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Sunset over Linne Foirthe

Sunset over Linne Foirthe
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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: 2007-07-04
Categories: Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Date Submitted: 2007-07-24 11:12
Viewed: 4340
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It seems that everybody who mentioned that Scotland was a country I had to see, didn't lie. It really is a wonderful country to see and to capture on camera. I had a great vacation in Scotland, and combined relaxing and the photographing virus perfectly. The three weeks was way too short and a new visit must be planned.

For more details on my trip, please visit my travelogue.

I took this photo on the first evening of my vacation. We took a nice walk from the campsite to the town of North Berwick along the beach. On our way back the sun started to set and gave me some good photo options. This is a view toward the west where the sun was setting over the Firth of Forth (Scottish Gaelic: Linne Foirthe)I Particularly liked the reflection of the sky on the small pool of water.

Firth is the Scots word used to denote various coastal waters in Scotland. It is usually a large sea bay, which may be part of an estuary, or just an inlet, or even a strait. It is cognate to fjord, which has a more narrow sense in English, whereas a firth would most likely be called a fjord if it were situated in Scandinavia. Bodies of water named "firths" tend to be more common on the east coast, or in the southwest of the country, although the Firth of Lorne is an exception to this. The Highland coast contains numerous estuaries, straits and inlets of a similar kind, not called "firth", e.g. the Minch, and Loch Torridon; these are often called sea lochs.

A firth is generally the result of ice age glaciation and is very often associated with a large river, where erosion caused by the tidal effects of incoming sea water passing upriver has widened the riverbed to an estuary. Demarkation can be rather vague. The Firth of Clyde is sometimes thought to include the estuary as far upriver as Dumbarton, but the Ordnance Survey map shows the change from river to firth occurring off Port Glasgow, while locally the change is held to be at the Tail of the Bank where the river crosses a sandbar off Greenock at the junction to the Gare Loch, or even further west at Gourock point.

However, some firths are exceptions. The Cromarty Firth on the east coast of Scotland, for example, resembles a large loch with only a relatively small outlet to the sea and the Solway Firth and the Moray Firth are more like extremely large bays. The Pentland Firth is a strait rather than a bay or an inlet.


Nothing much to write about the technical part of this photo. I just saw it and captured it. No filters used (but I should have) As always, shot in RAW and eventually converted to fit TN.

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Very nice colours and reflection of the sky. Great shot. Thanks!

Hallo Niek,

Eindelijk is die er weer. En ja hoor een schitterende eerste vakantie foto. Alles in een. Een zee- landschap en de lucht niet te vergeten. Wat een mooie combinatie van licht, omgeving en kleuren, Die ribbels in het zand heb je mooi kunnen vangen zo tegen het licht in. De kleine huisjes aan de linkerzijde verstoren totaal het beeld niet. Het hoort erbij. Een goed begin van een hele reeks foto's denk ik. Ik zie ze gaarg tegemoet. Groeten, TFS en tot de volgende Bob

Hello Niek awsome landscape shot nice sharpness throught lovely light and great handling of the postprocess tfs rgds Necip.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-24 12:12]

Hi Niek,
looks like you actually had some sun on your visit to Scotland! Mine was rain rain rain..
Anyway, this is a most beautiful shot indeed. The colour in the reflected clouds is subtle yet very eye catching. Great composition and sharp details throughout. I look forward to your next posts..

Hi Niek,
This looks like sterling silver and pure gold. It is beautiful in its metallic sheen. Wonderful. I love that lens! I enjoyed your travelogue. Sounds like you had a good time and got a lot of rain. There's been a lot in England too I hear. I have family in Folkestone but it is high there and no floods. I thought maybe you would go through there via the tunnel but sounds like the ferry was more of an adventure. It's fortunate that the "crunch" was not your car!. Isn't it fun travelling with a wet tent? Nylon is a big improvement over the heavier fabric ones we had in the old days though. We are all done now crawling in and out of a tent...we LOVE our camper. Glad you are home.

Evelynn : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-07-24 20:07]

Hi Niek

Very nice to hear you had such a blast in Scotland!I certainly hope to see a lot of photos from there :)

This is indeed a splendid view over this sunset and a charming perspective!
The complosition here is exceptional and i really love the attention you gave to the interesting and very appealing FG.
The reflection from there are indeed marvelous and balance the light and colors so nicely.
I don't know exactly why you say you should have used filters...it really looks great to me as it is... but then again, you know what happened during PP. Anyway...no big deal; the important fact is that it looks amazing!

Cheers pal and TFS

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-07-24 20:52]

Good to see you back and posting again, Niek. I hope we have a lot more like this to see. A wonderful scene, and a great job with the Sigma to capture it -- it is just packed with details.

Hello Niek,
Seems like you used your vacation well, photowise!
An awesome image of this ebb tide beach, where you make very well use of the fine light...
Well framed scenery with great details, the colour palette is very attractive!
Pablo -

Hello Niek.
I thought you must have been travelling. havn't heard from you for a while. And look at the beauty you've brought back with you. Very lovely. Awesome light and colour. Great composition. Yes Scotland is beautiful. I havn't been for 10 tears but hope to get there again now that I'm living in Europe. Very well done.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-29 10:57]

Wow Niek, this needs to be on the front cover of a photographic magazine. Wonderful light, POV and composition. The exposure is spot on. Just stunning work



Hi Niek

Can't beleive I missed this one, but then I have missed so much lately...

Love the colours you have in it... so different from the RAW I saw on you laptop... HDR?
The light in the foreground is excellent. If only there had been no breeze.


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