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Playing with Light II

Playing with Light 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: 2007-07-22
Categories: Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland July 2007
Theme(s): Rays of Light, My Sunsets and Sunrises [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-02 10:52
Viewed: 4696
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I could not but help myself in squealing to a halt, grabbing the camera and capturing the wonderful light that is shown in this picture whilst on holiday in the Orkney Isles.

We had been driving back from seeing some of the ancient sites on South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands, when after passing over Churchill Barrier No4 and onto Burray we came over the brow of a hill and this view came into sight. I was able to brake to a halt to find somewhere to stop (much to the surprise of the person I had just overtaken) and capture a few shots before the moment had passed.

As you will see from the picture, there are a number of buildings and wind turbines in the shot, for which there is very little avoiding in the Orkneys.

The picture was taken on Burray, looking north east (I think) and the water is Holm Sound. The land to the right is Glimpsholm Skerry, the island to the right is Glimps Holm or Lambs Holm. The land in the back is the Orkney Island called Mainland.

Just off to the left are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Churchill Barriers. They were constructed at the beginning of WWII after a German U-Boat entered Scapa Flow and torpedoed HMS Royal Oak killing 833 members of the Royal Oak's crew. Work on defences began at once, but ironically was not completed until the end of WWII. Instead the barriers (concrete blocks for the most part) provided a series of causeways linking 5 islands together. Now, Nature has made use of the barriers as natural shelters, and the site is a favourite of divers (human and of seabirds).

The picture was deliberately underexposed by -1.66EV to prevent OE in the clouds because I was shooting directly into the sun lit clouds. It was around 8:20pm so the sun was still quite high in the sky (relatively) and was causing a few issues. I am absolutley certain I went back to the car to get my 0.9 Soft Edge Neutral Density filter, so the upper clouds are darker than they would have been. I have also left the golden colour in that the camera has recorded... It was more silvery in my memory! Otherwise, this is full frame, uneditted and as it was. I used a concrete fence post as my tripod.

Please Enjoy!

SunToucher, fartash, gracious, nglen, Jamesp, Evelynn, eqshannon, hester, PaulH, Alex99, LordPotty, marioana, Heaven has marked this note useful
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Wow - that's so impressive, Emma,
I like the light and the shadows,
the motive so meditative, a fantastic moment, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Emma,
I don't mind the human made structures in this photo at all. They are so small that they really don't create a different view. I love the golden tone in this photo a lot. It is always a bit of a surprise to me how the camera reacts to shooting into the sun. The texture in the clouds is absolutely wonderful and all the different layers also add a great sence of depth. The jagged coastline and the hills all add to a wonderful natural scenery.

P.S. I hope you are feeling OK

Hello Emma
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Great composition ,sharpness and POV,
Fantastic colors, Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-02 11:07]

Hi Emma. A beautiful landscape with great colours.so much detail in the clouds. very good use of the light on the lake. this is a picture I would hang on my office wall. so thanks for posting. well done TFs. good notes too

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-02 11:34]

Wonderful scene! Interesting light!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-02 13:45]

Hello Emma, a wonderful landscape that you have done here. Great menacing skies, very good light and a strong composition. Thanks,


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-02 15:24]

Hi Emma

Hope you are feeling somwhat better.

A lovely, evocative shot. I have visited Orkney once and this area at about the same time of day - the light was similar. Anyway great composition.


This is wonderful Emma. Color??????? Wow, that is interesting. I think the central building (?) makes a great focal point set off by that great section of bright water. There is a wonderful feel to this image.

Evelynn : )

hello Emma,
It is beautiful, the way light is reflected off the water!
The shimmering sea under the dramatic sky is a wonderful view!
Pablo -

Hello Emma,
It's trully a awesome and dream for any landscape photographer for this sort of magic scene to be captured and you did it so well with the perfect mood!
good pov with best exposure and focus, awesome colouration and details
thanks for sharing

Hi Emma
Playing with light - very goo title and very good photo. beautiful scene, very good exposure, interesting game of shadows and light. Good, simple composition
Best wishes

It seems your play has turned into a nicely contrasted and mood picture. This picture gives me a mindfulness of things I miss.. Your feeling come through so well in your pictures.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-03 12:53]

wow Emma

the play of light in this shot is amazing. Wonderful tones and composition as well. Stunning work



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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-03 13:16]

Hi Emma,
A great range of tones and light levels have given this a very moody feel. Well seen composition and super sharp clarity too, great shot.

hello emma,
very nice shot, the shadows and the light create magic here, well composed shot,
excellent work,
tfs & regards

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-04 13:03]

The textures and mood here are truly outstanding -- great image, superb presentation -- wonderful light and shadow play

Hi Emma,
You've captured a definite mood in this scene which I'm sure reflects the tranquil character of the place.
I bet it can get windy there though.
The notes about the WW11 structures are interesting too.
Beautiful image.
Its hard to believe you've been on TN for over two years now. I don't know how I've moissed so many of your wonderful images.
Keep up the good work.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-05 1:00]

Hi Emma.
Your play with lights has ended with superb picture. I also like your very interesting and useful note. Your technique is really great. Despite the dark key of the execution details of the image are excellent. Light tones are rich and wonderful as well as the whole scenery. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Emma.
Good thing you did stop. You caught the light just perfectly. Such a wonderful and dramatic sky. Great light and pastel colours. Like a painting. Very beautiful. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.

Hi Emma!

To be at the right moment at the reight place: this is one of the messages I get through your wonderful mood-picture and the well accompanying notes. Half of a good picture is made when this becomes true. The other half is - from my point of view - not the technical aspect as many would suggest - but the emotions a picture can awake. Yours does this! The technical aspect is like orthography: it's not important, but one has to know it!

Kind regards


Hi Emma, I love dark brooding skies like this. There is so much depth in this sky with the bonus of the solar illumination coming through. I also like the tone, a great mood capture. Well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-31 6:56]

Bonjour Emma,

Félicitations pour cette belle prise. L'ambiance est très particulière avec ce ciel aurageux. Bravo pour la qualité d'image.
Merci et bonne année.


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