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Pentland Hills - Solitary tree | by Chris Shanks
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Pentland Hills - Solitary tree

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I went up the hills early in the day and it was pretty miserable, low cloud and washed out skys.

There was some cloud definition and finally a break in the clouds, it wasnt much but it was just enough. I really had to stretch my raw file to come out with this shot, which i think might have cause it to be a little noisy.


Does anyone have any tips or know wherei can find into on how to blend a sky layer and a ground layer together when you have something like a tree sticking up in the middle? i had great difficulty doing this and didnt make the best job of it,


I wanted to re-edit this shot as the last one had alot of mistakes and i didnt take as much time being as neat as possible.

I also wanted to try and bring out as much cloud definition throught the whole image and gave the sky a slightly more natural tone to the actual day, perhaps not as drematic as the other shot but was good practise and put the niggling pain in my head to sleep agaon for a while.


Let me know hich you prefer and why if you have a moment it would be much appreciated.



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Taken on March 3, 2012