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Loch Garten at dawn

By rhys47  
Up at 4:00 at the shores of Loch Garten by 4:30 i must be mad, still at least the midges aren't awake yet unlike yesterday when i was eaten alive at the same loch. I'm set up and waiting for the light and it's freezing. Then the sun begins to break, i have taken several exposures by the time i go to this image and at one point the mist was so thick it was beginning to obscure my view of the rock in the foreground and i'm beginning to panic. I watched in anticipation hoping it will clear enough to allow me to capture a decent exposure. Then it started to swirl and move around as if to purposefully allow me to take a few more exposures. The all the elements congealed and i managed to capture this exposure. The sunlight was just right to catch the mountains in the background and to give them a sense of definition and to accentuate the ruggedness of the topography also to lift the colours of the moss. and the texture of the foreground rock.

Tags: Scotland Loch Dawn Landscape and travel

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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 9:30AM
Brilliant, great reflections and light

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 9:35AM
Surely an almost identical one was posted on 26 Aug 2012 wasn't it?

rhys47 Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 9:43AM
It's the same location but as the write up suggests different lighting giving the image a whole different feel. Subtlie changes in lighting and quality of the light is the essence of photography.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 5:07PM
Superb !!!!!.....incredible mirror finish on the water !!!!....1st class !!
rhys47 Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 5:10PM
Thanks marktc and Niknut for your positive comments. Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 5:54PM
The way the light has changed in the scene has made so much difference, Rhys.
Your other one was more subtle, and included the mist, and it was very blue throughout. The foreground rock dominated more than in this one, too.
I like them both, but favour this one because of the revelation of the colours, both in the background and upon the rock. I also like the way the rock is offset in the frame, and seeing a little more of the rock beneath it, with some grass, and a bit less sky, giving a little more interest and a better balance, in my opinion.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 7:23PM
I assume the grad was used on the sky and not inverted. If so, the sky must have been very bright as the background, for me, could still have done with a little less exposure. Otherwise technically good, compositionally not my kind of thing, but that is purely subjective.


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