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The Skellig Islands

The Skellig Islands
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-06-06
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Kenko Pro1 CP
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best shots from Ireland, Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-11 4:58
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Skellig Islands, stand aloof in the Atlantic Ocean some 12 km southwest of Valentia Island, County Kerry. From any angle, or from any vantage point on the nearby Ring of Kerry, they are spectacular pinnacles, which have magnetised viewers throughout all history – and beyond.

A wisp of cloud often adorning the peaks of these pinnacles creates a volcanic impression! But there is nothing volcanic about these Skelligs rocks; they are created of the same 350–million-year-old Devonian Sandstone that runs right through the backbone of Kerry - from the county’s south-western headlands to the shores of Killarney's lakes.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/250 sec
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 250/1 mm

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  • btokaz (34)
  • [2006-06-11 5:38]

Great shot Stephen. Beautiful scenery, very nice bw tones and atmosphere. I like it very much...

Tres joli cliché , le traitemeent noir et blanc est parfait !

Amitiés !

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-06-11 5:46]

Hi Stephen,
nice work, very interesting photo with charming islands in the fog.
B/W... nice

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-11 6:00]

Hi Steve,
Excellent shot, I love the cloud drifting between the two peaks, very atmospheric. Perfect composition and strong tonal ranges make it a great black and white subject. Great work.

Hi Stephan,
Beautiful seascape shot. I think the conversion to B&W works very well for this scene. This has alot of strong contrast to accent the B&W.
Well done!

Excellent in B&W Steve.
I think the B&W brings out the FG rocks detail and rugged character nicely..
A lovely composition, with the distant islands shrouded in cloud very nice :)

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-11 12:03]

wow - you have really caught the atmosphere exceptionally well in this picture. They are so distinctive and the rock formations are so clear in B&W.



Bonjour Stephan
Vraiment un beau paysage pris en noir et blanc.Les deux Rochers dans le brouillard me font penser a des scènes dans le seigneur des anneaux. .
Bravo et merci....JP

Wow, this is a beautiful B & W image Stephen. It has a great range of values and the two peaks rising out of the mist makes for a very interesting subject.

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

Hi Stephen

Wow.... outstanding! I have developed a love for 'black and white' photography. It appears to me that you can 'see' more in a B&W shot as the colours are not there to catch the eye, therefore allowing more detail to come to the fore. Congrats.... love this shot. Thank you!

Hello Stephen,
Lovely shot!
The B&W works great! I like the POV a lot and I love the rocks in BG. They look a bit unreal covered with mist.
Great shot!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-14 3:42]

Here a new smart compoistion. The B&W works well, good idea. I like the atmosphere.
Congratulations Stephen.

Great shot from a brilliant viewpoint! The picture has so much going for it. The B&W conversion brings out the ruggedness of the rocks in the foreground, which almost seem like mirror images of the islands themselves. The mist gives the islands a sense of mystery and foreboding.

I don't know if you agree that for this composition, the typical 'soft' Irish weather, might have added to the remoteness of the islands and treacherousness of the crossing and explained why 7th century monks chose this location to separate themselves from worldly distractions.

Not that I was wishing your trip was rained on, you understand, just for this shot!

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  • jloup Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 30] (131)
  • [2006-06-17 17:49]


tqken in junem this picture looks like it was taken in november ;o) Hope the weather will be nice when we come to visit west Ireland this late august. If not, well I'll frequent more pubs ;o)


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