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Cruachan Dearg

By pfheyes  
This is Cruachan Dearg, one of the smaller peaks on the Isle of Mull. While it is smaller than it's more popular neighbour, Ben More, it is a tough old hill to climb. No paths. And no people - I didn't see a soul all day.

This was a vertical comp, cropped from below as there was too much distracting foreground. I wanted the lines of the mountain to dominate the shot.

Thanks for dropping by.


Tags: Scotland Isle Cruachan Mull Dearg Hillwalking Landscape and travel

Voters: Nigel_95, martin.w, kinfatric and 10 more

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Nigel_95 Plus
11 260 2 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2006 8:08PM
I like the lines and the light and shade in this shot Pete.


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martin.w 15 498 22 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2006 8:47PM
Suprised at the lack of attention, may be its a bit subtle for EPZ Smile The light and shadow give this a 3d look and the comp leads you nicely along the ridge.
kinfatric 12 550 9 Scotland
21 Aug 2006 8:56PM
I like the composition and the effort behind this plus the fact you have travelled hundreds of miles to partake in such ventures something I think a lot of people forget as they flit' through the gallery but I noticed you commented elsewhere that the light may have been kinder to you and indeed in might but you just have to accept at times whats available and this shows what you have described well Smile
aftertherain 12 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2006 9:00PM
You must have such toned muscles - not only from the climbing but from carrying all your camera gear too Smile
pfheyes 13 254 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2006 9:00PM
Much appreciated - thanks for the support guys. I was thinking about deleting it, but I'm leaving it on dammit. :o)

I'm a bit gobsmacked at the lack of attention to be honest. I'm not suggesting it's an RC winner by any measure, but I thought it would do better. It's my worst view/comment (or the dreaded blue heart) ratio I've had for a long time. :-(

If anyone has any constructive criticism to explain why then please let me know!

EDIT: And thanks too, Merl. :o)

kinfatric 12 550 9 Scotland
21 Aug 2006 9:07PM
I think its just a bit quiet tonight Pete Smile
pfheyes 13 254 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2006 9:08PM
Mutter, mutter. :o)

highlander 13 32 Scotland
22 Aug 2006 10:18AM
Hello Pete, I understand the buzz and the excitement scouring the tops of mountains as I was brought up among them...the beauty that accompanies solitude as in your scene is hard to express, the eye developes an appitite for such an environment, but how many people have had the chance to cultivate that appreciation for this sort of landscape...few...I hope this philosophy helps you understand that your camera work is faultless and to a mountain man this is outstanding.
pfheyes 13 254 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2006 10:41AM
Thanks for the thoughtful, well considered response, Doug. It's much appreciated, and it is a much needed dose of perspective. Smile

CathyI 12 344 3 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2006 7:06PM
It works for the mountain women too Pete (at least this one!) - the emptiness is very appealing, I just want to go marching along that ridge and enjoy the fact that there's not a soul about... It probably is a bit subtle for most though. And I would perhaps consider losing a tad more of the foreground...
pfheyes 13 254 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2006 7:34PM
More foreground?!?!?! Splutter! Wink

Yep, I ummed and awwed over that stone and whether to crop it even more. It did look a bit more hemmed in and seemed to lose something when I got rid of it. So this is the compromised version. Smile

Thanks for the feedback, Cathy. Always appreciated.

CathyI 12 344 3 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2006 11:49AM
We do have to make compromises sometimes when taking shots, but this strikes me as a good one under the circumstances Pete, regardless of what others may think... Having had another look at it, it does seem a little hemmed in when cropped closer. A possible suggestion for the next time you're in that vicinity would be to make more of that little tarn on the col...
pfheyes 13 254 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2006 7:35AM
Hi Cathy

Yup I agree with you. I think the click score is fair enough (shock!) as it is a snapshot when all is said and done.

Thanks for the feedback (again!).


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