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Fog over Loch Morlich

Fog over Loch Morlich
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-17
Categories: Trees, Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-02 4:00
Viewed: 4903
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I do hope that the lake catagory will be added soon, because it doesn't really fit into the catagories I've chose today. Well there are some trees in the photo and sky and mountains are also visable.

This is another photo I took during our wildlife safari. We were on our way to Cairn Gorm Mountain and our breakfast stop half way when we stopped at Loch Morlich to spot another kind of bird. I believe we were here spotting some kind of diver. Again the animals didn't stick with the appointment so we had to deal with the tranquil foggy scene at Loch Murlich.

I consider myself lucky that the two ducks were in such a position that I could add them in my composition. Together with the clear spot on the distant shore, they created the perfect break in the heavy fog scenery. It all added to the tranquil feel of that morning.

I thought about uploading some information about this loch. But the loch is more considered to be a recreational area than a nature area. So I guess we did good to get here early. Otherwise I would have ended up with a photo of the lake packed with boats.

You might start to wonder if we ever captured any wildlife on our safari. We did. I already showed you the Finch photo and here you see two ducks. But, later on we did encounter more animals.

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Moody image, Niek,
Good you want to use the elements in tour images to generate atmosphere.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-02 5:01]

Hello Niek,
Very well composed "minimalist" picture, generated by the fog. Interesting light and dark levels and the two ducks as balance for the whole. Well seen

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-09-02 5:08]

Hi Niek,
Je laat ons hier een mysterieus plaatje zien maar het is wel een prachtige.
Je hebt hier prachtig licht en de mist over de bomen is super om te zien. De twee eenden zijn een bonus voor deze foto.
gr. Paula

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-02 5:48]

Hi Niek,
an almost dreamy atmosphere here, the faded strip of trees framed by the fog and lake creates a nice natural panoramic. The ducks add some nice detail and give a sense of depth, although i would be interested to see this without them. Exposure is spot on and the more i look the more detail i can see in the forest.
I stayed here for 3 days when i was in Scotland, at Glenmore. The Caledonian Pines here are amazing aren't they? And there's alot of Red Squirrels darting around...I might see if i have anything decent from here too!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-02 8:43]

I do agree -- we need the category of lakes!
superb image: very moody with wonderful textures

This is a wonderful image Niek. Perfectly composed with the ducks there low enough in the frame but with just the right amount of space below them. Great details in their wake in the water. And I love the foggy bg. It's interesting, because I think if you had panned a bit to the right (and placed the ducks in the left side of the frame) I think you would have had a cliche; but putting them on the right side like that really makes this special because the viewer has to find them and that adds an element of surprise. Well done, dude!

This is a really lovely photograph, Niek. The two dark ducks are absolutely essential elements to the composition and you placed them perfectly (IMHO). I love the image but not so much the white frame. I tried a dark gray (taken from the lake color) and a tiny white inner line. I felt it really gave the image a peaceful, restful quality, but that of course is very subjective.


Hello my friend Niek,
Good mood in the fog scene captured!
The two ducks added a lot of serenity towards the picture and I like it!
It's a good composition to me and thanks for sharing

Silent, peaceful and a little mystic if there were no animals. A wonderful moment, Niek, I think very typical for Scotland, I remember we also had fog all day there.
Thanks, very good
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Niek

You are going to have to tell me what you did with this picture becuase the ones I took from this location are so very flat, and get this one has a great quality to it that is so soft and almost warm to touch... We were looking for Black Throated Divers here... It is strange that you remember the location and I remember what we were looking for... You got the better 'bargin' there.... I spent 15mins or so trying to work out where I was for my last upload and yet I could picture the place I took the photo from so very clearly...


Hallo Niek,

Ik kan me alleen maar bij de anderen aansluiten. Er hangt daar een sfeertje, hmmmm beetje tricky. Harry Potter sfeer. Nu is dat ook niet zo gek in Schotland. Ik ben er jaren geleden met een helicopter van de oostkust naar de westkust en vv overheen gevlogen. En dan is het toch wel een ruig land hoor. Vooral het noorderlijkste gedeelte. Roept herinneringen op. Groeten en TFS Bob

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-02 15:18]

Hi Niek

Great composition - this is the sort of shot I like - real and abstract at the same time. The light is excellent.


Hi Niek
Very serene. The dark coloured ducks add interest, plus they show how calm the water is. I like that the fog has lifted just enough to see the trees on the other side of the lake and show depth. A nice landscape Niek.
TFS Janice

Hello Niek,
Some days simply are like this, but still with their own silent beauty...
Which you capture so well here!
Pablo -

Three ducks would really do the trick here, hahaha!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-03 3:09]

Niek, the note is lovely and also the shot. The landscape is excellent covered with shot and surely a lovey scenarios. Ganesh

This picture has a great mood and atmoshpere Niek as you can clearly feel the calm and of this lovely scenery. Your notes are interesting and funny :) Thanks,

Hi Niek,
Your explain this photo so very well in your notes...the calmness of the lake, the ducks paddling along with wakes following in the quiet of the morning. I like the softness of the photo the fog brings...its beautiful and calming to look at. TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-03 12:39]

Hi Niek

This is one of my favorites of your trip. Even nicer than the stunning landscapes you posted first. This is subtle but beautiful. Wonderful calm mood. Beautiful composition with the perfectly placed ducks



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-09-03 14:37]

Hi Niek

A very lovely and original shot over this loch and a splendid composition with the 2 ducks making small waves on the surface of the water.
I really like the perspective of your shot, especially the fact that the farther bank is visible.
Charming work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Niek,
Fine composition of this scene.
Relays the tranquility of the morning very well.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-09-04 18:00]

Hi Niek,
ecxcellent work, love the lighting and the mood it created.

Hi friend,
Wonderful posting of Loch Morlich! I love the crisp details and the gentle realistic colours as well as your composition! Take care Ana:)

Hello Niek a very creative shot with fine contrast and great composition well seen tfs rgds Necip.

What a mood this creates with the mist and the barely visible shoreline in the distance. The water somehow looks cold. Gives one a shiver. The lines of the ducks are interesting creating an X like that. Well done.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-06 23:49]

Hi Niek,
Lovely capture. It looks like a painting. I liked the misty mood a lot. Very well exposed and composed. TFS
Best wishes,

Belle et mystérieuse ambiance.
Bonne journée.

Hi Niek!
You realized a picture of the kind I appreciate very much: actually a banal - if that does exist - landscape becomes highly interesting because of a special note. This note, in the present case, is the lighting and the fog that is mirroring on the water. Two little ducks give it the final touch and lead the spectator's eye straight into the image... well seen, well felt, well realized.

Kind regards

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