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Old Man of Storr Dawn

By braddy  
This is a 5-shot stitch of an iconic location. Been on my bucket list for a long time.
Fuji X-Pro2, XF18-55mm F2.8-4 LM OIS, 1/4sec, f/11, ISO200.

Tags: Scotland Skye Sunrise Mountains Sea Dawn Landscape and travel

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chase Plus
15 2.2k 565 England
1 Sep 2019 9:59AM
Hi Paul, welcome to the Critique Gallery.
I hope it was your intention to post this for critique and not in the main gallery. If so then it would be nice to know what aspect you need or want critique on as you haven't mentioned anything.
I see it's been couple of years since you posted last and you have some good images in your PF.
Well done for striking something from your bucket list...mine gets longer as the days go by.
This is a nice landscape, well exposed , colour is good and it is nicely composed but, without knowing what you need/want critique on it's difficult to go further.
I suspect this would do rather well in the main gallery.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2419 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2019 10:27AM
Welcome from me too. You clearly know what you are doing, so I too am curious as to what feedback you are looking for.

This is landscape on the epic scale. I tend to see lines and structures rather than colour so I couldn't resist a b&w conversion. Worked in Nik Silver Efex using a film effect (Agfa APX Pro 100) with added contrast. That may not be to your taste...

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2019 6:12PM
I think one good reason for this to be here is for others who submit landscapes to have a good look and see how it should be done. Not normally my kind of thing, but this is very good indeed.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1858 England
1 Sep 2019 9:54PM
I'm surprised to see this in the Critique Gallery, too... But welcome from me, too, Paul.

The only thing I think I have to ask is whether there's any distortion as a result of blending images, possibly not shot with the lens axis entirely level. It may be my eyes, entirely, but I see what looks like a slope to the horizon, and a relative slope to the Old Man.

However, as I don't know the location, I simply don't know, and can only ask... Though THIS view makes me wonder if I'm right...
braddy 11 30 Scotland
2 Sep 2019 11:27AM
Yes it has been a while since I have posted. Thanks for the welcome back. I wasn't aware the critique gallery was separate from the main one. I'll bear that in mind. This is a shot which I was really pleased with - as much because of the effort it took to get there!! As far as critique is concerned, I am reasonably happy at the technical level and am looking for comments on the artistic/compositional side. The location is probably shot to death and although I am delighted to get the capture, I am looking for pointers for something which might make it stand out from the rest.
I can see that it is possibly not truly level, dudler. I do use my on board camera level and for panos, level my tripod too, but I was probably fooled at the stitch and crop stage into thinking the pinnacle is more up and down, whereas it leans to the left as your example shows. Your example is also good to demonstrate what might have been included - did I miss a trick by not including the high cliffs?
Also, should I have gone a bit further in correcting the magenta cast I got from my ND grad filter (or is it only noticeable now that I have pointed it out!!)?
braddy 11 30 Scotland
2 Sep 2019 11:29AM
Thank you Moira. I agree the shot does lend itself to a B&W conversion. I have a couple also done through Nik Silver Efex.
braddy 11 30 Scotland
2 Sep 2019 11:39AM
I see, banehawi, that your mod corrects the colour cast, but to my eye, it pushes the image towards the green. It's a very subjective thing I know, but maybe half way between the two might be a solution.
chase Plus
15 2.2k 565 England
2 Sep 2019 1:28PM
Thank you for coming back to us Paul.
Photography generally is very subjective and I think you have some good critique here.
I do like that B&W mod from Moira.
Looking at the two views, I think the other one was taken a few steps to your right to include the high cliffs. But your view is a good one, there is lots to see, love the water and you have not used someone else' tripod holes.
2 Sep 2019 1:56PM
If your ND grad is giving a magenta cast, then by definition it isn't Neutral Density, and maybe you should think about replacing it. Lee is the name everyone thinks of first, but in my film days I used HiTech and found them to be perfectly neutral, while costing a bit less than the Lee system. Mind you, that was a long time ago BlushBlush
It's a nice shot, though I agree it needs a counter clockwise rotation. If you're looking for a 'vista' type image I'm not sure there's too much real choice of composition with that subject really... almost all the photos you see are taken from pretty much the same position ( I've seen maybe one or two effective examples taken from the opposite side ) so the choices seem to come down to different light/atmospherics, and different focal lengths/crops. It's hard with some subjects, especially such iconic ones as this, to find anything new to say, and that can be frustrating.
But I bet it was great just even being there Wink


braddy 11 30 Scotland
3 Sep 2019 3:44PM
Thank you whatriverthisis. This shot was the climax of 4 superb days on Skye. 3.00am alarm, 30 minute drive, 60 minute tramp up about 900 feet elevation - all worth it!! Weather was ideal and I had organised a fairly intense program of locations for myself and two friends. Highly recommended. Thanks for the advice on filters. I use a mix of Lee, B&W and some cheap Zumei. They all exhibit some degree of colour cast and you are not the first to say that HiTech are excellent in this respect. With it being so easy to correct in post, I don't feel I can justify swapping - not yet!!
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1858 England
4 Sep 2019 5:09PM
I have a very good friend who always feels that it can't be good if it hasn't hurt to get it done...

Contrariwise is the vie that if it has taken a lot of effort, it must be excellent.

Overall, I like it as it is: if it was the same as the other shot I found, it would not be original, and it wouldn't have this lovely light if you'd taken it at a different time...

Your shot is about the Old Man: Pete's shot is about the cliffs. I am happier in a world with both shots in it than one without either one.

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