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...this little croft house sits by a pair of trees and captivates any photographer who drives up by way of Lairg to Tongue, it sits at the back of Ben Loyal and has been empty now for some years, the windows look like a child's eyes appealing for someone to live there.

Recording media:RAW (digital)
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:6 Oct 2012 - 8:10 AM
Tags:Farr, Highland, Landscape / travel, Scotland, Sutherland, Tongue
Votes:Voting Disabled


rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 8:22 AM

Perfect location for imagery Dougie, shame these homes are abandoned. Isolation is a big part of this.

jeanie e2 Member 105968 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 8:29 AM

Abandoned homes but perfect foreground interest for us Smile

mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 8:37 AM

Your comment about the windows is spot on, the house has a wide-eyed, expectant innocence. It needs to be loved.
I like the way you have angled this, we can imagine the view that that face is looking onto.

RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 9:10 AM

I can see why you could not pass by without a shot here.
Guess a combination of remoteness, lack of employment and the lure of the big cities (whatever they may be) result in so many of these homes now lying abandoned.
Might make a good pad for an enthusiastic landscape photographer from further south to explore further the opportunities of the far north???WinkWinkWink

NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 10:12 AM

A beautifully composed photograph Dougie. One of which has quite clearly been thought through and captured from what appears to be the perfect pov.
The lead in lines of the curving road is simply quite superb.
The focal point being this extremely charming stone cottage, perfectly position within the frame.
Clarity and quality in depth.

Regards Nathan

capto e2 Member 21146 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 10:12 AM

Makes me want to live there.

geffers7 e2 Member 436 forum postsgeffers7 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 10:47 AM

Look in remarkably good condition from a distance - nice shot.

6 Oct 2012 - 11:04 AM

Really nice location Dougie and shot with the flair we have come to ecpect from you. A pleasure to view Smile


Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 12:00 PM

Certainly captured this isolated location well Dougie.
Regards Richard

moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
6 Oct 2012 - 1:18 PM

A perfect location - to send my son to live WinkGrin.
Joking aside, a beautiful view and a great piece of composition. Beautiful blue sky with lovely white clouds too. Moira

woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 1:31 PM

The scene you have captured would certainly make me stop the car, stand and stare . . . .
Glorious soft light.

saltireblue Site Moderator 43917 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 2:50 PM

I like the fact that the croft is empty and the track leads away from it as if it too is shunning it. The protective trees are its last remaining ally...
That light is beautifully soft.


Niknut e2 Member 4596 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 5:03 PM

Lovely serene shot !!!!!......has a 'remoteness' to it which I like too !!

Mmmmm....perhaps a 'letterbox' (format) of Lettermore would be a nice 'version' ??.Smile

derekhansen e2 Member 5185 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 5:47 PM

You have captured the light beautifully here Dougie. Perfect placement of the croft/tree in the composition.

AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 6:31 PM

I find this little house and its surroundings captivating as it's nestling between these big mountains. the light is wonderful.

almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 7:58 PM

Others have said most but I think the rule-breaking placement of the cottage works here and the lead in assists that success. I'm also impressed by how you've held back the sky without blackening the tree.

pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 8:12 PM

What a place to live even in years gone by, my hubs is from the countryside and he would enjoy the croft and location, he would enjoy your walks to Dougie - yes even tho he is now 80 he walks 4/5 miles twice a week and nothing will make him change plans (not that I want to) it keeps him healthy and happy, why should I grumbleWink

I digress and do like this picture it would look good on any wall Smile

Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 11:02 AM

Beautiful composition Dougie. I wouldn't mind living there in the summer, but winter seems not such a good idea. (although I've heard people say there isn't much difference between summer and winter in Scotland Wink )

brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2012 - 5:38 PM

Absolutely perfect: landscape, sky, composition, colours.... everything. just perfect.

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