit. I also like the fact that you mention not much processing was done. Another image you should be proud of.   Posted: 09/24/2023 01:09:14

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Great photo Gordon. The sky and overall colors give the photo a strong feeling of isolation and remoteness. Nice work with the 15mm lens to capture your subject without distortion.   Posted: 09/24/2023 07:21:28

Henriette Brasseur   Henriette Brasseur
As always, I appreciate your thought process on the things that you consider in the landscape before pressing the shutter button. Thought process in assessing a scene is just as important, if not just a bit more important, in the success of an image then post-processing though post-processing can contributory greatly to an image. The image is so serene and peaceful as well as composed beautifully. Well done, Gordon.   Posted: 09/26/2023 13:09:51

Sophie Pouillon   Sophie Pouillon
The spread of the shots, the closed-off sky on the right of the picture, forcing the eye to return to the essential. The two trees, one reflected in the water.
Wow. You've seen it all, integrated it all, rendered it to perfection. Bravo   Posted: 09/27/2023 04:25:56