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1st Anniversary...

1st Anniversary...
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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: 2006-07-19
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Cape Wrath, Outer & Inner Hebridies
Theme(s): My Sunsets and Sunrises, Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-22 9:09
Viewed: 5157
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well its exactly one year today, since I joined TN and in 2 days time 1 year since I bought my Canon EOS 350D, my first dSLR.

So what has changed since then?

Well this was the first landscape picture I posted.

What has changed? Quality of the picture goes without saying. That first landscape post was a scanned photo taken on a point and shoot camera - no settings could be changed at all, and this is a digital image to start off with.

Today, I would have had a polarising filter on, I would have definitely taken the same shot, and then created a set of footprints in the snow, to lead the eye into the picture. I would have included more sky... I woudl also have had less land and more sky... and probably the shots either side to create a panorama... What have I learnt? Way to much to cover here... but hopefully some of it will be obvious from the difference in the shots...


So what do we have with this picture. Well the exact opposite of that first picture.

A warm weather sunset... the more observant may also have noticed the faint colour changes in the sky to the right as well and the very observant will have picked it up in the water reflection. Well it was a Sundog and the at the time, I didn't even know I had seen it! It wasn't until I got the picture downloaded that I realised I had 'seen' one!

I appreciate that someone will be thinking why F/4? Well I was being eaten alive by midge and clegs (Scottish Horse Flies) at this point (water either side of me, sweat, warm weather, Scotland and sunset are not the best of combinations for avoiding midge. It was OK until you stopped walking to take a photo...) so I wanted something I could handhold and get a reasonable picture from... F/4.0 the first thing that came to mind... and it was a very quick photo...

I was kneeling down on the ground to get this picture, becuase I wanted to include something in the foreground and was struggling to fnd anything before the sun set and I lost the picture.

Anyhow - I shall finish waffling on and leave it at that...

Converted from RAW, cropped slightly. Colours are real and not enhanced... resize, slight sharpen and a frame added...

Please enjoy and I will catch up tomorrow at work becuase my broadband at home is down :-(

soccer, jmp, horia, Alex99, SunToucher, pablominto, Signal-Womb, mogens-j, liquidsunshine, aido, captainsgirl, fyapici, mbasil, CTP has marked this note useful
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Absolutely amazing silhouette. The colours are warm, pic well composed and the lighting is spot on. TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-22 10:05]

Hi Emma,
Great sunset. Color in the sky and water are very beautiful and the image transmits a pleasant calm. Outstanding composition!
TFS, JosÚ M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-22 10:30]

Happy TN Birthday, Emma!!!

Indeed a lot have changed...and the quality of your shot has increased from all the points of view!
A year with TN really shows a great evolution!

About this shot: same as you recent posts - a landscape as good as it can get!:)
Excellent exposure, splendid colors, great POV, framing and compo.

Hope i'll get to congratulate you at you 10th TN anniversary :), too

Bravo and TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-22 11:17]

Hi Emma.
My congratulations. Your beautiful and lovely pictures deliver to us true pleasure. Dialogue with you is very pleasant and is instructive. I wish you fruitfully longevity on TN.

Your pretty shot of landscape is wonderful and perfectly done. Subject and colours are amazing. POV and composition are excellent.

My best regards and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-22 11:26]

Congratulations, Emma!
We have all enjoyed your great contributions to this site.: )
This is a beautiful scenery. The light and colors are gorgeous.
I like the silhouettes and the warm reflections on the water.
To many more!
TFS. : )

Hello Emma,
Another great Landscape from you, Excllent colors and details, Perfet POV excllent forground and BG Nice work, TFS Kyle

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-22 12:13]

congratiolation Emma,
Yes as a country specialist, I think you can call me so, when you look to my work on TE here When I had a look to your photo's I can see the progression in your shot's and yes my opinion is when people want, he or she could learn from the side. Thank you. Your last one is very nice not easy but you did do it very good. well done.
gr. jaap

hi emma
les couleurs sont aussi belle dans le reflet que dans le ciel,c'est tres bien fait.

A lovely image for your celebration!
All well done, and during this year you have become a highly respected and valued member of TrekNature...
Congrats & Greetings,
Pablo -

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-22 14:52]

Hi Emma

A year well spent if this photo is anything to go by. The colours are just wonderful and the light is stunning. The sillouettes are bold and impressive. Wonderful composition

Happy anniversery


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  • graz Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 26] (216)
  • [2006-08-22 15:33]

nice warm shot and lovely composition.TFS. like your other shots of scotland ,you make me want to be there,so they must be good.

Hi Emma,
Yes things have come along way and here is a very fine example of your talent for landscape. Beautiful composition with intense colour and accurate exposure. Being eaten alive by midgies and clegs, hey I know all about it. Very inspiring work.

Hello Emma,

Very nice greeting card you posted here - thanks a lot. I think you did a great job on this one. You got the colours right. the reflection of the sun is well framed in the pond and the silhouette of the hills work great in the background. Finally you remembered to keep the horizon out of centre. All over a very nice picture to look at - I love the atmosphere.


Hello Emma,
I must say that the improvement in your 148 posts is clear, even though I think you had quite a talent when you joined TN. You have shown us some spectacular landscaspes from your travels around the UK, and I'm really enjoying every one of your posts. May you stay with us for a long, long time...I'll stop waffling now!
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-22 21:12]
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Hi Emma,
Congratulations on reaching that landmark. A great shot you have here, beautiful colours, great exposure and a really peaceful and calm image. Quite amazing DOF for f/4. I think including your first shot as part of this post is a great idea, the contrast between that image and this is very evident, the first shot is nice, but this is a very clean and professional looking image. Great work from you again and hope your broadband gets fixed soon.

Hi Emma,
Congratulations with the 1 year anniversary. This is an other beautiful photo of your Sundog series. I like the way you used the shoreline and boulders as the FG for more depth. The silhouttes of both the FG as well as the mountains in the back great, the golden brown colors gives this photo a real restful view.

beautiful photo and loved hearing about your journey through TN, I am looking forward to see my photos in 2 years too!
Thanks so much for sharing
Donna :o)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-23 7:02]

Bonjour Emma!

Bravo pour ce beau levÚ de soleil,les couleurs sont parfaitement expossÚ et la profondeur est nette.


Hi Emma.
This scene makes me very romantic. Lovely and great secene. Superb capture. Thanks a lot for saharing.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-24 11:00]

Hi Emma
Grat sunset shot. Great colours, sharpnes, light, details, DOF and POV. Great composition.
Well done Emma


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-24 11:11]

Nicely done, Emma. A wonderful shot, with a great mix of elements. I especially like the limited Halloween color pallete here. Thanks for the links to your first piece, because I love to go back on these typoes of anniversaries (# shots or time) and see how folks have grown as photographers (which you clearly illustrate).

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-08-24 23:04]

Hi Emma,
Congratulations on your 1st Anniversary:)
Great pov,dof,colors,sky,silhouette,sunset,note and frame.TFS

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-10-27 13:39]

Well - what can I say?!
It is a fantastic photo! And yes, i can see the difference between your first shot and this one!
The sharpness, composiotion and exposure control is great. I love the silouette of the foreground and the straws in the water. Great colours too.

Well done!

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