Travell's Hill, East Leake

The sunlight was beautiful on Travell's Hill this morning, proper "cold" winter light.

The steam in the background is from Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station.

Looks nice large against the black background.
Fantastic colours. The steam adds a nice interest to the shot.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Gorgeous composition and colours - love that steam!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Fantastic colours Sean!
posted January 9th, 2013  
How weirdly surreal. Love the colours.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Good colors, reminds me of Indian smoke signals. :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
@fueast processed in my new favouite way w/o Gaussian Blur.
posted January 9th, 2013  
That is proper cold light! Love the saturated colors. Beautiful.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Great light and colour Sean.......is that an ELT I see?
posted January 9th, 2013  
@seanoneill OK wat dat?
posted January 9th, 2013  
@fueast - (he's a bit clever that Sean, does all that PS stuff..... don't tell him how much easier it is in BeFunky though!!)
posted January 9th, 2013  
Glorious Sean, just love that curling, rising smoke...... and the lonely telegraph pole...... this has shades of @spada about it, love the minimalism.
posted January 9th, 2013  
@fueast Orton! @jackie8 I keep meaning to download BeFunky, Alison tipped me off about it some time ago. Not enough hours in t'day.
posted January 9th, 2013  
@seanoneill So do you merge a focussed and a blurred shot to the the effect?
posted January 9th, 2013  
@fueast No,whenI searched tinternet for Orton I got a different processing technique. I copy the background layer 3 x and change layer blending style in copy 1 to screen, in copy 3 to multiply and then tweak the levels as it ends up too dark more often than not. Then add Gaussian Blur to this level. Would be interested in how you do it?
posted January 9th, 2013  
@fueast for me the jury is out about the blur but I think it is because I haven't found a trees and leaves shot like yours yet. They always blow me away, but I think the style of landscape that I shoot of late loses something when I add blur.
posted January 9th, 2013  
@seanoneill I don't do it its an automatic option in befunky! Then sometimes i play with photoshop to add an art filter. I think it works best with close ups of trees/woods. I haven't really used it on landscapes except in fog. I think Judith also used the picmonkey version in one or two of her fog shots @judithg For normal landscapes I play in photomatix usually. Blimey no wonder my career is going down the toilet...
posted January 9th, 2013  
@fueast I see. We've reached the same conclusion re landscapes, though it does really enrich the colours if you stop before blurring. Who needs a career eh? As a boss of mine once said to me "What's that behind you Sean, oh, it's your career!"
posted January 9th, 2013  
@fueast Alison, What is BeFunky? Do you know a link to the download? If it helps to edit landscape like you do, it's a must have :o)
posted January 9th, 2013  
@noragentian http://www.befunky.com/

You can use some options for free I think. I use it mainly for woods - landscapes are usually edited using photomatix and photoshop elements. Cheers.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Sean, another great landscape shot! Love the bright colours and the textures in the field and clouds. Stunning processing
posted January 9th, 2013  
Great shot Sean. Like Ruth I love the colours and the lone telegraph pole
posted January 9th, 2013  
That power station is an interesting addition to landscapes - another perfect one. Have you seen the fake tree with the droopy branches - mobile mast - just down the main road to Notts - always made me laugh?
posted January 9th, 2013  
The colours are just gorgeous! :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
Very cool shot!!! I was hoping the cloud was a small wind storm, always cool to see!!! I've seen them a bit like that (more vague though) on the inland farms here!!! They don't do much damage, just swirl the dust around!!!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Gorgeous colours and composition. I just love the Texture of the ground.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Beautiful colors. I like the mysterious cloud.
posted January 9th, 2013  
like the bold tones
posted January 9th, 2013  
Wow - love the minimalism.
posted January 9th, 2013  
That's fantastic Sean, great colours, interesting foreground texture and no clutter. Your Orton discussion is interesting, I just use a Gimp script but I'm not too happy with it ... might try your technique next time.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Very surreal looking.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Amazing, vivid colours
posted January 9th, 2013  
This wouldn't have been interesting without the steam. With the steam is has a feeling of "what is it?" mystery.
posted January 10th, 2013  
@fueast @seanoneill I use Orton from Picmonkey quite a bit - usually faded out. I quite like it for grainy shots as well because they 'smooth out' a bit.
posted January 10th, 2013  
PS Beautiful shot - love the slope.
posted January 10th, 2013  
Cool shot!
posted January 10th, 2013  
Fantastic shot!
posted January 10th, 2013  
Super shoit; very powerful. A Fav without doubt.
posted January 10th, 2013  
@gooner46 thanks Chris, much appreciated.
posted January 10th, 2013  
oooh, like this Sean
posted January 10th, 2013  
fabulous light in this Sean - love the bright colours and the power station steam is great - fav for me
posted January 10th, 2013  
Great scene!
posted January 11th, 2013  
...for a second I thought you were on a trip to Australia! What amazing colours.
posted January 11th, 2013  
Oooh an extreme lone power pole. Love the steam and the blue of the sky
posted January 11th, 2013  
Gorgeous, love the colours in this.
posted January 11th, 2013  
Extreme lone steam cloud ;-) fab colours and minimalism.
posted January 11th, 2013  
@primitiveprobe Good point!! Tagged!!
posted January 11th, 2013  
Love the simplicity, colours and contrasts - very graphic!
posted January 11th, 2013  
the textures come alive enlarged. The colours really pop with your processing!
posted January 12th, 2013  
Marvellous, Sean! I knew what that was before I read your comment!
posted January 15th, 2013  
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