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Rannoch Moor

Rannoch Moor
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 macro, Cokin Gradual Grey G2 ND8 P121
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 7:09
Viewed: 3092
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Moor of Rannoch is as wild and sombre a stretch of country as any in Scotland, especially when shrouded in mist or lashed by driving rain as was the case here. While driving up north on the first few days of my Scottish trip I noticed this little tree from the road and recognised it immediately from the many photos Iv seen of this exact composition.

I stopped and reversed the car and despite the poor weather conditions and fast moving traffic I decided to have a go. The rain was unceasing and hampered my efforts. I used my cokin grey grad filter to enchance the contrast in the sky.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-21 7:38]

Hi Stephen,
extremely good capture.
Perfect composition and the B and W gives it an eerie atmosphrer which is perfect for the subject photographed.
Well done,

Hi Stephen.
Absolutly awesome. The mood you have captured and it is superb in b/w. Detail in the sheets of rain being lit by the light, perfect, the grad filter was excellent thinking. The composition of the island and rocks as the foreground, perfect. Everything, spot on.
Wonderful image

New Zealand

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-21 7:52]

Hello Stephen,
beatiful appealing picture of Rannoch Moor, of which I bear a dozen good memories.
I think the black and white adds to the imagination of what the place looks like.
Compliments, Jacob

What a wonderful moody capture of Rannoch Moor and Loch Nah-Achlaise (hopefully I have spelt that correctly off the top of my head).

I really like the picture. You have captured the mood so very very well and it really brings home how lucky I was with the weather I had in the first week of February this year...

I have to say that I would probably not have braved getting my camera out in weather like this... but you have really pulled it off here and the B&W really works so very well adding to the mystic atmosphere of one of my favourite places... (rain or not)...

Very nicely done.... I'm guessing that it was too wet to get right the way down to the loch front and get that wonderful tree any higher...


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-21 8:39]

Hi Stephen,
This is such a beautiful photo... Your choice of BW worked very well here. The landscape looks so nice. It's a very well composed and exposed image. Well done and TFS

Hi Stephen,
Can a Black and white landscape look like so beautiful?
Beautiful compostion, the rain looks so fabulous. The sole tree on small island has an greta impresion in this pic...

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-21 9:39]

Hi Stephen,
i love seeing different peoples interpretations of this spot and that tree. The black & white works so well here, as does the grad to add contrast to what i suspect was a whitish blur of drizzle! I shall be passing through here in a weeks time myself, looking forward to seeing what this place offers me...
great work,

Hello Steve,
good composition of this bw landscape with perfect mood in it!
very well done

Hello Steve,
You have captured the "somber" mood here perfectly. The misty vail converging on the mountains BG accentuates this feeling..A great photo evokes emotion in the viewer. And this one does, without a doubt :)

Hi Steve,
Although I'm not too keen on grey or b&w I think this looks good as it is. I guess its not too far removed from the original colours and certainly imparts a mood, as do most of your shots.
Another great work from the master of British and Irish landscapes.
Cheers, Steve

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-06-21 21:42]

Fantastique et merveilleux regarder.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-21 23:31]

Hi Steve

Splendid shot of this very moodly place.
I really like the b&w look...it really enhances the atmosphere around that lonely tree.
Great work with the grad filter, too. It definitely made the sky more dramatic.

Cheers and TFS

Hi Steve,
The perfect moment for black and white. This kind of dull weather doesn't give you great colors, but does give good contrast. That tree, together with this small island make for a wonderful subject. The sky gave it a perfect mood. I just might need to look for this tree.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-23 0:50]

Fast moving traffic - it looks like it is a stretch of barren area - but no, you have captured it so well Stephen. Looks very cold and wet, super scenery though,

Hello Stephen,
What a beautiful photo, the black and white only increases the lonely feeling the photo emits so powerfully...love the mist in the background fallng down on the tree...TFS

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