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Glencoe Mono

By pmorgan  
Instead of just converting a previous upload from here, I thought I would create a mono from this rather more classic view of Buachaille Etive Mor.

Not expecting great things on here, but I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

If you’ve managed to get past the thumb, firstly thank you and secondly if you go LARGE hopefully you’ll understand why I like it.

Hope your weekend’s going well!

Rgds
Paul

Tags: Buachaille etive mor Black and white Landscape and travel Glencoe mono

Voters: GrahamNobles, jdenman, sable and 188 more

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Comments


GrahamNobles 8 9 4 England
15 Nov 2008 3:04PM
Hi Paul,
Absolutely, looks great large, good work!

Graham

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jdenman 8 18 5 Spain
15 Nov 2008 3:04PM
Stunning mono.
John
sable 8 9 7 England
15 Nov 2008 3:06PM
A very attractive mono - nice work - Elizabeth
15 Nov 2008 3:24PM
The contrast and light quality in this photograph is magnificent..

Stunning work.

Warm regards, Iain.
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
15 Nov 2008 3:24PM
staggering detail in the fg and water Paul. what's your mono conversion method for this one?

Mike
Hoffy Plus
11 262 16 England
15 Nov 2008 3:45PM
Classic view point done beautifully, well done.
LesF 9 182 9
15 Nov 2008 4:29PM
I think this is one stunning shot Paul and the amount of detail is fabulous.

LesF
Jouİo 12 56 Finland
15 Nov 2008 4:29PM
superb mono, Paul!

Fantastic fg details!

Jouko
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
15 Nov 2008 4:29PM
Superior mono Paul.Classic view and love the processing.
Tom.
chris-p Plus
10 65 England
15 Nov 2008 4:31PM
A pleasure to view this classic scene...
richardwheel 11 217 2 England
15 Nov 2008 4:37PM
it's a moody mono day Wink cracking paul, the light on the buckle is rather tasty
conrad 12 10.9k 116
15 Nov 2008 4:38PM
Light on the mountain in an excellent mono conversion, that just has to work! Smile
Ray42 8 3 England
15 Nov 2008 5:02PM
Stunning mono.
sketch 9 1.5k United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 5:27PM
Great mono Paul

sarah x
C_Daniels 11 399 10 England
15 Nov 2008 6:06PM
This is excellent Paul - one of the best black and white landscapes I've seen too...
cheesey 10 2 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 6:19PM
Cracking comp, detail , light and mood. Large is very impressive.
Cheesey.
rangerpaul 9 19 7 England
15 Nov 2008 6:42PM
Excellent range of tones Paul. Never thought I'd say this about one of yours but this does deserve more attention???????
Paul
sut68 Plus
12 2.0k 76 England
15 Nov 2008 6:45PM
Tip top conversion with masses of tones in it, comp goes without saying!!! Smile

Slightly oversharpened which shows predominantly around the Buckle adge, but hey, web delivery isn't my worry either and I bet this looks sweet in print bud.

Have a great weekend mate,
Paul
mipettin 12 884 2 Scotland
15 Nov 2008 7:14PM
I am not a fan of this composition due to the tree bisecting the mountain - but in this case the composition does work well with the light on the mountain - too many images have a black mountain due to over-gradding. What lets the image down a touch is the blown out sky top left as well as another tree breaking the horizon line left of frame and I wonder if a 10x8 crop to lose the left of frame which is blown out would strengthen the image. As others a great range of tones and the tree cutting the mountain cannot be helped from this viewpoint so all in all one of the best I have seen (with the crop) due to the superb lighting on the mountain. Cheers, Martin
DOGSBODY 7 1.4k 30 England
15 Nov 2008 7:30PM
I have never taken a perfect picture and I doubt that I ever will but I would love to have taken this. Andy
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
15 Nov 2008 7:33PM
Thanks everyone!

I'll take on board the critique - thanks for the observations and suggestions!

Rgds
Paul
mhaseman 9 608 1
15 Nov 2008 7:57PM
The light on the mountainside is amazing. Fantastic capture Paul. Cheers, Martin
webjam 11 292 11 Netherlands
15 Nov 2008 7:57PM
That light hitting the mighty Buckle is just magical! Great shot!
Jacqueline
comma 8 108 6 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 8:55PM
A wonderful image Paul. The composition works beautifully

stuart
petra16 Plus
10 169 Scotland
15 Nov 2008 9:50PM
viewed large can see why you like it I love it....

petra
dathersmith 9 550 12 England
15 Nov 2008 11:13PM
Went large and it was definately worth it Paul, excellent mono.

Darren.
SuperRoo 9 63 2 Australia
15 Nov 2008 11:15PM
And so you should be happy, Paul... stunning image with that wonderful light on the mountain, super sky and great mono processing!!! Smile

Paul
User_Removed 9 485 13 England
15 Nov 2008 11:35PM
absolutely superb work mate

rgds
Dave
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
16 Nov 2008 12:15AM
Thanks everyone - much appreciated!!!

Now then Pete, that's made my weekend!!!!!!! Smile Thank you!!!

Rgds
Paul
Angi_Wallace 8 172 10 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 12:45AM
Fantastic, large is superb. Congratualtions on your EC. Angi
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 1:46AM
Well deserved EC Paul, congratulations. Large is stunning with superb detail.
regards
yung
rangerpaul 9 19 7 England
16 Nov 2008 7:43AM
Said it deserved more attention Wink
Paul
Wooly 10 112 4 England
16 Nov 2008 8:02AM
Superb Paul and congrats on the well deserved EC.

Alan
LesF 9 182 9
16 Nov 2008 8:06AM
Congrats on the EC Paul, the deserves it.

LesF
I just wish I could process an image the way you do my friend, you're way ahead of me.

Dougie
Chant57 Plus
10 395 3 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 8:21AM
An excellent conversion with a plethora of detail, Congrats on the EC Paul.
C
DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
16 Nov 2008 8:36AM
What a beauty. I'm not normally one for mono landscapes as God invented colour for a reason. But this is exceptional.
AlleyCatz 10 274 6 England
16 Nov 2008 9:23AM
An absolute superb conversion and comp paul.
Congrats on your EC Smile


~Alley~
backbeat Plus
10 134 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 9:57AM
absolutely stunning work Paul...many congrats on the EC!

phil
Gaz_H 9 150 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 10:56AM
Beautiful mono and well deserved EC. Congrats.
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 11:42AM
Well deserved EC

Dave
BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
16 Nov 2008 12:32PM
A very beautiful image once again, Paul.
I do, however, have to echo Martin's comment about the sky at top left - I presume that this was shot at the same time as your panorama, when you didn't have any filters with you, I seem to recall. So I think you've done well with the dynamic range. You could maybe pull something back with ACR (or whatever you use).
I don't have a problem with trees bisecting things, though. Imo, I think they add to rather than detract from the composition. And your conversion technique is wonderful - as Mike asked: what technique are you using?
And as ever, you've got the shutter speed absolutely spot on - presumably from your immense amount of practise on the coast!
Congrats on yet anotehr EC - well deserved.
Cheers
Bill
richardwheel 11 217 2 England
16 Nov 2008 3:20PM
It's been a profitable weekend for you hasn't it Smile Bet you're glad you went now! A big congrats paul

rich
sut68 Plus
12 2.0k 76 England
16 Nov 2008 5:28PM
Well done mate ... as Rich said, very profitable weekend for you!!! Smile
MrsS 9 4.5k 18 England
16 Nov 2008 5:28PM
Fingers crossed for POTW, then Paul Smile

Fran x
colin63 7 6 England
16 Nov 2008 6:20PM
Fantastic shot

Colin
javam 11 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 7:49PM
Well done Paul, I am going to have to go with colour for tomorrows now, but well done Wink

This shows just how majestic a view that place provides even without the autumnal colours.

Neil
kitsch 10 439 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 9:25PM
oh wow! that really is something when you go large!
fabulous
congrats too

jo
Philip_P 11 71 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 9:25PM
Fantastic mono shot, congrat's on a well deserved EC
Philip
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 9:53PM
Stunning monochrome image Paul. Congratulations on the EC award.

Nigel
16 Nov 2008 11:29PM
HDR would have been the answer here Paul, grads would have darkened the mountain too much.
The whites in the waterfall and sky are totally nuked which is a great pity cos this could have been soooo much better.

Geoff.
johnjrp 12 432 5 Australia
17 Nov 2008 12:33AM
Great detail Phil. Looks great in b&w. John
AngieLatham 12 790 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 6:54AM
congrats on your EC paul Grin
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 7:06AM

Quote:HDR would have been the answer here Paul, grads would have darkened the mountain too much.
The whites in the waterfall and sky are totally nuked which is a great pity cos this could have been soooo much better.

Geoff.



Hi Geoff,

I did actually use a 3 stop grad to hold back the sky, and according to the histogram, and my monitor there is no burnout. I'm wondering whether other peoples monitor settings have made it appear otherwise, as there are 3 of you that have mentioned it?

It prints fine(which is the main thing) so to that end I am happy.

I purposely turned my back on hdr around 18 uploads or so ago as I felt I was getting into a bit of a habit, and doing it just for the sake of it,

Again, thanks for taking the time to comment

Best regards
Paul
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 7:07AM
Thanks to everyone else too, much appreciated!

Rgds
Paul
edrhodes 11 546 12 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 9:24AM
Congratulations Paul, again....lol

Ed..
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 9:26AM
Just gobsmacked - thank you so much Pete, and everyone for thier support!!!!! Smile

Cheers all
Paul
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
17 Nov 2008 9:34AM
well done, mate!
sketch 9 1.5k United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 9:37AM
Congrats on the award, well deserved, and also for POTW well done Paul

sarah x
javam 11 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 9:45AM
Congrats on the POTW Paul, bet that makes the trip worthwhile!

Neil
daviewat 12 4.1k Scotland
17 Nov 2008 9:46AM
See the guy takes someone elses place on the meet, bags a single room and then does this !!!!!!!!!!!!!! he he he Smile


Well done mate, next time your in a bike shed Wink



Dave
chris-p Plus
10 65 England
17 Nov 2008 9:57AM
Many congrats Paul...
jeanie Plus
12 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 9:58AM
Yay - well done Paul!!. Worth the travelling up and the patience getting out there and getting something with the given weather conditions.

Jeanie
Smile
sut68 Plus
12 2.0k 76 England
17 Nov 2008 10:12AM
Not a bad start to the week Wink
richardwheel 11 217 2 England
17 Nov 2008 10:15AM
...not bad at all Smile
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 10:23AM
Thanks guys I'm well chuffed!
Leightonhs 9 155 1
17 Nov 2008 10:36AM
Spectacular. Nice one. #100th vote Smile

-Leighton.
LesF 9 182 9
17 Nov 2008 10:45AM
And well chuffed you deserve to be Paul, many congrats on the EC and of course POTW.
Your long journey North paid off then.

LesF
SlowSong Plus
7 6.2k 29 England
17 Nov 2008 10:52AM
Can't believe I missed this one earlier!! It's fantastic. Such detail and clarity. Beautifully composed. Stunning.
Chris
Mjhearne 9 432 4 Scotland
17 Nov 2008 11:22AM
Congratulations!! Beautiful work!


Matthew
MarkT 11 119 2 England
17 Nov 2008 11:38AM
Well done Paul - superb stuff.

My home monitor and two work monitors show the sky burnt-out and some of the water btw.

Mark.
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 11:56AM

Quote:My home monitor and two work monitors show the sky burnt-out and some of the water btw.


Looking fine on one work monitor, but blown on another - obviously right on the cusp - I'll keep an eye on that in future - Cheers Mark!

Thanks everyone for the kind words - means a lot!
Rgds
Paul
HowardA 9 231
17 Nov 2008 12:58PM
Great comp and a stunning conversion Paul. Many congrats on your POTW.

Howard
AngieLatham 12 790 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 1:46PM
yay! was hoping youd get POTW, really pleased for you paul Grin Grin Grin
martinl 12 265 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 2:02PM

Quote:Not expecting great things on here

Well, I think it's safe to see that you have well exceeded your expectation of this then Paul!Smile Many congrats matey, top job!
Got any space left on your wall for it? If not, you could alway send it my direction!
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 2:04PM
Thanks Howard and Angela, very kind of you to take the trouble to say so!

Cheers
Paul
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 2:16PM
Thanks to you too Martin - messages must have crossed!

P.S. I've got a bit of room left - Sorry! Wink

Cheers
Paul
Nick_w Plus
9 4.2k 99 England
17 Nov 2008 3:09PM
looks stunning to me Paul, too many people get hung up on what they perceive to be blown highlights (and no I can see detail in both areas) - fast flowing water is white and that shinny object in the sky is bright. This is just how a mono should be, seeing this has got me wanting to get back out again - well worthy of the POTW
49er 10 564
17 Nov 2008 3:13PM
like this a lot... very nice
Jouİo 12 56 Finland
17 Nov 2008 3:25PM
wow! POTW! Congrats, Paul!

A quick look at above comments & crits and when looking this on my 22 " Eizo, which I have calibrated with Monaco Optix Pro colorimeter, must say, that those whites look a tad too bright, BUT ONLY a tad! Hope you don´t mind...No harm ment in any way! And as I said earlier, when commenting THIS shot, those fg details are SUPERB!!!

Worth ALL the awards!!! IMHO!

Sincerely

Jouko
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
17 Nov 2008 5:20PM
I see Paul's and Jouko's points. But those are minor adjustments and the print is what counts. This is awesome and worthy of POTW, so congrats!

Patrick
mattw 12 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 5:57PM
Sorry I have nt been commeting much over the past few weeks - byt I was not going to pass on the opportunity to rave about this work of art.


Quote:I did actually use a 3 stop grad to hold back the sky, and according to the histogram, and my monitor there is no burnout. I'm wondering whether other peoples monitor settings have made it appear otherwise, as there are 3 of you that have mentioned it?

Burnout or not, it is very bright. In a colour image the sky would look very overexposed. However (In my estimeed opinion) - you can get away with this much more in Mono - where Contrast is king - so for me it works well.
Scott_Scot 11 4 4 Scotland
17 Nov 2008 5:59PM
A classic, ... and an awesome one at that!!!


Scotty
17 Nov 2008 6:20PM
Had an inkling a mono conversion might be good - well done on the awards Paul.
Great work.
Dave
User_Removed 12 17.9k 8 Norway
17 Nov 2008 6:34PM
Congratulations Paul. It's all been said Wink
MrsS 9 4.5k 18 England
17 Nov 2008 6:57PM

Quote:Fingers crossed for POTW, then Paul


TOLD YA! Wink

F x
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:08PM
Congratulations again Paul, this is well worthy of POTW.

Nigel
davelich 12 7 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:36PM
I was in that exact spot in August and got eaten alive by the pesky midges. Great capture.
alexnail 8 1 England
17 Nov 2008 8:52PM
Shame about the sky, otherwise a spectacularly good image and conversion.

Alex
DouglasLatham 10 454 England
17 Nov 2008 9:11PM
Congrats Paul on the EC and POTW Smile

Cheers Dougie
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
17 Nov 2008 11:47PM
hooray for mono!

Smile
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
17 Nov 2008 11:53PM
Thanks everyone, your kind words mean a lot!!!

Rgds
Paul
neptune 13 76 England
18 Nov 2008 3:20PM
Fabulous photo Paul - the amount of detail is stunning.
Ian.
dazzaman 10 631 England
18 Nov 2008 6:07PM
WELL DESERVED MATE.
dazza.
mhaseman 9 608 1
18 Nov 2008 6:08PM
Ditto. Congrats Paul. Outstanding shot.
dcash29 Plus
10 2.1k England
18 Nov 2008 6:56PM
Great composition, fantastic tones and very feelable textures, absolutely brilliant

Dave
User_Removed 9 11 11 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 7:56PM
A cracking mono image Paul and well deserved of the accolade 'Photo of the Week. Would love to see more work like this on the site.

Regards

Chris C
martin.w 14 415 22 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 8:51PM
Somehow missed this one. Very well done Paul, it fully deserves the numerous awards Smile
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 12:01AM
Super foreground and I like the conversion. I do have a little niggle and it might be OK on your print version but there is a very discernable sharpening line around the mountain that is even more noticeable in the large version.
I still think it's a picture I'd love to have taken nd well worth the accolades.Smile
Penny
GrahamNobles 8 9 4 England
19 Nov 2008 5:42AM
Hi Paul
Congrats on the EC and PotW for this, well deserved.
19 Nov 2008 6:29PM
A truly stunning piece of work.
colin 11 697 5 Scotland
19 Nov 2008 8:44PM
Aspirational as well as inspirational, Paul.
Well done you.
Colin
Guillaume 9 119 2 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2008 9:04AM
Congrats on the PoTW Paul. Fully deserved. I am surprised I actually missed that one in the first place -- sorry! Smile I think what makes it for me is the light on Glencoe and of course the composition and exposure are simply perfect. Keep on the good work!
Rgds,
G.
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2008 4:09PM
Congrats on the POTW . It will look good as a canvas on your wall.
Penny
Ayelet_A 7 11 3 Israel
20 Nov 2008 7:51PM
Well done, this is absolutely beautiful - composition, light and movement in the water. A brilliant mono. congrats Smile

Ayelet
Chriscj 10 96 1 England
21 Nov 2008 8:51AM
Nice to see a B&W do so well Paul, congrats on all your awards.


Chris
SuperRoo 9 63 2 Australia
21 Nov 2008 8:57AM
Congratulations on your POTW, Paul... very deserved IMO and good to see it being given to a mono shot of my favourite place!!! Smile

Paul
alansnap Plus
12 577 26 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2008 12:50PM
A fantastic image. Shows that even where there are tripod holes, ethy are there for a reason. The trick is to get the one that stands out from the crowd. You have certainly done that.
All the honours are richly deserved.
Alan
Kris_Dutson 13 8.2k 1 England
21 Nov 2008 4:33PM
Best mono landscape I've seen in ages.
cadman359 10 3
22 Nov 2008 9:58AM
congrats m8y top stuff !
HUMIE 9 2 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2008 7:16AM
SUPERB work Paul.

Congrats on P.O.T.W !!

*Mike*
Maddie 11 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2008 10:35AM
well done you, ive missed so much Smile
26 Nov 2008 4:59PM
Paul these images of this area you have shot are simply outstanding, you should do a uk tour of areas of outstanding natural beauty, I would pay to view such things if that ever happend. Very inspiring and great work!
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2009 6:47PM
Great lighting, great mono tones.

Phil.
markho 8
5 Feb 2009 7:12PM
Its superb one of my favourite places
Bowline 9 28 England
28 Feb 2009 10:01AM
What's not to like Paul. It's a great shot of one of my favourite views. When I went there it was a miserable day, and the midges were biting in most places (and most of my places!) But I was young then!
Click!
micpowell 6 1
9 Oct 2009 9:54PM
Wonderful Andy Adams kind of scene!
silverfoxey 7 9 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2015 4:48PM
Super captured Mono of this location. One of the best I've seen for a while. It does work so much better after a heavy rain fall. Well done. Must get back at some time soon.
James Wink

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