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Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe 2

By billmyl
This was taken on the same day as an image I uploaded to the gallery recently. I thought I would put this one on the CG to get some feedback. This image illustrates the fact that the southside of the loch ( left hand side of photo) does not get the sun for most of the winter months. I left the bottom left corner quite bright as it seemed to lead in to the loch and then to the distant mountain Beinn A'Bheither. Also did a little bit of dodging and burning to image.

All comments and critique are very welcome.


Tags: Scotland Glencoe Loch leven Pap of glencoe Landscape and travel Beinn ABheither


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 9:19AM
Very nice. I toyed with lifting the contrast a touch, but the slightly pastel colours are restful. A fine image of it's type and streets in front of many of this type we see.


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billmyl 6 171 1 Scotland
11 Mar 2014 9:48AM
Thanks for your thoughts Paul.

I left it as it was because that is how I remember it on the day. Although the sun was flitting in and out it never got really bright.


salopian Plus
8 3 28 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 10:45AM
A fine shot of this dramatic scenery. I cannot see any way to suggest any alterations or improvements. My old O.S map which I used when I used to climb in the Ben Nevis area, shows a Maternity home on the lower slopes of the Pap of Glencoe, which I always thiught rather appropriate Smile

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
11 Mar 2014 2:47PM
A lovely vista. Great sky and lighting too.
It's pictures like this that make it hard in the Critique gallery because as Geoff says it's hard to suggest improvements.
If pushed, I would like to see a little more in the foreground because that bright green grass does catch the eye and I feel myself asking what else is there to see.

Mind you with such a scene there are numerous different compositions and I hope you tried some variations while you were there to take advantage of that lovely light.

Nigeve1 6 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 4:25PM
A lovely landscape image with wonderful scenery, quintessential Scottish highlands. Very difficult to suggest any improvements. The only slight thing for me is the very green grass and ? sports pitch in the foreground contrast a lot with the tones elsewhere in the image and tend to drag my eye down, the goalposts although small have the same effect. I have done a mod cloning out the posts and desaturating the grass / sports surfacing, have also boosted contrast very slightly. Very nice work.

billmyl 6 171 1 Scotland
11 Mar 2014 4:49PM
Thanks Geoff, Keith and Nigel for your kind comments.

I did think about doing a version along the lines of yours Nigel and now seeing it I think it is an improvement. Keith I took quite a few of that view before the weather closed in.
Geoff it is no longer a hospital at the foot of the Pap. At present being run as a luxury hotel.


NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 9:46PM
hi, the scene is majestic and the positioning is fine as is the basic exposure and focus.
for my taste the foreground has a tiny bit too much and would benefit from removing a strip from the base to lose the man made element down there.

the exposure has the feel of an image where the mid tones have been lifted just that little bit too much in an attempt to reveal detail in the shadow areas, this shifts the contrast and often means a loss of impact / apparent quality.

at the end of the day, its a subjective thing and, i note that you say its how you saw it and maybe thats how you choose to record it and i can respect that.

however i personally like to take the view that if i can make it look that little bit more interesting without losing the integrity of the location then i am happy to do so.

just to demonstrate my intent, i did a mod where i slightly added tonal contrast which would have looked awful using hdr, this is a feature of nik efex software that brings out detail and tone with adjustment to maintain subtlety. hope you approve.

billmyl 6 171 1 Scotland
11 Mar 2014 10:52PM
Thanks for your comments and mods Phil.

I agree with your crop not quite so sure about the tonal contrast but as you rightly say it is down to personal preference. I would only say that I did not intentionally try to lift the midtones. However your mods certainly give my image a sharper, cleaner look.

Thanks again for taking the time to look and offer advice. It is much appreciated.



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