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Clouds, Mountains and Anniversaires

Clouds, Mountains and Anniversaires
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-27
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Christmas Holiday 2005
Theme(s): My Sunsets and Sunrises [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-01 13:58
Viewed: 4495
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mounatins, clouds, winter light and my christmas holiday again - and our wedding anniversay (9yrs)...

This was the beginnings of last light at 2:50pm during Christmas Week.

Taken from the summit of yet another Scottish mountain, Meall Odhar (879m), looking westwards.

In previous posts of the mountains in Scotland, I have been asked as to why there are very few or no trees in my photos... As you can see most of the landscape in this area lacks trees other than forestry commision plantings and even they struggle and need lots of help.
The reason is that the area is mostly peat (formerly forest which was cleared hundreds of years ago), which has a very high acidity and water level, leaving waterlogged roots to rot in unfavourable conditions. The result is that most the land is exceptionally difficult to grow in (unless you are heather/ling etc) in the glens (valleys) and mostly bare rock further up the mountains. Any trees that do manage to try to live, then get eaten alive by red deer or drowned by the high rainfall... so not many trees survive and any 'woodland' is rather thin or thread bare...

The picture - slightly OE on the center where the sun was brightest, but otherwise untouched. Converted from RAW, cropped slighly to reduce foreground, resized and sharpened. Colours are all real...

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Hi Emma,
Haven't seen you for a while. Great photo, with amazing beautiful light. I like the reflection of the sun on the lakes in the valley. The soft colors of the clouds and hills are amaizng.

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-03-01 14:08]

Absolutely beautiful, Emma - it's just a shame that this image can't be posted bigger on TN. Add a graduated grey/neutral density square filter and holder to your system and you'll be able to maintain the cloud detail without burnout and improve ground detail also. I like this brooding rugged landscape very much - thank you.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-02 4:10]

Hello Emma,
amazing landscape; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-02 7:35]

Hi Emma,
Very atmospheric shot here, beautiful exposure and colours. It's very peaceful, I would love to be sitting where you took the photo from just relaxing, great shot.

Fabulous moody shot Emma,fabulous light and sky.

Rich surroundings, shafts of light, looks like a mgical place, well done.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-06 22:20]

Very powerful landscape Emma, I love the dramatic feel of it. Very well seen and nicely done. Thanks.


Salut Emma
C'est un très beau paysage ,Belle comosition les couleurs sont merveilleuses . Le soleil a travers ces nuages gris et orangésest très jolie.
bravo et merci....JP

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