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Green Lochan

By almiles  
An Lochan Uaine: The Green Lochan in Glen More, Cairngorm National Park. So called because the waters have a very clear green colour... not in evidence on Sunday when I took this photo because it was frozen over. The lochan itself is hard to get a good image from and so I climbed the heather and scree to see down the glen. There was an RAF rescue sea king helecopter buzzing about but happily not when I took this. It's 3 bracketed shots, each edited in Capture One and then blended in PSE to capture the tonal range which was difficult using filters alone due to the bright foreground but darker midground.
I also snapped some more ice on Loch Morlich which I'll inflict on you later in the week Wink

Tags: Scotland Winter Pine Loch Landscape and travel Cairngorm national park Caledonian forest Glen More

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fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 8:08PM
wow that looks cold, lovely depth to the shot and if flows well through the valley

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almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 8:36PM
Cheers Jeremy and I hadn't even posted it in the gallery yet! It didn't get above - 2C all day and was colder in the hills. It's - 6C as I type this now... Grin
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
12 Dec 2012 5:36AM
A beautiful capture of this amazing scene !!
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 5:43AM
Thanks Herman Smile
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
12 Dec 2012 6:41AM
Yep, works very well. I particularly like how the mountains slowly disappear into mistyness.

Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
12 Dec 2012 6:56AM
The HDR looks very natural, Al. The composition is spot on with the 'flow' down the glen with strong diagonals, and the restricted colour range looks very good, especially with the sunlight catching and warming some of the greens.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
12 Dec 2012 7:36AM
A great landscape. Nicely done.
platzy 4 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 8:03AM
Great editing and a fantastic image.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 8:59AM
Cheers Dave, Walter and Stephen Smile

Nice to have you back Dave, hope you enjoyed your holiday! Grin
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
12 Dec 2012 10:54AM
Worth the climb as it shows off the Lochan in it's geographical setting: have seen this stretch of water from 'ground level' only before so this view is most refreshing.
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
12 Dec 2012 12:40PM
Looks like an ambition climb, but well rewarded with this gorgeous scene.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 2:00PM
Thank you Ronnie and Joline; the climb was steep but not too bad through the heather. It was the icy boulders that were treacherous!
kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 4:21PM
Nice one al , the climb was well worth it love the hills in the background take it u managed to ditch the kids for this one or are they playing quietly on the thin ice .
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 6:30PM
Cheers Kel. No kids, no dog, just the usual time pressures to be home to have lunch with Josie... I was late back! Wink

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