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Self explanatory really, except that these estate workers were burning a swathe of land to act as a fire break so that when they burned the whole hillside it wouldn't spread. Things didn't turn out that way and the fire brigade had to be called out to put the fire out. The north west of Scotland hasn't had the rain we've had in the rest of the country and the result is that the ground is tinder dry.
Thanks for looking and for any comments and/or criticisms.
Ann

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5DCMacroAsp.IF HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Apr 2013 - 11:37 AM
Focal Length:58mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Pattern
White Balance:Auto
Title:Burning the heather
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:15 Apr 2013 - 12:49 PM
Tags:Assynt, Fire, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Scotland, Sutherland
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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
15 Apr 2013 - 12:52 PM

superb atmosphere / low pov

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goexplorephotography

Great shot Ann. Wonderful composition

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CaroleS
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15 Apr 2013 - 1:03 PM

Atmospheric and so well composed Ann - the best laid plans!
Carole

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morpheus1955
15 Apr 2013 - 1:05 PM

Brilliant shot Ann, full of atmosphere, excellent composition too

Hugh

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johnlw
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15 Apr 2013 - 1:08 PM

Great shot that tells its own story.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7451 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 1:13 PM

Ann, this is superb! The way you have used the light to silhouette burnt stems against the smoke, the way you have composed and timed it to catch that arrow-head of handles, and the contrasting body language.
Story-telling at its best.
Moira

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 1:15 PM

I know they have top burn the heather to encourage new growth, but it's a rather risky way of doing it, especially if there is a wind! Carol

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franken
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15 Apr 2013 - 1:16 PM

This is a truly superb and atmospheric image Ann - love it!


Ken

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digital_boi
15 Apr 2013 - 1:18 PM

excellent work here Ann

Graham

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bobhowell
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15 Apr 2013 - 1:20 PM

Hi Anne I agree wonderful atmosphere with the smoke, bracken and beaters superb

Bob

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lonely_oryx
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15 Apr 2013 - 1:36 PM

The atmosphere has been well caught

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Apr 2013 - 1:40 PM

This is excellent Ann !! A great photo Smile

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 1:49 PM

Super image Ann, it tells the storySmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 - 1:51 PM

Agreed..excellent

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nonur
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15 Apr 2013 - 1:55 PM

Simply, superb. I envy you, Ann.

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Daisymaye
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15 Apr 2013 - 1:56 PM

A great image and really does show what was happening with good mood......Sandy

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 2:15 PM

Well done finding the guys working in the fire breaks. The smoke covered major parts of the west coast and the Cuillin all but vanished in the smoke, I had to go off the island one day to get away from it. It must have spoiled many holidays, as it happened during the Easter break.
Great work shooting against the light Ann.

Dougie

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15 Apr 2013 - 2:15 PM

Beautifully taken Ann, a reminder of the power of fire (What with that fire in the Reptile house Sad)
Ron

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15 Apr 2013 - 2:38 PM


Quote: Ann, this is superb! The way you have used the light to silhouette burnt stems against the smoke, the way you have composed and timed it to catch that arrow-head of handles, and the contrasting body language.
Story-telling at its best.
Moira

Must agree stunning photography Ann.

Regards

Trev.

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 2:42 PM

Superbly composed in every way.

Albert

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 2:45 PM

A very effective image which clearly and attractively tells its own story.

Ann

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15 Apr 2013 - 2:50 PM

Super image Ann, great composition,
Fred.

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johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 3:24 PM

Beautifully captured Ann, an awesome image...John

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christinecilia
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15 Apr 2013 - 3:42 PM

lovely capture well done. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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saltireblue
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15 Apr 2013 - 3:49 PM

Absolutely stunning image, Ann. Worthy of more attention, IMHO

Malc

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woolybill1
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15 Apr 2013 - 4:02 PM

Glorious too with all those layers. The workmen homeward trudge their weary way.
Superb.
Regards
Bill

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SlowSong
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15 Apr 2013 - 4:04 PM

Perfect subject for silhouettes. Excellent smokey atmosphere.
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15 Apr 2013 - 4:14 PM


Quote: Ann, this is superb! The way you have used the light to silhouette burnt stems against the smoke, the way you have composed and timed it to catch that arrow-head of handles, and the contrasting body language.
Story-telling at its best.

Couldn't put it any better, Ann. Wonderful composition and use of light.

Dave

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15 Apr 2013 - 4:24 PM

Fab environmental image

Ken

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15 Apr 2013 - 4:29 PM

Stunning Image!! _ I like it a lot!!

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gary_d
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15 Apr 2013 - 4:40 PM

Well at least the thought was there, a great shot. - gary

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15 Apr 2013 - 4:49 PM

top top shot ann this is STUNNING! very very nice one Wink
andy

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15 Apr 2013 - 4:54 PM

WOW!

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15 Apr 2013 - 5:22 PM

Moira expressed things so well Ann, great shot indeed!

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Ade_Osman
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15 Apr 2013 - 5:36 PM

Hard work!.....

Well captured Ann

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pollisher
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15 Apr 2013 - 6:14 PM

A superb atmospheric image. Well done Smile

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AnnJ
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15 Apr 2013 - 6:47 PM

Excellent Ann, well done. Hope you enjoyed your time up here in Scotland. Ann.

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EMJAYCEE
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15 Apr 2013 - 6:56 PM

Loads of atmosphere in this.
Joan

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 7:04 PM

Excellent! GrinGrinGrin

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15 Apr 2013 - 7:24 PM

Brilliant Ann.

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Sue_R
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15 Apr 2013 - 7:29 PM

Really good image and you're right about the dry conditions. There have been literally hundreds of wildfires in the Highlands and islands in recent weeks. Actually had some rain at the weekend that put out one of the fires and the fire service is hoping it will continue.

Sue Smile

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15 Apr 2013 - 7:30 PM

Saw this in the news - well done for capturing the action.
Even without the figures this is an impressive image.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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15 Apr 2013 - 8:29 PM

Excellent capture - Helen SmileSmile

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15 Apr 2013 - 8:47 PM

Sensational shot Ann
Lillian

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15 Apr 2013 - 9:02 PM

Just brilliant Ann - love this image - you caught a perfect moment with the workers amidst the smoke.
Deserves to get more than UA's.
Brian.

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15 Apr 2013 - 10:52 PM

Terrific image Ann - love the backlighting
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16 Apr 2013 - 6:54 AM

An excellent capture

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7451 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2013 - 8:50 AM

Couldn't give my UA until this morning - let's put the total into double figures...
Moira

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17 Apr 2013 - 3:38 PM

Well timed capture Ann, congrats on all the UA too
regards Richard

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17 Apr 2013 - 5:53 PM

Wonderfully lit and composed image Ann!
Rende

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Dave87
Dave87  742 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2013 - 9:37 PM

Photography of the finest order. When my weekly award went missing it didnít surprise me it landed here..

Dave.

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Deep_Bhatia
19 Apr 2013 - 3:53 AM

Wonderful image, Ann. Love it.

Deep

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Niknut
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19 Apr 2013 - 5:06 PM

Ooooer !!.....missed this beauty ?????

Cracking shot !!!......love the semi-silhouette of the 'beaters', with a great 'mood' from the smouldering heather....top notch !!

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barbarahirst
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19 Apr 2013 - 6:13 PM

whoah!!!!
A big congrats on all those well deserved awards

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 7:38 PM

Excellent image. The lighting is amazing. atmospheric. I'm sorry I havent my award left for a week. paul

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20 Apr 2013 - 9:40 AM

Superb Ann ,love itSmileSmile

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Fantastic! Well done and deserving the success.

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