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Stob Dearg (1022 m)

Stob Dearg (1022 m)
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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: 2007-02-03
Categories: Mountain, River, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Digital ISO 200, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Scotland - Feb 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-02-12 13:13
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back from my wanderings again.... This time camping in Scotland all of last week. As you can see the weather was stunning - clear and cold and very bright. -12C was the coldest it got overnight, cold enough for the methylated spirits to freeze and for me to use 4 season gas instead.

Anyhow, this was the first time I had used my UWA lens in earnest and the 105mm circular polarising filter to go with it. As you can see, this was taken at 10mm (I've included the orginal uncropped version to show the point) but there is no vinegretting at the corners which I was really please about. This had been one of my main concerns with this lens, but with sufficient advice, I have eneded up with what I needed - so thanks to all those who gave that advice - you know how you are and this one is dedicated to you as a thank you.

What you are looking at is a frequently climbed and even more frequently photographed mountain. I am fortunate enough to have done both. In the past though I have had to take 2 shots and stitch them together...

Stob Dearg (Gaelic translation = Red Peak, 1022 m) which is what you are looking at here, forms one end of Buachaille Etive Mor ridge which stands guard over the entrance to Glencoe on the Glen Etive side. Stob Dearg is Munro number 110 in a long list of Munros which are all around Scotland.

Converted from RAW, taken using a tripod (and water proof boots!), picture was cropped and sharpened. It remains otherwise uneditted, the colours are totally real.

For me it shows the winter beauty of the upper moors of Scotland and colours which are not normally seen by most visitors.

PS I have resisted the urge to tilt this photo because I know what you are seeing is correct. May be I should have straightened the apparent horizon, I don't know...

simon182, horia, elroyie, regis, jmp, Debz, pablominto, anel, scottevers7, wkshelton, Alex99, SunToucher, Bufo, mikou has marked this note useful
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Emma I love this and would love to see it full size for real, bet it would look stunning.

I looked at the workshop and love that one to, I really liked the extra bit at the bottom but think you have done well cropping this version as we didn't need all that sky.

I can see why it's such a photographed area, very beautiful. Everything is excellent about this photo and I have not a bad word to say about it! The lens seems really sharp throughout I bet you'll have a lot of fun with it!

All the best, look forward to more

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-12 14:05]
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Hi Emma and welcome back :)
I see you had quite a blast in your trip!
I didn't get a chance to congratulate you on your new lens...bravo! I've heared a lot of great things about it...and here is another one ;)
This is a superb landscape!
I really like all the colors here and i guess another congratulatulation is in order...for the new filter system :)
From what i heared, it's one of the best world wide...but also pretty expensive...but from what i saw in the posts taken with it on TN, it's worth all the money ;)
The compsition here is exceptional, with a charming positioning of that massive peak (with just a little snow on top to give it better definition).
The strong contrast also between the bright grass on the right and the dark-blue color of the water is terrific.
Splendid work overall!

Bravo and TFS

This is a great place to be in and this a very good picture to show us how great is that place!
composition is great and exposure is very good.
It seems that the picture is a bit tends to the left, just a feeling.

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  • regis Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 7 N: 100] (396)
  • [2007-02-12 14:38]
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Hello Emma

I'm glad you're happy with your new lens and filters :)
It works perpectly in good hands - and I'm sure you are the right person.

I remember I was totally into this lens after a purchase. Now I must say I tend to some longer focal lenghts when possible, but still the magic of wide angle really impress me :)

This is one of my favourite spot in Highland and I just love Etive Mor. Every time I'm around I'm enchanted. You've done a good job here.

When it comes to your horizon problem - what I do in such situations is to check the water reflection. If you use a vertical ruler and try to connect the mountain peaks, you'll see a slight tilt to the right. Now - using a measure tool you can check the tilt level (I would say it's roughly 1,7 deg).

One more thing.
I've noticed some sharpening "halos" on the edges. It happens quite often, when using USM. My advice is to use "history brush" to cancel sharpening in such areas.

TFS Emma and take care.
Hope we'll meet next time.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-12 17:14]

Hi Emma,
Very beautiful places you choose to camp! I take note for future reference. Colours are really wonderful and the view is absolutely awesome!
TFS, JosÚ M.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-02-12 17:28]

A beautiful composition. The depth of colour is wonderful and the POV is worth wading in water. The light up in Scotland is magical and you have captured it. A magnificent shot.


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  • Evelynn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
  • [2007-02-12 18:42]
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It does look beautiful this time of year. The light and the colors are so nice. I really have to start using my wide angle lens more. I just have a hard time finding an appropriate subject that would utilize its unique quality. I would not have noticed the tilt if you had not mentioned it. Of course now I see it. A reflection will always be perpendicular to where ever you are standing. For example if you were to draw a straight line down from the end of that little white cloud to the same point in its reflection you would see that it is a little off. Another thing is that I have been told that polarising filters are best not used in landscape format because there is just too much difference in the saturation of the sky already from side to side. When the polariser is used it causes that unnatural darkening in the center. I've read to turn the polariser a little off of maximum to avoid that. The right hand side of this image is stunning.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-12 23:21]

Hello Emma

A very beautiful shot of the highlands.The colours are wonderful,and the image is crisp and well focused.I like the POV you chose,I can imagine that water was cold to stand in,even with boots on .A lovely composition.TFS


Hello Emma,
Impressive rich saturated colours!
A beautiful composition, sunlit landscape with snow on the summits...
Simple beauty!
Pablo -

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-13 6:21]

Hi Emma,
I see that we use the same lens; 10-22, I'm very satisfied with it as it gives such great results in landscape photos, and has no vigneting problem at all. Your POV and the composition is very good. Great colors,contrast and light.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-13 7:13]

Hi Emma,
Landscapes from Scotland are so beautiful and mysterious. I think I have to go there once. Your picture is well composed, excellent point of view and colours also.
Best regards

Hi Emma,
A dramatic landscape scene. The weather was very cooperative for this well composed and framed scene. Beautiful colors, excellent detail, and nice sense of depth. Looks great!

Hi Emma.
This is a beautiful landscape. Lovely light. Great composition. A good panoramic crop. Well done.
Regards, Steve.
P.S. No, the horizon is fine, if that's the way it was.

Hello Emma,

I really like this landscape, really crisp nicly composed and capture photo well done

TFS Kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-13 10:59]

Hi Emma.
You managed to create a very nice landscape picture with amazing colour palette, perfect POV and composition, great DOF and sharpness. Bravo. Superb art work. My best regards and TFS.

Hi Emma,
Great to see you back from your short vacation. I hope you had a wonderful time and were able to unwind. I am sure that we are going to see many more beautiful photos from your trip and many more wonderful stories.

You started of with a wonderful wide angle view. The exceptional clear weather is something I haven┤t see for a long time and it gave you this combination of warm and cool colors and great clarity. I am glad you mentioned the height of this mountian since without any reference and because of its lonely position it is hard to tell how high it it.


P.S. I like the tip Piotr gave on the horizon. Never came to my mind to do it that way.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-13 15:26]
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Hi Emma,
outstanding picture and even so comment. I read your comment with Horia with a lot of interest. Maybe someday I'll buy this lens as well, but I hope for a full sensor camera way before that , since I have a 17-35 which is also very worth having.
It reminds me of my hogmany holidays for 13 years in a row in one of the Scottish bothies or just camping outside. This fellow (Stob dearg) is beside also having climbed and photographed it a good friend of mine in memories. Winter 1993 I was with some friends at the Kingshouse. Temperatures up to -30C Drove us into the climbers bar where we spent many hours. Outside was the magnificent snow covered Stob Dearg.
I'll add this to my favorites. And yes, and also the technical part is really nice as well.
Regards, Jacob

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-14 16:27]
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Hi Emma.
It be truly a splendid scenery.I like him very much your composition with beautiful angle look.Astonishing are splendid nuances colours as well as very nice details.I like looking at this the picture,it is very sedative.
My admiration and thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

Hi Emma ,
great shot with excellent composition.
beautiful colours and excellent sharpness.
well captured

Hi Emma, fantastic capture of this famous icon. Having been here I can really appreciate this all the more and as usual your note are a valuble source of information. Very good work.

This is a great place to be in and this a very good picture to show us how great is that place!

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