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Golden Hills

Golden Hills
Copyright ©2005, Mark Johnson ¤ $

Well here goes my first post. I have been watching from afar for some time in awe at the ability of many on this group. I am attempting to learn how to take good landscape shots with my E300. I have been using it now for about 4 months and am learning a lot but still have a ton to learn. The whole process has been a ton of fun. I have always been dissapointed after coming back from some beautiful place I have been to see that the pictures I have taken convey nothing of what my eyes actually saw. Hopefully as I improve the beauty I see can be better shared with others.

Anyway, in this image the fog was rolling in as sun was setting which is giving some of the haze (washed out effect) in the far left. I also digitally removed some flare which I didn't notice was occuring until I got back.

Photographer: Mark Johnson ¤ $
Folder: Oly E300 images
Uploaded: 2005-Sep-19 20:17 EDT
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Camera: Olympus E-300
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: F16
Shutter Speed: 1/10
Focal Length: 18
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: Yes
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And a nice first post it is Mark. You have done a good job of composition here with the foreground , middleground and background each divided into thirds. You have captured the light and shadows well without losing details in the shadows. Can't ask for too much more. I would have explored further using that fence as a leading line into the photo if possible? Anyway a great first post, welcome to MFT.

Charles Bonham ¤ $ at 22:24 EDT on 2005-Sep-19 [Reply]

Welcome, Mark!

This is a very good first post--the colors compliment each other perfectly--the warm yellows followed by the browns and topped off with the perfect blue...the texture and contrast in the hills are very cool, as is the shapely trees and the fenced field...I'll look forward to more of these...:o)

Monica Cowles HoF ¤ $ $ at 22:58 EDT on 2005-Sep-19 [Reply]


Yo Mark! Nice first shot man! I'm with Charles and Monica in that you balanced pretty well the lights and shadows. I wonder if you shot this image using a UV filter to cut through a bit a of haze. Also if you are going to shoot landscape I would suggest to get a circular polarizer filter to enhance the contrast and also get rid of haze and reflections. You can potentially emulate the effect in Photoshop but I have found that having it directly off the camera is better; however if you are a PS guru, please disregard my humble opinion :)

Cheers dude and nicely done! Oscar.

Oscar Malpica ¤ ¤ at 23:41 EDT on 2005-Sep-19 [Reply]


Beautiful shot and welcome!v I look forward to seeing more of your images. I love the composition. The golden colours are spectacular and the undulating hills excellent. An immaculate exposure that conveys great warmth and a feeling of it would be nice to be there.....

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 02:35 EDT on 2005-Sep-20 [Reply]


nice introducing shot. the title just fits perfect. well composed and executed. would only like to see the FG tree a bit more distinguisched from the BG. anyway well done.

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 04:31 EDT on 2005-Sep-20 [Reply]

Welcome, Mark. I guessed wrongly!

When this openend I thought 'home' (Australia). The shapes and form of the trees had me thinking western New South Wales. Anyway....wrong, Rob! This is a beautiful post whether first or fiftieth. I just love the modelling light on those bare hills. You have kept the sky highlights in check and they are holding together though very close to the 'edge'. Well done and keep 'em coming.

Rob Smith HoF Win ¤ $1 at 07:07 EDT on 2005-Sep-20 [Reply]

really had me thinking ...

Oscar i really had to think there for a moment to remember if I had my polarizer on .... but yes I did after running through the steps in my head. Oh and about being a PS expert ... by no means. I have been actually using GIMP as I am just learning all the Post Post processing that goes hand in hand with digital photography. Want to learn on the free stuff before i shell out more money.

Mark Johnson ¤ $1 at 11:44 EDT on 2005-Sep-20 [Reply]

hills around the world

Rob, it is neat to think that an image taken on the other side of the globe can remind someone of a familar place. This was taken near my house in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

Mark Johnson ¤ $1 at 11:47 EDT on 2005-Sep-20 [Reply]


Very nicely done...all is already said...but i agree with Michael about the tree...

denis grzetic HoF Win ¤1 at 08:43 EDT on 2005-Sep-22 [Reply]


Michael and Denis have commented on the point that struck me, that tree on the right blends in too much with the mid ground tree line. A PoV lower and nearer the tree would have brought the crown of the tree into the sky line and separated it from the mid-trees. The position of the fence post is also confused, it almost looks like the trunk.

The lighting on the hills is beautiful and the matching colour and slope of the foreground produces a pleasant composition.

If you have GIMP at the latest version I have been told by users that you can use any PS tutorial and follow it on GIMP. If you master GIMP you may save your money.

PS Welcome.

Rex Waygood HoF ¤1 $ at 15:48 EDT on 2005-Sep-25 [Reply]