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A shot grabbed from the roadside while travelling back from Inverness

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:Sigma 18-200
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Dec 2011 - 1:40 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Unknown (-1)
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Loch Leven and Pap of Glencoe
Username:Cowser Cowser
Uploaded:20 Dec 2011 - 2:32 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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eddiet
eddiet  2 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2011 - 2:38 PM

well done, you know out to capture scotlandGrin

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2011 - 3:53 PM

Super landscape with lovely reflection, nicely captured,
saeid

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2011 - 4:35 PM

Good to see some lovely snow on the mountains - very picturesque. Good reflections - I prefer "broken" ones to mirror reflections, more interesting.

It has the makings of a really nice photo but it perhaps needs a bit more "pop". Most of the interest is in the hills but they are quite distant and the right hand hills at the bottom are in shadow and look a bit soft. I have uploaded a mod - I applied some additional contrast in Viveza which I have just got and I am trying out. I rowed back from applying it to the left hand side where there is already more detail. Plus I pulled back the blue channel with a curves adjustment as the sky is overexposed in the blue channel.

I cropped off a bit at the bottom to avoid having the horizon going through the centre but that does have the disadvantage of bringing the two posts in the foreground into greater prominence.

It's slightly difficult to see the changes as the mod is so small but hopefully it will give you some idea.

Best wishes

Catherine

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2011 - 4:44 PM

A most beautiful shot and it would look good on my wall.Grin

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7849 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2011 - 6:11 PM

I cropped some of the sky, which gives the mountains more dominance over the landscape, imo. I also brought out some of the colour in the photo and used dodge and burn techniques to add drama to the composition.

To me the image is all about the sunlight on the mountains, so this is what I tried to enhance.

Alan.

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Cowser
Cowser  4 Scotland
20 Dec 2011 - 8:08 PM

Many thanks to you all for your comments and mods - very much appreciated!

Cheers, Ian.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2011 - 8:35 AM

A fine general image which is difficult to fault technically. My only problem is that I am not a landscape photographer at heart and so many of this type of image begin to look the same without something to really punch them out of the screen. That is general statement, not particularly aimed at this one.

Paul

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Cowser
Cowser  4 Scotland
21 Dec 2011 - 11:12 AM

Thanks for your comments Paul. I agree with your sentiments! This was a quickly grabbed shot, no filters, not even a tripod but, as yet, I do not have sufficient photoshop skills to do too much to enhance my shots.

I would certainly like to capture images which, without processing, would hit the spot. There are many fine images taken at this location in Ephotozine and I shall certainly strive to produce images which will have more of an impact in visual terms.

Thanks again, Ian.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2011 - 1:23 PM

I think the cloud and foreground fill help this one to raise above the masses, but it is a fact that Lakeland, Scotland etc. produce such superb scenery that they do begin to look alike. In my judging days it could be a real problem when confronted with a dozen super 20x16 mono prints of similar scenes. How do you pick one out to win unless it actually trumped all the others - somehow!

Paul

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