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...this started life as a 5 part stitch, then I made 6 files to blend to hdr and tone mapped in Photomatix, and then I got lost with what I did, several layers and colour changes later this appeared, so I added the wacky type title.
See what you think, not my normal style and heavily manipulated.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:16-35mm L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Bending Reality...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:13 Jul 2008 - 6:20 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Scotland, The road to the isles
Votes:88

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newy17
newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 - 6:27 AM

morning Dougie,this is fantastic after all that work it looks the biz,,just love it,,
ian

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Paddy
Paddy  11254 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 6:29 AM

well its really lovely, I would not have known it had been manipulated if you had not said, the only thing that distracts for me is your wacky words, Smile the picture says it all, very nice SmilePaddy

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GrahamNobles
13 Jul 2008 - 6:29 AM

Hmmmm.

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 6:53 AM

So does that mean your not going to explain how it was done LOL. Whatever you have done it works, like the colours and reflections Dougie.

LesF

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old timer
old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 6:54 AM

Really striking, Dougie!
Jim

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
13 Jul 2008 - 6:54 AM

Powerful as manipulated picture always are. It is a good composition with strong colours

Peter

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 6:55 AM

There was a lot od selective colour saturation and contrast, but I truly couldn't do this again for love nor money.

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Margarets
Margarets  9 Scotland
13 Jul 2008 - 7:27 AM

I think the end result is fantastic, I love the tones and love the way your eyes are drawn into the photo.
Margaret

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 7:31 AM

This is brilliant. Please do more!!

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phillips
phillips  869 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 8:10 AM

A new direction......I'd like to see more like this from you.

Guy

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david deveson
13 Jul 2008 - 8:12 AM

Love it Dougie, a bright opening to an overcast sunday morning here in Umbria...
David

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johnjrp
johnjrp e2 Member 10430 forum postsjohnjrp vcard Australia5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 8:16 AM

Its worked well Doug. LIke the title too. John

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PaulHolloway
PaulHolloway e2 Member 7PaulHolloway vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 8:35 AM

Like it Dougie. You're the last person I thought I'd see using hdr but hey with results like this its paid off.

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 8:40 AM

Cheers Paul, normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 - 8:44 AM

I love it,it is a brilliant piece of work.
Dave

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tomeda
tomeda  6 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 - 8:53 AM

Beautiful colours and detail.

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 9:20 AM

I think this came out really well, the colours are great.
John

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Phil_Restan
13 Jul 2008 - 9:28 AM

I love this Dougie but, please don't lose your normal direction, you have a style which is hard to beat. Great to play and do something different but I hope you dont move too far from your own style.

Having said that -This is great, perhaps this is where you belongSmileSmile

Regds

Phil

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 9:52 AM

So, just a simple little shot...
Love the two-tone effect, there really are only two colours involved in this. With the strongly defined reflections it has something of the look of a batik print. Very interesting...
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 9:56 AM

OOOoooh this is a hard one. I have just scrapped my original lengthy comment on re-reading Phil_R's words for the umpteenth time:


Quote: please don't lose your normal direction, you have a style which is hard to beat. Great to play and do something different but I hope you dont move too far from your own style

I like this immensely, in actual fact, for the composition, the reflections and the sombre mood of gathering storm - though the acronym HDR tends to raise my blood pressure by several degrees, a bit like piped music in supermarkets (and my doctor's surgery). Perhaps this one is a happy accident Smile

Regards
Bill

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MNPHOTO
MNPHOTO  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 10:11 AM

excellent image

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wildvision148
13 Jul 2008 - 10:12 AM

Outstanding,What more can i say,,,

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 10:14 AM

Pleased to be no 30 for this dark and moody Dougiesque. i do like this one Bill and it's fun to push buttons now and again. It's repeating the bloody thing that's the problem.
Danny

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Bumpkin
Bumpkin  759 forum posts Virgin Islands, U.s.
13 Jul 2008 - 10:24 AM

It looks a fantastic shot to me, dont understand all the the things you did to it but it worked
Deb

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heffalump
heffalump  6 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 - 10:42 AM

Great image. I'm never too sure what I think about HDR, but this works really well. It looks expensive - if that makes any sense!

Chris

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MikeA
MikeA  91174 forum posts England
13 Jul 2008 - 10:50 AM

Very dramatic Dougie, you'll be kicking yourself you lost the formula.

MikeA.

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MikeH
MikeH  9217 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 11:03 AM

Works well for me ,
Mike

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tumienis
tumienis  10 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 11:36 AM

Love the tones!
Kristijonas

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gnospellius
13 Jul 2008 - 12:27 PM

Its a superb moody image - would look great on a book cover.
Mark

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 2:18 PM

Wonderful image, great colours and light. Lovely reflections.

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m3lem
m3lem  8 England
13 Jul 2008 - 2:38 PM

A stunning image.
Andrea

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 4:40 PM

excellent, nicely done

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MalcolmS
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13 Jul 2008 - 4:53 PM

Love this to bits Doug, very dramatic

Malcolm

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105968 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 5:54 PM

you found your way down that bank then... Smile

Hope you have had a good weekend

Jeanie

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 6:01 PM

This was months ago Jeanie, you started me on this again.

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Adrian_Reynolds
13 Jul 2008 - 6:26 PM

Your efforts paid off Dougie, looks beautiful, Adrian

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challicew
challicew  6 South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 8:15 PM

A delightful eyeful! Love this!

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Mari
Mari  101825 forum posts Wales
13 Jul 2008 - 9:03 PM

Just love it Dougie, whatever you did to it works well, superb reflections, I must get up to Scotland again soon

Mari

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GalleryGirl
13 Jul 2008 - 9:11 PM

Wow! This is fabulous! One of my favourites of yours. Have a user award.
Marilyn x

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Dotrob
Dotrob  8 Wales
13 Jul 2008 - 10:50 PM

Fantastic piece of work Dougie, a super scene.
Dot

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2008 - 5:53 AM

Thanks to all for your kind comments and clicks, and special thanks to Marilyn.
Dougie :Grin

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2008 - 6:57 AM

It looks moody, it looks threatening, it looks..... ................... good.
Well deserved award my friend, but I like the sunnier one better! At least in summer! Grin

Johanna

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JohnParminter
14 Jul 2008 - 10:31 AM

Nowt wrang wi a bit a bent reality now an aagen Dougie. (pronounced in local dialect)
Smile
John

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Dead_habits
14 Jul 2008 - 1:35 PM

Very atmospheric!
Shailesh

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2008 - 5:01 PM

My hat off to you on this one Dougie - for a gentlemen who really knows how to take a "proper" photograph, allowing himself to pull out all the stops and come up with this masterpiece deserves full credit!!!

You have always had a very natural style which I do admire, but what this image shows is that in the right hands hdr/photshop/manipulation doesn't have to look overcooked or detract from a superb composition with excellent subject matter, composition and light - it just enhances it!

I rate all of your work, as you know, but for me this has got to be up there with the best of it!

Maybe worth dipping a toe into again every once in a while? Smile

Best regards
Paul

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2008 - 5:23 PM

Many Thanks Paul, I have to say that I was thinking of you when I was doing this and trying to think what you would have done, so you had a very big hand in the end result. One of these days I might just manage something near to your PS magic.
Cheers and thanks again.
Dougie

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105968 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2008 - 5:25 PM

Aye Dougie looking at the snow on the hilltops it looks a similar time to when we were all up there.

Jeanie
Smile

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2008 - 5:30 PM

One of these days I'll get it right, I've tried often enough but the weather or the light has always let me down. I might even get one as good as yours Jeanie, maybe. :Grin

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VintageRed
15 Jul 2008 - 9:12 PM

Works for me too.
Nick

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Scott_Scot
16 Jul 2008 - 8:11 AM

No bad at all for a wee old man frae Scotland !!! Wink

Stunner !!!



Scotty

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Portknockie
16 Jul 2008 - 7:27 PM

Well I think it superb work Dougie..and would like to see you do lots more...

Don

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Camairish
Camairish  81276 forum posts Scotland
17 Jul 2008 - 7:55 AM

A perfect composition - fantastic work, I really like what has transpired here, the balance is excellent - no impression of over manipulation at all.

Ian.

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2008 - 12:04 AM

S-t-u-n-n-i-n-g.

Pete

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