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The Quiraing 2

By Mike43
The wonderful Quiraings on the Isle of Skye, there is a lot of fantastic photos of the place, so was trying to get a different sense of the place?? comments welcome.

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bwlchmawr 6 32 1 England
15 Jun 2013 6:44PM
It's like a lunar landscape.

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Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 7:14PM
A lovely composition and a place i hope to visit in September,
I think you have made the best you can from a bright day,The detail in shadows is lost (In this jpeg version)
It also seems a little soft especially nr horizon.

Try bracketing (if you didn`t ) so you can pull out detail in shadows.

Or if you havn`t make 3 exposures by copying the file , adding more contrast in another copy ,then less in another
then combine all 3 in a HDR program or using layers to adjust the different files and then merge all three.

Hope this helps and i`m not teaching to suck eggs. Wink
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 8:19PM
Nice image. The softness, I am sure, is intended and works on this very stark scene very well. The high contrast works or me and not a suitable image for HDR in my opinion. But you wouldn't anyway, would you?

You have made a quite bland scene rather interesting.

Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 10:18PM
Hi Both,
Dont think i`ve ever done a serious HDR and certainly not posted one .
There are times when i bracket , when the extremes are over riding, how ever, i`m a great believer in straight from camera and a few tweaks in Lightroom.
Only use N,D filters to slow water down and can`t remember the last time i used a polariser. (Do have some Grads but they stay in bottom of the bag )

HDR or bracketing might work here to get some more detail in bottom left and the triangle of shadow center of shot. imho HDR /bracketing is a tool that can be used but not seen.
I hate images that have all the detail from top to bottom, but some detail in blocks of black shadow is also something i try to achieve in an image.

Anyway enough said,i don`t want to start the old HDR argument off again Smile
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 10:39PM
Interesting image. I don't think it needs HDR, just a touch of something in those blocked shadows. There may be detail hiding there. Captured in RAW I'm sure a larger dynamic range would be have been possible.
Good one anyway,
Mike43 7 18 21 England
16 Jun 2013 5:08AM
Morning All, Thanks for your comments, not sure where the HDR came from as it is just a straight shot with the additional tweaks, and Kim you won't be disappointed it is a magical place.
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2013 8:44AM
Sorry, I did not think is was HDR. I meant that the scene did not need HDR to capture it without losing detail in the shadows. I was commenting on the suggestion to use HDR.
My feeling is although I like the image and find it striking, lost shadows in a colour image will be seen as a fault by many.
My suggestion is to try and recover some detail from the shadows and use RAW in the future to capture more detail.
I've done a mod where i lightened the shadows a little overall and selectively in the area to the right .
Mike43 7 18 21 England
16 Jun 2013 9:48AM
Hi Ian, Thanks for the Mod and see your point, what I was after was a mono shot with a small sense of color and contrast to it and so don,t have a problem with some loss of detail. Mind you not sure if I have got the shot I had imagined which is why I enjoy Ephotozine it enables you to hear that all important second opinion from the likes of yourself and others.
salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2013 11:03AM
It is a lovely shot of a scenic area I used to scramble around in my youth - I think the Old Man of Storr is somewhere near here.
The only comment I would make is, that to my eyes, there is a marked slope down to the left - the line of the clouds and the small piece of the distant horizon seem to indicate this and the hills themselves appear to be leaning backwards . In a scenic shot like this it doesn't really matter too much I suppose and it is very attractive as it is.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2013 12:31PM
It's a strong composition, using light and shadow, but HDR or otherwise I do have a problem with the processing. It effectively flattens the image, reduces the sense of distance, of structure, the 3-D quality. This to my eye has the look of a (very beautifully) painted theatrical backdrop.
I suspect that Geoff is right about the angle by the way; the image looks more 'right', and as a bonus more dramatic, when tilted a few degrees clockwise.
Mike43 7 18 21 England
16 Jun 2013 12:53PM
Hi Moira/Geoff, yes I see from the mod what you mean (Oh hell back to the drawing board)
Thanks Mike.
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2013 2:09PM
If we all liked the same things, life would be boring indeed.

All subjective here. Normally I am bored with open scenic landscapes with no true subject, but, for me, it is the high contrast and softness that lifts this above so many others. Put the drawing board back down.

Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2013 3:59PM
Great image, and certainly a different perspective of this well photographed location.


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