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View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye



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.

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Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

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

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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

Its a great shot, but no rain clouds, Skye is getting benevolent!
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Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

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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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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

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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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Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

Well I like the bush myself.
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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?
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Re: View from Quiraing on Isle of Skye

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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.
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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.
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