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Stob Dearg (1022 m) II

Stob Dearg (1022 m) II
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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 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Scotland - Feb 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-02-15 3:07
Viewed: 5121
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
OK - this is version 2 of Stob Dearg on Rannoch Moor. This version wass taken further down the burn (river) slightly closer to the mountain itself, away from the calm and refelctive water, and onto the shallows... though still standing in icy cold water.

I have decided that I will post my photos of this trip in the order they were taken, hence the same mountain twice, in a row.

In some ways I prefer this photo (jinxed it now) simply becuase there is more foreground detail and the river draws you straight to the amazing mountain rocks.

It was taken on the tripod (also in the water) at a low angle, with both the 0.9nd soft edge graduated ND filter and the 105mm cir polariser. Again it is almost a 180 degree picture taken at the full 10mm.

It was the first day I had used either the lens or the polarising filter in earnest so there are still some issues to be dealt with as I learn both the lens and the filter, like the extended blueness immediately above the mountain, but I did take a few later in the holiday with and without the cir pol filter and I much prefer those with despite the issues...

For info on the mountain, please see previous post. That way I won't bore you all silly again...

I have managed to loose my exif data on this occasion, so for those who like it, the extra info is here exposure compensation -0.7 EV, focal length 10mm.

This photo was created from 2 levels of brightness from the same original RAW image, just using layer masks to draw a little more detail out of the right hand side of the river bank. It was rather dark before hand.

The 'glare' on the river in the foreground is exactly that glare from the sun and I have been totally unable to edit it out satisfactorily, so if any of the editting wizards are able to perform magic, please feel free. I would love to know how.

Having seen it on screen, I am wondering if I should have reduced the overal brightness a touch? Or the previous post too dark?

ramthakur, RAP, Alex99, vanderschelden, Juyona, fiyo, horia, SunToucher, jeanpaul, regis, delic, Signal-Womb has marked this note useful
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-15 3:22]

Hi Emma,

A great capture,very nice landscape wit great layers ansd colors,I never have been in this kind of photographie,but it is a great shot and I like it,despite the cold feet,well done and TFS


hi emma,
wondeful landscape shot,
the shades of blue are lovely,
well composed shot,
nice point of view,
tfs & regards

Hi Emma,
You have done a wonderful job with the combination of your new lens and cir pol flter here. The landscape is stunningly beautiful.
The contrasts between the right and the left banks of the river make the composition all the more attractive, IMO.
Best regards,

Hello Emma,

Well done on this excllent photo perfect details very crisp I really like the fg to bg well done

TFs Kyle

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-15 9:15]

Bello paisaje con excelente punto de vista bajo Emma y gran efecto estético.
El uso del super gran angular genera una imponente imagen llena de intensos colores y una profundidad espectacular.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful landscape with excellent low point of view Emma and great aesthetic effect.
The use of the super wide angle generates an imposing image full with intense colors and a spectacular depth.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Hello Emma
What a great landscape,
Excellent POV and composition,
Great colors,Welldone.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-15 11:02]
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Hi Emma.
What a nice landscape picture you have shared again. Transparency of the water, air and whole picture is really terrific. Amazing play of lights and shadows, wonderful colours and outstanding composition. BRAVO and my best regards.

Another momentous landscape photograph Emma!

Everything is fantastic and I really like the mountain being the centre of the shot with the river leading us towards it. The colours and light have really accentuated the detail.
Very well done, inspiring!


Hi Emma,
No, on my screen the brightness is okay, to answer your question.
Previous post is just another post, another picture and the photo is well done too.
So good work. Nice wide angle shots. Very good compositions.

Very nice. I especially like how both the stream and clouds seem to radiate from the mountain.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-15 15:32]

Wonderful POV and composition, wonderful looking place



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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-16 5:18]

Hello Emma,
Great shot !
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-16 5:48]
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Hi Emma

Another outstanding scotish scene from you! It looks breathtaing!
I really like the wide view here and it shows the mountain's vicinities very well. Also the pesrpective is surreal and the details everywhere are outstanding!
The work with all the filter and the levels of brightness definately payed of this time, too, as the result is a superbly balanced shot! The colors are also most charming and very well saturated.
I definately don't think this is too bright! It definately a bit brighter that the previous, but the darker parts from the onther one gave it the lovely mood...so i like them both just as they are :)
All-in-all: SPLENDID WORK!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Emma,
This is a really a great one. Your POV above the river really makes me travel up stream toward the mountain. The subtle colors of the winter time are well captured. I can't wait to see it for real with summer colors. I was wondering what that glare was, so I am glad you mentioned it in your note. I think the brightness on this one is perfect.

Bonjour Emma
Belle prise de vue avec ce superbe paysage avec ces magnifiques montagnes et ses beaux caps et ce beau lac. Félicitations pour l'expositions et les belles couleurs.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-16 12:12]

Hola Emma, es genial el pov.
magnífica postal, bellos detalles
y composición, gran trabajo... muchos saludos

You took full advantage of that lens Emma. What amazing depth of focus, rich color and sharpness. It does feel a little bright on my monitor. The bright clouds on the left kind of detract from the wonderful light and textures of the peak and the rocks leading into the scene. I took up the challenge of your lens flare.

Evelynn : )

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-02-17 3:57]
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Hi Emma,
These latest landscape images are just excellent.All are of the highest quality with beautiful colour and crystal clear detail.The use of the wide angle here in combination with a low POV has given amazing depth and really draws you in.Its got to be a favorite!
Have a great weekend.
Regards, David

Hi Emma,
this is the perfect place - I love the silence and the brilliant colours, the best place to throw all the stress and hectic away - just sit down and relax - I even can do this while looking at your shot, it's perfect, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Oh yes - my (so far) favourite peak :)

The only problem for me is - with such a good weather you don't have enough "dramatism" in the shot (if you know what I mean) :) and it looks simply too quiet (but still very nice though).

To answer your question about brightness level - I think this one is about right, the previous one was a tad too dark.

Have a look at those two links - it may help you with your monitor settings:

- http://www.simpelfilter.de/en/farbmanagement/whitepoint.html
- http://www.simpelfilter.de/en/farbmanagement/blackpoint.html

When it comes to your question about glare reduction - you may try to use Selective Color layer and play with the settings.

I've uploaded my version with some glare reduced. Just have a look if that satisfies you.


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-22 10:54]

Hello Emma,
Nice foreground and background balance. Excellent detail and depth of field. Exposure and brightness look just fine on my Mac screen. Well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-22 21:31]

Excellente prise de vue sur ce magnifique endroit.Félicitation pour la profondeure et la qualité d'image.

Hello Emma,
A lovely composition with the characteristic peak in the centre!
Brightness looks right on my screen, and the colours are wonderful for winter...
Good details with the rocks in the stream!
Pablo -

Hello Emma, I hope your keeping well. You have been busy I see and your hikes in the highland have brought their reward. The clarity of this image is simply breathtaking. Your composition is excellent and your exposure well handled. I love the mood of your other captures to. I am forcing myself to take a good break from the Trek sites till I catch up on a few things like building a web site and sorting my files and finalizing a lot of my raw files. I am really looking forward to exploring Scotland sometime this year. I bought into the Lee filter system BTW. Anyhow very well done mf..

Hello emma.
The image is precious, has very good light and the colors are beautiful. A photo that I like. A greeting.

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