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The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

This was first shown on the Skye weekend where people were very kind and polite. So now its up there to be given the once or twice over.

It was taken in a slight hurry on the way to Talisker. I've taken the view before and its popular elsewhere.
The thing here for me was the beautiful slanting light which picked out the rugosities of the hills well.
The bridge is a good foreground but it does create a strong line which you have to mentally get over.
I didn't use a tripod but rested my elbows on the modern bridge parapet.
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If I had had time I could have easily spent an hour or more here until the sun went down and the midgies came up.

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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

An excellent image. I don't find the bridge creating too strong a line - I feel that the bridge and the mountains in the background seem to merge nicely.
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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

What a lovely vista. I love the way you have composed this with a rustic old bridge in the foreground, so typically Scotland.

I can see nothing amiss with your picture, Duncan.
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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

I'm afraid I don't subscribe to the view that you always have to have a leading line, or at least a "way forward" through a landscape image for it to work, however useful those devices may be. If the content is strong enough and the elements are complimentary, as in this scene, then the eye is simply pulled beyond any perceived barrier. If this distant view of the Cuillins isn't strong enough to draw the eye then I don't know what is!

Later might have been better still, but this was still late enough in the day for some meaningful shadows and slanting light to really emphasize the ruggedness of those hills (why do the Scots insist on describing something almost Alpine in nature as "hills?" I've nearly s**t myself on more than one occasion on that ridge!)

As it is this is almost perfectly composed, apart from a tiny section of road, just above the bridge on the extreme right, which distracts the eye. This can easily be cropped or cloned.
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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

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As it is this is almost perfectly composed, apart from a tiny section of road, just above the bridge on the extreme right, which distracts the eye. This can easily be cropped or cloned.
I must say that your eye is easily distracted, John.
Until you pointed it out I hadn't noticed it and had to look hard to find it.
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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

I am thinking Zuiko is a details man. It is a lovely shot that draws the eye, looks very much like a place to visit.
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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

I should have inserted "with a better eye than me".
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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

That's a great composition as it eliminates the newer and uglier bridge nearby and the three peaks align nicely. I never saw this view when I was there - probably because I didn't cross over the bridge

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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

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That's a great composition as it eliminates the newer and uglier bridge nearby and the three peaks align nicely. I never saw this view when I was there - probably because I didn't cross over the bridge

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Duncan took this on Friday night which was probably a bit quieter than when we were there on the Saturday.
On the Saturday if I remember rightly you spent a good bit of the time standing in the stream waiting for one of the wedding parties to leave the bridge. I think there's a shot of you wading with your tripod in the Skye pictures thread.
Funnily enough I was probably stopped at the car park at Sligachan when Duncan was composing this - I was calling my landlady for directions to my B&B.

It's a great shot that sums up a really photogenic island - particularly when the sun shines.
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Re: The Black Cuillin from Sligachan

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Funnily enough I was probably stopped at the car park at Sligachan when Duncan was composing this - I was calling my landlady for directions to my B&B.
You should have been out with the camera. If there's light in the sky there's time for a photo and sometimes when it is dark.
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