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Evening at Glen Coe

Evening at Glen Coe
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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: 2007-07-15
Categories: Mountain, River, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Cokin P120
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 10:00
Viewed: 3821
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After my introduction to Loch Etive, Emma dropped me of at my campsite. A few hours later, the sun started to set coloring the sky and giving nature a soft touch. I saw this particular view the evening before and knew that it would work for an early evening photo. Getting to this POV was a bit of a struggle, I was wearing my flip flops, and they aren't made for rock climbing. Take in consideration that I was carying my tripod in one hand in my camera in the other. I did make it down to the water level of the River Coe and found a sturdy spot to level out my tripod.

Some information about Glen Coe:
The glen is a U-shaped valley formed by an ice age glacier, about 16 km (10 miles) long with the valley floor less than 700 m (0.4 miles) wide, narrowing sharply at the Pass of Glencoe about half way along the glen.

The entrance to the glen from above is on Rannoch Moor to the east, below the mountain of Meall a' Bhuiridh; Glen Etive runs to the south from nearby. The entrance to Glen Coe is marked by Buachaille Etive Mor, "the great herdsman of Etive" at the 'junction' with Glen Etive. Glen Coe then runs roughly west for about 12 km (7.5 miles) before turning north-west towards Loch Leven.

The south side of the glen is marked by a succession of distinct peaks: Buachaille Etive Mor is followed to the west by Buachaille Etive Beag, then by the Three Sisters, shoulders of the Bidean nam Bian massif which itself marks the western end of the glen. By contrast the north side of the glen is a stark wall of mountain, the Aonach Eagach ridge. The "Aggy Ridge" is crossed at the eastern end by the Devil's Staircase, an old military road opposite Buachaille Etive Mor. The western end terminates with the conical Pap of Glencoe, above Glencoe village, at the point where the glen opens out to Loch Leven.

The River Coe itself - Ossian's "dark Cona" - rises at the north-eastern base of Buachaille Etive Beag and flows west along the glen, with dramatic waterfalls at the Pass of Glencoe. It then runs through the small Loch Achtriochtan before it turns north west. It then passes through Glencoe village shortly before flowing into the sea loch of Loch Leven (a salt-water arm of Loch Linnhe) at Invercoe. In the valley to the east of Buachaille Etive Beag, the River Coupall runs north to the head of the glen, but it swings east round the Buachaille Etive Mor to join the River Etive running south.

I am feeling better, eventhough I am feeling some of the afects of the anti-biotics. My energy level is getting back to normal again.

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Hi Niek

Glad to here that you are feeling better. It is good to know.

You have caught a really nice light here. great composition and POV as well.
Boots would have been much safer ;-)


Hello Niek,
Excellent landscape photo!
Great sense of depth with the rocks on the left and mountain from the far horizon!
well saturated colour and details
well composed and well seen

Exceptional landscape you have captured here. I would love to see it in person someday. great note too.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-22 11:09]

Great composition and water, beautiful sky.

Hi Niek,

Exceptional landscape photo with a really well arranged composition.

Well Done & TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-22 13:34]

Simply fabulous!
I love the details that you have captured in the underwater scene as well as those in the distant trees.
A delight to the eye and the soul

Hi Niek,

I love this POV. The entrance of this picture is well taught with these rocks and the river leading our attention towards the the nice cone shape mountain in the BG. Like also the texture of the clouds in the sky. TFS.

PS: Continue to have a good recovery.

PC :)

Hi Niek,

A top landscape. Such a tranquil scene. Nice detail in the sky in the clouds. Well done.


It is a nice shot Niek... worthy of "risking life and limb". I suppose none of our shots is worth that... but at the time it sure seems so doesn't it? The sky and land seem very balanced... I think I would have chosen a bit more land/river... and let it sweep me along to the distant peak. I'm just not sure about including so much sky... but that is just me. I love the strong foreground and the great depth of focus.

Evelynn : )

I'm glad you are feeling better.

Hello Niek,
I don't have to look at the name to see who did this!
A classical Niek landscape, where the boulders are nicely used to create depth in the composition...
This could of course be anywhere in Norway too, so I feel quite familiar with such a view!
Pablo -

This is a wonderful picture. Composition, lighting and sharpness are perfect.
Best wishes,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-23 1:10]

Hi Niek,
glad to hear you're feeling better. This is a great shot and worth the risk in those flip flops!
The f/20 has given you a huge DOF that is sharp throughout and the exposure is near enough perfect. I like the composition with the eye led down the mountain stream to the shapely peak in the BG. I would've liked to have seen a little more of those river worn rocks in the FG and a little less sky perhaps, but thats just personal preference and by no means a criticism!
All in all a great shot, well done. It has such a feeling of peace and quiet.

Hola Niek,
Hermoso paisaje de bella composición, el color y la luz son fantásticos, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Niek,
I didn't know that you weren't feeling good. It seems that you are better now and I'm glad! This is another superb landscape picture with nice pastel tones of colors, very good and well chosen exposure and, as usual, original and effective composition. This DOF is just great and let us see so many beautiful details. This seems to be such a great place! TFS,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-23 22:26]

Hello Friend,
The view is fantastic. The landscape is amazing. I can see some reflections in the water. This shows the nature has no match with anything. Excelent Ganesh

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-08-24 3:02]

Superbe paysage et parfaite prise de vue.

Excelente panorámica con una exposición genial.
Fantástica toma en vertical.
Saludos Niek.
Hasta pronto, JL.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-24 15:18]

Hello Niek, very well composed scene ! Great DOF, very sharp. Great stuff !


Hello Niek,
Beautiful vista...
A very effective depth in your image...
Well done!
Good you are better...

Hello Niek.
Glad to hear you're feeling better. It's probably all the good cheery critiques you've been getting on this beautiful series of yours from Scotland. This is really beautiful. I like the pastel colours in the evening sky and those beautiful river rocks. Also the last light on the hills and trees in the b/ground. Very lovely, well done once more.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-25 13:48]

Hi Niek

I can imagine you in flip flops clambering over the shore :) I have loved all of your landscape shots. As autumn will soon start I want to try out a few landscape shots so I am looking at your shots, PaulH's shots and Pablominto's to get some tips. I have even ordered a new wide angle lens with my work performance bonus. I like the subtle light in this shot and the relationship between the FG and the dramatic BG. Lovely image

I am glad you are getting better



Very nice Niek. I like big skys with wide angle shots. I wonder what a horizontal frame would do for this view?
Nicely composed and exposed.
PS. Maybe you remember your hikers next time. :-)

Hello Niek a very well composed shot with the rocks coming out from the diagnol in a pleasing curve, good dof, sharp throughout nice use of the wide. I would consider going for a Canon 5D perfect for the photogs you take and giving the 40D a miss. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-08-31 19:35]

Hi Niek,
excellent landscape with incredible scenery and fabulous depth.
Love the POV and the dark mountain pulls in the eyes very well.
Great work.

such a beautiful place, gorgeous scape and colours, it is almost heaven on earth

Hi Niek!

May I give you a good advice that could help you when you chose point of views like this one? Don't wear flip-flops, neither sandals nor shoes: go barefoot as I do! I do all my hiking tours up to the snow limit barefoot...

Why I am talking about this? You mentioned in your interesting an as usually very detailed and vivid notes the point of view you have chosen. I agree with you that it's a good one: it allowed you a great composition together with a fine perspective-effect. The evening light, especially at that stage of the day, also gave wonderful colors. I prefer these colors to the classical red and yellow sunset colors.

Kind regards


  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-10-15 15:27]

Hi Niek, nice shot. I like the vertical format. The composition is good. I think you could do with a little more light on the mountain sides. Perhaps a little highlights and shadows or curves? Well done.

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