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Ben Tianavaig

By Mini_Webb
This is the view from the B&B I stayed in whilst in Portree... The mountain in the distance is Ben Tianavaig (the B&B was of the same name).

I like how the sun is just creeping through the clouds and shining down on the mountain, I also like how the trees frame the shot, but I wasn't sure if the trees were distracting and whether the sun was a little too much... (I took a few different shots whilst the clouds were moving)

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Tooth 11 5.8k 227 Ireland
22 Mar 2011 8:57PM
I think you have a lot of pleasing elements in the shot, but it's the kind of view which is sumptious to take in but very difficuklt to translate to an image. You've mentioned yourself the "busyness" of it, and this si true to a point but the real problem is the exposure. Apart from some multiple exposure technique like HDR a shot like this is nearly impossible to get right in one shot. Crepuscular rays (the sunrays) in themselves are awkward to expose for, but when you have them as the backdrop to a relatively dark foreground, there is far too much range of bright and dark in the scene for the camera to capture it all, and in fact IMO you've done very well here, but the foreground is too dark to seemuch detail and the sunburst is burning out.

The framed nartuire of the shot means also that an ND grad filter would be no use here, so again I think multiple exposure techniques might have been your only option

Maybe someone else has some more insight, but that's it as I see it, hope that's some use. Enjoy the memory of the place..


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wattoj 6 1 1
24 Mar 2011 10:00AM
Possibly you could have used a flash. This sounds strange, however it would've lit up the trees, showing their details, giving colour to the image, whilst also leading the eye in. As the trees are quite far away, they wouldn't have been the only subject of the image lit up, resulting in the rest being quite dark.
You have to ask yourself the question "what am I trying to convey in this image and therefore where do I want the focus to be?"
I think the subject you want to highlight in this shot is the house on the water's edge. So you want to focus on that. You have been lucky enough to have the rays of light heading towards this subject, really leading the eye in. With the hills acting as a silhouettes, you could slightly burn them and really increase the contrast to the light.

Hope this helps!


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