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  • Lochan na h-Achlaise

    Thank you. Cheques in the mail.
    • 12 Jul 2016 11:16PM
  • Loch ath Chrathaidh

    Cheers for the comments and gongs !
    • 9 Jul 2016 10:23PM
  • Far Out

    Thanks very much everyone.
    • 8 Apr 2016 7:12PM
  • Eilean Donon Castle

    And destroyed in 1719 by English troops when they packed the basement with gunpowder & bombarded it with canon. The nearby church & homesteads were also burned to the ground leaving local inhabitants homeless.

    The castle then lay in ruins for two centuries until it was rebuilt in the 1930s.

    No reason to leave out important historic facts.
    • 9 Mar 2016 12:57PM
  • Moss

    Looks like the moss is connected to the electricity grid.
    • 4 Dec 2014 1:32PM
  • Tree

    I've been on a roll when it comes to forests and trees and regrettably, there's only so many metaphors one can come up with.

    But Paree is right; this magical little beech tree makes quite the arresting subject.

    Thanks for all the kind words.
    • 2 Dec 2014 10:59PM
  • Baile a' Bhird

    Thanks, Ronnie. Possibly one of the most photogenic tower houses in Perthshire but off the tourist trail so invariably very quiet.
    • 26 Nov 2014 2:34PM
  • Apples

    Cheers Carol Ann.

    Got about 100lbs of apples, 30lbs of plums, 18lbs of grapes & 10lbs of pears from my orchard.

    Feast before the famine ! LOL
    • 3 Oct 2014 11:18AM
  • Defiance

    cheers. This image also received a Highly Commended at the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2014 this month.
    • 3 Sep 2014 6:30PM
  • Close-up of nature...

    Very nice. Sometimes, a bit of luck transforms a standard shot into something special.
    • 6 Jun 2014 1:36PM
  • A tree

    You would think someone would plant a new one, eh?
    • 2 May 2014 11:11AM
  • Allt a' Bhonnaich

    I lit it with my own lights at dusk which is not easy cos its 30ft high.
    • 4 Mar 2014 2:06PM
  • Caisteal Caol a' Chirn

    That's a lot of medals. What do they mean?
    • 28 Feb 2014 11:08AM
  • Shadow Sequenced

    I've seen those tits before ...

    in my garden eating peanuts.
    • 15 May 2011 3:19AM
  • my first attempt at shooting the moon!

    Green halo is most likely caused by chromatic aberation of lens or extender.

    Can be fixed in camera but only if you have won the lottery and can afford the very best optics.

    However, most RAW processing programs, Canon Photo Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop etc can reduce this effect in post processing.

    I think the colour you see is probably blue cos there's the same effect at the bottom of the moon in the red phase.

    Great first effort.

    • 19 Mar 2011 11:43PM
  • Tonights moon.

    Brightness of moon is surprisingly variable depending on phase, atmospheric conditions, distance from earth etc.

    Assume a starting point of EV 14 and bracket around that.

    EV14 = ISO 100, f11 & 1/125 sec

    That should get you close toa decent exposure.

    I'd chose f11 over your f5.6 which will help sharpen the image up a bit too.

    • 19 Mar 2011 11:21PM
  • Transient Light Loch Awe

    Beautiful light & perfectly timed. Placment of tree canopy is perfect. I wonder about that sky though? Moody? Yes. Interesting enough? Not sure. Might I suggest taking half of the sky out and taking another look at what's left.

    By doing so, you will have three horizontal elements approximately the same size, moving the eye left to right and back again.

    I feel the energy of this powerful horizontal movement is then diluted by the mass of the sky at the top as if its fighting for vertical attention.

    Curious to hear your opinion.

    Still a cracking shot though.
    • 17 Mar 2011 11:45PM
  • Lunar

    Well, actually they can. Just not on the winter solstice.
    • 23 Dec 2010 7:35PM
  • Bridge of Snow

    Looks like there was at least 1cm of snow which brought the city to another embarrassing standstill.

    No doubt though that Londoners conducted themselves with true Dunkirk spirit, bought teabags using coupons & whistled upbeat tunes such as the theme tune to Dad's Army as they marched to the nearest Starbucks where they shared anecdotal stories of WW2 & the Blitz while listening to Vera Lynn records over the tannoy.
    • 19 Dec 2010 1:39PM
  • The Guardian of the Glen

    ok, I am particulalry fussy when it comes to geography. Rannoch Moor is not in the north of Scotland. It covers mostly Argyll & Lochaber. And Glencoe runs east west into the sea at Ballachulish which is on the west coast.

    Northern Scotland can be assumed to be anywhere north of the Great Glen and extends for 400 km north of here until you fall off the pole facing edge of Shetland. Wester Ross, Cromarty, Sutherland, Caithness, etc are truly northern Scotland. And the loch is actually the river Coupall which freezes every winter.

    A nice cliche to start with however. And where's the guy playing the bagpipes? I drove past him last week freezing his arse off in front of a bus load of birds from Thailand.
    • 12 Dec 2010 8:19PM
  • Gone with the Wind

    Refreshing viewpoint across Loch Slapin. I particularly like the composition & the suggestion of the movement because as you describe, it was rather windy.

    The sky has nice texture so this should be a fine image indeed but it's the processing which disappoints me. I think this could be a fabulous wall hanger but it looks like it was made from several images either blended together or masked over each other.

    I'd go back to a single frame and process it again for a more natural look cos I think this is a first class piece of work.

    The rocks curve the eye towards the hill & then rest on the tree which has created tension by appearing to reach out of the frame. If it pointed the other way, the image would be imbalanced but this works to compensate for the rocks & hills to the left.

    A first class classical landscape that if were mine, would benefit from revisiting the processing buttons.

    • 12 Dec 2010 10:05AM
  • Ashness Bridge

    Ansell Adams is an overrated American who shot a lot of rubbish but eventually found his form in Yosemite & on the Snake River. Then again, a blind person could shoot a decent image in Yosemite & Snake River.

    Yes, he created the zone system but so what? It's not like he invented something really useful like Viagra.

    Start with a book on B&W processing & printing. Get back to basics and understand tonal ranges & response before moving onto processing.

    This is almost a surreal landscape shot by the way which I rather like.
    • 11 Dec 2010 8:46PM
  • The Forth

    Beautiful metallic feel to this. The colours look very natural and the tonal range is sublime. I bet you cant see any of it this morning.

    Down river in Stirling, the ice has bunched up like icebergs and clogged the whole river system.

    Got slammed with about 6 inches of snow this morning despite what the crappy London biased BBC had forecasted. They are about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.

    Once again, a cracking shot ...
    • 6 Dec 2010 12:02PM
  • f-15

    Looks like the highlands ... any clarification on location?

    Great timing and got the whole thing in shot & sharp too.

    Nice one.

    • 28 Nov 2010 9:52AM
  • St Mary's Lighthouse

    A complicated affair !

    Interesting light. Was it not possible to inlcue a bit more foreground or was it just too cluttered?
    • 27 Nov 2010 9:53PM
  • Going Out

    Wonderfully creative.

    And toffs discharging their turds towards the working class rank & file across the water makes an unfortunate metaphor.
    • 25 Nov 2010 7:11PM
  • Raindrops...

    In China, this is a middle management upgrade.

    From an ox.

    But only if you are sufficiently connected to party officials overseeing the expansion fo a salt mine.

    A new tyre can be traded for a hairbrush.
    • 24 Nov 2010 5:57AM
  • Pink Sisters

    This is an HDR image is it not?

    Lovely sky but I just find that pushing the boundaries produces an unnatural look that doesnt sit well with your other high quality work.

    Composition is nevertheless very good. Even majestic.

    • 23 Nov 2010 10:54PM
  • Horseshoe Bend

    Ive flown over this about 100 times when I lived in Vegas & traveled all over this area.

    You've captured the spirit of the place very well indeed.

    Expsoure, colours, clarity exceptional.

    And no craft on the water is a huge bonus.

    Magnificant image.


    • 23 Nov 2010 8:20PM

    Inspiring work ... must get down there & have a go myself.

    The cool metallic colours are a perfect match for the hi-tec industrial.commerical landscape.

    Well done,

    • 23 Nov 2010 10:02AM