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For Paul; Cairngorms Sky

For Paul; Cairngorms Sky
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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: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-05 9:56
Viewed: 4422
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I came back from my vacation and saw the photos from Paul, I noticed that he was not as lucky with the weather as I was. His photos from the top of Cairn Gorm Mountain all have a dark and moody sky. And rain was soon to be present again.

So Paul, this photo is for you. Just so you have an idea what the Cairngorms can look like on a sunny morning. I took this photo from the parking area just below the ski lift. I do hope that next time you are here you do get the same weather.

What made me take this photo? After our breakfast at near Loch Morlich we drove up the mountain to spot more wildlife...Please Emma fill in the correct animal....but again we didn't see any. So we took the opportunity to enjoy the clear view into the Spey valley (remember just a while back it was really foggy) We had a great view on Loch Morlich from your position, but being that I am a sky freak, I was more atracted to the wonderful cloud formation above Cairn Gorm Mountain. I liked the way it huged that one peak and I like the odd angled cloud left of it. I also wanted to capture part of the plateau. The mountains may look small but the one on the right, Lairig Ghru, is 1083 feet high. If you look real carefully you can get a better idea of the scale of the area. There are two people walking in the left bottom corner.

I don't have to write much on the technical part of this photo. I saw it and captured it.

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Hello Niek,
Good clarity with good pov!
Looks like it's much better weather and the right time for a good photo like this!
good atmosphere and mood from this captured
thanks for sharing

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-05 12:01]
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Hi Niek,
well what can i say? Firstly I am very honoured that you should choose to dedicate such a fine shot to me, and secondly i am very pleased to be able to actually see what i climbed!
You've caught the essence of the Cairngorms here exceptionally well, which is that of vast open space and a high, featureless terrain.
The path in the bottom left hand corner is the route we returned back to the car from, and actually starts way up from on top of the summit of the peak that is shrouded in cloud. The colours are an exact reproduction of the landscape in this area, and you've managed to create a great sense of depth with that huge sky, your trademark.
If we had had weather half this good it would've made for a completely different day, but this is a lovely reminder of a great time.
Thanks for sharing this Niek, and of course, straight into my favourites!

Una panorámica hermosa.
Bellos contrastes cielo tierra.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Niek,
What can I say? You've captured this wide-open featureless terrain with clouds touching down very nicely..I've never been to this area, most likely never will..Thank you for bringing it to me in such grand fashion :)

Now there it is.... that low horizon and vast sky, and that soft light and unusual color that I was talking about. There is something so different about it... un-American in some way. I like it. It is you.

I'm glad you pointed out the two hikers. I hadn't realized the scale. It is a nice shot and has a wonderful feel to it. I'm so glad that you had some good weather. Was this land treed at some time or has it a lot of peat or something that prevents forests. It seems so barren.


Evelynn : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-09-05 18:17]

Très belle présentation pas facile de mettre en valeurs un n'endroit aussi dénudé.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-05 19:37]

Hola Niek. Bella postal de este hermoso lugar. Exelente claridad y finos detalles muy naturales. Saludos Luis52-

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-05 20:36]

Hello Niek, great landscape ! Full of details, very impressive sky and good balanced image. Thanks,


Hi Niek.
Thanks for your reply re. my recent problem. I sorted it out o.k. I apreciate it. So I'm back in business. I have lots to catch up on. You've been posting more beautiful images from your Scottish adventure. I like the light here. The way the clouds reflect the light back to the fields below. And you included a good amount of the beautiful sky. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-06 6:57]

A super landscape/skyscape, Kiek!
I love the colours and details and of course your composition is right on the thirds -- great stuff

Witaj Niek,
Amazing view. Pretty colours. Wy³anianie with fog and clouds land. To be there then - this great survival. I thank that you shew us this.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-08 13:36]

Hi Niek

That is very cruel teasing Paul about the glorious weather you had :) It is a lovely shot with lovely light and textures in the land and a magnificent sky. I love the way the clouds are rolling across the land



Wow. I like the way you've used the rule of 1/3s here, buddy -- 1/3 ground and 2/3 sky. I think it's a great shot. It really does convey the scale here. The only idea I have on this is the bottom part seems to be a rich, ominuous kind of green while the top is a light, soft and fluffy thing. I wonder if a grad filter, or one of your high density shots might make the two parts tie together better. (I'm not sure they need to, though).

Hello Niek,
An interesting landscape, where I notice the absence of taller vegetation!
The lovely green shows there is no lack of water, hehehe...
Good lines in the landscape, the low clouds make an interesting addition!
Pablo -

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-09-25 11:44]

Hi Niek!

It's not just a beautiful landscape. It's also not only a dramatic sky. And even if we accept that they are both tied together, it still doesn't explain why it's so beatiful.

Maybe it's because we can feel the photographer's emotions, maybe it's because it's the expression of the nature's simplicity and inherent beauty. Maybe it remembers us how ephemeral things on our world are.

Probably it's all of this at the same time, underlined by a perfect exposure and composition.

A mountain and a cloud... what do we need more to be happy?

I like that kind of pictures very much.

Thank you, Niek, for sharing it!

Kind regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-24 3:48]

hello Niek,
I missed this beautiful picture. Like you I'm a sky freak and this one is magnificent. I also like quite nude landscapes, like this one. Very harmonious and well balanced composition, which is also very animated by the presence of the light clouds.
Best regards

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