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Take It From The Top

Take It From The Top
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-02
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-13 12:25
Viewed: 3179
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I wanted to try to give you a feel of what it is like on top of a Scottish mountain with this shot, so this is the view West from the summit of Cairn gorm.
Cairn Gorm lies at the northern end of the Cairngorm Mountains; a high and exceptionally remote plateau largely over 4000ft in height and segmented by deep north-south valleys. Cairn Gorm is Scotland's sixth highest mountain at 4082ft or 1244m high.
Its slopes provide Scotland with it's best Ski resort, and during the winter this is a much harsher and inhospitable environment. Even during the summer, this was still quite a cold spot and very exposed.
As you can see here, the weather is very changable and the clouds occasionally draw back to offer brief glimpes of large vistas, only to swallow them up again.

Hand held, shot in RAW and levels tweaked. Coverted to JPEG, resized for TN and sharpened.

Thanks for looking

Juyona, Jamesp, gracious, nglen, uleko, saeedabbasi, anel, Heaven, Silke has marked this note useful
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-13 12:42]

Hola Paul,
preciosa vista,
hostil ambiente, pero bello pov y detalles...
excelente trabajo,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-13 12:42]

Hi Paul

A very moody shot with great colours. It really gives an impression of what it is like.


Hi Paul, I can see the weather was a mixed bag for you but we take it as it comes and make the best out of any situation. Here you have captured a great atmosphere, I like the brown tones in the cloud and the incidental light which gives relief to the foreground. Well done..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-13 14:31]

Hi Paul. It looks like you had a very nice holiday. this is a very good landscape. the detail in the clouds, and rocks. the misty look makes it feel cold yet the sun on the rocks change it again. very good indeed. THS
Nick.. have a good weekend.

Hi Paul,
Great image of these very dramatic clouds. I like that you have captured the sunlight on the foreground. Nice layers of colours. The quality of the image is great.

My friend Paul,
Really feeling nice about this captured right at the top of the mountain, as if you can touched the cloud with your hands!
best pov with DOF for showing the far horizon and the cloud!
my compliment toward this outstanding landscape photo to share and your effort especially.
Landscape lovers will understanding each other feeling and intention for getting the best shot you can no matter how!!
thank so much, Paul

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-14 0:41]

Hello Paul,
Terrific capture of this barren environment. I can really feel the cold wind! I love the DOF with the sharp mountains in the distance and the misty clouds moving across and then the contrasting light on the ground. Colours are very beautiful too. Superb!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi dear Paul ,
great work.splendid sky with nice clouds.
well composed and good light.
thanks for sharing
my beat wishes

Hi Paul,
Looks so beautiful... I'd like to be there...Thanks to show us such a wonderful Scottish peak... Marta

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-21 1:30]

Hello Paul,
Having been away some days I missed several of your pictures. I would like to choose this pregnant landscape picture, because you show an amazing mix of landscape and weather, appearing in a beautiful light/shadow play. I like the dramatic character of this picture.
Thanks and have a nice weekend

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-08-06 11:32]

Hi Paul!

Mountain atmosphere as I just like it. Everything is in that picture: a great sky (not a boring blue one), the view to the horizon, a great foreground and a very intense mystic atmosphere... Moreover one can literally feel the nature's power!

You managed the colors as well as the lightning and the perspective and the contrasts are breathtaking.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-26 5:52]

I love the mood that is captured here: the impending heavy weather!
superb composition

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