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Lochan na h'Achlaise

Lochan na h'Achlaise
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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: 2007-02-07
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/9.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland - Feb 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-08-19 12:31
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back to my February holiday because I have nothing prepared from my last visit to Scotland due to continuing ill health.

Taken the day after The Clouds that Made the Picture, I revisited the lochan (Lochan na h'Achlaise). On this day, a lot of the frost and ice of the previous day had gone, but the air was crystal clear and the peaks were totally clear. The following day it snowed... and I was on my way home with many fantastic photos.

Anyhow, just a quick post here... the peaks are, starting on the left, Clach Leathad at 1099m, then Creise (1100m) and Meall a' Bhuiridh (1108m).

There is not a lot that can be said about the mountain. It is such as well known one in the UK (Clach Leathad). This picture was taken from within easy access of the A82, though the land around being totally frozen was a real bonus, it meant that I was able to get all the way down to the loch shore.

Both the mountains, the lochan and where I stood fall on the boundary of Highland and Argyll & Bute, but given most of it (the mountains) fall in the Highlands, I have put the photo in that location...

Nothing has been done to this picture after conversion to jpeg and then a crop and resize. It really is as it was. Please Enjoy.

gracious, jmp, deblink, eqshannon, Evelynn, Silke, Jamesp, pablominto, PaulH, SunToucher, SelenE, BobH has marked this note useful
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Hello Emma, outstanding dream shot, wonderfull colors and very well composition,
well done,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-19 13:45]

Hi Emma,
Beautiful, calm lake and mountains. Composition and colours are wondeful!
TFS, Josť M.

Hi Emma, this is a magnificent scene. The image is of superb quality. Nice POV and reflections. Magical.

Pictures like this give me goosebumps. I love vivid landscapes, although my own tendency is to make art of them, I still appreciate much the true form. Also, your Canon and lens are very good. I am stuck with Nikon for many decades so I thought if I couldn't afford a Leica or Hassel, then I would just status quo. You show off your camera well.

I am sorry to hear of you illness. I am 100 percent with you on this, as I too have now physical AND some bio-mental problems which are keeping me in one spot....but I still carry on the challenge that every day will get slowly better and if not , then it wasn't the way...the path... Your path dictates that now you show your works of a while back. Mine does too. Nothing to belittle no be ashamed of. If you still have these in your data, then you were rightly proud of them. Keep on doing what you do best and in lieu of that, keep on posting your oldies but goodies. I love them.


Yeah! You must be feeling a touch better today... at least I hope so. This image feels more sunny and cheerful. You've been holding on to this beauty since February!? It's wonderful. The bit of snow and ice add so much to the scene you captured. There is great saturated color, super sharpness and depth of focus, perfect exposure. I love the peaceful composition. Can't ask for much more. Nice work.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-19 15:39]

Crystal clear is right! Wonderful image Emma. And the reflections and colours are beautiful, well done

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-19 17:07]

Wow! Those colours are really rich!
Superb composition and details and lovely notes
Do keep getting better -- we send you lots of positive vibes from Canada

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-19 23:34]

Hi Emma

A stunning shot - it has so much to look at! I really like the stong colours and bright winter light. A well thought out composition.


I will get round to replying to a comment you left about research etc - hopefully later today. Have been trying to catch up with work and shake off the chest infection I got in China (just irritating now). Hope you are feeling better.

Hello Emma,
Thank you for sharing this specticular and awesome view of lochan!
great sense of depth with perfect sharpness, clarity, vivid colour and details
Hope you get well as soon as possible from heart!

Hello Emma,
A nice reminder of colder times soon to come!
Good light and fine colours in this well composed image, the rough beauty of the landscape is well captured!
Pablo -

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-20 1:56]

Hi Emma,
thanks, just what i DIDN'T want to see first thing on Monday morning, trapped in the office ;o)
However, it does remind me that these places are still out there and it's only a matter of time before i'm back out in them!
It's all been said about this image already, but i think it's strongest element for me is the composition. Superb job.
Fingers crossed you'll be well enough for the winter season. I'll be having my first winter outing onto full on snow and ice this year in Glen Coe, finally!
Take care :o)

Hello Emma,
Nice vista...
Excellent colours..
Interesting reflections; I like the misleading water reflection...:-)
Well done

Hi Emma,
I think I saw this one while sitting in the back of your car on a small screen. Even than it looked awesome. But this version and actually the LP version does make it even better. It is so great to see the difference between the summer colors and winter colors. Somehow the winter landscape looks more beautiful. Love the reflection of the mountain and how it has been cut by the water and ice. The clarity is just awesome.

Hello Emma,

What a marvelous shot. A magnificent scene. Nice POV. I love the reflection of the mountain and how it has been cut by the water and ice. Beautiful natural colors. At that time it must be very cold outside?? Regards and TFS Bob

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-02 23:33]

Hi Emma,
What a beautiful place! POV, DOF, composition, colors, light, reflections of the mountains on the lake, and exposure control are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-01-18 4:45]


One of the things I enjoy most about TN is going randomly through some thread of favorites/locations/people/etc. and finding pictures like this. Most comments are offered soon after the picture is posted, but this image obviously deserves one many months later.

The most striking aspect of this is the reflection of the peaks, which you have captured beautifully. It appears that it is from ice rather than water, but at this resolution, it's hard to be sure. It would be odd for an unfrozen surface to give such a clear reflection, then have such a sharp break to the rougher portion of the lake. I would guess from this clarity and from the subtle topography of the nearer surface that you had ice already formed, then there was enough wind to push a thin layer of water from the open loch onto the old ice and freeze it smooth and free of bubbles. It is rare otherwise to get the optical quality of reflection that you have here.

A wonderful shot, no matter what the details of the ice. Hope that your previously mentioned health problems are behind you.


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