Red Tarn, Striding Edge ....

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Comments (14)

Pete Taylor on June 29, 2008

Thanks for your kind comment William. Your collection is full of fantastic pictures! I liked this magnificent vista from Helvellyn summit of Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam.


Andrew Roland on June 30, 2008

More lovely photographs - this time from my favourite place, The Lake District. What settings do you use in Photomatix William? I have loads of saved settings but yours seem to jump off the page!

William Stephens on July 1, 2008

Hi Andrew, thanks again for the kind compliments - I tend to always shoot 7 shots and then stick them straight through batch process on photomatix - I mostly use the default settings but with a strength of 70 and sometimes an increase in saturation - less than I used to though. My Nikon D300 is set to DX2 III colour profile - a little less harsh than the vivid setting and I then stitched the four resulting photos with Serif Panorama Plus 3 - which sees to do a marvellous job. Oh yes I use active D-lighting on the camera which improves the tonal range quite a lot. I then go away for a while until they have chugged through and processed - if necessary I'll go an do some by hand with fewer shots to reduce movement but currently I'm really short on time to do much else.... I hadn't been to the Lakes for 15 years and was really glad to get back there - a wonderful place - but Cornwall is up at the end of July for a week so I'm looking forward to some snatched photos there too!

William Stephens on July 1, 2008

Pete - thank you as well for your comments - I could spend a month just taking photos of the same views - particularly over Ullswater - I forgot to upload my favourite shot so I'll do that soon.

Andrew Roland on July 2, 2008

Hello William - can't wait to go back there my self. I think the active D lighting helps, if I put mine through on default with 70 strength they come out a bit too light, so I've had to adjust the settings. I'm on a Mac, don't know if that makes any difference? I've just uploaded some more pics too. Keep pressing that shutter!

William Stephens on July 2, 2008

Yes they do come out lacking a little contrast. I've been using Picasa for storing photos and sometimes increase contrast with that. Mac version may be slightly different but the algorithms seem to be the same.

© Alan Knox on July 2, 2008

You are a master of HDR, this is so beautiful and deep, bravo!


Herb Riddle on July 3, 2008

Yet another stunning picture from you William. I see from the above comments that you are a real technician, and it shows. Well Done! Herb

William Stephens on July 3, 2008

Alan and Herb - you are too gracious! For me, HDR is only a way of trying to capture the magnificent broad sweep of the landscape and to represent it in the way in which I see it: vibrant, bold and beautiful! Actually, what I was saying to Andrew above is that I try not to do too much and that I want a technology that can capture that vital moment in a couple of seconds. I believe that in a few years cameras will do HDR automatically. Anyway, I hope I don't sound too pompous and I'm really glad you like my photos!

Sue Allen on July 4, 2008

You must have been standing on a cloud to take this.Absolutely BEAUtiful! All that technical stuff is way over my head, I don't even have a decent camera yet, but even I can appreciate when photos really 'work' and yours invariably do.Something I can aspire to! Kind regards, Sue.

William Stephens on July 5, 2008

Great to hear from you again Sue. As ever, your comments are extremely generous! This was a really cold mid-June day - the wind was whipping across the mountain. Despite this there were hundreds of people around (many just in shorts and T-shirts) so I went as close to the edge as I could to pretend that I was up there alone (you can see some people away on the right but that was quite good for scale.

Sue3003 on July 20, 2008

Love your pics William. This one takes me back a few years to when our youth club went up there. It's a great shot.

William Stephens on July 20, 2008

Thanks Sue - the view from Helvellyn across Ullswater is fabulous - you should go back and take a look at it again!

Dariusz Bielecki on January 13, 2011


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