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Buachaille Etive Mor

By phil99
This is from a year ago now . Again looking for images for club competitions coming up soon . This is for a monochrome print competition . Previously uploaded in colour with some lovely purple heather so it loses that but I think the sky is better . Thanks for help with my last upload and Tuscany . Thanks also for recent clicks and comments .All very much appreciated...Phil

Tags: Scotland Glencoe Waterfall Mountains Landscape and travel Buachaille Etive Mor

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
29 Sep 2011 11:08AM
Prefer the composition in V1 and the mono converion works well with it.
Regards Richard

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Sep 2011 11:08AM
Looks good in the B and W presentation: losing the colour of the heather is a minus of course, but other factors make up, eg. the contrast between the shadowed Buachaille and the bright sky behind.
As there is a good range of tones and contrasts, the B and W version does work well, and as you say, the sky is often better.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2011 11:33AM
Beautifully captured images Phil, all wonderful but for me it has to be V3 - it is stunning!
Suehh 11 39 6 England
29 Sep 2011 11:35AM
V1 looks good to me
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Sep 2011 11:38AM
V.3 for me, Phil, a beautiful composition and presentation. Carol
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
29 Sep 2011 12:09PM
v3 for me, or maybe v2... but then again... they're all pretty damn good shots.

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
29 Sep 2011 12:14PM
colour for me, and the wider angle shot of v3 for me.lesley
LesF 11 182 9
29 Sep 2011 12:17PM
Get it printed and entered Phil

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
29 Sep 2011 12:17PM
V1 is more dramatic but i like the colour of v3today .
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
29 Sep 2011 12:27PM
Works well as a mono
acousticmist 7 10 1 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2011 2:10PM
Three excellent captures Phil, love them all..............Martin
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2011 2:33PM
V3 for me too.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
29 Sep 2011 2:48PM
Yes most people including me like the colour of v3 best but what you are really after is comment on your mono. I think this is fine and any club judge would have difficulty in finding fault with it however we don't know what else is in the competition so we cannot guarantee the result. The small area I would look to improve on is the high light area in the water. I know that is what water looks like but it just takes my attention perhaps slightly too much.

If it were mine Phil I would have no hesitation in entering it on the other hand if I had to choose between colour and mono I would go for colour.
In our club if we enter a black and white image we are not allowed at any time to enter the colour version.
good luck.
PS....If you don't want to use it can I borrow it.
Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2011 4:31PM
This works well in monochrome Phil. The trade off , to me, being the loss of the colour given by the Heather against what, to me, is a much better sky when rendered in monochrome.
Before printing , I would suggest that the water highlights are given a wee bit of attention , as that area seems to keep grabbing my attention , rather than allowing my eyes to wander through the scene. I'm assuming that the RAW file is showing no blown highlights but feel that a little " recovery" in that area of water will make all the difference.

Hope it does well for you in the club competition.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
29 Sep 2011 5:29PM
Excellent tones Phil! Enter it.


TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
29 Sep 2011 6:18PM
Super images, Phil, I have to say I prefer the colour, V3 being my fave, though the sky looks more dramatic in mono Wink
Trev Smile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2011 7:54PM
V2 wins it for me, a lovely image
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
29 Sep 2011 8:09PM
Ver2 for me also.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2011 9:07PM
v3 is my choice today - but I hope your mono does well for you in your competition Phil Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 11:06AM
for me V3 all the way
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
30 Sep 2011 2:19PM
It has all been said really. The water does take away from it slightly. Was this a conversion of the colour image - or did you start afresh from the RAW? The reason I ask is that sometimes its better to start from the RAW for mono conversions - for example a different colour balace will give different results. I tend to use Lightroom, I have a preset for monos that I temporarily apply to get somewhere close. I then switch this off and output to Photoshop for the proper conversion.

You may be able to pull some of the highlight detail back from the water. Did you sharpen all the image? This will affect the water - beter use selective sharpening. Also if you have a heavy curve layer this can affect it.

If you have lost highlight detail, you could put either a gausian blur or diffuse glow adjustment layer and apply it only to the water.

I hope this makes sense. I normally wouldn't go into detail, but as its for your competition it may help.
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 9:14PM
agree with nick and others phil ,but get it entered as its a lovely imageWink
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2011 9:53AM
v1 for me ..... and good luck

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