Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

  1. #1
    Moderator Donald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Glenfarg, Scotland
    Posts
    19,982
    Real Name
    Just add 'MacKenzie'

    The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    I've been posting up some of my stuff from my week spent in north-west of the country and they all seem to be about low clouds and gloomy moods (Hey Ho, that's just me having a good time). But the area can also be the most glorious when the sun shines (as it did in the area more than almost anywhere else in the UK this past summer).

    So, to redress the balance and show that my 40D is capable of capturing colour data, here are a couple that show what it's like on a good day.

    Any thoughts/suggestions that you have are always welcomed. I'm always particularly keen to get comment on my colour work, as it is not something that I'm particularly comfortable with.

    Away to the far north


    The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland



    The 'Isle of Lewis' making her way into Loch Broom

    This is the ferry that plies between Ullapool on the mainland and the Island of Lewis in the Western Isles. At this time of year she does 2 return journeys per day.

    The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

  2. #2

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC
    Posts
    18,930

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    I applaud that you have a consistent style. Having said that, I would like to see more dynamic range and contrast in both images.

    I'm surprised that you prefer the second one in color; it's ideal in black-and-white, which of course is your cup of tea.

  3. #3
    gcowan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Sydney Australia
    Posts
    269
    Real Name
    Graham

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Hi Donald,
    You paint a very soft view of the highlands. I like the images very much. You could extract more contrast but then it wouldn't be your vision of the reality of the place. I really like the soft light in your part of the world, I don't know about your concept of sunshine though.
    I went out into the city the other day here in Sydney and had more than 5 stops of contrast do deal with.

    Graham

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    I live a stone's throw away from Cuyahoga National Park (NE, Ohio)..
    Posts
    1,213

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Donald, I want to suggest an alternative interpretation of your ferry photo. I would experiment cropping out the ferry by eliminating the bottom third of the picture. I think this photo with just a slice of of the water present (below both small land masses) would make the picture into a moody landscape. The ferry seems too present for me. Just a suggestion.

    Karm

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Portland Oregon
    Posts
    161
    Real Name
    Connie Keyes

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    These remind me of the color I get in Oregon. I was going through some old pictures last night to see if any could be PP to save. Some of them I had to check and recheck to see if they were taken in black and white because they were similar to your second picture. I love the pictures you have posted of Scotland, it certainly shows the vastness, bleak and bareness of the Highlands?. I would very much like to be there on that hill in your first picture. Wouldn't mind seeing the goat you posted the other day either.

  6. #6
    Shadowman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    WNY
    Posts
    30,725
    Real Name
    John

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Very nice images. Soft yet energetic. I am a big fan of cloudy skies.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    A Pacific Island
    Posts
    925
    Real Name
    Andrew

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    I'll go with Karm. Lose the ferry. And a touch of contrast wouldn't hurt. But just a touch.

  8. #8
    Moderator Donald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Glenfarg, Scotland
    Posts
    19,982
    Real Name
    Just add 'MacKenzie'

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Thank you all for those very constructive and helpful comments.

    Interestingly, given Karm's and Andrew's comments, as I was waiting for the ferry to come into frame, I made another shot. On this one I moved the whole thing up a bit. No bits of land in the foreground and some more sky.

    Based on the suggestions above I put a curve on this and then a bit of Local Contrast Enhancement.

    Maybe this works better?

    The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

  9. #9
    Daisy Mae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Wick, Caithness, Scotland.
    Posts
    2,577
    Real Name
    Sharon

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Well I have to say that the above edit is a 'nice' image but I MUCH prefer the one with the ferry. It is that gentle to and fro from island to mainland with the soft hazy hills and light on the water that conveys the very personality of the place and it's relationship with ( and isolation from) the larger geographical situation. I may be wrong Donald but I don't think you ever set out to create a shot that is aesthetically pleasing but without a context and a tale to tell...that's not you. The ferry must stay!

    I can understand the cry for more dynamic range...but that is to miss the very essence of the Highlands and it's glorious subtlety of light.

    Great shots.
    Last edited by Daisy Mae; 18th October 2012 at 06:05 PM.

  10. #10
    arith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Burton on Trent, UK
    Posts
    4,789
    Real Name
    Steve

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    I like the top one Donald; I'm not into abstract blueness or anything like that. The top one is superb.

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    A Pacific Island
    Posts
    925
    Real Name
    Andrew

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    I do like the new one without the ferry Donald and would also crop down the sky by about half. The photo now has only one central theme and with just enough contrast, the steps through scene add depth. It would be a hanger at my place.

  12. #12
    gcowan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Sydney Australia
    Posts
    269
    Real Name
    Graham

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Mae View Post
    The ferry must stay!

    I can understand the cry for more dynamic range...but that is to miss the very essence of the Highlands and it's glorious subtlety of light.

    I quite agree.
    Graham

  13. #13

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC
    Posts
    18,930

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Well now...

    I still like the ferry shot, especially if you convert it to black-and-white.

    However, of all the versions so far, I really like the last one but with a very different crop. I would crop just a little off the bottom and I would crop to eliminate all the clouds. That might not allow enough space above the mountains, so I would add just a bit of cloudless sky to that part of the image, but not much. The resulting image for me would be such a gorgeous image of undulating layers. Unfortunately, that would probably not leave a file size that would be large enough to print, but it would still display wonderfully on the Internet, projected on a screen or shown on a large television.

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    216
    Real Name
    Anne

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Beautiful images all of them as they are .... well done Donald.

    Anne

  15. #15
    pnodrog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Waipu, Northand, New Zealand
    Posts
    3,465
    Real Name
    Paul

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    I particularly like the vastness of the first shot and the scale of the boat in the second confirms my suspicion that Scotland is bigger then Monaco. However I am not sure that a few bright patches on the ground is forensic proof of the existence of sun shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. If so why would Mike be wanting to see a higher dynamic range? Under the circumstances I think it is a very good photograph. These are just my observations and I would hate to cause any offence or have an argument with anyone in the land of my ancestors.

  16. #16
    Moderator Donald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Glenfarg, Scotland
    Posts
    19,982
    Real Name
    Just add 'MacKenzie'

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by pnodrog View Post
    However I am not sure that a few bright patches on the ground is forensic proof of the existence of sun shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland.
    That's the sort of glorious weather that prompts you to immediately get on your shorts and tee-shirts up in these parts. You mean other places in the world get more sunshine than this?

  17. #17
    pnodrog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Waipu, Northand, New Zealand
    Posts
    3,465
    Real Name
    Paul

    Re: The sun does shine in the north-west Highlands of Scotland

    Yep I think the Aussies will be able to provide you with some evidence of bright sun. I can't they send us all the rain they often want but seldom use. Be quick with the shorts I think winter is just around the corner for you lot.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •