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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:50 pm 
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Reflections on Loch Morlich, Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands. Taken in winter.

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Please let me know what you think of them (I know about the blown out highlights in the last 1). Be honest.

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Hi calmac1991,

Despite the blown highlights my favourite has to be the third one. I was already enjoying the composition and then I noticed the duck! The first two are such perfect reflections that without a foreground I can't help wondering if they are what they appear to be, though looking closely I can see some ripples. :?

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I can assure you that the reflections are real - I haven't altered the pictures in any way, other than slight noise reduction. It's a truly spectacular sight when Loch Morlich's still like that.


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calmac1991 wrote:
...It's a truly spectacular sight when Loch Morlich's still like that.

I can well believe it - you have access to a beautiful part of the world. I've been fortunate enough to see such conditions from altitude up around Baffin Island and it really plays tricks with the eyes. Nice work.

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Those are all wonderful pictures. I'm going to refer a friend here to see those as a matter of fact.

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Great shots! Nice symmetry in the first two.

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superb shots mate! what camera did you use?


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Those are great shots....love the symmetry! Shooting in winter when you have blue skies like that is great. A friend took me for a drive over the Scottish Highlands once....well it was just for a few hours and it was only over a very small part of them and I got to see Loch Lomond, but it was such a great sight! I wasn't into photography then and didn't even take a snapshot....such a waste!

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Some of the best reflection shots I've seen. I can't tell which way is up/down. The first two definitely grab me much more than the third photo.

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I visit Aviemore for 2 weeks every Christmas (we have a time share). This was taken last year with a Casio Exilim EX-110 (compact). Not long afterwards I made the mistake of buying a Panasonic Lumix FZ7. I've just upgraded to a dSLR (Olympus E-510) because the noise on the FZ7 was unacceptable, even at ISO 100, although the 12x zoom and OIS were useful. I hope to take better photos this year, both because of having much more experience now, and also having a better camera.

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I also like them very much. But like you said yourself....you could try to avoid the burnd out skies the next time. A ND grad filter could help a bit....but multiple exposures would even be better in these landscapes.


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Hah, I missed your post :shock: till now :D
I'd chime in with Bob and declare the third one my personal fav. The foreground is something I miss on the first two shots and the near perfect symmetry makes them visually very, very static, though beautiful.
I'd have tried to apply rule of thirds with the horizon and either tilt the cam down so that the water/reflection takes up 2/3 of the pics (incl. perhaps some foreground) or up so you see more of the sky (incl. perhaps some more interesting clouds).
Just my twopence...

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was just enjoying the waddle in Calmac1991's photo..you know, if you are a newbie, search here in this natural landscape section/thread for my favorites..Calmacs renditions of the Highlands, and the Borders, are my all time favorites, other then the quackage. I find myself digging thru these old posts marveling at the talent here.
wonderful stuff.

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The lighting of the second one with the composition of the third would probably be the best. But if I have to pick one, the third because composition is good.

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Hehe.. thanks. I'm quite surprised to see this old topic appearing again!

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