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Tweed Valley

Tweed Valley
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Copyright: Derek Fisher (Derona) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 154 N: 855] (5631)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-30
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Nikon D700, NIKKOR 24-70 f/2.8G ED AF-S
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Home Town [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-01 0:36
Viewed: 1508
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this shot of part of the Tweed Valley yesterday, this is taken from a little used road from Peel to Walkerburn, looking towards Walkerburn. This road is quite elevated compared to the main road and gives a completely different view of the valley.

Took 5 shots 1 stop apart and then merged these in Photomatix.

I have added the middle exposed shot as a workshop.
Just experimenting with HDR so would appreciate your thoughts.

Using Paint Shop Pro X2
Cropped the image.
Adjusted gamma and midtones in Histogram Adjustment.
Removed a wire fence in the foreground using the clone brush.
Resized For TL
Added a border.

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To tyro: Thank YouDerona 1 10-03 05:22
To trekks: D700Derona 1 10-03 00:55
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Hi Derek,
You captured here the peaceful landscape on a perfect way, fine colours and sharpness. Perfect lhandling of light. NO OE nor UE. A well ballanced conmposition.

It immediately reminded me to the John Ford's movie "How Green Was My Valley"... :-)
Well balanced, great composition for an unforgettable landscape.
Ciao, Antonella

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-10-01 0:51]

mmm, soo peaceful !


Hi Derek,
Splendid, clear landscape, perectly caught moment at these awsme light conditions. You used the available light very well and this resulted beautiful natural colours. Sharp and clear image, TFS!
Best wishes,

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2008-10-01 1:44]
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Hello, Derek.

Just wonderful!

The more I get into this photography lark, the more I realise that lighting is really what it's all about. I suppose that's pretty obvious really, but what I mean is the direction of the light, the subtelties of the light and the colour/temperature of the light. Lighting, of course, also gives an apparent depth to an image which would otherwise appear just flat.

In this picture, you have captured the light perfectly and, of course, you have taken it just at the right time of day. I don't believe that that is a "fluke" but rather the result of hard work, planning and waiting for the right moment, as well as excellent camera and processing skills.

So, yes, you deserve top points for this one, Derek.


Kind Regards,


P.S. Do you find that the full-frame sensor is a great boon or do you think you could have captured this just as well with your previous camera?

P.P.S. I have now just (silly me) realised that you have used HDR software for this one. And I must compliment you on that too - so often HDR images are totally "overcooked" to the extent that they look totally unnatural but this does not. Very well done!

Hello Derek! Amazing valley, wonderful landscape. Good perspective. Nice lightness and superb colours. Good capture. Original shot. Well done!

Well composed image Derek, the light is perfect.

Great use of HDR too, really brought out the detail in the sky.

Nice one


Nice sweeeping view, and excellent naturalistic use of HDR. The combination of good exposure technique and good PP work has captured the subtleties of the lighting very well.

Not sure about the frame though. It is so narrow that I don't think it adds anything. I'm all for frames personally, but beleive you either need to make a feature of them, or leave them off.

good light and tone,s very nice and interesting landscape, the clouds are welcome too

excellent composition Derek realy captured a grt scene well tfs

Hi Derek,
Another great shot here you have got the pov perfect. Colours are great and sharp. Well done and tfs

What a wonderfully natural scene, and excellent processing Derek.
Love all the layers and colors on these rolling hills.
Really nice landscape shot.
- Vincent

How do you find D700 so far?

D700 sensor is impressive, and mostly the high ISO that really allows more flexibility in shooting wildlife action on fast shutter.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-10-03 10:25]

Very nice composition and beautiful landscape!! Excellent pov, colors and detail. Awesome!! TFS

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-10-03 11:07]

Beautiful landscape, rich details and good colors. And it has the strong light effect given by the HDR technique.

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