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Lochan na h-Achlaise

By pfheyes  
Rannoch Moor in fantastic conditions a couple of weeks ago.

I liked how the shadows of the heather fell across the sunlit boulder, and the composition started there. I also wanted some of the ground shadow to occupy some of the frame, to contrast with the frozen, sunlit part of the lochan. The rest of the composition was organised around these elements.

All comments and critique are welcome. I am interested in your thoughts concerning the composition, tonality, presentation etc.

Thanks for looking.


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24 Feb 2009 6:30PM
Lovely light
Falconer 17 16
24 Feb 2009 6:37PM
superb winter shot!
BillyGoatGruff 15 191 199 England
24 Feb 2009 7:04PM
Exquisite exposure control, Pete.

I think also an intelligent use of the dappled light and shade in the FG to help frame the lochan against the similarly dappled mountains.

If I were to comment, I think it may have been nice to have a bit of shadow down the right middle to help "complete" the framing effect of the pristine lochan, although that's probably pretty hard to arrange!
The highlighted FG rock is just lovely, and gives a splendid entry into the scene and echo of the hills beyond.

I'd have been proud to have shot this.
Nice one, mate!

conrad 17 10.9k 116
24 Feb 2009 7:12PM
I agree with Bill - a shot I would have been proud to have taken as well. Good composition, adhering to the rule of thirds, and with a good balance between light and shadow, foreground / lochan / background, even the sky has a nice balance between cloud and blue sky. You exposed the snow correctly. And I like the placement of the bigger rock in the foreground - just enough off-centre. Well done!
DOGSBODY 13 1.4k 30 England
24 Feb 2009 7:15PM
Well, there you go. What more can I say Conrad has covered it all. Andy
Davesumner 15 28 300 Australia
24 Feb 2009 8:19PM
This is a great winter shot, we don't get too many opportunities for shots like this where I live and I'm jealous. I like the untouched snow it makes the shot feel like wilderness, wild and rugged.

The only critique for me would be that I feel that there is too much unbalanced shadow in the foreground. I feel that it creates a dampening effect on the crisp snow scene. The main interest is the well lit rock in the foreground, this catches your attention and then the flat plain leads your eye ino the mountains and the sky in the distance. With too much shadow there I found myself looking at that instead.

I felt that cropping out some of the shadow didn't take away anything from the shot but enhanced the brighter areas, I've uploaded a mod, see what you think.

Otherwise the shot is very well handled and well done.
grt 13 Netherlands
24 Feb 2009 8:24PM
A great winter photo.
Carabosse Plus
19 42.4k 270 England
24 Feb 2009 10:31PM
A very good capture indeed Pete. I too think a bit of a crop would not go amiss and, also, the light has produced the almost inevitable 'blue snow' in the shadows. The blueness is easily reduced, by use of a combination of the mid-grey dropper in curves, then adjusting the blue channel. The overall result is somewhat sunnier. I've uploaded a mod which I hope is of use/interest.
pfheyes 18 254 1 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2009 8:41AM
Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. Smile

Hi Dave - this is definitely food-for-thought for me and I appreciate the critique re: the shadows. I wanted the shadow to give some more depth to the image, as the fully sunlit loch looked a bit flat, and I tried to counterpoint this with the sunlit boulder. I also like the bit of heather in the foreground, which punctuates the shot. I admit that my eye gets drawn there and some may find that distracting too. Smile

I agree that less dominant shadow in the image may be better (I appreciate any other thoughts on this) and thanks for the mod. I disagree about the crop though, and maybe an alteration of the composition, at the time of taking the shot, may be a better approach? If you know me well, you'll find I'm resistant to cropping my images, just because! Wink

Hi CB - great to hear from you and thanks for the comments re: the shadows. This is something that I often wonder about in my winter images, and I tend to leave them 'as is' save for some white balance adjustment in RAW processing. Again, thanks for the mod. I think the crop is more to my taste (though I have become attached to my distracting piece of heather lol).

Again - thanks for the considered feedback. There are some positive points to take on board.


MrBlueSky 14 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 8:36PM
this is a great shot pete - I would just crop out the spindly bits of heather in the foreground - otherwise superb

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