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Loch Morlich, yesterday morning in the wind and sleet after my night on call. The forecast which had been promising broken cloud at sunrise for several days changed overnight to a foul outlook but as I was nearly there anyway (Aviemore) I still headed up and nipped out in my wellies. Someone on EPZ, it may have been Jeremy (fazzer) recommended long spikes for tripods during long exposures and I was grateful I'd taken their advice; standing out in the water in the wind I needed a very stable base (as did the camera Grin ).

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Feb 2013 - 8:34 AM
Focal Length:40mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:41sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Bulb
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:The Chain
Username:almiles almiles
Uploaded:4 Feb 2013 - 6:15 AM
Tags:Cairngorm national park, Cold, Landscape / travel, Loch morlich, Long exposure, Water, Winter
Votes:50

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 6:44 AM

Very nice...but very cold.

Andy

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
4 Feb 2013 - 7:03 AM

Excellent image Al !! Your suffering was richly rewarded SmileGrin

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 7:13 AM

Fabulous Al... Tell me more about these spikes! This is an image I would have on my wall!

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 537 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 7:37 AM

Beautifully composed image Alan and I like the cold tones to the shot as they set the scene well , good clarity as well Smile

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kel55
kel55 e2 Member 2kel55 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 7:50 AM

Good stuff Al , thanks for the links you sent the urge to spend money has passed thankfully and I'm back to my normal tight self ( more time to research gear maybe 2014 ha ) any way another top draw image speak soon. Kel

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 8:22 AM

Cheers Andy, Herman, Mark, Jeremy and Kel Smile
Mark, I'll PM you the info

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DicksPics
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4 Feb 2013 - 8:28 AM

Another classic long exposure shot, Al - absolutely stunning!

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 8:30 AM

Thanks **** Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 8:40 AM

Like your comp and the use of the long exposure, good one Al
Regards Richard

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 10:00 AM

Thanks Richard! Smile

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41077 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 11:02 AM

Cool blue tones matches the scene perfectly, Al. I like your arrangement of the foreground stones... always look better with no cut off rocks.

Dave

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 11:46 AM

The cruciform arrangement of the f/g boulders point the eye nicely in the right direction, across the smoothed waters to the distant shore and more distant snow shrouded mountains.
The snow and cool tones suggest how cold it was, and with a 41 sec. exposure, the light levels must have been pretty low, and yet exposure looks spot on to me, Al.
Epitomises winter in the Highlands so well.
Ronnie.

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 12:25 PM

Thanks Dave and Ronnie!

Quote: Cool blue tones matches the scene perfectly, Al. I like your arrangement of the foreground stones... always look better with no cut off rocks.

Dave

Yup, I took your feedback on previous images and with wellies on was able to compose so that the rocks were not cut off. I don't care what they say about you Dave, you don't appear insane to me. WinkGrin


Quote: The cruciform arrangement of the f/g boulders point the eye nicely in the right direction, across the smoothed waters to the distant shore and more distant snow shrouded mountains.
The snow and cool tones suggest how cold it was, and with a 41 sec. exposure, the light levels must have been pretty low, and yet exposure looks spot on to me, Al.
Epitomises winter in the Highlands so well.
Ronnie.

Thanks for your ususal comprehensive critique Ronnie, always greatly valued. I used a 4 stop ND filter to get the longer exposure and flatten the water.

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RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 12:55 PM

Oh! I had forgotten about the possibility of such a grad, Al: probably as I have never had such myself or used such. Thanks for that info.
Ronnie.

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Sylviwhalley e2 Member 798 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 2:50 PM

Great shot well worth the effort.
Sylvia

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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 3:06 PM

Thanks Sylvia Smile

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Another excellent high impact shot Alan, love the winter colours and composition. Next time you shoot in portrait could you also include a landscape format photo so my eye can linger and enjoy more of the beautiful Mountains and loch. In this instance i would move to the left slightly to fill the wider frame and the stones might mirror the mountains ( pointy stone pointy mountain, smooth stone etc.) for an extra bonus point. Keep up the fantastic work, you lucky man !
Trevor.

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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 6:36 PM

Thanks Trevor, it's always really nice to get constructive feedback like that. Next time I'm there I'll try some of the landscape format ones, just for you! I think I've been put off because it's much harder to get the FG rocks into a semblance of order that way but I like a challange! The hills to the left will be available for your viewing pleasure soon (once I edit the shot that looks to the left!) but still only in portrait format I'm afraid Wink

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Pinnace
Pinnace  5 Wales
4 Feb 2013 - 6:40 PM

Lovely composition

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4 Feb 2013 - 7:36 PM

I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful country in a landscape format and since you mentioned the word 'challenge' i shall take an upright photo of my next landscape format shot, now that is a challenge for me !
Trevor.

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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 8:08 PM

Thanks Tony.
Trevor, it's a deal! Grin

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5 Feb 2013 - 5:53 PM

Beautiful composition and excellent capture
Jim

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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 6:16 PM

Thanks Jim Smile

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