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Playing with Light

Playing with Light
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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: 2007-07-16
Categories: Trees, Mountain, River, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland July 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-08-17 4:42
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Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Carrying on with my holiday to Scotland last month, I had to show that I don't always get fantastic clear blue skies and sunburn when I visit Scotland, and Niek, especially, was on the receiving end of the rain that day... Now he knows why full waterproofs are essential in the UK even in summer!

Anyhow, on the way back from the day's walk to visit a certain tree, the rain started to ease and then stopped... well stopped raining on us. In this picture it is still clearly raining over the mountains (the Bridge of Orchy Hills as they are known) in the background and the break in the clouds gave a great photo opportunity.

I have deliberately kept this picture dark and underexposed to highlight the light patterns on the water and draw attention to the mountains in the background... I don't know if it has completely worked because each screen shows things differently...

Converted from RAW (no filters, it was still very damp and drizzling at this point and extracting the camera from the rucksack got it wet...), it has been converted into jpeg and a touch of saturation added in places to pull some of the colour back and some of the clouds have been darkened slightly (dodging) to add a little more 'drama' to them... no more than 2-3mins was spent editting the picture.


I guess some of you will have noticed that I have not been able to spend anywhere near the time I would have liked on TN recently. I have been unwell for several months now and things are getting worse not better at the moment. I've lost a lot of weight, not all of it I had there to loose, so I'm not sure how much time I am going to be able to spend of TN in the near future, so I ask that you be patient with me when it comes to critiquing and replying, I am not always well enough... Many thanks - Emma

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-17 4:51]
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Hi Emma,
well this is about as near to what my experience of Scottish weather and it's surroundings is as i have seen here on TN! The play of light on the landscape is perfect and demostrates the changeabilty of the light and conditions in this part of the world. Excellent POV and composition too.
My heartfelt wishes that get you better quickly and completely. Your health is much more important than TN and you should not concern yourself with such matters!
tfs and have a great weekend.

Hi Emma.
What a beautiful bit of light you have captured here on the landscape. Great composition leading through the scene with wonderful detail and exposure.
Hope you recover soon and feeling better.


Hello Emma,
I wish you well from my heart!
lovely captured of this excellent landscape photo!
Very good Low pov with DOF, well saturated colour and details
thanks for sharing

Hi Emma,

Good panoramic composition and a nice dramatic shot - yep, that's more like Scottish weather I've experienced!! Tricky to keep the detail in the land and not lose those cloud details, you've done well.

More importantly, sorry to hear you're not well - take care and I'm sure I echo all TN in wishing you a speedy recovery.

All the best,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-17 7:49]

Glad to see that you had enough energy for this posting!
And we all do wish you a speedy recovery, Emma!

As to the image: I love the mood I see here: the heavy skies are grand and the colours and textures are superb

Stunning! Wonderful bright colours. Very good realization.
Best wishes,

Hello Emma,
I think this is an excellent offering and the UE works well for this one. The WA panorama has much to offer the eye as it moves through the frame..
A dark & somber mood here.
On a positive note, I wish you all the best in whatever you are facing.
I'll be pulling for you.

HI Emma,
bad weather, but a wonderful atmosphere, so fresh, so silent, so peaceful, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-17 13:56]

Hi Emma

This is a beautiful shot - I love the liquid light you have captured. The composition is excellent and show the 'spirit' of scotland


I as well Emma...and I am yet still young. I think I lost my true heart when forced to leave the wilderness due to health. God speed and hope that your pictures are as much to all as they mean to me. Very special gifts from your eyes AND your heart.

Bob Shannon

Hi Emma,
This one came out really good. I am still not sure what to do with mine, but leaving as is might be the best option as well. I like the wide angle view and the position of the light reflection on the river.
Sorry to read that you are still fighting your health. I can hardly feel what you feel. My only advise is to call in sick and take some time for yourself. Rest and low stress is most of the time the best healing methode.

Golly, I am so sorry to hear that you are ailing. Put your energies into getting well. It is odd that both you and Niek are not feeling up to par right now and both posted rather dark images today. I'll be watching for something a bit brighter soon hoping that it means your spirit and health are improving!

Take care

Evelynn ; )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-19 2:35]

Hello Emma,
I had to look several time at this picture and every time I saw something new on it. If the first impression was that the picture was a little bit dark, I understood with time why you hold it like that. I saw all this fine colours in the background as a subtle contrast. Also the light on the river is just surreal.And the clouds are adding this impression of mystery. Really well done

Hello Emma,
Like it very much...
Once again the atmosphere is there due to this outstanding light...
What I do like the most is the presence of haze in the background generating mysteriously the meandering river...
Great work!

Hello Emma,
I like how the light reflects off the river as it is curving through the landscape!
Good dynamics in the composition...
This is a proof that bad weather doesn't need to mean bad photographs!
Pablo -

excellent creation

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