Late Summer, Northumberland

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by OpenCS, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Hey all

    First picture post here. Long time DSLR user recently switched to Canon G12 and now to E-PL3 with the kit lenses (looking to add a wide prime and the 45mm 1.8 before long, though). Really liking what this little camera is capable of - still small enough to get up into the mountains without taking up backpack space, but a noticeable step up on the tiny G12.

    Just a couple of views of Northumberland in North East England as the summer starts to lose its grip.. these taken with only two days' acquaintance with the camera, so I expect to get better in terms of proper exposure and noise control (seem to be getting quite noisy skies which I wasn't expecting) as the weeks go on.

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    (oh, and I always desaturate the greens and yellows - I'm hopelessly colourblind, but that's not an accident)
     
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  2. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jeff Grant
    Desaturation works very well in these, very nicely done.
     
  3. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Geoff
    I spent a week walking there last year ... and loved it, these have made me want to go back next year.

    Thank you
     
  4. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 16, 2012
    Northumberland
    I'm lucky enough to be able to walk my dogs around here every day, so these hills are favourite subjects of mine.. I've always felt that a bit of restraint on the yellow and green sliders makes a landscape look more British, somehow. The vibrant grass and heather that comes out of the camera usually feels a little bit too vibrant.

    Thank you, anyway :)
     
  5. BlairMacKay

    BlairMacKay Mu-43 Regular

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    Beauty! I agree, the desaturation works great here and gives it a desolate look.
     
  6. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
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    Tom
    #2 . . . wow, love it.
     
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  7. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Takis
    Very nice photos!
     
  8. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Very dramatic photos, they produce a definite feel. I really like these! :cool:
     
  9. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Northumberland
    Thanks all, I really appreciate it. Always feels good to have the colour processing approved of by other photographers - as I said up the page, my colour vision is truly hopeless and my girl is convinced that I only treat the green/yellows that way because I can't see them properly :) Bleak and desolate is what these places are, so bleak and desolate is how I try to make them feel.
     
  10. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
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    John
    That's exactly how I remember the Cheviots! Good stuff. :smile:
     
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  11. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Very moody photos. I think it works well, especially given a general trend towards oversaturation for more 'pop'.
     
  12. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    I like these a lot! thanks for posting....
     
  13. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Some nice post cards there...:wink: :smile:
     
  14. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Northumberland
    A couple more from today.. not Northumberland, over the border into Scotland for these but didn't think they were new thread worthy..





    Fighting to resist the urge to spend £1,000+ on macro and ultrawide lenses. Love this camera.
     
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  15. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jeff Grant
    I like the first in particular, typical of the area. Did you use grads for these?
     
  16. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Northumberland
    No, just a fake grad in Lightroom. Increases the noise a little bit, but you can't tell when the image is scaled down for the internet (hopefully you can't tell, anyway)

    Thank you :)
     
  17. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jeff Grant
    Thanks, I was wondering how you did it. I use the highlight and shadows in the viewfinder and have been surprised by what the camera can capture without grads.
     
  18. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Brilliant clouds and landscape, especially photos 2 and 3. Thanks for sharing, you are very fortunate to live in that part of the UK. Welcome as well to m43.
     
  19. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

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    Northumberland
    One more. Still not worthy of its own thread so resurrecting this one..

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  20. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

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    Really like #2 (B&W), striking!