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    View from Quiraing (I think) on Isle of Skey.

    Not submitted an image for critique for a long time, so here's one for you all.

    Very interested to hear your comments!

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  • #2
    Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

    I'm not qualified to critique but it looks stunning to me
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    • #3
      Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

      Originally posted by sponner View Post
      I'm not qualified to critique but it looks stunning to me
      One thing I would say is that everyone is qualified to critique It's much easier to appreciate a photo than to make one. Just say what it is about the picture that you like and - where appropriate - dislike

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      • #4
        Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

        Lovely shot Ian.

        Just the one thing I spotted immediately when I looked at that shot and thought... awwww, if only.

        Not sure if it would even have been possible to achieve this, but I feel the image would have been significantly improved if the overhanging tree/shrub didn't obscure the left hand side of the lake in the background. That's my only comment though on an otherwise smashing shot.
        John

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        • #5
          Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

          Originally posted by theMusicMan View Post
          Lovely shot Ian.

          Just the one thing I spotted immediately when I looked at that shot and thought... awwww, if only.

          Not sure if it would even have been possible to achieve this, but I feel the image would have been significantly improved if the overhanging tree/shrub didn't obscure the left hand side of the lake in the background. That's my only comment though on an otherwise smashing shot.
          Thanks John - actually probably not possible to fix even if I returned

          I was actually in a crack in the hillside, or a gulley, with the tree growing out of the left side. I was leaning against the right hand side so could not go any further to the right. But I agree with your point!

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          • #6
            Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

            It's a lovely shot Ian, everything in the shot leads the eye smoothly to the lake on the right, and then intrigue sets in as to what's in the distance. Love it. Envious that I wasn't able to be there with you all.
            John

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            • #7
              Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

              I'd be happy to take a shot like that any time of the day.

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              • #8
                Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

                Its a great shot, but no rain clouds, Skye is getting benevolent!

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                • #9
                  Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

                  Originally posted by theMusicMan View Post
                  Lovely shot Ian.

                  Just the one thing I spotted immediately when I looked at that shot and thought... awwww, if only.

                  Not sure if it would even have been possible to achieve this, but I feel the image would have been significantly improved if the overhanging tree/shrub didn't obscure the left hand side of the lake in the background. That's my only comment though on an otherwise smashing shot.
                  John you typed my thoughts EXACTLY !

                  except I wondered if Ian could warp it straight ... joking Ian

                  Its a smashing postcard shot ! love the background in the distance ... you really can see for lots of miles there ! and love the light on the grass in the right foreground!
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                  • #10
                    Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

                    My thoughts too, the tree is a bit too prominent and dominates the LHS.
                    Otherwise the tones, colours and composition is excellent.

                    I was standing close to Ian getting my shot at the same time so need to dig it out and see what mines like

                    Paul

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                    • #11
                      Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

                      Nice picture, well composed and clearly a good location. Nothing to complain about here. I wonder if it might make a Moody Monochrome as well?

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                      • #12
                        Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

                        Well I like the bush myself.

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                        • #13
                          Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

                          Hi Ian - just curious as to the PP you used on this... fancy sharing?

                          If I were to guess, I'd guess at a small amount of selective lightening/brightening of the mountain on the right, a slight saturation (& maybe contrast) boost, crop and voila!

                          Bet I am a mile away...

                          PS: oooh, and maybe a small graduated PP filter on the sky?
                          John

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                          • #14
                            Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

                            Originally posted by theMusicMan View Post
                            Hi Ian - just curious as to the PP you used on this... fancy sharing?

                            If I were to guess, I'd guess at a small amount of selective lightening/brightening of the mountain on the right, a slight saturation (& maybe contrast) boost, crop and voila!

                            Bet I am a mile away...

                            PS: oooh, and maybe a small graduated PP filter on the sky?
                            I probably over-do-it but:

                            +0.69 exposure
                            ND grad to maintain the sky
                            Fill light 26
                            Blacks 10
                            Contrast 60
                            Brightness 50
                            Clarity 17
                            Sharpen 50/0.8
                            NR 25

                            I also reduced saturation in the purple and magenta channels to reduce a little unwanted colour in the clouds and the distant shaded areas (probably not necessary), and increased saturation slightly in the blue channel.

                            I use post crop vignetting a lot but not in this shot.

                            Ian

                            PS I burned in some of the blocked out shadows caused by high contrast conditions and actually dodged (darkened) part of the central area of the tree.
                            Last edited by Ian; 22nd June 2011, 03:36 PM. Reason: Added info
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                            • #15
                              Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

                              In a perfect world there would have been room to manouvre so that the bush and lochain didn't overlap, but I've been in the same situation many times myself and appreciate the difficulties. As it is I think it is only a minor point and don't actually have a problem with it as it is. In fact I think it is a very pleasing and well balanced composition with interest stretching from foreground, through the middle distance to infinity. The bush, the two lochans and the hills make a strong left to right diagonal line which leads the eye both across and though the scene. Light and shade helps give depth to the picture and is complimented by an interesting sky.

                              The only improvement I would make is to darken the bush slightly as it appears just a bit too bright for the rest of the scene. But that is just a minor point, I'd have been proud of this and it would definitely have been one for my exhibition.
                              Last edited by Zuiko; 22nd June 2011, 04:19 PM. Reason: typo
                              John

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