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Bens, Glens and Burns on Christmas Day

Bens, Glens and Burns on Christmas Day
Photo Information
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: 2005-12-25
Categories: Mountain, River, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: My Christmas Holiday 2005
Date Submitted: 2006-03-10 12:09
Viewed: 5146
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on Christmas Day 2005, this was the first day of our holiday and an absolutley amazing day's walking in the Highlands of Scotland.

This was our lunch stop. It's just over an hour from the nearest road, which is single track leading from Bridge of Orchy at the base of Rannoch Moor, and if you are like me, it is closer to 2 hours from the nearest road by the time you have stopped numerous times to take photographs!

The photo was taken at the joining of 2 rivers or burns (as they are called in the Highlands), Allt Suil na Curra with Abhainn Shira - for those who maybe interested in visiting the area.

OK - picture info. Taken in .RAW format and converted to .jpeg, resized (this is a full frame), and sharpened, and border added. No colour enhancements, no increase in saturation levels or contrast, though I have had a tinker with the highlights/midtones/shadows on the rocks in the foreground. They were a touch darker in the original.

Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed it!

PS. Christmas Lunch was cheese (Jarlsberg) and pesto sandwhiches, a wedge of homemade Christmas cake with Wenesleydale (its a cheese) and a mug of coffee!

PPS - I have added the original to the workshop so people can see it is only a very slight change...

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This is another nice shot of your trek in the Highlands, Emma. I like what you did in pp, and I like the richness the polarizer gives to the image.

Hi Emma,
What a amazingly beautiful photo! I realy like the low POV and would love to have a Christmas luch at that spot as well. Your luch sounds actually pretty good, but thats normal for a Cheesehead (nick name for the Dutch. The colors the light are excellent, and I like what you have done on the PP work. Just enough to give it extra attention.

what an amazing Christmas Day. Beautiful shot TFS

Hi Emma,
it's a beautiful view wiht lovely colours.
Good exposure and details. I like the compostion and the deep.
Very well done.

Have a great weekend.

Hi Emma,
A beautiful scenery, very well composed!
The warm side lighting softens the winter mood, and makes the landscape look like inviting...
Lovely lines in the image, topped by a very pleasant blue sky...
Pablo -

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-11 5:13]

Hello Emma, wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent. Well done

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-15 20:30]

Excellent shot Emma, it's a beautiful landscape done very nicely by you. There's so much to see in this superb composition. Perfect. Thanks.


Fantastic shot....this would be a superb desktop BG...you should start selling them as screensavers too!! :D
Beautiful crisp morning - makes you wish you were there!!
I love this one...

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  • regis Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 7 N: 100] (396)
  • [2006-12-04 17:37]
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Hello Emma

Oh yes - I remember this bridge :) My story is quite funny. I visited this place last weekend (encouraged by your photos). I didn't study the map - just a quick look at some important "landmarks".

I reached the place, when a small foothpath goes left (along the river) from the main road. I don't know why, but I chose the wrong (right) one. After some time I reached a place called (Clashgour) and headed further north-west. When I realized I must had taken a wrong path. I decided to go south, across few hills and crossing some nasty peat pogs. Eventually I reached the Loch Dochard area, but I was on the other side. I decided to cross the river (in the area of few waterfalls) - as it looked quite small and narrow :)

You may actually guess what happened next :) My wellingtons were really good, but the water was much deeper :) - and really cold

Thanks for sharing and for the description - it was useful, when I was planning my trip. Such a nice weather you had - congratulations.


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