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Gamrie Bay

Gamrie Bay
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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: 2007-07-10
Categories: Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Date Submitted: 2007-08-01 11:01
Viewed: 4350
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We wanted to visit some small coastal villages which I found through the Undiscovered Scotland website. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, this day was a rather rainy day. The first village we visited was Gardenstown and via a footpath at the bottom of the cliffs we visited Crovie. A few miles down the road we visited the more famous village called Pennan. This village got a its fame from the movie 'Local Hero'

This photo was taken half way between Gardenstown and Crovie. The latter can be seen in this photo. Luckely the rain came from behind, which allowed me to shield the camera from most of the water. I did however had to keep the grad ND filter clean inbetween the photos I made at this spot.

I was a fun experience to get to this spot. I had to climb some very slippery rocks and even jump from one to another. After setting up my tripod and making sure it was level and secure. I mounted my camera. First took a few horizontal shots but finally flipped the camera for this photo. When I saw the result my first thought was that the horizon wasn't straight, but after a closed up check at the horizon I was glad to see that no correction was needed.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-01 12:56]

Hi Niek,
some lovely detail in the foreground here, and the overall lighting has a very natural feel. I see you have experienced the delights of rock hopping along a rugged coast too!
The portrait format works well, creating a long, deep view into the whole frame, and the pinkish brown colour of the rock is great. Looks like a nice spot to explore.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-01 13:24]

Ha Niek,

een mooi landschap,met tępisch brits weertje,hoop dat alles heel is gebleven na het wandelen op de stenen,zoals je al aangeeft soms veraderlijk glad,groetjes


Very nice landscape image Niek.
Love the depth with the big rock in the foreground and the smaller ones in the water wich are leading the eye wonderfully in to the scene and the rain clouds in the sky, wich by the way I personally would have darrken a bit more to give them a more dramatic effect.
Lighting at the foreground is excellent, but the background is a little to light in my opinion.
Lovely patterns in the rocks, soft color tones and frame.
I've got the feeling, but please correct me if I'm wrong, that the horizon is a little tilted to the left.
It looks like the sea is running empty :)
Nevertheless a very nice image.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

You've got to love that lens. You made great use of it with the strong, sharp foreground. I like the colors in the foreground. Unsettled weather is often fortunate. The water line does lean to the left. Perhaps it is the curve of the bay that makes it look that way. I would be tempted to straighten it in any case, because it just feels a little off.

Evelynn : )

Hey Niek, shades of signal-womb here! I really like the details in the fg here. I love the shot. But even before I read your note I noticed a tilt in the horizon (it tilts anbout a degree to the left). I also agree with Harry that you might try to knock down the sky a bit too, to see if there are more details to bring out.
P.S. I tried it, and I like it. I'm out of WSs today, but I'll post it tomorrow.

Hello Niek,
Excellent composition on this landscape with good sense of depth, POV with wonderful colour and details
Looks like the coastal villages pretty close to what we have here in NZ
thanks for sharing

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2007-08-02 0:52]

hi niek, lovely landscape here, excellent DOF, nice ominous sky, i like the flashes of colour provided by the seaweed in the foreground.



Hello Niek,
Lots of interesting seaside details in the foreground!
Good view to the back where the village is visible...
A well composed image with as fine feeling of depth!
Pablo -

even though a better light would have made this a stunner you can't fault the composition and technique with this.

Hello Niek !
I am realy fond of your landscapes, and this one maks no exception ! I love all these details in the foreground, and the rocks in the water look great. Wonderful composition and POV, excellent light and colors.The cliffs in the BG are beautiful, as well as the dark clouds in the sky. very well done !

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-02 7:13]

An unusual PoV with the focus on the foreground and yet it works very well. Superb colours and composition

Hi Niek.
I can't wait to get back to the seaside and take great shots like this one, puting to use all the latest tricks I've learned through the likes of yourself. I feel land locked here in Romania! Great POV and sharpness. Lovely colour and composition. I'm really enjoying your new posts from your UK trip. Well done again.
Best regards, Steve.

Hi Niek, you don't have much horizon on the left but I measured what you do have, and it looks like it's aligned to me. The land may be creating some kind of optical illusion of tilt. Your depth of field is excellent with great focus on the rocks, snails and algae up front with decent focus through to the rear. The colour, especially in this front section is very good. I like the composition, though I can see how the illusion of tilt would be a little disconcerting to people.

Thanks, John

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-07-22 5:39]

Hi Niek

The vertical composition worked excellently for this shot. One gets a good sensation of the closeness of the rocky foreground while it leads the eye deeper into the image to discover the rock scattered ocean, then the landmass on the horizon before going of into the distant clouds. The inclusion of the rock on the right also adds to the compositional effect and success.

The excellent range in the wide DOF ensured striking details throughout the depth of the shot. Overall a good result with great exposure management through the slow shutter speed.

Well done MF and TFS.

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