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Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

All with the E-M1ii and 12-100, and hand-waggled & given other treatments in some cases.

As well as some closer in, the St Kilda islands are visible on the horizon in the first, 44 miles away.

Colin Prior, the great Scottish landscape photographer, describes how a Hebridean local explained the islands' lovely colour palette as "Where God washed out his paintbrush".

Traigh Stir North Uist 1 by drmarkf, on Flickr

Paintbrush2 North Uist by drmarkf, on Flickr

ICM North Uist by drmarkf, on Flickr

ICM Benbecula by drmarkf, on Flickr

Cladach a Baile Sear North Uist by drmarkf, on Flickr
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

Fabulous photography !
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

Lovely images Mark. Very special colours.
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

Being a bit of a traditionalist I prefer the first and last images - but wait, the more I look at No 4 the more I like it. The zooming effect strongly suggests the incoming tide rushing up the beach in slow motion and it's growing on me. Maybe I can learn something from this set, I have felt for a while that my own landscape photography is becoming a little stale and predictable.
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

A nice set, you made it hard to pick a stand out.
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

Thanks, folks.
Interestingly, the last 4 all use the telephoto end of the 12-100, and a couple of months ago I'd never have thought to swap to the 35-100 to take them.

A friend in my local camera club, whose opinion I respect, says she finds the blue of the sea a bit strong in the first one.
Now, I was more concerned that I might have tweaked the red/orange in the rocks too much, and in fact I've done nothing whatsoever to the blue sea (the only other colour work I've done is to darken the sky a fraction). Otherwise I've just done selective sharpening, clarity and structure on the foreground rocks, and selective structure on the streaming water in the foreground.

What do people think about the water colour? It did look like that to me at the time, but if it appears too strong to be believable I'll try reducing its contrast or saturation a tad.
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

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A friend in my local camera club, whose opinion I respect, says she finds the blue of the sea a bit strong in the first one.

What do people think about the water colour? It did look like that to me at the time, but if it appears too strong to be believable I'll try reducing its contrast or saturation a tad.
I like it and I would definitely print and hang it on my wall. In my mind the act of trying to capture reality and photography don't necessarily have to go together. You're the artist so it's your taste that matters. Don't listen to the detractors.
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

I agree with Ricoh on both counts. As for the colour in #1, it is, what it is.

I'm also liking the warpe factor effect in # 4... that really is out of this world.
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

I didn't think there was anything odd about the blue of the ocean, but then I've seen plenty of coastline in western Scotland and Ireland to know that it really does look like that. Thank goodness for the unpredictable, constantly changing weather of our temperate Atlantic climate and its generous rainfall, otherwise those beaches would be more popular than the Mediterranean or Caribbean resorts!
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

Very nice Mark - 3 and 5 for me. Especially number 3 - I really like that one.
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Re: Colours of North Uist and Benbecula

They are all... interesting. However if you don't try these things you don't know if you will succeed or not. The first is very nice and I like the colours.
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