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Ian
11th June 2011, 11:03 PM
There is now a new forum meet category in the gallery for Skye at:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1215

Please post your Skye pix from this week there please :)

We were blessed with generally very good weather today. The bright sunshine interspersed with fluffy clouds did mean the light was a mixture of bright highlights and dark shadows, so it was a challenge photographically!

Here is a random selection of mine from today:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111330.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35143)
Group photo outside the Talisker distillery.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111361.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35144)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111425.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35146)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111467.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35147)
A wild orchid.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111546.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35149)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111612.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35151)
Iain's perch!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111614.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35152)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111470.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35148)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111633.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35153)
Sunset at the end of Seonnaidh's drive way!

The weather looks set fine for tomorrow morning when we'll be setting sail in search of Sea Eagles :D

Ian

Zuiko
11th June 2011, 11:41 PM
Mmmm, I can almost taste the Talisker! That's a good day's shooting, Ian, with plenty of variety. You best get to bed now, if you're going to catch that sunrise! :D

Janet
11th June 2011, 11:57 PM
The gallery photos are great, but I hope everyone will update this thread with their photos and comments...it's much easier to view.

Sounds like you're all having a great time. I look forward to seeing more shots tomorrow.

Night night!

Janet

Zuiko
12th June 2011, 07:40 AM
Well, it's 8.30am and I would have thought the guys would be back from their sunrise shoot by now, perhaps posting some of their pictures over a hearty breakfast! :D

Ian
12th June 2011, 04:46 PM
Well, it's 8.30am and I would have thought the guys would be back from their sunrise shoot by now, perhaps posting some of their pictures over a hearty breakfast! :D

We didn't do a sunrise shoot, instead we had breakfast at 8:30 down near where we went by boat to see white-tailed sea eagles. I think I have some decent shots too :)

After that we spent the rest of the day touring from one amazing vista point to another - not even had lunch!

Just returned to Seonnaidh's house and am downloading the 600+ RAWs I have shot today :eek:

I'll be adding some more shots to the gallery and here within an hour!

Ian

Seonnaidh
12th June 2011, 05:48 PM
Just a couple from the week end.

Zuiko
12th June 2011, 05:52 PM
We didn't do a sunrise shoot, instead we had breakfast at 8:30 down near where we went by boat to see white-tailed sea eagles. I think I have some decent shots too :)

After that we spent the rest of the day touring from one amazing vista point to another - not even had lunch!

Just returned to Seonnaidh's house and am downloading the 600+ RAWs I have shot today :eek:

I'll be adding some more shots to the gallery and here within an hour!

Ian

Why no sunrise? You don't have to be on location much before 3.30am at this time of year! :D

Seriously, hope you had a good day photographing the sea eagles and scenery, and hope the weather was better than we've had down south! Really looking forward to seeing more pictures. :)

Zuiko
12th June 2011, 05:54 PM
Just a couple from the week end.

Very nice! :)

Ian
12th June 2011, 06:09 PM
Just a few minutes by boat from the sleepy harbour at Portree and you get to see these:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121712.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35173)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121714-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35168)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121711.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35167)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121711-3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35166)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121737.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35169)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121704.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35165)

These were taken with the E-5 and 35-100 and are considerably cropped because I should have used a longer lens - a 50-200 would have been much better for the job.

We had two chances to see the eagles catch the fish offered to them and on the second sortie I messed up the settings and over exposed by around 1.5 stops - can tell which shot of those above it is? :)

Ian

theMusicMan
12th June 2011, 06:31 PM
Holy moly Ian, they are some incredible shots. Absolutely fantastic... sooo envious of you.

DekHog
12th June 2011, 06:46 PM
Wow, I'm not into bird shots at all, but what a magnificent bird that is! What kind of wingspan do those things have?

Was it shot No 2 that you had to pull back the exposure on?

Zuiko
12th June 2011, 06:55 PM
Wow, it was worth the long trip to Skye for the eagle trip alone! :)

Seonnaidh
12th June 2011, 06:56 PM
Ian has just read your comment and is very pleased with your comment.
The rest of us are of course well envious.
I can tell you specifically that the wing span of that particular bird (a female) is
9ft 2".
It wasn't the 2nd shot that was over exposed!

Jezzer
12th June 2011, 07:03 PM
These are beautiful shots of one of these magnificent birds - excellent :)

Totally jealous!

Zuiko
12th June 2011, 07:50 PM
Reagarding which one is from the set of overexposed shots, I'd say No5. :)

ChrisW
12th June 2011, 08:03 PM
Just arrived back home, here are a couple of my Sea Eagle photos

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110612_028_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35179)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110612_029_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35181)

Many thanks to Seonnaidh for so successfully organising the weather and sea eagles, and even bigger thanks to Linda for her delicious apple crumble *yes

Ian
12th June 2011, 08:34 PM
Superb, Chris! :)

I really like the vertical framing as well.

Ian

Zuiko
12th June 2011, 08:34 PM
Just arrived back home, here are a couple of my Sea Eagle photos

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110612_028_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35179)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110612_029_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35181)

Many thanks to Seonnaidh for so successfully organising the weather and sea eagles, and even bigger thanks to Linda for her delicious apple crumble *yes

You had apple crumble? Now I am jealous! :mad:

Two excellent pics, by the way, Chris. :)

Seonnaidh
12th June 2011, 08:34 PM
Excellent shots Chris, I hate you now;)
You and Iain have certainly got me beaten hands down on the Sea Eagles.

I am just so pleased you enjoyed yourself.
Looking forward very much to meeting you again.
Don't be a stranger.

Ian
12th June 2011, 08:41 PM
John, well done - you are right, it was number 5 - here is what Lightroom started off with:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121737-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35183)

Bright, eh? :D

Ian

ChrisW
12th June 2011, 08:55 PM
You had apple crumble? Now I am jealous! :mad:

Two excellent pics, by the way, Chris. :)

Thats right, not just one of your everyday, if Carlsberg made crumbles they would be like this, but a Linda crumble :C)

The credit for the photos goes to Seonnaidh, without his patient tutelage *livid, and the threat of crumble confiscation *ipop I would not be half, or even 7/16s, the photographer I am now *crazy

Zuiko
12th June 2011, 09:16 PM
John, well done - you are right, it was number 5 - here is what Lightroom started off with:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121737-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35183)

Bright, eh? :D

Ian

It's amazing how much detail you was able to recover! Just shows the advantage of digital, a slide like that in the old days would have been unusable. :)

francois
12th June 2011, 09:35 PM
Fabulous Eagle shots!

Janet
12th June 2011, 09:41 PM
Some fabulous photo's there...keep 'em coming!

Sounds like you all had a brilliant time.

Janet

stoates
12th June 2011, 10:16 PM
What a fantastic event the 'Highland Meet' turned out to be! Only managed the Saturday with the group but had a great day. Many thanks to Seonnaidh for his organisation and hospitality, Ian for the excellent range of lenses he brought up for us to try and his technical advice, Duncan for his 'local knowledge' and to each and every one of the guys who attended whose company made it a very special event.

Ian and Chris - great images of the Sea Eagles, really jealous now we couldn't get along with you.

For those who didn't make it, a selection of images from the locations visited on Saturday. Sorry there are so many - it was what I would call a target rich environment!

1. Starting at the Fairy Pools. We didn't see any fairies but did get to see something unexpected! I'm sure the 'event' was captured by some of the other guys so all may be revealed in due course! ;)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Fairy_Pools1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35185)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Fairy_Pools2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35186)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Fairy_Pool3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35184)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Fairy_Pools4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35187)

We then moved to the beach at Glenbrittle for a change of scenery and a well earned warm drink.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/GlenBrittle1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35188)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/GlenBrittle2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35189)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/GlenBrittle3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35190)

Next on to Sligachan. I borrowed the 7-14mm off Ian here - what a fantastic lens but very difficult to keep unwanted people out of the images. Not helped by the arrival of a wedding party (ask Ian about standing his tripod in the stream for 20 mins and still not getting the shot!), 2 tour buses and 8 other Oly usesrs all vying for the best position.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Sligachan1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35191)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Sligachan2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35192)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Sligachan3_1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35199)

Our final daylight destination was 'the Braes', a verdant, windswept peninsular with views of the Old Man of Storr and the odd dolphin or two (though unfortunately at very long range).

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/The_Braes1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35196)

After a very pleasant meal in Seamus's Bar at Sligachan and a very hospitable dram or 'cuppa' at Seonnaidh's we just managed to catch the sun setting over Loch Harport.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Loch_Harport_Sunset1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35194)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Loch_Harport_Sunset2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35195)

Rena and I made our own way back today via the old ferry rather than the bridge so there will be more images posted in my gallery in due course.

Zuiko
12th June 2011, 10:29 PM
Great shots, Steve, you obviously had a fantastic day. Thanks for posting these, it kind of makes up for not being able to go myself! :)

Ian
12th June 2011, 10:30 PM
Lovely shots Steve - great work. I'm also so envious that you can remember all the place names! I have requested a favour off Photographic Memory Duncan (Wanderer) to label all my shots for me :D

Ian

IainMacD
12th June 2011, 10:37 PM
Like Steve I was only on Skye for the Saturday and left everyone at Seamus's bar with a view to getting home at a reasonable time for an early start on Sunday. I only managed about 20 miles before being held up for 4.5 hrs in a traffic jam caused by the death of a poor young motorcyclist in a road traffic accident.
On a lighter note here are a few pictures from the day starting with one from my journey over to Skye (I bet you've never seen a picture of this place before!)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111485.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35200)

The only problem with the venue was it was crawling with photographers!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111498.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35203)

A couple of the river (Alt a' Choire Ghreadaidh - ask Duncan how it is pronounced) below the pools

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111576.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35209)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111589.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35212)

One of the pools

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111535.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35206)

I will look for a few more to upload

stoates
12th June 2011, 10:47 PM
I'm also so envious that you can remember all the place names! I have requested a favour off Photographic Memory Duncan (Wanderer) to label all my shots for me :D

Ian

Just hope I DID remember them correctly - I'm sure Duncan will put me right if not. :)

Thanks John, I'm hoping there will be a Highland Meet part 2 sometime when it would be fantastic to have you along.

IainMacD
12th June 2011, 10:56 PM
A few more:
One more from the river

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111555.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35231)

Then we moved down to the shore by the Glen Brittle

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111605.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35234)

and onto the Sligachan (or Slig if you are 'in the know' ;))

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111631.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35237)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111641.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35240)

And the final one for this evening from our time at the Braes near Portree (spot the photographers - they were everywhere!)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20110611-Skye-Q6111695.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35243)

Nick Temple-Fry
12th June 2011, 11:00 PM
Very nice shots.

Do I take it the flatfish are thrown from the boat for the benifit of photographers?

Nick

IainMacD
12th June 2011, 11:06 PM
A big thank you must be extended to John (Seonnaidh) for his organisation and local knowledge (not to mention provider of great weather and surprise topless models:eek:), Ian for bringing along lenses that will no doubt have a serious negative effect on my bank balance at some point in the future (that 7-14 really can see around corners*yes) and everyone else who made it a great day.
The Sea Eagle shots are stunning and I am very sorry to have missed that trip, but it was really good to meet you all and I cannot wait fo part 2*chr

Zuiko
13th June 2011, 07:18 AM
That's a great set you have there, Iain, both part one and part two. All are lovely pictures, but the penultimate one, of the reflections in the pool, is exceptional. :)

Zuiko
13th June 2011, 07:53 AM
A big thank you must be extended to John (Seonnaidh) for his organisation and local knowledge (not to mention provider of great weather and surprise topless models:eek:), Ian for bringing along lenses that will no doubt have a serious negative effect on my bank balance at some point in the future (that 7-14 really can see around corners*yes) and everyone else who made it a great day.
The Sea Eagle shots are stunning and I am very sorry to have missed that trip, but it was really good to meet you all and I cannot wait fo part 2*chr

I thought someone else alluded to topless models earlier, though we've yet to see any proof! "Skinny dipping" was a popular activity for Debbbie and myself when we wandered the Highlands many years ago and, rather than hijack this thread, I've posted a couple (don't worry, not of me) in a seperate thread: http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?p=120366#post120366

theMusicMan
13th June 2011, 08:58 AM
WOW, some wonderful shots here of what I am sure was an exceptional weekend. I am so disappointed I was not able to make it up to see you all - but we had 24hrs of madness here in Heathers 14th birthday 'camp-over' with 9 14/15yr olds...!!

Anyways, it really does look as though you all had a fantastic time; there are Sea Eagle shots I would die for just the sight of let alone get shots of... the pools, the sunsets, the views... just stunning.

Great work everyone, reading this (and the other Skye thread) leaves me with that warm fuzzy feeling one gets from knowing and socialising with (albeit some of you only online) a great group of like minded photographers.

Kudos ...

wanderer
13th June 2011, 01:50 PM
Back to a dreich East Coast.
A great fun weekend was had, certainly by me, and I think by others.
Many thanks to John and his good wife, Linda for their hospitality and to ian for bringing some toys.
It was, and is, very interesting seeing what other people see on an occasion such as this.

Still to process my photos and I'm not going to show pictures of Sea Eagles as most of mine didn't turn out and I know Ian got a near perfect set. I'm going to have to practice more.

As for naming places I'll do it under comments on each photo as otherwise the thread would be enormous.

The 'topless model' alluded to was a lady who turned up as we were getting all artistic. It doesn't count as skinnydipping if you wear a wetsuit. The 'nudity' was her getting into and out of the wetsuit and we were all such gentlemen that not one of us took a picture (as far as I am aware) and anyway nobody had a model release form.:D

I'll post some picies later this evening. In the meantime here is a Friday evening grab on the way to the pub which turned out to be Talisker Bay.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105210B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35285)


Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Bhasteir, the Bhasteir Tooth and Sgurr a Bhasteir from Sligachan Bridge.

Peak of the Young Men, the Executioner, the Executioner's tooth (used to be called axe) and the Peak of the Executioner. the left skyline of Sgurr nan Gillean is the 'Tourist' route and has been for about 140 years.

jamie allan
13th June 2011, 02:03 PM
I took 529 images in less than 2 full days. It'll take me some time to go through all of them and throw out probably 500 plus. One thing I found - I'm not good at capturing fast moving feathered things.
Someone said Sea Eagle - I said Duck!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6129748s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35262)

Portree Harbour
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6129827s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35264)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6129826s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35263)

Sligachan - using the 7-14mm that Ian brought - I'm sure it was viewing behind me.
At 14mm
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6119649s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35261)
At 7mm
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6119646s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35274)

Clear as a mountain stream
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6119637s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35273)

Local Flora - anyone know what it is?
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6119610s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35260)

Eilean Donan Castle from a different angle - on my way home when the weather turned.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6129985s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35258)

Loch Alsh looking towards Skye
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6129999s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35259)

Don't Look Down - at Kilt Rock Staffin
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6129848s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35255)

Loch Harport Commute
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6119533s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35272)

Finally sunset from my B&B bedroom window
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6119722s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35275)

I'd really like to thank Jon for all his hard work in organising this meet - we covered more in two days than we could in two weeks on our own. I'd also like to thank Ian for the lens try outs

Ian
13th June 2011, 02:13 PM
Great pictures everyone! Got back a couple of hours ago - drove through 120 miles of rain from Seonnaidh's place to Inverness airport - and I was delighted that it was raining this morning and not (at least not at the important times) over the previous three days :)

Ian

jamie allan
13th June 2011, 03:00 PM
Very nice shots.

Do I take it the flatfish are thrown from the boat for the benifit of photographers?

Nick
Nick,
According to what Jon said they not only throw the dead fish to entice the eagles they inflate them before they throw them so they don't sink.

Zuiko
13th June 2011, 03:55 PM
Back to a dreich East Coast.
A great fun weekend was had, certainly by me, and I think by others.
Many thanks to John and his good wife, Linda for their hospitality and to ian for bringing some toys.
It was, and is, very interesting seeing what other people see on an occasion such as this.

Still to process my photos and I'm not going to show pictures of Sea Eagles as most of mine didn't turn out and I know Ian got a near perfect set. I'm going to have to practice more.

As for naming places I'll do it under comments on each photo as otherwise the thread would be enormous.

The 'topless model' alluded to was a lady who turned up as we were getting all artistic. It doesn't count as skinnydipping if you wear a wetsuit. The 'nudity' was her getting into and out of the wetsuit and we were all such gentlemen that not one of us took a picture (as far as I am aware) and anyway nobody had a model release form.:D

I'll post some picies later this evening. In the meantime here is a Friday evening grab on the way to the pub which turned out to be Talisker Bay.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105210B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35285)


Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Bhasteir, the Bhasteir Tooth and Sgurr a Bhasteir from Sligachan Bridge.

Peak of the Young Men, the Executioner, the Executioner's tooth (used to be called axe) and the Peak of the Executioner. the left skyline of Sgurr nan Gillean is the 'Tourist' route and has been for about 140 years.

Duncan, that's a lovely version of the classic view from Sligachan. You mention the only two summits in the Black Coulin I haven't climbed! Many years ago (too many! :eek:) I spent a week under the guidence of Gerry Ackroyd on a scrambling course. We spent 2 hours sitting in the wind and rain, hoping it would improve enough for us to climb the B*****d Tooth (as it affectionally became known to us) before giving up. We just ran out of time at the end of the week for Sgurr nan Gillean with Gerry pointing out it was the easist one for us to return to do by ourselves - I never did, though. :(

Zuiko
13th June 2011, 04:05 PM
Another great set from Jamie, with a superb angle and menacing mood for Eilean Donnan Castle. I also particularly like the clear moutain stream and the sunset. That local flora is Cotton Grass.

Keep 'em coming, guys. :)

rsh1960
13th June 2011, 04:16 PM
Great Sets of pictures, especially the sea eagles. looks like a fine time was had by one and all.

sapper
13th June 2011, 08:48 PM
Well you certainly had a good time by the look of these pics. I will be going to Mull then Skye in 11 days and looking at these shots have inspired me somewhat. Lucky guys to be able to meet up like this.

jamie allan
13th June 2011, 08:54 PM
Well you certainly had a good time by the look of these pics. I will be going to Mull then Skye in 11 days and looking at these shots have inspired me somewhat. Lucky guys to be able to meet up like this.
Dave,
If you need a B&B I'd recommend Langol in Carbost - views and breakfasts to die for. As well as this the hosts could not be more accommodating.

ChrisW
13th June 2011, 09:01 PM
The next two were taken just after dawn on Saturday morning from the Quiraing

Wee boat, big world
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110611_382_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35327)

Sunrise over Torridon
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110611_390_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35329)

Saturday evenings sunset over Carbost, taken with an E1
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110611_010_01.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35325)

Sunday afternoon view of Eilean Donan Castle
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110612_253_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35331)

sapper
13th June 2011, 09:24 PM
Dave,
If you need a B&B I'd recommend Langol in Carbost - views and breakfasts to die for. As well as this the hosts could not be more accommodating.

Thanks for the head up Jamie. We are travelling with two other couples and are booked into The Lodge Hotel, Edinbane.
I will remember this though if the two of us come back again.

Zuiko
13th June 2011, 09:59 PM
The next two were taken just after dawn on Saturday morning from the Quiraing

Wee boat, big world
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110611_382_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35327)

Sunrise over Torridon
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110611_390_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35329)

Saturday evenings sunset over Carbost, taken with an E1
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110611_010_01.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35325)

Sunday afternoon view of Eilean Donan Castle
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/20110612_253_oly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35331)

Great shots Chris, glad to see that someone was out and about at dawn - and glad you was rewarded with some fantasic light. :)

wanderer
13th June 2011, 10:17 PM
Day 1
Had a liesurely drive up to Skye.

Checked the 'map' on the way; Loch Garry.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Loch_Garry.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35368)

The weather was picking up; Spidean Mialach and Gleouraich above Loch Loyne.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105177B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35364)

Got to my accommodation too early so wandered round to Loch Cill Chroisd just out of Broadford on the Elgol road.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105185B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35365)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105194B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35366)

Later went off to go to pub with John and Ian.
Got this along the way. Ben tianavaig and the Storr from Sconser

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Ben_Tianavaig.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35367)

Elsewhere is the Black Cuillin for Sligachan. The pub turned out to be Talisker Bay for an evening photoshoot.

Man with sheep

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105216B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35373)

Moonrise

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105221B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35374)

Sand Pattern

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105229B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35376)

Incoming Tide

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6105227B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35375)

I think this thread could damage the server.:)

Zuiko
13th June 2011, 10:25 PM
More great shots from Duncan. I particularly like the sand pattern and the incoming tide.

I think this is one of the most successful meets the forum has ever had! :)

wanderer
13th June 2011, 10:34 PM
Many thanks.
A wee bit more technical;
No1 is a 5 shot pano.
No2 about 70mm on the 50-200
No3 60 on the 12-60
No 4 35macro
No 5 9 shot pano I notice the water isn't perfect so may revisit.
No 6 No explanation:D
No7 200 on the 50-200
No 8 about 18 on the 12-60
No 9 12 on the 12-60. Can you see the flaw?
All shot raw.

gregles
13th June 2011, 10:39 PM
Can you all please stop posting these shots:(

They are just fantastic*chr and make me feel so green with envy:D

Great stuff everyone:D

Greg (sulking):)

Zuiko
13th June 2011, 11:14 PM
No 9 12 on the 12-60. Can you see the flaw?



What is that in the bottom right corner? OOF strap? Whatever it is, it can easily be fixed! It's still a superb picture. :)

Sandyw
13th June 2011, 11:55 PM
Skye is such a great place these pictures just remind me how much I need to visit again. (Last time I went there was no bridge!).

Some really superb shots here.....

Ian
14th June 2011, 07:13 AM
You may be wondering why I was carrying a tripod (borrowed from Jon) and don't appear to have a camera. Actually, I too thought we were going to the pub and brought the Pen E-PL2 with me instead of the bigger stuff, and it's actually attached to the tripod (the red bit on the end :)).

I will post some more shots later today - didn't have much sleep over the weekend as I brought some essential work with me and had a very early start on Monday, so I flaked out last night. I took 631 frames with the E-5 on Sunday alone!

Ian

Zuiko
14th June 2011, 07:41 AM
You may be wondering why I was carrying a tripod (borrowed from Jon) and don't appear to have a camera. Actually, I too thought we were going to the pub and brought the Pen E-PL2 with me instead of the bigger stuff, and it's actually attached to the tripod (the red bit on the end :)).

I will post some more shots later today - didn't have much sleep over the weekend as I brought some essential work with me and had a very early start on Monday, so I flaked out last night. I took 631 frames with the E-5 on Sunday alone!

Ian

When mounted on a tripod the Pen is probably as effective for landscapes as the E-5. It would have been worse had you taken the E-5 but no tripod! :D

631 frames? That would have been 17 rolls of 35mm film! :eek:

I'm not surprised you flaked out, sometimes on a trip like that it's only adrenalin which keeps you going!

wanderer
14th June 2011, 08:26 AM
What is that in the bottom right corner? OOF strap? Whatever it is, it can easily be fixed! It's still a superb picture.

Thanks and well spotted. I think its a strap but it might be the edge of a ND grad. Clumsy whatever it is.

Kiwi Paul
14th June 2011, 12:35 PM
That's what I was thinking too, didn't mind the rain on Monday at all after 3 days of sunshine :-)

I'm still sorting through my pics, I'll upload some soon, just got to find the time, I've got a busy week ahead.

It was a great trip and was good to meet all the folk.

Paul

Ian
14th June 2011, 12:36 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121735.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35385)

Yes - another eagle shot :) This was also from the over-exposed sequence.

Ian

sapper
14th June 2011, 12:41 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121735.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35385)

Yes - another eagle shot :) This was also from the over-exposed sequence.

Ian

Would you recommend the 300mm 2.8 for this sort of shot Ian?

Ian
14th June 2011, 01:00 PM
Would you recommend the 300mm 2.8 for this sort of shot Ian?

No. because the eagles came too close and you need a lens you can pan in two dimensions with in comfort. I had a 300 with me but it's just too heavy and the framing would have been far too tight for comfort. I used a 35-100 (@ 100) for this but ideally I should have used a 50-200. That would have been perfect.

Here is the horribly over-exposed frame before processing in Lightroom:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P61217351.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35386)

I guess 150mm would have been ideal for this shot.

Ian

sapper
14th June 2011, 01:26 PM
No. because the eagles came too close and you need a lens you can pan in two dimensions with in comfort. I had a 300 with me but it's just too heavy and the framing would have been far too tight for comfort. I used a 35-100 (@ 100) for this but ideally I should have used a 50-200. That would have been perfect.

Here is the horribly over-exposed frame before processing in Lightroom:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P61217351.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35386)

I guess 150mm would have been ideal for this shot.

Ian


Thanks Ian, that will save me some weight:)

wanderer
14th June 2011, 10:19 PM
Day 2, mair stuff.

Meet up after breakfast and off to the Fairy Pools on the Allt coir' a Mhadaidh just off Glen Brittle.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115240B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35404)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115247B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35405)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115254B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35406)

Someone enjoying himself.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115261B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35407)

From here to the beach

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115270B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35410)

Then to Sligachan

Olympus photographers grumbling about the wedding party hogging the bridge.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115271B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35411)

Marsco and Bog Cotton

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115274B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35412)

After a visit to the Braes

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115286B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35413)

Then back to Broadford where there had unfortunately been a RTA and the casualty was evacuated to Raigmore in Inverness. Sadly he died.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115293B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35417)

Zuiko
14th June 2011, 10:59 PM
More great stuff from Duncan. The first one, of the Fairy Pools, is sublime and looks almost surreal. Another one I would love to have taken is the beach shot, so simple but full of patterns, textures and dynamic lines. The others are all very good but for me these two really stand out. :)

Ian
15th June 2011, 07:08 AM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6115261B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35407)

Wasn't this when the swimming 'incident' happened? :D

Ian

Roy Clarke
15th June 2011, 08:37 AM
Just in case anyone can't sleep worrying about the events at the Fairy Pools!

The Topless Swimmers
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35423)

The lady in question
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35424)

Enjoying the water
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-10.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35418)

Umm! - Suggestions please
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35419)

A camera, where?
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-9.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35422)

Defiantly should have brought the shoes
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-8.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35421)



And now a caption competition
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35425)


All in all a wonderful weekend, good food, good weather and great company, not to mention the odd photographic opportunity. Thanks to all who took a part in the organisation.

Regards
Roy

catkins
15th June 2011, 08:46 AM
Just in case anyone can't sleep worrying about the events at the Fairy Pools!

And now a caption competition
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35425)

Regards
Roy

"I know the water's cold but are you sure that's Ian preparing for Julia's male nude shot under the water?"

Chevvyf1
15th June 2011, 09:59 AM
WOW! Thank You all for sharing you magnificant weekend in Skye !*chr*chr *chr lucky ALL of you ! What magnificant places you visited and your Tour Operator was ?

I have feasted on your photos posted here to date and enjoyed every one of them! There are so many FAVs for me, but the Sea Eagles get 1st place for me.

Looking forward to seeing Julia's portraits of Ian :eek:

Zuiko
15th June 2011, 03:23 PM
And now a caption competition
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Topless_Swimmers-3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35425)

Roy

"His E-5 is in there somewhere. Seems it is more waterproof than he is!"

fionaj
15th June 2011, 06:23 PM
beautiful!

wanderer
16th June 2011, 10:13 PM
Sunday and the pace is beginning to tell.
A grab as I left the hostel, Flag Iris.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6125303B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35528)

No pictures of Sea eagles as mine were rubbish and others took far better. But from a distance Black Throated Diver (heavy crop)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6125345B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35529)

A prickly character by the roadside.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6125359B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35530)

A gate for Snaarman

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6125379B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35532)

leads to the Kilt Rock viewpoint.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6125363B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35531)

Something in the water. Initial thoughts were Minke Whales but the shape of this suggests a dolphin. (Heavy crop)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/6125394B.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35533)

And that's way more than enough of my pictures. But it was FUN.*yes

Zuiko
16th June 2011, 10:26 PM
Duncan, we can never get more than enough of your pictures. If you have more, post them! :D

That goes for everyone else who attended the meet too, the pictures have been a welcome consolation for those of us who would have liked to go but couldn't! *chr

Chevvyf1
17th June 2011, 07:47 AM
Duncan, I love the waterfall at Kilt Rock - I had never seen one of these into the sea until Tintagel in Cornwall @ King Arthurs Castle !
ps I have not tired of your photos - I tend to love them all, and one best :) and its great to view some great shots with my morning coffee or afternoon tea !

Ian
17th June 2011, 08:17 AM
A few more from the weekend...

I have re-done this:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111539.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35508)

Some areas were a bit too dark and I have improved the contrast a bit with the advantage of the big screen at the office rather than my laptop.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121706.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35510)

Got to have another eagle shot - another big crop but holding up well. All these shots printed well at A4, incidentally.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P61220141.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35511)

My view of the 'kilt' and the waterfall - managed to lift the shadows nicely and the polariser brought out the underwater detail well in the foreground.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P61113421.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35504)

This one, I must say, looks great on a print.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P61011471.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35503)

Not on Skye but on my way from Inverness, at Rogie Falls. I deliberately desaturated the image to convey the bleakness of the foreground desolation.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6122216-Edit1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35512)

I think this was one of the last places we stopped - Duncan - I need your help again! :)

And speaking of Duncan...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121782.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35540)

The man himself! The wanderer :)

Ian

Chevvyf1
17th June 2011, 08:32 AM
Ian what great shots even better ! and that shot of Duncan - award winning! His eyes alight with his love and passion for life and the countryside! this is one B&W which I do not :eek: believe would be improved with colour! *chr

Ian
17th June 2011, 08:34 AM
Ian what great shots even better ! and that shot of Duncan - award winning! His eyes alight with his love and passion for life and the countryside! this is one B&W which I do not :eek: believe would be improved with colour! *chr

The one of Duncan was a struggle as there was so much contrast. I have compromised in order to show some of the shadow detail on the brim of his hat. It looks much better in mono than colour. This was taken with the 300 f/2.8, hand held, and un-cropped :)

Ian

Zuiko
17th June 2011, 08:36 AM
I think this was one of the last places we stopped - Duncan - I need your help again! :)

That's the Quiraing, up in the north of Skye, you guys certainly put yourselves about in just a couple of days!

And speaking of Duncan...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121782.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35540)

The man himself! The wanderer :)

Ian

Now there's a face that has climbed a few hills! :D

wanderer
17th June 2011, 08:55 AM
Now there's a face that has climbed a few hills!

And sunk a few pints and eaten a few pies.:D
I hae ma doots aboot it.:eek:


The hairpin road is the Quirang on the Trotternish Peninsula near Staffin.
The hill with the river is Glamaig with the River Sligachan.

ChrisW
17th June 2011, 08:56 AM
Ian, I think your second last photo was taken from the side of south side of the Quiraing looking south along the Trotternish ridges I slept up there in the top car park on Friday night *zzz

Excellent picture of Duncan

sapper
17th June 2011, 09:48 AM
A few more from the weekend...

I have re-done this:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111539.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35508)

Some areas were a bit too dark and I have improved the contrast a bit with the advantage of the big screen at the office rather than my laptop.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121706.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35510)

Got to have another eagle shot - another big crop but holding up well. All these shots printed well at A4, incidentally.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P61220141.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35511)

My view of the 'kilt' and the waterfall - managed to lift the shadows nicely and the polariser brought out the underwater detail well in the foreground.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P61113421.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35504)

This one, I must say, looks great on a print.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P61011471.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35503)

Not on Skye but on my way from Inverness, at Rogie Falls. I deliberately desaturated the image to convey the bleakness of the foreground desolation.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6122216-Edit1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35512)

I think this was one of the last places we stopped - Duncan - I need your help again! :)

And speaking of Duncan...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6121782.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35540)

The man himself! The wanderer :)

Ian

Sea eagle is great but No 6 is a belter.

Ian
17th June 2011, 01:05 PM
Now for some from Talisker Bay. As I mentioned before I thought we were going to the pub so just brought the Pen E-PL2 and a 14-150 m.Zuiko. Luckily, Jon had a spare tripod so I was able to do some long exposures as the light faded:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Talisker2_HDR2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35550)

This one is a 5-shot HDR processed in Photoshop. As is the next one:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/talisker_HDR2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35549)

These HDRs may not have that dramatic tone look but they make for a natural looking shot that would have been impossible with a single shot in the light available.

And here is one that was a single shot:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111677.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35548)

0.8 second exposure to blur the tide water.

Ian

Ian
17th June 2011, 04:42 PM
Oh yes! There is more!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6122206.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35552)

Including some panos:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Skye_Panorama1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35553)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Skye_Panorama2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35554)

An HDR:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/skye_HDR3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35555)

And an insane person:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6122118.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35551)

..climbing a kilt (rock)!

Ian

Ian
17th June 2011, 06:12 PM
Ooops! I think we have reached saturation point! :D

Ian

David M
17th June 2011, 09:28 PM
Ooops! I think we have reached saturation point! :D

Ian

I'm still waiting to see a shot of the abandoned cottage at Elgol.

Zuiko
17th June 2011, 09:56 PM
Now for some from Talisker Bay. As I mentioned before I thought we were going to the pub so just brought the Pen E-PL2 and a 14-150 m.Zuiko. Luckily, Jon had a spare tripod so I was able to do some long exposures as the light faded:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Talisker2_HDR2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35550)

This one is a 5-shot HDR processed in Photoshop. As is the next one:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/talisker_HDR2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35549)

These HDRs may not have that dramatic tone look but they make for a natural looking shot that would have been impossible with a single shot in the light available.

And here is one that was a single shot:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6111677.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35548)

0.8 second exposure to blur the tide water.

Ian

Given the choice of pub or photographing Talisker Bay, I'd choose the Bay any day! The first shot is a superb composition and the HDR has worked really well - subtle and not screaming "HDR." However, it lacks the atmosphere and soul that is clearly present in No3. Not such a balanced exposure, maybe, but look at the mood! It stirs an emotional response in me that No1 somehow fails to do.

Chevvyf1
18th June 2011, 08:41 AM
John, totally agree with you! you can visit a pub anyday ! Talisker Bay shots are awesome ! esp. clarity of the foreground ! *chr

Kiwi Paul
18th June 2011, 09:05 AM
Here's a few from me, more to come but just sorting through them now.
It was a great trip I really enjoyed it and the weather was fantastic too.

Comments welcome.

Paul

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9cQEby4IDDs/TfxogXqsW-I/AAAAAAAACk4/1BJXFMsL4lc/P6112580.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-mgPJvSip48o/TfxoktsVGbI/AAAAAAAAClI/3rslWW8o3pk/P6112588.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IOaCfT6o_Qw/TfxomW_BW0I/AAAAAAAAClQ/HPeiDANB9oQ/P6112595.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rIbEPSe2Zlg/TfxoqIB40eI/AAAAAAAAClg/JgyKuoRYJl0/P6112613.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5uxzUEU1Sa0/TfxosGpbvMI/AAAAAAAACls/2DAP7Jpf6ZI/P6112617.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EFOBoH5GbXA/TfxozbM5_oI/AAAAAAAACl0/IMAZN0voQdI/P6112620.jpg

Ian
18th June 2011, 09:08 AM
Thanks for sharing, Paul - and wasn't it great that we all got on so well? I can't thank Jon (and of course Linda) enough for being such great hosts and Jon's guiding was superlative.

Ian

Kiwi Paul
18th June 2011, 09:10 AM
Thanks for sharing, Paul - and wasn't it great that we all got on so well? I can't thank Jon (and of course Linda) enough for being such great hosts and Jon's guiding was superlative.

Ian


Absolutely Ian couldn't agree more and Jon and Linda were indeed great hosts, I can't thank them enough for their hospitality.

Paul

Chevvyf1
18th June 2011, 09:16 AM
Wow Paul great shots - what is the red glow in 4 ?
You all had a great Tour Guide, for sure - looking at the evidence in your shots !

Kiwi Paul
18th June 2011, 09:19 AM
Thanks, these were all shot at the Fairy Pools so I'm thinking that mysterious red glow is a fairy captured on camera, very rare!!! Some folk might try to pass it off as sunlight flaring off the 7-14 front element but I know better ;)

Paul

Chevvyf1
18th June 2011, 09:26 AM
A Fairy it is then ! *chr*chr*chr

Kiwi Paul
18th June 2011, 04:15 PM
Here's another batch.

Comments welcome.

Paul.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-oZAVc3hAyxQ/TfzOFVIKjxI/AAAAAAAACmY/cpzwhoOc8Ow/s640/P6112650.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CoLqRTkzyrw/TfzOHBCCQLI/AAAAAAAACmg/eY54U1tlexI/P6112653.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ZIm7mNcJHww/TfzOI9xJrtI/AAAAAAAACmo/fI-pjvVWvgg/P6112704.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zdhuhubd-BE/TfzOKdX1s1I/AAAAAAAACmw/wsiVVkYD4Zw/P6112706.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-MiL09BzV6Aw/TfzOLzu0GtI/AAAAAAAACm4/B6oqcehh6S0/P6112709.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dNgIm4xRfcA/TfzON_EzwCI/AAAAAAAACnA/lky2Hd8YY-A/P6112714.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-7rg_QNt3Ad4/TfzOP-7YteI/AAAAAAAACnI/iBdrwKvI-p0/P6112724.jpg

Kiwi Paul
18th June 2011, 09:37 PM
Here's one of Ian in Skye, what do you think he has found?.....

a/ A rare bird
b/ A nudist beach
c/ A humpback whale
d/ Nothing the lens cap is still on
e/ A picturesque harbour view

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-SWntdxcFHsw/Tf0ZVISfKwI/AAAAAAAACnU/W34qBHm3g9g/P6122746.jpg

Zuiko
18th June 2011, 11:07 PM
Thanks, these were all shot at the Fairy Pools so I'm thinking that mysterious red glow is a fairy captured on camera, very rare!!! Some folk might try to pass it off as sunlight flaring off the 7-14 front element but I know better ;)

Paul

Olympus lenses don't flare, do they? However, sorry to dissappoint but that's no fairy - it's a mini rainbow created by the sun refracting off the falling water, but it's still magical. :)

Zuiko
18th June 2011, 11:11 PM
Here's one of Ian in Skye, what do you think he has found?.....

a/ A rare bird
b/ A nudist beach
c/ A humpback whale
d/ Nothing the lens cap is still on
e/ A picturesque harbour view

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-SWntdxcFHsw/Tf0ZVISfKwI/AAAAAAAACnU/W34qBHm3g9g/P6122746.jpg

I suspect that was during the eagle shoot. He might have been hoping for a rare bird on a nudist beach but I would think the nearest you came to that was the diver at Fairy Pools. :D

Zuiko
18th June 2011, 11:13 PM
An excellent selection of pictures, Paul, with some great foreground detail. :)

jamie allan
23rd June 2011, 07:08 PM
I'm still wading through the 500+ images I took and trying to improve on some I like. Here's a slightly different view from the one Ian posted in looking for perfection.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/P6129965as.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35726)

Also I'm looking for some help with this one. This is a 5 shot portrait panorama of the view from the Quiraing on Skye looking east. I think the top left corner of sky looks washed out - any suggestions on how to improve it? I use photoshop CS3.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1215/Quiraing2s.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35763)

wanderer
23rd June 2011, 07:46 PM
I can just see the top of Ian's tree in the bottom right nodal third in the first one.

To bring the sky up I would use the magic wand to select a largish area, feather it 250 pixels and change levels and colour. A bit of experimenting will help. Selecting slightly different areas each time should reduce the contour effect.

stoates
23rd June 2011, 10:28 PM
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-7rg_QNt3Ad4/TfzOP-7YteI/AAAAAAAACnI/iBdrwKvI-p0/P6112724.jpg

He-He Paul, was looking through my Skye images tonight and realised I captured you taking this shot (while Wanderer and Roy get to grips with the 300mm - I think?).

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Woofmix_Wanderer_Roy.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/35773)

Kiwi Paul
24th June 2011, 07:32 AM
Hmmm I don't know what I'm doing exactly but it looks like I'm holding the lens with both hands :confused: lol

Paul

Kiwi Paul
24th June 2011, 07:33 AM
No the answer was E a harbour view.

Paul

wanderer
24th June 2011, 09:37 AM
Hmmm I don't know what I'm doing exactly

You're not the only one. We look completely mystified as well.:D