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Loch Alsh

By pfheyes  
If it's possible, I am simultaneously pleased and unsure about this one (LOL).

This was taken on the last day of our week in Scotland. This is from the shore of Loch Alsh, yards from the cottage we stayed at for the week.

The day's weather was heavily overcast and wet. I looked out of the cottage window at the end of the day and noticed there was a brief break in the clouds at sunset, revealing glimpses of red cloud among the murk.

I quickly grabbed my camera gear, donned boots and rushed to the edge of the loch. I guessed that the cloud break would disappear soon so everything was a bit of rush. I scanned the area for something to base a composition on and found this boulder seperated out from the rest of the jumbled shoreline. It was literally minutes between setting up the camera and taking a couple of shots before the cloud break disappeared.

This didn't give me any time to refine the composition, so I think it has its flaws (the not sure bit). Conversely, I am pleased with the overall look, mood and tone of the shot, lifted slightly by the break in the clouds. The foreground boulder was lit by the on-camera flash, seperating it out from the rest of the scene.

It is one of those shots that pleases me because I had to squeeze everything out of the brief opportunity I was given, but it also means I'm not clear on its objective merit.

I appreciate any comments, feedback and critique you can give on this one.

Thanks for looking.


Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: PeterLaw, jdenman, Scottishlandscapes and 24 more

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jdenman 14 19 5 Spain
15 Oct 2008 12:58PM
I really like it, the rock is great in the foreground and the colours excellent.
15 Oct 2008 12:59PM
So often on the West Coast at the end of the day, the light changes the clouds part and bingo photographers heaven. Have no doubts my friend, this is a real beauty and one to treasure because it was hurried you still managed to extract a beautiful image from a dull day.

All the very best
15 Oct 2008 1:08PM
Hi Peter,

I think It works really well, nice detail on the foreground rock and the cool blue with just the hint of warmth in the sky works well.

Had a look at your website, beautiful images.

Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
15 Oct 2008 1:17PM
Beautiful tranquil image
pfheyes 18 254 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 1:34PM
Thanks guys.

jeanie Plus
18 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 3:56PM
Considering the circumstances you have outlined I think you got yourself a great result. Great cool tones with that hint of warmth.

15 Oct 2008 4:35PM
It certainly works for me.
m3lem 16 England
15 Oct 2008 5:43PM
I like it very much, love the moody look of it and i love the colour too
philsmed 13 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 6:42PM
Good comp considering the mad rush to get the shot. Possibly be tempted to crop out the tree that is dissected by the frame on the left. Probably being picky on what is a great shot.
martin.w Plus
20 616 29 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 8:19PM
In an ideal world I probably would have like the rock a little to the left and the patch of red slightly more to the right to balance it out. But I still would have been pleased with this given the brief time you quick thinking with the flash to lift the rock Smile
pfheyes 18 254 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 8:45PM
Thanks all.

Phil/Martin - fair comments methinks, and thanks for taking my embarassed caveats up front. Smile

oppo 16 6 2 Scotland
16 Oct 2008 10:47PM
The window of opportunity arose and you grabbed it with both hands. Very well done, and I like the touch of red in the sky and the reflection in the water.

pfheyes 18 254 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 9:31AM
Cheers Phil, much appreciated.


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