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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 23 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The latest in a series that I'm doing on the English Lake District.

This is the view over Wastwater.

The summit of Great Gable, shrouded in cloud at the end of the lake, is flanked by Yewbarrow to the left and Lingmell to the right.

NIKON D40 1/50 second F/8.0 ISO 200 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MAGDA from Canada

Stunning! Gorgeous terrain.

23 Feb 2009 5:39am

@MAGDA: Thanks Magda!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Excellent photo, I'd have no problems hanging this one on my wall.

23 Feb 2009 6:40am

@Mike: Thanks for that Mike!

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Excellent shot. Composition, calm, colours are perfect. Love it !

23 Feb 2009 6:44am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie....I was pleasantly surprised at how well the colours came out in this photo considering it was winter and it had just started raining.

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Exceptionally beautiful. I especially like the soft colors and low camera angle with excellent DOF.

23 Feb 2009 8:30am

@Suzanne: Thanks Suzanne!

Philip from Joburg, South Africa

Nice Shot Ian you took this from a great angle ! excellent tones.

23 Feb 2009 9:05am

@Philip: Thanks Philip....Wastwater is a very photogenic place!

Anouk from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Very nice photo!

23 Feb 2009 9:37am

@Anouk: Thanks Anouk!

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

This is divine. Definitely worthy of a postcard. Love your white frame, it really adds to the impact somehow. Splendid all round.

23 Feb 2009 11:32am

@Stu: Thanks Stu!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Golden brown glow of this dreamy waterscape is to live for....;)

23 Feb 2009 12:00pm

@Lorraine: Thanks for it sounds a lot better than dying for it.

Polydactyle from Canada

Beautiful landscape! Excellent natural colors and light. We want to be there...

23 Feb 2009 12:33pm

@Polydactyle: Thanks Polydactyle!

Cheryl from Texas, United States

appears this area is in drought? georgous image ..very nice compositon

23 Feb 2009 12:37pm

@Cheryl: Hi Cheryl....I thought at first that you were joking about the drought with all that water in the photo :-) ...but I guess you are referring to the brown rather parched looking colours. That's just the normal winter colours of the hills around here. I guess it must be all the heather and bracken.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

I love your landscape's , great!

23 Feb 2009 2:19pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wonderful perspective and composition, as always... but I like the tonality of this one in particular! Beautiful work, Ian!

23 Feb 2009 2:40pm

Loretta from San Mateo, United States

Beautiful pic.

23 Feb 2009 3:08pm

613photo from Dallas, United States

Such a gorgeous countryside. Great photo of it too. I love the soft light from the overcast. Color and detail is great. And it's not a boring overcast...that's a great sky.

23 Feb 2009 3:12pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Very pleasing, specially with the clouds sitting on top of the mountains.

23 Feb 2009 4:30pm

Michael Paulison from United States

A perfect in every way, gallery-ready image. This is one of the most perfect photos I've ever seen. Well done!

23 Feb 2009 5:54pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Great perspective. This is truly amazing. Magnificent brown colors and details.

23 Feb 2009 6:17pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

What a wonderful landscape, I could wander around there for days!

23 Feb 2009 6:44pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

excellent composition and angle of view on this beautiful landscape ! love the colours !

23 Feb 2009 7:38pm

Equipment Machines from Canada

Wonderful panorama, I love nature.

23 Feb 2009 8:24pm

William Darhy from France

Nice color harmony in this fine landscape

23 Feb 2009 8:54pm

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Beautiful composition. Very nice!

23 Feb 2009 9:22pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

remember what I said about when you do colour... well, when you do, you do it very, very well!
Looks like you had a perfect day out?

23 Feb 2009 9:42pm

Virgil from Richmond, United States

the colors and composition are very good in this one. :-)

23 Feb 2009 11:19pm

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Love this composition, and the light is beautiful.

23 Feb 2009 11:29pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

beautiful view! as always superb composition and great sharpness and detail throughout the photo!

24 Feb 2009 4:54am

Reiner from Brensbach, Germany

The landscape is impressive and I like the many different brown tones.

24 Feb 2009 9:47am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I keep coming back to this photo, I'm so impressed with it. This morning I've been looking through your photos right from the very beginning and have seen how you've progressed. The difference over the last 18 months is quite staggering and shows just what can be achieved when you put your heart and soul into it. You really are an inspiration for me to get out more with my camera and strive to improve my shots. I've tried your technique of slightly underexposing my shots to retain detail in the sky and then lifting up the shadows and it works well so long as it's not too underexposed as it can introduce a lot of noise. My last photo I uploaded on here was taken using this technique and I'm pleased with the result so I thank you for your help. If it's OK with you I may be picking your brains a lot more over the coming months........ PS don't let your head swell too much over my singing your praises :)

24 Feb 2009 11:28am

@Mike: Thanks Mike....No, there's no danger of my head swelling too much as there are too many brilliant photographers out there for that although I'm definitely feeling less frustrated with my photography these days and more at peace with it which is a real bonus.

For this shot I actually used a cheap 2 stop neutral density graduated filter over the lens to help lower the dynamic range that the camera had to deal with - they make a huge difference for this kind of landscape photography.

With digital cameras the bulk of the data is held in the highlights end of the histogram so the other thing I always do is use the camera's histogram as a guide and expose to just touch the edge of the right hand side of the graph (but don't clip the highlights!) post processing I then adjust exposure back so that it looks the way I want it. It basically optimises the signal to noise ratio and gives better IQ in my Nikon RAW files.

Here's a tutorial from the 'Luminous Landscapes' web site just in case you haven't tried it yet:

It's important to work on your photos in RAW and 16 bit mode for as long as you can to maximise IQ. These days I use Nikon's own software 'Capture NX2' to open the RAW file and work on it. If I need to use Photoshop then I import it as a 16 bit Tif file and only save as a Jpeg for web resizing.


Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is a beautiful place. I love the way the clouds are hanging low and obscuring the tops of the mountain. Wonderful composition.

24 Feb 2009 4:12pm

jelb from France

Wonderfu shot..Great composition...Great processing..bravo!

24 Feb 2009 8:26pm

marzia from Italy

I'm out of words..You're really extremely talented!!

27 Mar 2009 8:28am

ladyhawk from North Walsham, United Kingdom

Hi, I am new to this site but I saw your photograph and thought it was very very good. I can spend ages just looking at it. A very tranquil picture and the composition is fabulous.

6 Jul 2009 1:57pm

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Beautifull colors! Great compo! Love it!

9 Sep 2009 8:14pm

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Excellent !

30 May 2011 11:03am

1/50 second
ISO 200
28 mm (35mm equiv.)