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Ice pool

By Bigpoolman
Definitely my last upload from Glen Etive for a while. Same location as last couple of images but one of the frozen rock pools taken with my telephoto (not a tilt/shift!!) and with the tripod positioned vertically over it.
Edited in LR and PS.

Tags: Scotland Glencoe Winter Glenetive Landscape and travel 2017

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Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
12 Feb 2017 12:34PM
Reminds me of some of the aboriginal cave paintings. Organically beautiful.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2017 12:49PM
Ah yes, this is moving right into my territory now... Smile Natural, found abstract. The joy of this sort of image is that it has no obvious context, and no obvious sense of scale. It could be an arctic landscape viewed from space, equally it reminds me of cell studies in Biology when I was at school 50+ years ago...

The decision with this sort of composition is always where to cut off - the corners and edges of the frame are tremendously important. I like the way you have a diagonal heading up to top left, it could be more precisely anchored. I'm slightly disappointed that you have clipped a curve at the bottom.

Something to consider for this type of image is a square crop (which I know is my recurring mantra...) In your previous upload, portrait led the eye upwards. A landscape frame leads the eye to explore horizontally from left to right. But square doesn't dictate, it leaves the eye free to bounce around the frame as it likes, find its own path. And it contains lines in a very concise, satisfying way.

OK I'm off to have a play. Again a bit of added brightness and burn tool will add what I refer to technically as oomph. And then, it's almost b&w so why not go all the way?
12 Feb 2017 1:31PM
Now thats interesting. I am starting to do more close up landscapes so the advice is helpful.

Reflecting your comments about anchoring the lines in the corners Ive also tried a different crop, not quite square but nearer that than previous. This does anchor lines in both the left corners. Any good?

Cant make my mind up about the B&W, I see what you mean but does the bit of colour add or subtract - hmm?

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2017 2:24PM
Yes, I like your crop. I might take a slice off the right, or alternatively dodge the curve in the bottom right corner to brighten it. Will give that a whirl.

As to whether colour adds or subtracts, it's personal. Where a composition is primarily about lines, colour for me is a distraction.
12 Feb 2017 2:35PM
Yep can see that, definitely more balanced.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
12 Feb 2017 3:31PM
Now thats more like it. Ice you can actually see and feature, and so naturally abstract.

I tried something different, though similar, in the mod.


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
12 Feb 2017 3:39PM
A cave painting came to my mind immediately, as well.

I love it just as it is. Awards territory.

And there's part of me sniggering because of the ideas that Moira's mods conjure. Sorry. I'm a bloke. No excuses.
12 Feb 2017 4:00PM
Clearly I'll have to do a few more of these!! Me - abstract whats the world coming to!!

I am though getting to quite like these rocky shapes and what you can do with them and interestingly all of the mods work so I guess it shows the scope.

Anyway thanks for all your input, much more interesting than accumulating likes or votes or whatever

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2017 7:29PM
I am enjoying this far more than the others. I tend to "see" things in abstract images, as do a lot of other people, and not always the same things, but it's fun.
There is definitely a cave painting feel about this, but also the idea of something you would see under a microscope, like hair follicles.
Equally, I understand (I think) where John is going, which I saw at the very first viewing. Just think of Moira's flipped modification as the missionary position!! Oops. Cor, an erotic abstract.

12 Feb 2017 8:03PM
Good job my creativity index is approximately zero.

If my fevered imagination had seen this when I was setting the shot up (don't misread that) then the ice might have melted before I took the picture.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
12 Feb 2017 8:54PM
A lovely abstract image, and I can't add to the suggestions given above, just to say that with such subjects there are often numerous framing and cropping options, which you may not always think of at the time.
If I take 5, 10 or 20 of a subject, say, I can always think of some more later on back at the computer!
Certainly good enough for votes in the main Gallery.
12 Feb 2017 9:25PM
Thanks Keith. I have put a few photos up in the main gallery but don't tend to get comments and votes don't overly interest me. Its obviously nice if people like your photos but I much prefer criticism (+ve or -ve) so I can learn what others think is good or bad about what I am doing. I've found the critique section really useful so far. I may agree or disagree with the suggestions but they are always thought provoking and I appreciate the time that you all put in to looking at them.


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2017 8:14AM
Looks like a Google earth image before zooming in. I'm not an abstract fan as many will know and, for me, it lacks impact. Ice should be brighter with a twinkle, but I am obviously out of synch with everyone above.

I tend to see your earlier rock images in the same way - a lack of holding power to the viewer, but then that is very subjective.

13 Feb 2017 8:55AM
Morning Paul

I have never been an abstract fan either, not really creative enough, although it is growing on me and I do sort of like the ice pool image.

Interested in your other comments. Is there anything that you can add to that that would help me? I was trying to capture colours and contours with lines leading through the image and giving it some depth with the rocks on the far side of the river. Obviously there were a few different shots so the above varied between them but if you have any thoughts as to whats missing (or shouldn't have been in) on any of them then that would be helpful.



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