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I fully confess to not being adept at “seeing” in black and white. However, I feel this is more to do with me continually failing to be inspired by mono images rather than a failing on my part. Well my time spent in the Glencoe area last winter was full of monotonous monoscapes. But not the contrasty and striking black and white which you find in successful mono images, instead the landscape was dull, dreary and dreach facilitated by low and unbroken cloud.

The lack of any dawn or dusk colours or colours usually found in rocks or vegetation had me completely uninspired. I decided to do some location finding so I could return on another date when the weather was better. After consulting my OS Maps I decided that I would hike into Glen Kinglass and head for a small loch called Lochan na h-luraiche.

A good 2 hour walk through deep snow found me stopping off at Loch Dochard for a bit of a rest and a scout about. The ice on the loch was extremely thick so I went out onto the ice to try and find a composition. Half an hour later I had settled on a composition looking onto Meall nan Eun with fractured ice in the foreground. The sleet had stopped and the hillsides momentarily brightenend, saturating the rusty orange bracken poking through the snow on the far side. Luckily, for once, the camera was set up on the tripod to take advantage of this fortune and I made my image.

Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Fractured Loch Dochard
Username:DavidLangan DavidLangan
Uploaded:15 Jan 2011 - 4:37 PM
Tags:Argyll, Cracks, General, Glen kinglass, Highlands, Ice, Landscape / travel, Loch dochard, Mountain, Munro, Night / low light, Scotland, Water, Winter
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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
15 Jan 2011 - 5:08 PM

Great shot, love the snowy hills in the background, excellent composition.

Len

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7849 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2011 - 6:13 PM

Excellent shot. I like the ice cracks and how you've composed them.

Alan.

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2011 - 7:35 PM

Inspiration can come at the most unexpected times. You made good use of what it to heand here and created an image with a fantastic f/g.

Andy

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 439 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2011 - 7:57 PM

Great image, Dave.
Alun

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Ingleman
Ingleman  74 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2011 - 8:43 PM

Well done. Thanks for the write up. It is good to learn what goes into preparing for a top notch image like this. True dedication and you got your reward!

Cheers

Andy

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CathyI
CathyI e2 Member 9344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2011 - 11:54 AM

I second Andy's comment!

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Emu72
Emu72  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2011 - 11:10 AM

Absolute quality, has hints of David Ward!

Great PF too mate!

Regards
Tim

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wyeth
wyeth  3 Scotland
28 Aug 2011 - 11:14 PM

Fantastic shot.

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