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Loch Etive Light II

Loch Etive Light II
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-03
Categories: Seascape, Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland - Feb 2007
Theme(s): Rays of Light [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-21 4:38
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Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
OK again I have to fall back to the archives... mostly because I was feeling a little better on Sunday and editted some of my pictures... I'm not too good again today, but .... well I'm here...

This is another one of Loch Etive from my February trip, a sea loch that I took Niek to in July. It is a stunning glen to visit that can cause many issues with light and photography and this picture was (like Loch Etive Light) no different.

I had stopped at the point where the glen meets the sea loch at Gualachulain. This part of the head of the loch where the River Etive meets the sea loch is a very flat area from the mud and silt that gets washed down the glen. It is a very flat and fertile area and somewhat difficult to walk over as a result.

This picture was taken slightly before the other one and when there was more sunshine and less clouds. This is one of the reasons that it has taken sometime for me to post in... because again, I was unsure of it.

The picture is in colour, but the strong sunlight and the browns from the bracken and dead grasses from the mountainsides created a very sepia colour quality to the scene.

The picture was taken with -1.33EV and a 0.9nd and a 0.6nd Hard edge graduated ND filters) - It really needed the strong light in the top to be decreased and desperation had set in at this point. I just could not get what I wanted without it being overexposed, so started to add filters to filters etc.

I have converetd the picture from RAW, dropped the exposure even more and cropped off the overexposed top half of the image. Otherwise it is untouched other than the usual resize, unsharp mask and some lens dirt being cloned out.


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Hi Emma,
The small version already is a beauty, but the bigger version is awsome.
What a great joy to look at this scene.
Perfect panoramic composition with most wonderful light, layers of the mountains, soft color tones and rays of sunlight.
Excellent work. My compliments.
Thanks for sharing and the very good note.
Best wishes,

Hi Emma.
Stunning light on the landscape. The hills and rays of light are awesome.
Stunning image


Very good light, Emma; generates a lot of atmosphere...

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-21 11:21]

Hi Emma,
wow...look at those layers disappearing into the background...very beautiful indeed. The only thing giving the game away that you haven't added a sepia tone here is the pale blue in the sky...a magical atmosphere created by the dance of light and shadow. Great shot, glad you posted it, especially the large version.
Hope you are coping with your ill health ok too...i doubt the weathers helping much eh?

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-21 13:27]

Hola Emma.
bellas siluetas
tonos hermosos,
trabajo espectacular,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-21 13:48]

The mood of this is outstanding! I love the layered look here.
Excellent light and textures

I am really impressed with the quality of this shot Emma. The range in values is quite beautiful as is that wonderful warm sepia tone. I suppose I should do more experimenting with filters. I have the system set up but am too lazy to to use it!!!!!!!! I hope your beautiful images help lift your spirits.

Evelynn ; )

hello amma,
this pamoramic presentations has very good aesthetics, nicely composed shot, the shades of light and dark look wondrful,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-21 22:43]

Hi Emma

Great shot - really lovely tones and light. The horzintal 'thrust' of the water contrasts really well with the shafts of light.

I have sent you a message.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-22 8:21]
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hello Emma,
I just saw on your next picture that you are already 2 years on TN. Congratulations.I do it here, because I wanted to critique this fine picture. With your pictures I always have to look and look again, so it takes some time;-).
What I really like on this picture is the very fine passage from one grey to the other, just like a very subtle painting.Also the beautiful light on the lake and of course your panoramic format.
I hope it will be all right with your health. I cross my fingers.

Hello Emma,
This is cleverly done!
I imagine the exposure situation is difficult, I often look for this effect in backlit haze or moist air but it is hard to hit the right moment like you did here...
Elegant layers dwindling in the distance, creating a womnderful feeling of depth!
Pablo -

Hello Emma !
Wow, this is amazing ! So beautiul ! The light is really splendid, as well as your composition and POV. I love all these hills disappearing into the light. Beautiful color tones too. The atmosphere, peaceful and a bit mysterious, is gorgeous. Very well done !

Hi Emma,
Wonderful to see that there is actually more color visable in the LP version than expected. This is the POV that I would have loved to do when we were there. But time and season was restricting us. I read that there are also some wonderful old Oak trees. Maybe I can used those next time when I am there.
This kind of lighting does make the loch look a lot better and more mistical. The gradient silhouttes of the hills are very beautifully captured.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-11-17 12:21]

Hi Emma!
I really like this picture. The different shades and layers of light is fantastic. Together with the sunrays it creates a fantastic mood in the picture! Great job!


Great "darkness & light" composition. I like "layers" like this so much.

amazingly beautiful pic, TFS Ori

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