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Away from the Winter Blues

Away from the Winter Blues
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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: 2009-10-15
Categories: Mountain, River, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Digital ISO 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland - October 2009
Date Submitted: 2010-01-09 4:28
Viewed: 4707
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whilst I would love to be out in the mountains and snow - I am stuck in the south of England with only 30cm of snow, rather a lot of trees and no view, so I have delved into my archives and returned to my last holiday in Scotland. I am also only just recoving from flu which knocked me off my feet last month for over 3 weeks, so am having to stay warm, but there may be one or two photos of my tree in the snow if you can all cope with more of the same Oak tree! Let me know.

Back to October.
This was the second night after returning from my photography course and there was a bit of a sunset, but not much to right home about, so I decided to use some of the techniques from the course straight away and got out to take this photo when the opportunity arose.

I will explain that what you think you are looking at - a beautiful sunset, is actually the result of a long exposure at almost complete darkness. I was actually working by torchlight. The sun had actually set some 30 minutes previously and by using a 3 stop neutral denisty filter and F/16, I was able to get a long exposure. I was working completely on manual - something totally new to me, guessing at the time needed for the exposure - I did not have a light meter then. The actual exposure for this picture is 61 seconds. I was aiming for 60 sec (I have learnt to count elephants quite accurately now - if you same 1 elephant, 2 elephants... as quickly as you can, you are almost completely spot on the seconds mark - hope that makes sense!)

So a long exposure, the effect is that it saturates the colours and the camera also records colours that the human eye can not see. Shortly after this picture, it clouded over badly... but I do have one picture that was exposed for over 5 minutes...

It goes without saying that this was a tripod, mirror lockup, trigger release, Lee Filters and a lot of guess work.

I have lightened the picture a touch, it was a little too dark for my liking, cropped a little off the bottom - so even though the rock is a little too close to the bottom, it looks better than the reflection of the cloud being cropped off at full frame. I tried a vertical composition after this, but the clouds had come in too much and the colour was departing rapidly, so it is not as good as this one in my opinion.

Hope you like it.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-09 4:39]
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Hi Emma

This time exposure of the twilight period revealed wonderful colours. I just love the soft
pink hues of the sky. It once again reminds me of this wonderful time of day which we
do not explore sufficiently. We have 365 opportunities each year, but year after year it
goes past unutilised. The composition is neat with all the main feature appearing at the
correct axis lines.

Well done and TFS.

PS. I hope you got that flu beaten and you are ok now.

Hi Emma,

This is a wonderful landscape shot displaying excellent colours. I like the foreground interest in the silhouetted rock and beach and I like the silhouetted mountains on the horizon. I also think that the reflection of everything in the water looks really good.
Great capture and TFS


Hi Emma,
It is wonderful how the set sun is reflected on the clouds and that is again reflected on the water. It gives the entire image a wonderful warm glow and really helps me away from the winter weather we are having.

The long exposure is very beautiful. Especially the motion captured in the clouds is great. It sort of channels the eye.

Reading your note, a few things came to mind. First was reciprocity failure. Something that happens when exposing for such a long time. The result of reciprocity failure is under exposure and therefore you had the lighten the picture a little. Second, was look on top of your camera. I believe you can engage the little light on your top LCD and then you can see the seconds of exposure as it counts. Much easier then counting elephants in Scotland. :) Third, counting the exposure difference with the use of a ND filter. I guess adding 3 stops to your shutter speed is still OK today but I prefer to be exact. That is why I downloaded a little application on my mobile phone that does the calculation for me. It comes in really handy when using my 10 stop ND filter.

As for the lightening, it did produce some noise. But all in all, I really like what I am seeing and love the mood you’ve captured.


Oops, I need to correct something here. reciprocity failure is something I´ve just learned but is only falid for film and not digital. But the extra second needed when calculating does count....sorry

Hello Emma
great perspective for an excellent landscape. Very good details and excellent light with incredible colors and water reflections.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-09 7:44]

Hello Emma
Wonderful photo with amazing colors...very interesting
Thanks for sharing

hello Emma,
interesting photo output with this filter and these regulations, a remarkable and fine result through a good experimentation!
keep photographing! TFS

Hallo Emma
Thanks for sharing this very sophisticated view which is indeed very pleasing to the eye. The soft colours are in perfect harmony with one another and a pleasure to look at. It is an absolute serene representation that has a calming effect on the whole being. Your camerawork is excellent. Best regards.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-11 6:51]
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Snow, what snow? ;o)

We've had hardly any in Bournemouth, and little we did has now turned to slush and melting away.
Anyway, lovely effect of the long exposure - suprised to hear that manual is new for you though?! The little stone in the bottom left is well placed and really anchors the whole shot.
Great stuff.

Hello Emma,
Hope you'll be doing fine and fully recovered from flu which is one human ailment I dread most as I am a college teacher and it kills me when I suffer from it, for I cannot deliver lectures....smile.Thanks a lot for comments on my mating butterflies photo. I am new as compared to you, I had to visit your page and had to read whatever life story you had shared with friends here, to know who you were and I am really glad to meet you, feel honoured. The older shots were splendid as is this one with a lot of photography techniques thrown in it...a wonderful photo indeed, love landscapes and love Scottish countryside for I am a student of English Literature and have done my masters in it. I love to read William Henry Hudson and Gilbert White to get a glimpse of old England and Great Britain most of which has now vanished.Being in a hurry cannot quote others. You are one hell of a photographer and it was a sheer delight to roam around in your world as I did over the past half an hour....hope to stay in touch in future too and loved all those photos...great taste....take care....warmest regards/Abid

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