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The Chain

By almiles  
Loch Morlich, yesterday morning in the wind and sleet after my night on call. The forecast which had been promising broken cloud at sunrise for several days changed overnight to a foul outlook but as I was nearly there anyway (Aviemore) I still headed up and nipped out in my wellies. Someone on EPZ, it may have been Jeremy (fazzer) recommended long spikes for tripods during long exposures and I was grateful I'd taken their advice; standing out in the water in the wind I needed a very stable base (as did the camera Grin ).

Tags: Winter Cold Water Long exposure Loch morlich Landscape and travel Cairngorm national park

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Comments


Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
4 Feb 2013 6:44AM
Very nice...but very cold.

Andy

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
4 Feb 2013 7:03AM
Excellent image Al !! Your suffering was richly rewarded SmileGrin
marktc Plus
6 96 15 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 7:13AM
Fabulous Al... Tell me more about these spikes! This is an image I would have on my wall!
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 7:37AM
Beautifully composed image Alan and I like the cold tones to the shot as they set the scene well , good clarity as well Smile
kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 7:50AM
Good stuff Al , thanks for the links you sent the urge to spend money has passed thankfully and I'm back to my normal tight self ( more time to research gear maybe 2014 ha ) any way another top draw image speak soon. Kel
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 8:22AM
Cheers Andy, Herman, Mark, Jeremy and Kel Smile
Mark, I'll PM you the info
4 Feb 2013 8:28AM
Another classic long exposure shot, Al - absolutely stunning!

****
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 8:30AM
Thanks **** Smile
Richsr 10 91 223 England
4 Feb 2013 8:40AM
Like your comp and the use of the long exposure, good one Al
Regards Richard
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 10:00AM
Thanks Richard! Smile
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.8k 149 England
4 Feb 2013 11:02AM
Cool blue tones matches the scene perfectly, Al. I like your arrangement of the foreground stones... always look better with no cut off rocks.

Dave
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
4 Feb 2013 11:46AM
The cruciform arrangement of the f/g boulders point the eye nicely in the right direction, across the smoothed waters to the distant shore and more distant snow shrouded mountains.
The snow and cool tones suggest how cold it was, and with a 41 sec. exposure, the light levels must have been pretty low, and yet exposure looks spot on to me, Al.
Epitomises winter in the Highlands so well.
Ronnie.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 12:25PM
Thanks Dave and Ronnie!

Quote:Cool blue tones matches the scene perfectly, Al. I like your arrangement of the foreground stones... always look better with no cut off rocks.

Dave


Yup, I took your feedback on previous images and with wellies on was able to compose so that the rocks were not cut off. I don't care what they say about you Dave, you don't appear insane to me. WinkGrin


Quote:The cruciform arrangement of the f/g boulders point the eye nicely in the right direction, across the smoothed waters to the distant shore and more distant snow shrouded mountains.
The snow and cool tones suggest how cold it was, and with a 41 sec. exposure, the light levels must have been pretty low, and yet exposure looks spot on to me, Al.
Epitomises winter in the Highlands so well.
Ronnie.


Thanks for your ususal comprehensive critique Ronnie, always greatly valued. I used a 4 stop ND filter to get the longer exposure and flatten the water.
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
4 Feb 2013 12:55PM
Oh! I had forgotten about the possibility of such a grad, Al: probably as I have never had such myself or used such. Thanks for that info.
Ronnie.
4 Feb 2013 2:50PM
Great shot well worth the effort.
Sylvia
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 3:06PM
Thanks Sylvia Smile
Trevhas Plus
5 1.1k 3 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 5:46PM
Another excellent high impact shot Alan, love the winter colours and composition. Next time you shoot in portrait could you also include a landscape format photo so my eye can linger and enjoy more of the beautiful Mountains and loch. In this instance i would move to the left slightly to fill the wider frame and the stones might mirror the mountains ( pointy stone pointy mountain, smooth stone etc.) for an extra bonus point. Keep up the fantastic work, you lucky man !
Trevor.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 6:36PM
Thanks Trevor, it's always really nice to get constructive feedback like that. Next time I'm there I'll try some of the landscape format ones, just for you! I think I've been put off because it's much harder to get the FG rocks into a semblance of order that way but I like a challange! The hills to the left will be available for your viewing pleasure soon (once I edit the shot that looks to the left!) but still only in portrait format I'm afraid Wink
Pinnace 8 12 Wales
4 Feb 2013 6:40PM
Lovely composition
Trevhas Plus
5 1.1k 3 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 7:36PM
I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful country in a landscape format and since you mentioned the word 'challenge' i shall take an upright photo of my next landscape format shot, now that is a challenge for me !
Trevor.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 8:08PM
Thanks Tony.
Trevor, it's a deal! Grin
5 Feb 2013 5:53PM
Beautiful composition and excellent capture
Jim
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 6:16PM
Thanks Jim Smile

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