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...this little croft house sits by a pair of trees and captivates any photographer who drives up by way of Lairg to Tongue, it sits at the back of Ben Loyal and has been empty now for some years, the windows look like a child's eyes appealing for someone to live there.

Recording media:RAW (digital)
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:6 Oct 2012 - 8:10 AM
Tags:Farr, Highland, Landscape / travel, Scotland, Sutherland, Tongue
Votes:Voting Disabled



Perfect location for imagery Dougie, shame these homes are abandoned. Isolation is a big part of this.


Abandoned homes but perfect foreground interest for us Smile

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9830 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1315 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 8:37 AM

Your comment about the windows is spot on, the house has a wide-eyed, expectant innocence. It needs to be loved.
I like the way you have angled this, we can imagine the view that that face is looking onto.


I can see why you could not pass by without a shot here.
Guess a combination of remoteness, lack of employment and the lure of the big cities (whatever they may be) result in so many of these homes now lying abandoned.
Might make a good pad for an enthusiastic landscape photographer from further south to explore further the opportunities of the far north???WinkWinkWink


A beautifully composed photograph Dougie. One of which has quite clearly been thought through and captured from what appears to be the perfect pov.
The lead in lines of the curving road is simply quite superb.
The focal point being this extremely charming stone cottage, perfectly position within the frame.
Clarity and quality in depth.

Regards Nathan


Makes me want to live there.


Look in remarkably good condition from a distance - nice shot.

6 Oct 2012 - 11:04 AM

Really nice location Dougie and shot with the flair we have come to ecpect from you. A pleasure to view Smile



Certainly captured this isolated location well Dougie.
Regards Richard

moiral  5 Scotland
6 Oct 2012 - 1:18 PM

A perfect location - to send my son to live WinkGrin.
Joking aside, a beautiful view and a great piece of composition. Beautiful blue sky with lovely white clouds too. Moira


The scene you have captured would certainly make me stop the car, stand and stare . . . .
Glorious soft light.

saltireblue Site Moderator 55151 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway31 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 2:50 PM

I like the fact that the croft is empty and the track leads away from it as if it too is shunning it. The protective trees are its last remaining ally...
That light is beautifully soft.



Lovely serene shot !!!!!......has a 'remoteness' to it which I like too !!

Mmmmm....perhaps a 'letterbox' (format) of Lettermore would be a nice 'version' ??.Smile


You have captured the light beautifully here Dougie. Perfect placement of the croft/tree in the composition.


I find this little house and its surroundings captivating as it's nestling between these big mountains. the light is wonderful.

almiles  638 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 7:58 PM

Others have said most but I think the rule-breaking placement of the cottage works here and the lead in assists that success. I'm also impressed by how you've held back the sky without blackening the tree.


What a place to live even in years gone by, my hubs is from the countryside and he would enjoy the croft and location, he would enjoy your walks to Dougie - yes even tho he is now 80 he walks 4/5 miles twice a week and nothing will make him change plans (not that I want to) it keeps him healthy and happy, why should I grumbleWink

I digress and do like this picture it would look good on any wall Smile


Beautiful composition Dougie. I wouldn't mind living there in the summer, but winter seems not such a good idea. (although I've heard people say there isn't much difference between summer and winter in Scotland Wink )

12 Oct 2012 - 5:38 PM

Absolutely perfect: landscape, sky, composition, colours.... everything. just perfect.

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