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Well it's a bit more than a pebble but I've already shot THE Rock.

This is a large round rock on the beach at Elgol that I first saw when Paul (sut68) posted it in 2010 and made reference to some ice cream man who is supposed to have bagged it first.

I turned up one evening and a photographer had already claimed the zone (we joked about ticket systems!) so I had to come back the day after.

I love the rock and the shapes around so decided to follow the tripod holes here too. And, as if by magic, the surrounding platforms (sloping rocks) do appear to have tripod holes. Good job because to get to certain angles (not this one) you do have to do some jiggery pokery with the tripod legs. I was thankful to the versatile Manfrotto Neotec.

I took the Strobeam flash with the plan to illuminate the rock and surrounds while exposing for the background but the flash wasn't strong enough to do what I wanted. I also used the Lee 0.9 ND grad but that wasn't strong enough to cope with the contrast range. So HDR or some more jiggery pokery? I chose the latter and used the Lee Filters grad case to act as a mask . Exposed for the foreground and wafted the filter case over the top half to dumb down the sky.

I ended up with a RAW file that can be processed very differently and settled on this warm version.

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K20D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 12-24mm F4 ED AL [IF]
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jun 2012 - 10:02 PM
Focal Length:12mm
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:15sec
Exposure Comp:+2
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:THE Pebble
Username:Pete Pete
Uploaded:16 Jun 2012 - 10:10 AM
Tags:Coastline, Cullin, Elgol, Hill, Landscape / travel, Mountains, Pebble, Rock, Sea, Skye, Sunset
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CHRISB911
CHRISB911  854 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 10:14 AM

gets my vote very well captured
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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 10:18 AM

I have to say that I prefer the cool original. Good use of the improvised Lee grad. Wink

Dougie

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rontear
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16 Jun 2012 - 10:39 AM

Classic filtering PeteWink
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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  61432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 10:42 AM

I like both versions. Andy

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Anna_W
Anna_W  2 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 10:51 AM

They're both excellent images but I think I prefer v1's warmer tones and brighter/slightly more contrasty feel. The waving of the filter case over the top half sounds like a variation on the magic cloth technique (something I've read about but never tried!) and certainly worked well in this case.
Regards
Anna

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64533 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 10:52 AM

Amazing what you chaps get up to. Smile V2 for me. I just prefer the colour.
Chris

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Deep_Bhatia
16 Jun 2012 - 11:11 AM

Awesome image with full of nice details. Deep

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charlotte
charlotte e2 Member 1034 forum postscharlotte vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 11:12 AM

Top processing Pete, I'm leaning towards V2 and the cooler tones though.

Charlotte

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 11:25 AM

Very well worked Pete a wonderful pair of images, but I think V2 gets my vote. Shortisted too...

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ElaineGregg
16 Jun 2012 - 12:27 PM

I like version 1 - the detail is excellent but a little warmer than version 2. But both excellent photos with lovely composition. Well done.
Elaine

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MattB1987
MattB1987 e2 Member 2420 forum postsMattB1987 vcard England
16 Jun 2012 - 12:50 PM

Great colours in this, love the compostion, definitely an image to be proud of!
Matt

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 1:59 PM

.... et voila. Warmer for me.

Dave

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95932 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 2:44 PM

A very interesting write-up Pete
The things we get up toWink

Adrian

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 4:08 PM

Love V2 Pete. And I wonder if a giant lost a Marble way back in TimeSmile

John Smile

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 535 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 4:23 PM

A great shot ,V1 for me,love the colours,comp and depth
jeremy

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sut68
sut68 e2 Member 111998 forum postssut68 vcard England76 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 5:01 PM

LOL, thanks for the namecheck Pete though I'm sure it's appeared on here a 'few' times before I got to it Wink

Looks like you got right down in there though and this feels much more of a 'claustrophobic' composition than any I've bagged from here. Frames the boulder/shot nicely and provides a lovely narrow exit through to the Cuillins!!!

LOL @ Ice Cream Man indeed GrinWink

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 8177 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 6:09 PM

At least you had the tide in which helps when shooting this pebble, very nicely done this Peter.


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Imagephotographics

Beautiful image, love both versions

Chris

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 8:36 PM

Great place! Both work well, but it's V1 for me.

Sue Smile

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 8:47 PM

I like the warmth in v1

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7453 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 10:04 PM

The vote's for V2, the colder, darker version.
Moira

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101537 forum postsexposure vcard England
17 Jun 2012 - 12:00 AM

Lovely tones & detail Pete...I like v1 for the warm tones.
Pauline.

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2012 - 8:14 AM

Lovely images!, V1 for the warmer colours for meGrin
Diane

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sherring
sherring  746 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2012 - 10:05 AM

I prefer the cool Tones, great shot.

Steve.

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UrbaneMagick
17 Jun 2012 - 9:47 PM

Stunner..and a showcase for your skills!

Gareth

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 6185 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2012 - 7:58 PM

Just catching up with these Highland shots Pete and this is a cracker. Your technique (a variation on the 'magic cloth'?) worked very well. Great mood and I really like the way that the viewers attention is immediately drawn to the central rock.
Derek

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paulcr
paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2012 - 10:28 AM

Both versions do well Pete. Find myself drawn more to the natural colours in V2 though. Paul

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17 Sep 2012 - 11:38 PM

Some shots need no introduction as we follow the path of those gone before us ...... Very dramatic.


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