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For Horia - Study of a Sunrise

For Horia - Study of a Sunrise
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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: 2009-10-12
Categories: Seascape, Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/8, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Scotland - October 2009
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-11 4:57
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have dedicated this picture to Horia Bogdan because I know he likes this one.

This photo came straight from Ian Cameron's (Professional landscape photographer) advice in his photography course I did in October of this year.

After a very vivid sunrise - and a rather early morning start - (I actually can't remember now if it was 5:15am or 4:45am - all I can remember is a that it was quarter to/past five in the morning!), then a trek up to almost the top of the Old Man of Storr in the Isle of Skye - in darkness needing head torches (took about 75 minutes having had no breakfast) - carrying all our camera equipment and tripods (usually I bale on the tripod when treking with my camera), we were starting to look around at other photo options when I remembered something Ian had said to us in an afternoon lecture the day before. I can't remember the exact phrasing (sorry Ian), but it was along the lines that whilst vivid sunrises look fantastic, most people don't actually want really bright and vivid colours on their walls, but look towards pastel colours and that they are amongst one of his biggest sellers.

So with that in mind, and after the most amazing sunrise, when it had passed its best I my humble opinion, I took a series of photos that included this one.

Because of the likeness of the 3 photos that I wanted to upload to show the most amazing sunrise, I have actually put the other 2 as workshops. They are almost entirely identical in composition and were taken within 35 mins prior to this picture.

So this picture is actually the last of the 3 taken at 8:11am when the colours had really started to fade considerably.

I can guarentee that there will have been a 1 or 2 stop soft graduated Netral density filter, but don't recall which at the moment. I also can't quite remember if I used my polarising filter either - I was the only person who took food and water up the hill with us, but at that moment in time - wrapped up in hat, scarf and gloves, stamping my feet to get warm and beginning to feel really tired, my body was reminding me of that early start.

So in keeping with the title here are the pictures in the workshop and the earlier phase of the sunrise.

Picture 1 7:30am, F/8, 2.5 seconds, 2 stop soft graduated ND Filter. A vivid start of crimson and yellows with the sea reflecting the night sky

Picture 2 7:46am, F/8, 1/5 seconds, 1.5 stop soft graduated ND Filter. Fading to yellows and oranges now reflected in the sea water.

And finally this one, the final apricot and pastel colours starting to reflect the clouds and muted colours that followed for the rest of the day.

So for Horia, please enjoy. and I will catch up with everyone when I get back on Monday from my brother's 21st birthday - and to everyone who has just gone - 21st? I have a son/daughter that age - yes I know :-)

Mello, Mikolaj, nasokoun, Heaven, albert, anel, erve, Miss_Piggy, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-11 5:34]

Amazing landscape dear Emma.
I liked the soft tones and composition a lot.
You did a good job and very nice dedication too.
Best wishes and see you on TN.

Hello Emma! Excellent shot. Wonderful landscape. Gorgeous mountains. Nice light and colours. Very good great perspective. Perfect exposure. Nice shot. Very nice effect. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-11 7:45]

Hello Emma,
Though I am not a landscape specialist and find sunsets a bandwaggon for the reasons described by your photography teacher, if I were to take a sunset this is how I would like it to be!
The pastel shades, the mountainous skyline (the Cullins?) and the linear composition in the Fg is fantastic and an image that makes one stare at it for a long time.
Great stuff!
Thanks and have a good weekend celebrating your little brother coming of age,

hello Emma
very beautiful scene once again your chromatic pallet is enjoyable, one serene texture is misleaded!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-12-11 8:06]

Hi Emma

I'm really honored by this dedication and i must say that this is actually one of the most beautiful photos anyone's dedicated me here on TN! I touched!
Indeed a fantastic study of the sunrise period. I read your note here with great interest and i can see better now where the experience of other does benefit the participant of such workshops. Ian's right about the pastel colors and although the other photos are definitely breathtaking in colors, this one here is the most appealing for me. I feel like the vibrant yellows and oranges go better with ultra-wide composition and grand vistas. In your case here - focusing on these beautiful mountain silhouettes and reflections - these tones are perfect in terms of attractiveness and contrast.
I have to say i really like the subtle graduation in the sky and clouds here...that fading there is the "thing" that makes the shot for me :)
Very well exposed and composed, with a great balance of the horizontal lines and how they divide the spaces in the frame.
Overall, not only did you dedicate this beauty to me, but also convinced me that no matter where i'll be staying in my trip, i have to wake up at 5 AM every morning...AND I WILL!

Thank you

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-12-11 10:12]

Hi Emma!

Many thanks for sharing this magnificent picture with us. I like the delicate atmosphere very much, well highlighted by the pastel colour tones. These colours and the subject itself create a deep serenity and invite for contemplation and meditation. Moreover, the technical aspects elaborated in your detailed and interesting notes are fascinating and the didactial aspect is precious.

Kind regards


Hello Emma,
Very beautiful sunrise, with fantastic and unusual colors, nice composition. I think I prefer this one, but the two workshops are excellent too. TFS and best regards,

Hello Emma,
You had a very good teacher but you have learnt very well
You did a superb landscape photo with very nice pastel colours,I like it
Have a good W-E

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-12 5:19]

Hello Emma,
What fine colors for this sunnrise! I love it, and prefer it far to the more colorful ones. Not easy to realize such a subtle shot. Horia is for sure delighted. Makes me dream...
Very fine and peaceful posting
Thanks for it. Kind regards

nice dreamy landscape, TFS Ori

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-12-13 9:41]

Hi emma,

Really nice shot. loving the soft pastel shades.
scrolling up and down the image i think it would work better with most of the bottom portion of water cropped off.



Hallo Emma
Thanks for your kind visit at my leopard image as part of the series of the Big 5 animals of Africa. One can very easily pass this image, because it actually has nothing in it except water, mountain and sky looking at first glance. It is actually when one starts to look closer that you see much more than just some elements of nature. The soft colours of the sky in this scenery are a feast to look at, as it blends in so well with one another. The wide open space with its mountains in the background and masses of water in the foreground as far as the eye can see, takes your imagination far away, as it would be wonderful to be on a little boat sailing on the water, looking far back in the distance and appreciating the nature that surrounds you. I can only but imagine how much Horia likes this scene, because I like it a lot and it not even my dedication. Thanks for sharing such a peaceful moment. Best regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-27 6:56]

Hi Emma.
I wish you Happy New Year and nice Holiday Season as well as more free time for photography and sharing your masterpieces here.

Very nice note and set of pictures. I love every of them. Colour palette of the original shot is amazing and very delicate. I like pictured place a lot too. Calm water and impressive shapes of hills are looked greatly and create all together amazing mood. Bravo.

Ciao Emma, fascinating sunset composition with lovely silhouettes of beautiful mountain, fantastic colors, splendid atmosphere, very well done, ciao Silvio

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