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Blackrock Cottage-GLENCOE_SCOTLAND

By ovi  
Hi, guys and thank you all for commenting on my previous images from Scotland this year.
This place, this mount will give you all or nothing; I spent hours and hours in this area just wating for good fortune as the mount won't show its face so easely. I took this image minutes before sunset using difficult exposure and ISO in order to get something by the end of the day. I also had to use a range of pc filters from Nikon to balance the foreground which turned almost dark and to save the sky pattern that was superb at that time.

I hope the result still looks decent and my only suggestion to you all is to enjoy it as much as I did when I took this shot, and of course "healthy" criticism is very welcome as always.

Have a wonderful day,


Tags: Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

Voters: Ian-Munro, colmar, porty2003 and 57 more

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Ian-Munro 13 200 15 Wales
18 Nov 2009 11:31AM
great image.

colmar 14 42 35 Scotland
18 Nov 2009 11:31AM
Wonderful image captured well and presented so beautifully thanks for sharing Colin
porty2003 18 97 Scotland
18 Nov 2009 11:34AM
Fine shot,lovely moody one that suits GlenCoe.[Spent a summer working on the parapets of the wee 'bridges' on the old Wades Road on this secion of the West Highland Way,many moons ago when I lived in BallachulishWink]
Sconz 14 9 1 Ireland
18 Nov 2009 11:35AM
Beautiful colours.

18 Nov 2009 11:52AM
superb image
Trout_Man 12 1 30 Wales
18 Nov 2009 11:56AM
Very nice composition and processing Smile Geoff.
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
18 Nov 2009 12:00PM
An often photographed scene but your image is exceptional. Lovely composition, beautifully saturated colours, great f/g detail and mood. I like this immensely. Very well worth the effort and wait. Well done.
ovi 17 11 1 Romania
18 Nov 2009 12:03PM
Thank you Ronnie, your time and words guys value a lot for me.
Take care.
18 Nov 2009 12:05PM
A real stunner!

18 Nov 2009 12:22PM
Amazing colour, mood, light and composition. Great shot.
Kenfromsot 13 61 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 12:32PM
Super shot.

Richsr 14 91 223 England
18 Nov 2009 12:34PM
Like the details and tones in this - good capture.
Regards Richard.
fraser 17 631 14 Scotland
18 Nov 2009 1:06PM
Nicely taken and processed. You have made the cottages look very inviting.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
18 Nov 2009 2:17PM
Lovely detail and light throughout. Beautifully captured..........Sandy
JasperD 14 Switzerland
18 Nov 2009 2:33PM
Voted again!
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 2:48PM
Wonderful colours and composition.
iansnowdon 12 7 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 4:00PM
Beautiful colours and detail... Great shot.
18 Nov 2009 7:44PM
Great image indeed

ovi 17 11 1 Romania
18 Nov 2009 7:50PM
WOW...a HC award for this one; thanks a lot Pete and everyone who's been commenting or simply voting this image.

My patience was worth it.

Have a peaceful evening!

javam 17 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 9:36PM
Congrats on the award, that sky is rather special, however for me I think the FG is showing the signs of the relatively high processing.

I am not sure how it looks in the original, but in the large version here the grass and heather seems to have lost a lot of detail to processing artifacts.

I have shot here a few times and appreciate the light contrasts you would have been contending with. Bracketing or more grads at the time would obviously have given you some more processing options or balanced it out at capture. With only one shot to use though I am wondering if processing the raw twice, once for the sky and once for the FG and blending them would have resulted in more detail being retained.

Without seeing the source file is is pure speculation on my part obviously, but curious to know how much detail is present in the original.

ovi 17 11 1 Romania
18 Nov 2009 9:56PM
Neil, you're absolutely right in what you've just said: I lost the grass texture and not only-in the FG, due to multiple filters applied on the original image as the exposure wasn't quite the most fortunated one. I realized while processing this image the fact that final result should be a great deal of compromises between FG and BG. Also, I had to give priority to the light this time and sacrifice the textures for this.

I noted your suggestions on future processing and I will try as you said. I'm sure it will help.

Thank you very much for your constructive observations and don't hesitate to "pop in" each time; you're always welcome.

Take care from now on my friend and all the best.

very beautiful place Smile
all the best, M.
mikan 10 Romania
8 May 2011 9:05PM
beautiful image

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