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Messejana by AndyMumford Messejana by AndyMumford
The Photo

This shot was taken in early spring this year near the village of Messejana in Alentejo, Southern Portugal. It’s kind of number 2 in a loose series of panoramic landscape shots, the first being [link]
I don’t expect this to be popular here, but it’s an image I personally like a lot, and it breaks up the waterscapes in my DA gallery.

I often travel through the countryside on my way to Algarve in the south of Portugal, and I’m usually on the lookout for good locations for photography. Early this year, we were taking the smallest roads we could find on our journey south, when we entered this beautiful valley of rolling hills. Usually, places like this in Portugal are ruined by power lines or telephone poles, but this valley is pretty much perfect…the problem being that we were passing through in the middle of the day when the light was really poor.

In early Spring, as we were returning from the south, we took the chance to return to the valley late in the afternoon when the light was nice, but unfortunately the skies were completely clear, which isn’t ideal for landscape photography.
So most of the shots I composed were looking down into fields from the hilltop, cutting out the sky.

I hope to return here next spring to shoot at sunset and sunrise, it’s a location with a lot of possibilities.

Technique

There’s not a lot to say about the technique here.
I basically stood on the hill top looking for compositions where the light would emphasise the rolling hills and bring out texture in the grass. The tree provided the point of interest.
The aim with composition was to use the shadows caused by the hills above and below the tree to frame the image and emphasise the strip of green…I’m not sure why, but with shots like this I tend to think of “letterbox” panoramic composition first.
I had to zoom out to 200mm to get this close, and even then I’ve cropped quite heavily into the picture…I really need to get a 400mm lens for shots like this.
It was also pretty windy and even with a tripod I was worried about camera shake, so I selected a wide aperture (there’s no significant depth of field in this shot) to give me a fast shutter time.
Other than that, I just took a matrix meter reading of the whole scene (no significant range of contrast here), and underexposed by half a stop to darken the shadows at the top and botom of the picture.
I also used a polarizer to saturate the grass

Post Processing

First of all I cropped the image down to the letterbox format that I love so much for landscapes.
Then it was just a case of tweaking contrast to push the green out against the shadows, and then vibrancy tweak for the mid-tones in the tree.

Finally the image was resized for the web, and then sharpened.

Metadata

Taken near Messejana, Alentejo, Portugal
Nikon D80 | Nikkor 18-200VR | Nikon cable release
Manfrotto 190XProB w/ 322RC2 ballhead
Hoya Pro 1 Polarizer
1/125 | f6.7 | 200mm

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ZlobaNajvacsia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
wow, very nice
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csaby1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
in the news! =D

...walk the line... pathways

Hope you like it. :XD:
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dancingelf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great panorama! I must admit I prefer landscapes over seascapes! :blush:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Thanks Ioanna. To be honest I haven't really been shooting seascapes this year....lots more landscapes because I enjoy them more
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dancingelf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
Oh. I'm so behind on my inbox!! :lol: Ooops!!
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dansch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
you're featured link
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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dansch Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome :)
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simon0108 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Simple & beautiful :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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simon0108 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Lulabelle Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008   Photographer
Gorgeous colours and composition, great work.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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tidesend Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful landscape. I love the winding road and single tree. We simply have trees and water..very little open space.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
Thanks again...little bit of the magic of photography going on here. If you saw the full shot, without the panoramic crop, you'd see that there were buildings between me and the field, and about 500 meters to the left, a large motorway.
I'm glad you like it :-)
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LaMusaTriste Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
lush!!!! i love these kind of landscapes.. so desolate and green
fantastic pure photograph!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
:-) Thankyou....I want to go there at sunrise next spring and shoot this valley when it's full of mist :D
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pheelfresh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008   Photographer
Amazing panoramic crop Andy. The light is gorgeous as well. I love your buildup here too. Especially the darker green in the "background" which just helps bring out the lone tree and the fantastic greens throughout the image. Good eye!

- Anders
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Thanks so much Anders, glad you like it.

I really enjoy shooting scenes like this, but sadly I always seem to be passing through this countryside on my way to the south coast, and I'm rarely there at a time when I have the light and leisure to shoot it.
I want to go back here in Spring with the D3, shoot the sunset, camp overnight and shoot again in the morning when the valley should (hopefully) be full of mist.

Hope you're well. Take care

Andy
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IRISJAUPI Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
BEEEEEEEEEEEELLO!!.....mi piace!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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Furiousxr Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Nice work Andy ,
Some times the simplest compositions are always the best
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Cheers mate
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mucek Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
:wow:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
:D
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mutrus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Fantastic shot :shocked:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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akhater Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
Wonderful minimalistic composition
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
:-)
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dwth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 41th.:wave:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
Cheers :D
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dwth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Student Artist
:cheers:
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AndreasResch Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
Excellent, Andy. Great composition and idea.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
Cheers mate :-)
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hhryah Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
What an amazing landscape! The color, the angle you shot from, and the composition are just perfect!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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dialac1 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
dude, its soo weird to see a single tree in such a wide and vast land!!!Everyone keeps getting lucky except me :-(
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Lucky!!!

I spent months and months trying to find a location like this, and then when I did the light was aweful...so I went back and the sky was terrible, so I produced this. Go and find stuff...you'd be surprised what you can find when you spend time driving around the countryside.
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mjagiellicz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
great job Andy :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
Cheers mate
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
pretty cool! love that format too! makes me wanna buy a panoramic camera!

this would look great in IR too I think!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
Cheers mate...glad you like it.

I still haven't got around to buying an R72....it's on the list :-)
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YOSHIMETAL Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008   Photographer
Nice work Andy as always.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Thanks so much mate
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grevys Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
very elegant pano shot here andy. nice lines and light.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Thanks loads Stuart :-)
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matze-end Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
very nice work, respect :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Cheers :D
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Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
wonderful shot. so beautifully serene. very nice job :-)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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