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The House in the Valley

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 16 January 2008 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

I've got too many photos that I took in France that I want to show you!

This is the first one in a series of 4 night pics from a little alpine village called Hauteluce where we stayed for a few nights when we were away skiing.

I thought this scene of the house nestling in the moonlit valley was magical as I don't get to see scenery like this very often.....I hope you like it too!


I've been having problems for ages with my uploaded landscape orientated images looking fuzzy and not as sharp as they should be....well I finally found the answer recently in an answer by Jason Kravitz to a query in the forums .....if you too have been having this problem the answer is to make sure you resize your photos to a maximum horizontal dimension of 800 pixels (vertical size is not limited). Anything greater than 800pixels and AM3 will automatically resize it leading to the reduction in sharpness.

Please feel free to copy and paste this advice into your own AM3 blogs as I'm sure there are lots of our fellow AM3ers out there having this same frustrating would be great to sort the problem out for as many of us as possible.


If you have any other burning queries about Aminus3 or just a great suggestion you want to make, why not try the forum here :Aminus3 Forum.

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Nick Passantino from Bronx, United States

never too many photos.. a great scene that youve captured here

16 Jan 2008 5:29am

@Nick Passantino: Thanks very much Nick!

tom from Germany

Just wonderful!!

16 Jan 2008 5:50am

@tom: Cheers Tom!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

Is that next year's Christmas card? Very nice.

16 Jan 2008 6:30am

@Michael Rawluk: I hadn't even thought about that Michael.....great idea though. Thanks!

Arco-Íris from Leiria, Portugal

Gorgeous. The light is phenomenal.

16 Jan 2008 7:27am

@Arco-Íris: Thanks very much....I think this is my first ever moonlit photo!

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Good to see something different from a ski holiday. This and the group of red people work very well.

Hope you enjoy running the challenge. Good subject which is attracting a wide range of interpretations already - the shortlist will pretty much pick itself, and I'd be surprised if more than 3 qualifying pics really sing.

16 Jan 2008 8:51am

@jkjond: Thanks John,

I did wonder if you'd seen the results of the last challenge....extremely strong entries weren't they!

It'll be really interesting to see the final crop of submissions once they are all feels like a real honour being given the chance to be the judge on one of these challenges as they are my favourite part of this DPReview forum. The only downside is that obviously, as judge, I'm not allowed to compete myself!

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Yes, it is the best part of the forum - though I see it more of an exhibition of personalities rather than photography! Mind you, no matter how you look at it, photography is an extension of personality.

I invariably find that one small group of shots are good, but do not fit the topic; then a whole group are fitting but lacking; then a shortlist of quality shots - I look forward to seeing your judging!

16 Jan 2008 10:24am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

You've said it it's magical, so full of life, it's exactly the way I imagined a sky weekend fantasy would look like... thank you :)

16 Jan 2008 1:54pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine!

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

That does look like an amazing location! How beautiful.

16 Jan 2008 2:40pm

@Daroru: Thanks Daroru.....I've got another couple of photos of this Alpine village that I'd like to show you all over the next few days.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

If the pictures are all this lovely, as they have been, keep them coming! I really like the positive and negative space of the mountain and sky that seem to work as yin-yang. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's post as well.

17 Jan 2008 1:14am

@GJC: Thanks for the encouragement GJC!

Ken from United States

I have been watching you Paris photos for some days now. I think they are excellent, both as a group and individually. Very well done.

17 Jan 2008 2:05am

@Ken: Thanks for taking the time to let me know Ken...I appreciate it!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great winter landscape shot with perfect exposure and lighting

17 Jan 2008 6:01am

@DarkElf: Thanks very much!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Absolute magic, Ian!!

17 Jan 2008 8:17pm

@amy: Thanks Amy!

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30 mm (35mm equiv.)