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Clach Leathad

Clach Leathad
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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 P121M
Exposure: f/22, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): lovely landscapes, My HDRs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-10 11:34
Viewed: 4439
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After the reflection photos at Loch Tulla, Emma took me more up north the A82 toward Glen Ettive. Half way, we parked the car to make some photos along this burn looking out to Clach Leathad.

Clouds and light were still in our favor eventhough the beauty and sun were both toward the southwest.

I have been searching all over the internet to first find the name of this mountain, finally found it on TN. To find the name of this burn seemed to be not as easy. Eventually I gave up the search since I figured that some of these small rivers might not even have a name. Hopefully somebody is able to help me with the name.

When looking on the free online OS maps I noticed that the border between Argyll & Bute and The Higlands is close to my POV. I took the gamble to post it in the first.

I decided to post process this foto with tone mapping. I already underexposed the photo by 2/3 and used an ND 8 grad filter to balance the exposure, but still the sun, burning through the clouds, was too bright. With the use of Photomatix I was able to reduce this to a minimum and still get good details and light in the rest of the photo. To get this result I converted one TIFF with no exposure correction one with -1EV and one with +1EV. Some tweaking of levels together with the USM, frame, resize and conversion to 8-bit JPEG were done in Photoshop.

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Hello Niek, I love your fantastic shot, realy outstanding composition, well done, friendly,

Hi Niek
A nicely composed landscape with water, rocks, meadow and mountains. It's all comes together rather nicely. You taken this from an interesting spot on the river, it looks like your standing on an island.
TFS Janice

Hello Niek,
Great landscape of Mountain, River and Sky!
Excellent DOF, POV, colouration and details
well composed and well seen

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-08-10 12:29]

Hi Niek!

First I would like to tell you that I like your picture very much! It's a wonderful nature and a lovely landscape.

It's impressive to have a picture like yours with a very close foreground and full sharpness. Your exposure data help to explain this. I also have read your elaborated and explaining notes, although I don't know the technique you mention with the three levels. Guess I don't understand everything, especially not what the advantage of this proceeding is. I will certainly try it out to learn more!

Looking at your picture, one quickly realizes that you have a good command of setting the composition: the lines of the stones in the foreground point in the same direction as the creek and the clouds and one has the feeling to be attracted to the horizon. Everything flows together in the line formed by the mountains.

As far as the lighting is concerned, some parts of the clouds are very close to 255.

Kind regards


It looks as though all has been placed for you. An exceptional shot with all angles drawing me in.


No need to check which lens you used here. The foreground is wonderful. I'm not as fond of the sky. With all the corrective measures you took I am surprised that there is still some burnout. When you do tone mapping, does the program do it automatically? It seems that whenever I see a photo on which it was used, the sky/clouds is the area that is the most troublesome. It seems to me that the contrast is too great. This is just a feeling I have. There is just something about the clouds that feels a bit unnatural. It is not just your image; I see it also in others that have used tone mapping. I have been the most successful when I shoot images exposing just for the sky and just for the midtones and just for the darker areas and doing the combining manually.... then again, I don't know how to use Photomatix...even though I've downloaded the trial version. I'm a reluctant learner it seems. I stick with what I know far longer than I should sometimes. The color and sharpness in the whole of the terrestrial part is super.

Evelynn : )

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-10 14:51]

Hi Niek,
A sharp portrait of what is a grand and wild landscape, both of which you can feel in this shot. Great atmosphere too, with alot of depth...i am intrigued by tone mapping!

Hello Niek,
Excellent landscape image again at wich it is a great joy to look at.
Perfect depth with the stones leading the eye in to the wonderful scene wich ends at the soft moody background with the lines of the mountains and dramatic clouded sky.
Very well seen and excecuted.
Thanks for sharing and the good note.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-10 23:55]

Ha Niek,

Een prachtige opname met mooie natuurlijke lagen,ik ben niet zo in landschapsfotografie,maar bij het zien van dit soort kleurrijke composities wordt de drang steeds groter om dit ook eens een keer te proberen,fraai werk,groetjes en een prettig weekend toegewenst,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-11 2:02]

Ni Niek,
This place looks so refreshing right now,when it's 36 c in Ankara... I liked the POV a lot. Composition and colors are very nice. Also good PP work in the sky in Photomax. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-11 5:29]

Wow! superb composition and the depth! It feels like it goes on forever! TFs

As I can see, you visited Scotland, lucky you!!! This is a very impressive perspective with superb exposure, POV and composition. That must have been something fun to see, two landscape's passionate taking pictures together :) Well done and TFS,

Greetings Niek.
Another lovely Highland landscape. Great composition. I love those rocks and the grass in the f.g. and that one lone tree. I'm heading to the U.K next month and hope to get to Scotland too. Looking at your pics makes me think I will. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-11 9:16]

Hi Niek,
I am home and trying to get over the jet lag!
Impressive landscape here!
I like the way both the rocks in the water and the clouds in the sky help to channel our vision to converge on the mountain.
The sharpness in the foreground is excellent.
TFS. : )

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-12 11:28]

Hi Niek

Another stunning image. I think Scotland was just waiting for you to photograph it. Wonderfully composed and with a perfect exposure. Great shot.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-12 20:42]

Hello Niek, another great landscape from you. Very good dof, good use of the wide angle lens and great composition. Thanks,


Beautifully composed Niek! The photo seems to be leaning a bit to the left, but otherwise you got some great components within this composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-15 2:27]

Hello Niek,
This is a very beautiful composition! I expect you couldn't avoid the dark clouds in the UK this summer! Even so it's a fine shot with those stones in the foreground leading into the distant mountains. I like the movement of the water too and the colours are beautiful.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Niek,

very nice view, good DOV despite the low light. Beautiful landscape.

Well done!


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-16 5:02]

Hi Niek,
Beautiful view with an perfect composition. I like colours a lot.
TFS, Josť M.

It your work in general, it is a perfect work with great definition of details and with(in spite of) extent of gun-sights, I am charmed with this photo for his(its) invitation to go beyond the horizon, congratulations suntucher and regards from Chile...

Hi Niek

we had crossed over the boundary at this point into the Highlands... I'll email you a cirlce around the area we were in... We were at Lochan na Stainge at this point. were we climbed down the side of the bridge atfer crossing over it... Later on we went and got a lot closer to that tree...

Still that vantage point of your where you set up the tripod was an excellent one. I really like the foreground rocks and the tree adds that little something extra. Nicely done.


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-08-25 12:55]

Ha Niek,
1/3 seconde...wow! Met F22 geeft dit een fantastisch resultaat. Een erg mooie groothoek opname.


Hello Niek,
Lovely foregrounf interest with the rocks and a couple of tiny mountain wildflowers!
Nice view to the summit in the back, and that lonely tree in a distance is a nice touch...
A dramatic sky, but with some hope of blue!
Pablo -

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