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...it stops the boulders and pebbles on this beach being flung beyond this wall which is about five foot high as I recall. On South Uist in the Western Isles, Scotland.

Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark III
Lens:Canon ef 17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Monochrome Defences...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:13 Dec 2012 - 9:38 AM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel
Votes:Voting Disabled


Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 10:15 AM

Awesome sky Dougie, really has a rather dramatic effect with
those blunders taking centre stage
Great shot

RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 10:19 AM

Looks to be a substantial deterrent, Dougie, allowing you to just peep over the defences at the view beyond, and what a view with the cloud cover hovering over the distant mountains.
Wonderful detail at every level from a small aperture.
And the B and W presentation does add character.

rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 10:41 AM

Storm breaker Dougie !!!

NDODS e2 Member 32346 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 11:16 AM

This is a wonderful composition Dougie, certainly not the norm, but so wonderfully observed. The monochrome certainly enhanced the overall scene quite magnificently

Regards Nathan GrinGrin

KenTaylor e2 Member 92967 forum postsKenTaylor vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 11:48 AM

And how different it would be in colour.
My inclination would lean towards a darker sky and a trim at the bottom.
It would be on my list for a big print.

Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 11:50 AM

The colour version is available HERE

mrswoolybill Critique Team 7329 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom885 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 12:43 PM

I have become quite a connoisseur of regional dry stone walling techniques over the years, this is intriguing. It does appear to be really a long pile of boulders without any apparent structure - but the rocks big enough are to stay in place. (Derbyshire does this with much smaller stones and the walls collapse if anyone so much as leans against them!).
Lovely textures and surfaces. I wonder who put the pebbles there?

woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 12:55 PM

The monochrome really emphasises the textures and differentiates between them.

Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 12:56 PM

Moira probably the sea, as there are mounds and mounds of similar and larger pebbles of similar and larger size within a few feet of the wall. The whole beach along here is comprised of pebbles. Some of these beaches are very noisy as the tide thunders in and the pebbles grind against each other.
You could lean against this wall and never budge it.

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 13 Dec 2012 - 12:59 PM
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
13 Dec 2012 - 1:20 PM

A great shot and a wonderful composition.

Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 1:27 PM

This reminds me of home. We have large rocks in front of our place for the same reason. But we still have to remove small rocks and debris when we get home in the Spring. Never thought of taking a shot of them in mono. But this looks great and love those clouds.......Sandy

danbrann e2 Member 9462 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 2:37 PM

a history lesson in mono...just like when I was a wee wain.

Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 4:03 PM

Not your classic view of those hills Dougie, certainly looks a strong defence against the wind and seas
Regards Richard

brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 4:32 PM

The old boys
Are all leaving
Leaving one by one
Where young birds go flying
Spread your wings and run
But over the fields
By the drystone walls
An eagle will come no more
Runrig - The Old Boys

They must have had such a picture in their heads when they wrote this song. Beautiful detail in that wall,

Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 6:55 PM

Excellent capture, love the sky and povGrin

derekhansen e2 Member 5170 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 8:30 PM

I really like the contrast in texture between the rocks and the cloud Dougie.

nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Dec 2012 - 12:50 AM

Simply, wonderful mono!

old timer
old timer  955 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2012 - 5:20 PM

Lovely contrasts in this B&W, Dougie!


Niknut e2 Member 4399 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2012 - 5:00 PM

Grrrr...missed this one too !!

Impressive shot !!.....lovely strong F/G, & beautiful sky !!!!

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