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Chaos Gate
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Copyright: Piotr Czechowski (regis) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 7 N: 100] (396)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-16
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Lee Filter System
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-04 6:43
Viewed: 4471
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the most incredible scenery on Isle of Skye - Quirang, Trotternish.

The weather has been fantastic for almost 3 days that I spent on the island. On the day I took this one the morning was quite dull but I decided not to give up and headed north to Quirang. When I reached the parking it was still very dull with a sun mostly covered by some seriously thick clouds. I didn't lose my faith - as the wind was enormous and clouds were moving all the time.

Eventually when I reached a place called "The Prison" everything changed. The sun came out, reflecting those beautiful patterns on the ground and the dramatic sky was nothing but amazing.

The place from which I took this shot was located in some kind of a mountain gap. The view from that place was really enormous, so was the wind.

I used my GND 0.6 HE filter in this scene - to balance the exposure between the shadows and the gentle structure of the clouds.

This is my first photo on this website.
Hope you'll like it
A lot more to come so stay tuned :)

Regards - Piotr

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To Signal-Womb: Thanksregis 3 12-09 05:19
To Evelynn: HE Filterregis 1 12-05 05:46
To uleko: Thanksregis 1 12-04 15:44
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Beautifully done, Skye is an amazing place...

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-04 6:57]

Hi Piotr.
This is very nice landscape.I like composition and also light and shadows on land.Very good point and amazing colours.Dark clouds organize nice atmosphere.Well done.
Beautiful you first post,welcome to TN.
Regards Milos

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2006-12-04 7:04]
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Hi Piotr,

i went to Skye in the summer, it is an amazing place and you've shown it here in all it's wild glory. Composition, light and DOF are magnificant. I am curious as to what filter you used?

tfs and welcome to TN,


Hi Piotr..
Wish I could photograph there...
Wonderful capture..
What a sight; good use of your wide angle lens..
Take care for darkness in corners (vignetting); seems to work well with Lee system though.
Have you been using a circular polarizer here? I have the same lens with B&W slim circular polarizer...
Can't wait to see more...
Welcome by the way...

Hi Piotr,
Welcome to TN with this great first post!
Light is very well managed and the filter creates a very dramatic effect
TFS and waiting for more

Fantastic shot, you're patience and optimisum paid off with this shot.



Hi Piotr,
Just read you note about Lee and HE filters and am glad to see a photo taken with it immediately. The Quality of the photo is superb. Such great exposure and depth. I can see what you mean about the quality difference in filters between Cokin and HE....I think I figured out a problem with a recent taken photo as well.....Cokin.
The view is amazingly beautiful.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-04 11:06]
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Hi Piotr

What a great way to start your TN gallery! Welcome!
This is indeed a magnificent sight and the view from up there seems to be endless.
I really like the composition here!
Also great are all the colors and tones and the use of the filter was exceptional. Very nice sharp details throughout the entire frame and a very nice framing, too.
Great work! Looking forward to seeing more :)

Bravo and Thanks For Sharing

This is a very impressive image of rugged yet beautiful terrain from the Isle of Skye, Piotr. Your persistent quest paid off beautifully!
Welcome to TrekNature!
Your first post promises great things to come from your camera.

Hello Piotr, wonderful shot with great light which enhances the mood. I knew this was the Isle of Skye the moment I saw it. Just last night I had mentioned to my wife that I may spend a week there in Feb next year but because Febuary can be an extremely cold month especially in Scotland she is not to keen on the idea. Anyhow, great first post and welcome to TN.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-04 14:49]
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Hello Piotr,
Welcome to TN! What an outstanding scenery to to start with!! Excellent in all respects and so dramatic. I've always dreamt of going to the Isle of Sky and I love the folk music from there! You're a lucky man! I wish you many happy hours with your camera in Scotland!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

This is beautiful Piotr. Welcome to TN. It is always nice to see another landscape photographer here. The clarity in this shot is remarkable. You used a 2 stop GND? What does the "HE"signify? I have a few more expwnsive filters but because I seem to have a bad habit of dropping them!! I make myself use a cheaper one. Your Lee does seem to be truly neutral.

Nice work
Evelynn : )

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-12-05 11:40]

I really like Skye and you have shown her really well here. great mood and detail and good use of the filters. the warm greens in the foreground are great.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-05 13:43]

Hello Piotr , A Fantastic landscape ,beauty sky and colours compositie light ,very good job tfs ,Greetings Teunie ,and welcom to tn .

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-06 19:56]

Excellente prise de vue et bonne effet de profondeur. Bravo pour la composition générale et le joli contraste ciel terre.


very nice photo, great color and detail, wondeful POV. Thanks for the info as well! TFS
Donna :o)

thanks for your comment on my photo "December Storm -3 " :o)

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