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Light Rays

Light Rays
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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: 2009-10-10
Categories: Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland - October 2009
Date Submitted: 2009-11-11 8:37
Viewed: 4717
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought that I might post a photo again given it is sometime since I last posted any pictures and I have finally re-found my love of photography.

This was taken outside the Dun Flodigarry independant hostel when we had just gotten back from a 5:15am start to photograph a sunrise that needed a good walk to it first. I could not help but be captivated by the rays of light coming from behind the clouds. It will have been deliberately underexposed to prevent lots of burn out in the sky, but it was also quite dramatic as well. Given the fast shooting times and the fact time was not on my side (the rain was very fast approaching), I did not use my tripod, but will have used a 3 stop hard graduated ND filter to help with the brighter sky. Nothing has been done to the photo except a slight crop, resize & sharpening.

Looking back it is hard to realise that it is over 12 months since I last posted anything - but then I have to say, I had not realised that it is nearly a month since I was on holiday in Scotland last. Hopefully I will have a little more inspiration now and be able to drop by more often.

Thanks for Looking

(Please note - I will apologise now for my lack of follow ups etc, my home computer failed on Friday night and refuses to cooperate on a rebuild - it is looking terminal)

uleko, nasokoun, Heaven, nglen, roges, marius-secan, psyce, Alex99, anel, albert, SunToucher, PaulH, horia has marked this note useful
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Wow, Emma, this is a fantastic and mystical moment. God is opening the clouds and looks down - amazing.
We can see the shafts of sunlight so clear, it's an amazing shot, thank you so much, I like it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-11 8:48]

Hello Emma,
Great to see a post from you again! I hope you're feeling a lot better! This is a wonderful image showing the dramatic cloud formations with the light breaking through.
Fantastic timing and a lovely composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Mozwik (78)
  • [2009-11-11 8:56]

Hi Emma,
Great shot, very stirring. The exposure is just right to give that powerful feeling. It's like a battle between light and dark. It sounds as if dark won that day as it rained.

hello Emma
the light and the beams of helium are always a beautiful photographic game,you attribute it very well, in this beautiful composition you transport the all atmosphere to us,very fine photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-11 9:23]

Hi Emma. Nice to se you back posting on TN. You have taken such a dramatic seascape at the start of the day. As you say in your notes i like the sun rays shinning from behind the clouds. But i hint of blue sky up in the top left corner. Well taken TFs.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-11 10:00]

Hi Emma,

Nice this landscape. An image of autumn with some exceptional color. Excellent composition, congratulations.
Have a beautiful evening,

Hello Emma,
Excellent landscape. Superb composition with dramatic clouds.
Colours and sharpness are very good.

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  • psyce (64)
  • [2009-11-11 10:52]

beautiful sunrays! love the composition of the photo! the cloud details and lights are fantastic! well done and TFS

Hi Emma,

I do not usually pick in photos of landscapes; insects are my passion. But obviously, this photo is special!

My heartfelt congratulations, the photo is deep, filled with a sober and proper light. The balance is excellent in all technical aspects and composition. Good & beatiful work!



Hi Emma!

This is a very good and emotional moment: you are back! And the fact that you are talking about holidays seems to indicate that you are doing well.

Your picture simply is superb. It is mystic and mysterious, reflecting one of these atmospheres where I feel a little bit sad, very humble and small, but so well at the same time: isn't this a good definition of melancholy? I have tried to explain this in my last posting. Your image enlarges the melancholic feeling by adding the beauty.

Kind regards, and welcome back!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-12 3:12]

Hi Emma.
What a nice surprise – your visit here and nice picture. Stunning reflection of an amazing moment of the Nature. Comosioton, framing and composition of the shot are brilliant. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-12 4:52]

Hello Emma,
Very pleased that you are posting again! And with a quality-picture like always.
Most beautiful composition to render this particular atmosphere. And the sharpness is just right. I like a lot the fine palette of grey (it's one of my favourite color)and the subtle blue in the left corner.
I hope we will see more from you again:-)
Kind regards

Hello Emma,
Nice to see you back with such artistic photo
Excellent capture of this beautiful light

Hi Emma,
It's great to see you back. This photo really has your signature with the feel of serenity and just the focus on the beams of light. The clean and simple look of this composition is a pleasure to look at. That bit of blue sky adds a lot to the photo. Not only a brief look to better weather, but also the fact that this is a real color photo.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-11-17 7:44]
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Hi Emma,
it really is great to see you back, your presence here has been sorely missed. I hope you are well and doing ok. It's good to see you've been back to your beloved Scotland and been inspired. If anywhere was going to do it, that'd be the place!
Anyway, your photograph. This speaks volumes about the landscape and the elemental processes in this part of the world. The slight underexposure only emphasises the contrast and impact of the sun breaking through the clouds, and the clarity is wonderful too, helping the viewer become absorbed into the scene. I remember moments like this when i was on Skye (i stayed at Sligachan).
If you haven't already, you should read Robert MacFarlans 'The Wild Places'...
tfs and hope to see you again soon here :o)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-11-19 3:56]

Hi Emma and my warmest welcome back!!!
I hope all your health issues are behind you now and soon the computer ones will be as well :)
Sorry for getting to this so late...i was out with a bad flu, too, for the last few weeks. But i'm happy to be ok now and finally get to congratulating you :)
It's very nice to see something new from you and i hope to see more in the future, too. I understand perfectly why you deliberately underexposed this scene - otherwise only with an HDR you could have retained those amazing rays...and i don't think you're a HDR kind of photographer either :)
I like this scene a lot. It's full of atmosphere and it's composed very very well. I like the silhouettes of the hills in the FG as well as that patch of blue sky in top left corner...that's such a great bonus in my eyes, but i don't know why really :) I just feel it is.
Anyway, lovely work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Fardad (81)
  • [2009-11-30 22:01]

Hi Emma
Your EF 24-105 is doing pretty well catching up with your great senses. But somehow I guess you probably needed a wider angel on a shot like this.
Thanks for sharing.

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