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Fog over Loch Morlich II

Fog over Loch Morlich II
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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: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Date Submitted: 2007-12-10 9:57
Viewed: 4447
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am digging through my archive so to overcome these grey and sober days we have. I do have good hope that upcomming weekend will bring a break in the weather and I can finally do some photography again.

This is yet another photo from my summer vacation in Scotland. For more details, please visit my travelogue. This photo was taken right after breakfast during our wildlife safari in the Cairngorms. When I speak of we, I mean Emma, (Aramok) her husband, my parents and ofcourse me.

I forgot to mention that these type of dig-out-archive-photos are of less good quality as those previously posted. But that is obvious, otherwise they wouldn't have stayed in the archive for so long.

The odd thing about this photo is the row of rocks in the FG. Around a large part of the lake these rocks were positioned about 1 meter of the shore. I think they were there to prevent erosion. I didn't have a good way of using them as a close FG interest and found that you can either crop them or use them in this unorthodox way. I chose for the latter.

Thats it for this note. I hope you enjoy the photo.

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Howdy Neighbor,

You are trying to overcome a gray day by posting a gray image ??? : )

I think including the rocks is good. I'd like a bit more of them and a bit less of the lake... meaning a lower point of view.
You captured the mood of a gray foggy day. I can almost smell the damp air. Of course looking out my window looks exactly like this so maybe I am smelling damp air!! I emailed you an altered version.

Evelynn : )

Hello my dear friend Niek,
Perfect composition to me!
with the fg rocks looking towards the far horizon of the lake with fog, just beautiful indeed, wish I was there with you with my camera too!
so much serene and peaceful atmosphere in the shot!
thank you for sharing with us this absolutely beautiful photo of yours
have a wonderful week, my friend!

Ya know..I have not posted a few shots because of things in the foreground. It is a somewhat more subjective area of concern than most. And it is a way of how people see things differently. There is a school of photography that would say it is in the way of the photograph...however if one looks at professional news work, one seers it all the time..

While it may not be optimal...I think it should not preclude posting...IMHO I believe it gives a sense of depth to the image....so I forget about it.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-10 12:19]

I'm glad you posted this Niek, i remember you previous posts from this spot and this has the same sublime, dreamlike quality. The lighting is perfect and and the whole scene very peaceful. As for the stone wall...i appreciate your concerns but i think this has worked well and adds alot of depth.
I am not too keen on the frame if i am honest, as i feel it gets a bit lost in some parts around the image, but that's just personal preference and the photograph is beautiful.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-12-10 12:28]

Hi Niek!

I enjoy it and I'm happy you searched your archives. It's beautiful, so gracious and peaceful.

Sometimes I'm surprised that what I have left in the archive becomes a favourite. And in your case I'm really not sure that the row of stones is a bad foreground. They belong to this landscape and this spot, why not help us to find the way into the image and to accentuate the depth.

Kind regards


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-12-10 14:12]

I have to work on my archives now too!
But yours is truly fabulous!
Wonderful light

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-10 16:29]

Hello Niek,
I like the moody atmosphere in this very nice image. Although the rocks are not very photogenic they do add depth to the image, thanks for sharing.

Hello Niek,
This frame is full of silence!
Provided that duck keeps the mouth shut, hehehe...
I like the composition with the rocky foreground, the typical rainy day atmosphere is well captured!
Pablo -

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-10 23:51]

Hi Niek

Lovely commposition - I like the hazy tones

Sorry just got back home - rushing to crit 2day!

Hi niek,
excellent composition,TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-12 3:20]

Hello Niek, that's a very peaceful and beautiful composition, the soft light is fantastic, well done my friend !


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-15 1:39]
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Hi Niek

Quite unorthodox...yeah :) But never-the-less very original! I say: "why not?"
This is what i would imagine it's a typical view over most lochs in Scotland. Grey and foggy...unless of course you're very very lucky and you get only that very low mist and a natural and bright sun light in the rest. :)
I think you managed a very beautiful and moody picture here, my friend. The inclusion of the duck (i think) is nice and places a natural element in this cold and tranquil looking place.
The POV is nice, but i would be curious on how a photo might have looked with Evelynn's suggestions - a lower one.

However, i also have a question like this: did you have any other longer lens than this one? Because if you did, i'd like to know if you took any photos of a farther bank - of those lovely trees there in the mist.

Anyway...enough with all the variations and ideas. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-23 9:54]

Hi Niek

We have plenty of fog at the moment, it looks like the old Sherlock Holmes movies at the moment. I like the simplicity here. You have managed to catch the fog well.



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