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Old Man of Storr

By skyeman
Early morning shot of this classic view of the Old Man of Storr over Loch Fada, on the Isle of Skye. Caught this on my Canon A95 as it was the only zoom I had with me at the time. Settings: ISO 50, WB daylight, vivid colour effect.

Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
1 Jun 2011 12:29AM
A very attractively composed shot: I hope you do not mind my offering a mod. for you......just brightened it up a tad, it being such a beautiful sunny day.

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Alan_Coles 11 178 11 Wales
1 Jun 2011 12:56AM
Excellent shot.
paulbroad 10 123 1195 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 6:44PM
The content is nice, the tones are rather flat. You need to lift the brightness and contrast to give the image some punch.

Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
1 Jun 2011 9:56PM
I thought I'd apply an "S" curve to this to see how much difference it might make and it's cheered it up quite a bit. There is, however quite a bit of damage down the RHS; if it was a print, I'd call it "banding." You can just about see it here but it's obvious in PS.

Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
2 Jun 2011 4:23PM
I like that mod. Frank.
Do you see wehat I mean about the banding? It's more apparent in yours than mine.
Davesumner 10 28 300 Australia
7 Jun 2011 5:04AM
Hi Alastair,

Why is nobody adding any descritions these days? Please add a description when uploading to the Critique gallery.

The first thing that strikes me about the image is the blueness of everything and I'm unsure why nobody seems to have mentioned it above, I'm pretty sure that the rocks on the OM of Storr aren't blue well they weren't when i last saw them. It looks like the cameras white balance has been fooled here, not a problem really if you shoot in RAW format but for JPEG the options to change it are limited.

Also I can't work out why this shot is in portrait orientation and not landscape as I'd love to see the bottom of the slope on the right side, perhaps there was some elements to the left or right that weren,t good to include. I'm not sure about the settings on the Powershot but I think shooting this with the landscape option or setting the aperture manually would have been a better option because the f/4.9 aperture recorded in EXIF isn't really a good choice for a landscape/seascape type of shot, f/16 or f/22 might have been better choices to ensure everything was in focus however, there isn't too much foreground interest so I think you've managed to keep everything in focus luckily.

I too have uploaded a mod where I've removed the blueness from the image (especially the rocks) and cropped the top and bottom to remove uneeded sky and water. I adjusted the levels and then sharpened.

Hope this helps.


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