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If anyone is interested : The shot was taken with a Zenith E film camera 23 years ago, on a beautiful January morning at the hole of Horcum in the Yorkshire moors. Kodak 100 film, print scanned. I'm not particularly happy with the composition of this one but there is something in it that I like. Let me know your thoughts.

All the best. mal


If anyone is interested : The shot was taken with a Zenith E film camera 23 years ago, on a beautiful January morning at the hole of Horcum in the Yorkshire moors. Kodak 100 film, print scanned. I'm not particularly happy with the composition of this one but there is something in it that I like. Let me know your thoughts.

All the best. mal

comments (27)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Aug 2008, 03:50
Well, Master, you asked for an opinion, so here it is...

I would crop down to the bottom of that overly bright horizontal line of sunlight.

Now I can bask in the utter gorgeousness of the scene without having to shield my I can see it for the fantasyland that is.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2008, 04:06
Well, you asked for it, Mr. Aquarius. The only thing I like about this picture is that you shot it with a Russian camera. smile I won't ask you to crop the picture down to the bottom, don't worry. smile
I'm impressed that you have an EXIF for the shot made almost a quarter of a century ago. That means you keep a very good record of what you do. Good for you, though I'd expect it from Martin, not from you. smile
the picture generally works for me...but maybe cos i know it was taken by the great mal

so you used the textbook maligned central horizon, big deal
  • Roland
  • France
  • 20 Aug 2008, 06:56
Hi Mal ! What should I try to answer you.. May be cut the down part at the bottom of the hill on the right... that could give a panomaric effect... But I like it as it is.
I used to have a Zenit...crude but they worked. Proves it is the person behind the camera that matters!

My only gripe with this Mal is the over bright sun. Perhaps a trim off the top?
Just the burnt out sun spoils this for me Mal.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 20 Aug 2008, 08:53
It's a little like Obi Won ask Luke for fighting advice, but...

I would crop out the sun, it is too bright and detracts from the rest of this magnificent image.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Aug 2008, 10:10
I'm not familia with Zenith cameras but reading Viktor's comments I see it is Russian. I suppose compositionally the dark mountain cut off on the left is distracting but I don't think if you cropped it out you would have much left. It's still a pretty amazing shot.
  • Ginnie
  • in Amsterdam
  • 20 Aug 2008, 10:34
There is a strange illusion with this image for me, Mal, that makes it seem not "straight." But I've decided there are too many horizontal lines to work with. The slant of the sun's line is what probably makes this seem tilted more than anything...and maybe the line of the water just before the background land...and is that the ocean faintly beyond? Like I said, too many lines to figure out if this is slanted or just an illusion. I'm stunned to even think you took it 23 years ago!!!
  • peter
  • Denmark
  • 20 Aug 2008, 10:36
I don't think I would crop the sun out of this one. To me this is what brings this photo to life and has me reaching out for my sunglasses smile I love that mist...
  • padraig
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Aug 2008, 10:51
my dad had a zenit when I was very little, probably still has it actually.

just by scrolling down the screen I cropped out the whole of the sky to just past the hoprizon and think it looks really nice, but I like it in the first place anyway.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2008, 11:33
23 years ago... How old were you, when you took it, mal? Like 8 or 10? Jesus... I didn't know an exposure from a shutter speed at that age. smile
Ray's suggestion was the same suggestion Bill made for one of mine a couple of days ago. I actually like the sun/star.
The composition maybe could be better, but the mood and the light here are great!
You were a fine photographer in those days too, apparently.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Aug 2008, 13:33
very cool, very pretty...
sure, ot lacks your current polish but it's still a good shot...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Aug 2008, 15:25
The only negative to my view is that the horizon seems to require straightening - but what I see could also not be the true horizon, but rather the thin line way back.

In general it reminds me strongly of waking up on an early morning in the Drakensberg mountains. Lovely.
Ah the good old Zenith E, a good camera in its time, and probably still is. This is a really good scan, what a marvellous effect the clouds are making.
  • tim
  • some were in Armley, Leeds:)
  • 20 Aug 2008, 18:10
23 years ago, you must have been sat in your pram when you took thisgrin

who am i to critic a pro, but for me the sun spoils it fella.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Aug 2008, 22:03
I'm no expert, but I very like the atmosphere, the long, growing strides of the morning sun light, the "Nebelmeer" (only German word, translated sea of mist)- so that the title is suiting! I self have experienced such a wonderful situation as the sun has rised ("The sun i s so overbright"), the world is still resting, half asleep, in the mist, a time of absolute tranquillity and peace reminding me of a verse of Mörike "The world's adream in fog's embrace..." or paintings of Caspar David Friedrich - I' m very surprised: 23 years ago, you have used a film camera- but this pic is already Mal's style and Mal's themes- honestly and seriously said: I find this pic as beautiful as other photos of you! The colour has returned again and a more optimistic mood can be 'seen'!
I know exactly why you like this, Mal, and it reminds me that I really must get back into hill walking: you really cannot beat these views.
I had a Zenith EM with Pentagon lenses around the same time. Built like a tank; it was my first serious camera.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Aug 2008, 20:22
You have chosen the title "Aquarius". Why not "Ariel" (aerial spirit)?
  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 22 Aug 2008, 01:15
It's an inspiring view. I like the hint of warm color.
I like it because it gives me the impression of silence and peace combined with a deep feeling of satisfaction.
I like the feel of different layers, and some kind of movement. But my favourite thing here is the sun, it's so bright I have to look down and that is exactly as in real life, but looking down I meet something that is not real a way...
  • rhys
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2008, 07:57
With a shot like this I don't think composition matters too much- the imagery takes your breath away and that's all tat counts. Its stunning. I wouldn't crop it, I like the lens flare.
  • Nathan
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Aug 2011, 22:17
It's the mist and atmosphere in the shot that makes it a winner, even with a few compositional things that would normally be avoided (sun in the center). It's still works great.

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