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Sharks Fin

By hwatt  
Quiraing, Skye, Scotland

A 20 minute flat walk along the Trotternish ridge near the Quiraing curves around the escarpment to give a very fine view of the sharks fin. Multiple prolonged summer showers and sudden squalls made photographing this scene both difficult but very exciting as light blasted the hills through gaps in the clouds. This was one of the few shots taken not unduly affected by rain.

Pentax 67 II ,55-100 zoom,Fujichrome Velvia
0.3ND grad, Polariser, f/22 at 1/2 Second.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: gwynn56, wayne65, almiles and 31 more

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almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 2:49PM
Always a great view to see and this time from a bit of a different aspect which has a good lead through. There's some fabulous shadowplay on the land and I am in awe of anyone who can hold an exposure as well as this on film; I need my histogram! Smile

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rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
13 Nov 2012 2:57PM
A bit special this Ian, the shafts of light and the play of it to !!! Congratulations for getting in Landscape POTY ( some controversy over the disqualified winner ) Food for thought, I know you are a regular exhibiter of your work. Has this changed your thoughts regarding competitions ? and are you still reliable Velvia or has digital taken over.
Regards Ron.
cuffit Plus
10 300 5 England
13 Nov 2012 4:08PM
A marvelous photo and great light. Chris
Niknut Plus
7 1.5k 73 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 4:16PM
Beautiful !!!!
beautiful love the light. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 7:52PM
Nicely composed and the light is stunning Ian. Well done for persevering under difficult weather conditions.
hwatt 14 15 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2012 11:15PM
Hi Ron

Glad you like it. A bit different from the normal Quiraing offering but still very nice I think. I almost opted not to give my two penny worth on LPOTY, it is I think, a can of worms best left with the seal intact, so I won't be drawn in answering any other questions about it. In truth I really just don't care that much, I don't feel as if I am at any disadvantage to those that indulge in significant post processing, quite the opposite sometimes. I don't usually enter any photographic competitions just LPOTY and that is mainly because it is one of the biggest around, has a large prize, but more to the point if I get down to the final placings, my name and website appears in the LPOTY book which is purchased by a very large number of photographers, who might then attend one of my courses. This years controversy is very unfortunate and definitely detrimental to what is still one of the biggest and best landscape photography competitions in the UK. In the past I have seen so much obvious post processing and manipulation going on, that frankly this year's former winner's pictures didn't look out of context from any of the offerings I have seen in previous books. For the record I liked his images, without unreasonable scrutiny they at least looked believable. My understanding is that this sort of image manipulation, changing skies and importing bits from other images is absolutely standard practice on the national club photography circuits. I personally think this practice has gone beyond photography into the realms of digital art and should be categorised accordingly, but it isn't and it's not for me, nor does it meet my personal taste or my understanding of what constitutes a photographic image.

I do what I do as well as I can and I am pleased that my work still seems to resonate with the judges. I am still delighted to get my pictures in the book but I am to old and to laid back to concern myself with worrying about what other photographer's choose to do to their images, good luck to them. I will be entering next year again and yes I still shoot exclusively with film, someone else can do my processing I'd sooner be out taking more pictures.

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