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Slieve League

Slieve League
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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: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-01
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm 1:3.5-4.5, Pro1 CP + Cokin grad P121
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): the vanderschelden 10 : division I, Best shots from Ireland, lovely landscapes, Doug's favourite landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-27 11:34
Viewed: 8050
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am late with this post but better late than never, yes. This is one of two compositions I shall post of Slieve League. While I was in this region the low laying cloud never moved from the cliffs but I try to make the most of each situation. I will be back soon for another shoot in different season and light.

Slieve League

The (Grey Mountain) cliffs, situated on the West coast of Donegal, are said to be the highest and one of the finest marine cliffs in Europe with a three hundred metre drop straight down into the wild, Atlantic waves below. This creates a breathtaking but extremely scary view.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/60 sec
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 10/1 mm

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Bonjour Stephen,
Superbe paysage. J'aime beaucoup cette ambiance de côte sauvage.
Bon cadrage et belles couleurs.


Dramatic image, great colours! Very nice composition.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-27 11:49]

Wow ... the clouds are amazing on this picture! I really, really like this picture and I am glad you decided to post it eventually. The foreground, bathing in sunlight, is a real eyecatcher. Ireland is so beautiful. Well done & TFS!


Hello Stephen,
this is a fantastic landscape! I like it very much. Excellent POV, framing and sharpness. Great colours and excellent composition. Thank you for posting.

Hi Stephen
Wow, what a great landscape shot. The clouds are spectacular over the rocky coast. Colours & Composition are excellent.
TFS Jaince

I could do with some tips from you on the canon 350D and your favourite settings for landscapes like these. This has such a dramatic feel to it and clarity of light, I presume from the filter.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-27 12:56]

Knowing how you like to engage so much of the frame, I bet you would have liked a bit more light in those facing hills under the clouds. But the backlighting still works well, and I like the blue in the sky above. My eye tends to circle around the cliffs to the rock and then back around the cliffs, and the clouds draw an occasional glance, so that a nice pattern to me. You're a one-man ITB!
P.S. Thanks for all the tips, mf!

Hi Stephen,
I like this POV and contrast! This is very good and DOF is perfect. This picture creates a strange feeling by looking at it. Very well done again. TFS,

Amazing, breathtaking view, it's genial photo :)

Hi Stephen,

Nice shot of a superb landscape. POV is good and the use of filters well seen. The global good atmosphere is emphasized by these long laying clouds.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-27 14:43]

Hi Stephen, great composition with colors that are gorgeous. Excellent used of lighting and good DOF. Well done, Didier.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-27 15:05]

Again another stunning composition. Fabulous light on the cliffs. The water seems to be reflecting the darker clouds. It will be nice to see the same shot under different light conditions as well



vaauuu this is excelent photo!

Hi Stephen,
The sky is fantastic!
What a light a mystic scenery you shot there!
Well done
Regards, Krzysztof.

Hi Stephen,
a dramatic sky, wow, what a view, it's wonderful, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-27 18:59]

Hi Steve,
Excellent landscape shot, I like the low-lying cloud, it adds a lot to the shot. Actually I don't think I've ever seen cloud so low before. It's a great composition, I like the 'crossed' lines of the two separate cloud formations and the lines of the tide that match the upper clouds. Beautiful detail and colour, superb exposure. Great camera work, excellent shot.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-27 19:49]

Bonjour Stephen!

Fantastique prise,les nuages et l'éclairage son extras.

Merci pour cette superbe composition.

There are some amazingly strong directional lines in this image Stephen. Super balance of values and wonderful depth of focus, and great sharp foreground elements.


Evelynn : )

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-27 23:10]

Extraordinary, Stephen.
Just perfect on all counts.
TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-28 1:39]

What a wonderful and interesting landscape that you have very well captured ! Powerful atmosphere with the foreground in sunlight and the spectacular cloud line. Composition, colors, exposure and sharpness are very good. Congratulations my friend and thanks for sharing with us.

Magnifique photo de ce superbe paysage. Très belle lumière et superbe composition

Hi Stephen,
The FG interest in this photo is huge. The details in the grass, the shapes of the rock and the sun light are making this a strong part of the photo. The low hanging clouds in the distance are ofcourse the main attraction and make it look rather ominous. The exposure is outstanding. My only small nit is the shadow in the low right corner.

Hi Stephen,
I think the clouds really add a beautiful dramatic element to this superb seascape. I am sure it would also be beautiful with clear blue skies, but I think this looks amazing. Overall composition is perfect. Great quality light. The detail and sense of depth are perfect.

Another one of your wonderful Ireland and that is some cloud you have caught there.
It has given the picture a lot of depth, but left me feeling that I need a little more picture on either side....


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-08-28 10:03]

gorgeous. breathtaking paysage. fantastic perspective, clouds, colors, formations. very well choosed pov. tfs

How do you do it Stephen,
Every post from you just gets better and better.
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Do you have your own Website yet? If not, I think you could do very well from your land/seascapes that I've seen here on TN.

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  • Vicky Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
  • [2006-08-28 15:09]

Hi Stephen,
This is a wonderful seascape of outstanding quality. The rich colours and excellent composition are just stunning. Very good use of the filters...you are certainly showing us Ireland at it's best. If I could ever take a shot this good with MY 350D, I think I would die happy! Well done. Best wishes, Vicky

Hello stephen, excllent work, great details, excllent POV, great forgroud and Bg, perfect composition, nicly done, TFS Kyle

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-29 8:41]

Hi Stehen,
Those clouds tumbling over the cliffs look great and you managed to have enough sunlight to enhance the shapes and give depht.
Very well done and TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-02 2:53]

How do you do them, Stephen? Really?
These landscapes are simply breathtaking!
You really made me want to go to Donegal as soon as possible! It really is an impressive place!
Excellent POV, very beautiful colors and a superb composition. Personally i like that big cloud there...gives it a lot more feeling :)

A big Bravo and TFS

Great work with the clouds and the shadows! I really like how you captured the detail in the rocks, clouds, and water. Very nice!

Hi Stephen,

You really do have a natural talent at these coastal shots - this is fanastic, the lighting and the use of the grad on that amazing sky gives this shot such punch - and beautiful composition and exposure too.

Wonderful work.
TFS, Doug

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-15 12:43]

Hi Stephen,
Very good landscape picture. Good composition, the sky is beautiful.
Regards, Francois

Dear Stephen,
you don't need my praise, but here it is anyway. Superb! It's an Ansel Adams "magic moment". You might have waited for hours or days for it.
Cheers, Dietrich

that is a fantstic view with amazing low clouds

Hi Stephen. I love the perspective. The colours are very vibrant. That cloud really brings the whole shot together. You've framed it well. It looks like it would be quite the fall. Wonderful depth to this. A great shot! TFS Trevor

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