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Benchmark Photo?

By rhion
Probably the last of these ultra-wide shots for now (don't want you getting too giddy!). As for the others in the mini-series this is taken by the roadside near the top of the wonderful mountain road over Ben Lawers.
Thought this one deserved a B&W conversion to highlight the textures in the stones.
Well, that's about it so, hope it appeals and thanks for looking.

Tags: Black and white Ruin Ben lawers

Voters: hannnahhh, AngieLatham, KathyR and 32 more

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Briwooly 15 454 6 England
21 Apr 2006 10:11AM
Superb B&W fantastic feel to it great texture
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
21 Apr 2006 10:17AM
just awesome .....perfect bnw photography !!!!

like your style !!!
great portfolio!!!

juldon 18 78 England
21 Apr 2006 10:18AM
Love the grainy effect on this one.
You have got the b&w conversion off to a fine art Richard.

Great well done.

rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 10:21AM
Bit of a slow starter this one so an especially big thanks to you, Brian, Ollie and Julie, very kind words from all of you!
Kim Walton 17 145 30 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 10:26AM
Great composition on tp of the b&w work.
davidhu 15 19 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 10:40AM
Great shot, Richard. Super textures and tones, topped off by a great sky.
KathyW 18 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
21 Apr 2006 11:13AM
Superb, works so well in B&W.
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 11:15AM
.. and thanks too to Kim, David and Kathy, good of you to pop by and comment.
Hanners 15 875 10 Ireland
21 Apr 2006 11:23AM
Very well toned and a cracking composition.

rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 11:31AM
Thanks Tony, glad it appeals.
lcmerrin 16 17 England
21 Apr 2006 12:13PM
Very dramatic shot Richard - the tone and contrast is absolutely perfect as always. I am an absolute sucker for mono so this was always going to be a winner with me.


hannnahhh 15 2
21 Apr 2006 2:59PM
good shot, dramatic
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 11:53PM
Lehan - always gladdens my heart to see mono is still popular with someSmile
Thanks to you and Hannah for taking the time to comment.
SteveCharles 18 2.3k 18 England
22 Apr 2006 12:54AM
Very nice b&w Richard. Love the rich tones & contrast. The angle doesn't appear as extreme as the others taken with this lens.

I love the fact that you've experimented with the digital lens / film body combo. You read so many opinions of what can/can't, should/shouldn't be done, and these pictures show that a little bending of the 'rules' can produce great results.

redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2006 2:03AM
Another cracker, great composition.
Love the way you produce such contrasty shots, very strong.
sputnki 17 10 Canada
22 Apr 2006 4:01AM
Hey Richard, another great B&W shot. Love the big sky and textures in the stone.

BobbyHB 15 2 England
22 Apr 2006 8:08AM
A nice B&W shot, Richard. Don't they stick those bench marks in some funny places?
BobbyHB 15 2 England
22 Apr 2006 8:10AM
PS. About that patch of empty sky..........
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2006 9:24PM
Thanks everyone for the comments, it is appreciated.
Steve - thanks and yes, some rule bending is to be encouraged I feel!
Bob - now then, don't you startWink
SuPlied 15 5 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2006 12:13AM
This works brilliantly in BW Richard and the sky is just perfect behind those rocks. Deb
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2006 12:57AM
Good of you to pop in Deb & glad you like this one. Thanks.
ChrisOs 16 2 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 12:18AM
Very dramatic. I wonder how that bit of stone with the Crown Property symbol arrived at a shepherd's hut on Ben Lawers.
Superb tones.
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 2:24AM
Thanks Chris. I assumed the benchmark had been put there by the OS but, looking at it, this stone is dressed better than the others and thus looks as if it has been reused from somewhere?
25 Apr 2006 1:09AM
Good uncompromising wide-angle with great grainy detail Richard, I realised I have seen the builders mark before in Shetland and paid it little attention until now, gives the photo and extra point of interest. I have done these shots but not with such effect, imaginative photography as always, Adrian
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2006 2:22AM
Thank you Adrian, appreciate you taking the time to comment.
joseph 15 England
25 Apr 2006 10:32AM
A stunning image Richard. All your shots are beautiful and inspiring.
CP_01 16 1
25 Apr 2006 10:34AM this. great work.
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2006 10:40AM
Thanks Joe and Charlene - kind of you to have a look and comment.
JuliaB 16 110 2 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2006 11:05AM
Hooooooray, I can be number 30. Not that they count of course, but it is nice sometimes isn't it? I do like the in-yer-faceness of a lot of your shots and this is no exception. Proud to do something different. Julia
alexball 17 5
25 Apr 2006 11:11AM
great shot click
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2006 11:13AM
Smile It's the way we learn I feel Julia and I'm glad you like these pictures. Lots of clicks and comments are not really any indication of a picture's worth - but it's good to get themSmile
It is nice to be 30th clicker for a pic you really like.
Thanks again Julia (and everyone who has c&c'd).
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2006 11:13AM
Thanks Alex - you sneaked in when I was writing the last comment! Always good to hear from you.
thorn 17 124 2 Scotland
28 Apr 2006 2:03AM
Top class b/w shot.Take care.AnnSmile
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2006 2:07AM
Thanks Ann - that's kind of you to say so.
pk_nz 16 New Zealand
30 Apr 2006 9:01PM
awesome, lovin' the way the wide-angle gives a sense of 'immenseness'. Good call on the bw, makes a very moody, atmospheric image, good one.
rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2006 10:53PM
Good of you pk - many thanks for dropping by and all the way from New Zealand!
dalischone 16 295 Scotland
1 May 2006 1:44AM
Fantastic capture, looks brilliant in b&w. Great detail, texture and composition.

rhion 17 36 United Kingdom
1 May 2006 2:39AM
Thanks Tracy, good to hear from you as always.

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