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Moody Elgol or rather Typical Weather!

Moody Elgol or rather Typical Weather!
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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: 2009-10-09
Categories: Seascape, Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Digital ISO 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/22
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland - October 2009
Date Submitted: 2010-01-02 3:30
Viewed: 4995
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all I would like to wish you all Happy New Year given that this is my first posting this year.

This is a rather famous area of the Isle of Skye for photographers - Elgol. It has a beautiful beach with lots of interesting rocks and a stunning back drop and needless to say plenty of photographers is the weather is even vaguely good, which on this day it was not.

And as a result, I was actually finding the photography very difficult - why? well I am not that good at coastal photography and had never played with long timers shots before (this by the way was 10 seconds) and it was also raining!

As you can see from the clouds, there was no sunset that night, which was what we had gone to Elgol for, but instead I ended up with this - something to challenge me.

So standing watching the tide coming in, in the drizzle, trying to keep the filters rain free, with the 10-22mm wide lens on, a polarising filter to cut out reflections from the water, so show the rocks off better and a 3 stop Neutral Density Lee ProGlass filter, we have this - wet feet!

What else, my tripod, mirror lockup and the trigger release cable hoping that at some point in the 10 seconds, a larger wave would come in... I promise you that the horizon is straight, it is just that the land curves slightly at this point, and when I straightened it, it just did not look right to me.

The only editting has been to remove 2 orange dots from the sea, 2 marker bouys which when the photo was reduced to 800 pixels looked somewhat odd.

Anyhow - this is to say thank you to all of those of you patient enough with my sparodic appearances on TN, my sometimes odd comments and critiques and to all of you who have helped to keep up my spirits during that last few years - thank you.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-02 3:43]

Hello Emma,
above all a warm HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!
Health, happiness and only happiness.
At the beginning of the year we present an exceptional landscape, congratulations.
I would interpret it this landscape: a new year began and that to succeed you enjoy more rewarding to be to leave today to reach the top of the mountain which is visible in the distance.
From now on we have available a whole year to be able to admire your beautiful photos.
Thank you very much for visits made in 2009 on my gallery. And nice comments you've written.
The best thoughts and wishes,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-02 3:58]

Hi Emma,
and a very happy new year to you and yours too. As always, it's great to hear of somebody else getting wet feet, something you get used to in time....kinda ;o)
This was the classic POV i was talking about after your last posting from this well known spot. To be honest, i think there's only so many variants of a sunset at the same famous spot you can really achieve (like Durdle Door for example)without them all looking the same. Here, the mood is alot more effective i think, and more based in 'reality'. You composed this well in my opinion, using that great orange rock in the foreground to add some colour that the elusive sunset would have provided.
If you ever want to try more coastal shots, i am still only 'down the road' as it were and am more than happy to take you to some great locations.
All the best,

Hi Emma,
A real classic. Although captured by many before, your low POV made it just different from what I've seen before. The large orange rock is a real eye catcher and draws in the eye perfectly along the milky coastline. I like the dark and moody sky a lot since they add the real drama to this photo. It also suits Scotland as I prefer to see it. A country that is made for ominous skies. The waves were in your favor and added a nice motion in the surf. Even with stacking three filters, the photo looks sharp and clear.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-02 4:18]

Hello Emma,
First of all I wish you health and happiness in the New Year and hope you'll be able to join us more in the future! This is a wonderful coastal view from the Isle of Skye, a place I always wanted to visit since I became very fond of the Corries folk music!!
I love this kind of beach full of polished rocks in all colours and with various aquatic animals and plants washed up by the sea. Excellent DOF and a wonderful dramatic background too. A very beautiful composition!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

Hi Emma,
Happy New Year to you too!
With camera mounted on tripod, you have got a wonderful shot with 10 sec exposure at f-stop 22. The foreground in particular is perfect in terms of this kind of photography. I love those coloured stones awash with receding waves.
The depth of view too is great in this beautiful landscape image.
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-02 6:27]

Hello Emma,
Beautiful photo in dramatic colours. The orange gives this photo the 'push up'. The choice of POV and composition was excellent. The contrast between the white waves and dark clouds are very beautiful. So, a great start of the new year.
The best wishes for 2010,

Without reading Paul's notes (I see his name on the useful notes now)...I would say you are off to a good start at this.....I consider two most important things....#1 I CANNOT for the life of me even come close to doing this type of shot and I'm not sure enough life is left in me to keep on trying....

#2..You folks from England seem to love this shot type and do it often as Paul and even Horias who came over from Romania for a bit...but your particular post has its own unique signature. Why re-invent the wheel, when you already know the technique but have a special and quite different eye than most?! All in all I rank it tops!
*ADDED quickly after now reading Paul..YES he is right..MOOD! that's the technique and your signature..Agreed!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-03 1:58]

hello Emma,
A beautiful view on this stony beach of the Isle of Skye. It is sure intersting for photographers, not only for sunsets, but because of its special stones on the beach. And after the rain, they look so more colorful. A good choice to have taken the rust-colored one in the foreground. Interesting the white color of the water close to the beach making a link-stripe between earth and sea. Cloudy and rainy weather are often the allied of photographers. Excellent composition too,like usual.
I also thank you for your wishes. I hope that you will have an excellent and happy 2010 too.
Kind regards

Happy New Year Emma!
low POV and your regulations they present a beautiful effect and a very good depth of field, very well composed scene and photo result, it's a beautiful landscape!
keep photographing! TFS

Dear Emma,
I wish you too a good, HEALTHY 2010.

Please do not apologise for your "sporadic appearances"! I am sure to speak for other members - who admire your work - we are delighted to see you on the site, when you are able to do so. When we do not see you around, we are sad about your battles.
You are of course right about "famous area of the Isle of Skye" - so often seen in British Calendars, Documentaries about Britain, Coffee Table Books!

I have noticed quite a difference in your approach to Landscape Photography since you participated in that course (which you obviously enjoyed a lot).

I love all your work in your impressive portfolio - now the photos are softer, romantic...

The strata - halfway up the mountain - lit up by some errant ray of sun matches exactly the big stone at 4 o'clock of the image.

A beautiful landscape - beautifully presented!

Best wishes from South Africa,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-01-11 4:41]

Hi Emma and a belated Happy New Year!

Yes!!! This is what i want to see! Elgol is one amazing place that looks superb no matter of the weather conditions. I've seen great photos taken at this spot in both sunny and rainy days, at sunsets or middays and it looks dramatic and great all the time.
I really like yours here as well. The rocks in the FG and the mountains in the back are lovely and your use of the polarizer really setts them apart. Also, the ultra-wide compo works superbly and the effect of the longer shutter over the foam creates a good focal point there in the middle, too.
Overall, you managed an excellent capture under the mentioned conditions and i can only hope to try a similar view this or next year, too :)

Cheers and TFS

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