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Golden Light over the Cairngorms

Golden Light over the Cairngorms
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-17
Categories: Trees, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 400 5.6L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Date Submitted: 2007-08-31 9:40
Viewed: 4099
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have to say, that I am not completly sure where I was when taking this photo. I think it was just outside Abernethy Forrest, but I could be wrong. I do know it was near Nethy Bridge and that we stopped at this location to spot Red Grouse. We didn't see any. But we did see some wonderful light piercing through the heavy morning fog on the far hills.

While the guide was out spotting Grouse, all of us were admiring the beautiful light. My dad was filming it and Emma and I were photographing it. luckely I had my 400mm lens to get real close.

I do admit that I should have used some support since the photo didn't come perfect. But I do feel that the conditions of that moment are captured. Think about it this way. You are standing in the middle of a heathland, midges are having a blast on your exposed body, your still sleepy from getting up early, you're waiting to see a bird. When you start looking around you notice this gap in the dense fog and the sun is casting its wonderful colors on the trees and heather. I think you understand that you just need to capture while it is still there and forget about getting your tripod out of the car. All else I can say, you had to be there to experience it....

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Hello Niek,
Nice compo and presentation!

Hello Niek
I can understand totally the need to capture the moment and you have captured it perfectly and it does portray to me what you were seeing..not every photo needs to be pinsharp!! oh and who ever said a 400mm lense wasnt a landscape lense!!
Best Regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-31 10:48]

Hello Niek ! I love the soft mood that this image evokes. Warm summer tones. Great compostion, thanks !


Hi Niek,
I like the concept of this shot... grabbing ahold of that light. The composition has me a bit stumped though. I like it better in the thumbnail than full size. The OOF immediate foreground is bothersome... but if that were removed then you are left with the second layer divided exactly in half... the green trees and the yellow ones. So then you are stuck with taking some off the left side. If you eliminated the blurred foreground then you'd want the new foreground to be closer to a one third ratio... which would mean you'd have to crop some off the top! Well I tried all that and it's not too bad. I really like the zig zag of the overlapping hills. I think with a bit of levels and sharpening on just the sunlit tree the image could have a bit more impact. How's that for a rambling train of thought!!!?? I think I have managed to over-analyze this!!

TFS... love your note

Evelynn : )

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-31 11:19]

The fogginess is still there in the distant hills, so the sun hitting the trees comes out very well and illustrates that hazy morning feeling (not quite awake but not quite dreaming either). Well done

Hello Niek a good composition and interesting light with the haze also well presented tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Niek,
I see fog many times during the year and I always see something I like about the way it effects light.I like the look of your photo as it shows a defuse light with nothing really all that hard focused.The only thing I could say that could be better is if the foreground were somehow darker but that is something you can't control.Tfs. Bob

hello Niek,
The play of light works well here, giving this fine variation between light and shadows!
A good feeling of depth in this different landscape photograph...
Pablo -

Hello Niek,
I loved this landscape photo!
captured well on the light that penetrating the thick fog and see the different colour pattern from the morning sun! nice and soft indeed no wonder you want to capture this beautiful scene, I think any landscaper photographer will do the same as you!
very well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing

Hi Niek,
Lovely softness to this landscape with the fog.
The graceful hills add verve and the lit tree, a splash of light.
I'm getting wierd. I've got to get to bed! :-)
Richard--- See you later

PS The more I look I'm drawn into the image and experience the wonderful light.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-01 13:55]

Hi Niek

These are my favourite conditions. I love watching the morning light through the mist when I travel into work every day on the train. The colour where the light is hitting the tree is quite wonderful



Really nice textures and colors, Niek. Overall the shot works well. Still, I wish you had gotten out your tripod and shot this at f/22. I wonder if cropping out the fg would help a bit...

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-06 21:08]

Hello Niek

A very interesting spot light effect.The treetops are bathed in a glow.I love the rolling hills and all the different lines and horizons.An interesting POV and composition.TFS


Hi Niek ,
I can only imagine....and thanks for sharing the moment. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who forgets to bring the tripod!! TFS

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