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Loch Leven and Pap of Glencoe

By Cowser
A shot grabbed from the roadside while travelling back from Inverness

Tags: Landscape and travel

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20 Dec 2011 2:38PM
well done, you know out to capture scotlandGrin

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20 Dec 2011 3:53PM
Super landscape with lovely reflection, nicely captured,
saeid
CathR Plus
9 150 564 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2011 4:35PM
Good to see some lovely snow on the mountains - very picturesque. Good reflections - I prefer "broken" ones to mirror reflections, more interesting.

It has the makings of a really nice photo but it perhaps needs a bit more "pop". Most of the interest is in the hills but they are quite distant and the right hand hills at the bottom are in shadow and look a bit soft. I have uploaded a mod - I applied some additional contrast in Viveza which I have just got and I am trying out. I rowed back from applying it to the left hand side where there is already more detail. Plus I pulled back the blue channel with a curves adjustment as the sky is overexposed in the blue channel.

I cropped off a bit at the bottom to avoid having the horizon going through the centre but that does have the disadvantage of bringing the two posts in the foreground into greater prominence.

It's slightly difficult to see the changes as the mod is so small but hopefully it will give you some idea.

Best wishes

Catherine
SUE118 Plus
7 8 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2011 4:44PM
A most beautiful shot and it would look good on my wall.Grin
Paintman Plus
9 1.0k 176 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2011 6:11PM
I cropped some of the sky, which gives the mountains more dominance over the landscape, imo. I also brought out some of the colour in the photo and used dodge and burn techniques to add drama to the composition.

To me the image is all about the sunlight on the mountains, so this is what I tried to enhance.

Alan.
20 Dec 2011 8:08PM
Many thanks to you all for your comments and mods - very much appreciated!

Cheers, Ian.
paulbroad 8 108 986 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2011 8:35AM
A fine general image which is difficult to fault technically. My only problem is that I am not a landscape photographer at heart and so many of this type of image begin to look the same without something to really punch them out of the screen. That is general statement, not particularly aimed at this one.

Paul
21 Dec 2011 11:12AM
Thanks for your comments Paul. I agree with your sentiments! This was a quickly grabbed shot, no filters, not even a tripod but, as yet, I do not have sufficient photoshop skills to do too much to enhance my shots.

I would certainly like to capture images which, without processing, would hit the spot. There are many fine images taken at this location in Ephotozine and I shall certainly strive to produce images which will have more of an impact in visual terms.

Thanks again, Ian.
paulbroad 8 108 986 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 1:23PM
I think the cloud and foreground fill help this one to raise above the masses, but it is a fact that Lakeland, Scotland etc. produce such superb scenery that they do begin to look alike. In my judging days it could be a real problem when confronted with a dozen super 20x16 mono prints of similar scenes. How do you pick one out to win unless it actually trumped all the others - somehow!

Paul

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