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Light Patterns
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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: 2009-10-11
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/6400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Scotland - October 2009
Date Submitted: 2009-12-03 5:19
Viewed: 4681
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know that this shot will not be to everyone's taste, but I wanted to include it becuase it is special to me.

I was sitting on a rock wondering what I could photograph on the photography course that I was on - sitting lost for inspiration with both the 10-22mm and 24-105mm lenses giving me nothing that I was happy with.

So I put on the 100-400mm lens which few people think of when taking landscapes and was using it to view to coast line like a pair of binoculars - it is very useful in this sense!

Between the torrential rain storms there were patches of golden light on the sea and this rock - Holm Island in the Sound of Raasay - caught my attention - regretfully the light never lasted long enough to get the rock into the lighter areas of the picture, but it did still produce a shot that I rather like.

I have uploaded a workshop for people to see the wonderful light on the sea at that point in time and what attracted me to recording it and why this was really the only composition I could do - there is a rock face/cliff edge immediately to the bottom right of this picture preventing me from moving any further right or down.

So some technical details - handheld at 1/5000 second (TN settings did not have that for shutter speed so went for the closest).
The light and dark in this picture take up 4.5 stops of the 5 stops that a digital camera can record, so no need for any filters.
Into sun, so the polarising filter was also of no use.
No exposure bias for once with my pictures - it was just not needed.
What else ? - I am not sure if the Image stablisation was on or off at this point - the exif data makes no mention of it.
Spot metering from the camera sensor.

maybe you will like it and see what I saw, maybe you will not.

ramthakur, Mikolaj, Heaven, Argus, nasokoun, marianas, Dis. Ac., anel, Alex99, albert, SunToucher has marked this note useful
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First of all, it is great to hear from you, Emma. Thanks a lot for your kind words on my new picture.
This is indeed a highly artistic 'creation'. Your bold camera settings have produced an image that appeals to my sensibilities. The dark rock is no doubt of great significance in it.
Thanks and hope to see more of your from now on.

Magnifique ces jeux de lumière et cette profondeur.

Hello Emma! Amazing black and white seascape. Wonderful island. Superb lightness, excellent shadows. Good contrast. Very good work. Well done!

Dear Emma,
I had to google the location - my geographic knowledge of Britain is poor despite having lived there 5 years - The waters to the East of Raasay are known as The Inner Sound of Raasay which occupy some of the deepest channels around Britain.
Your image is perfect art, just like a Chinese Stone rubbing! Many date from before the year 1000.

The stronger outer border on top guides they eye past the finer line - straight down to the horizon and the shimmering sea down to the foreground - to be caught again by the fine black line and stopped by the stronger outer line.

I know, what you mean in your notes "not be to everyone's taste". My husband is always very quiet, when I take a photo like your workshop... I have NOTHING AS GOOD as your picture above.

I wish, a could give you two kisses (as a South American member calls them), for your beautiful posting, but it is sad.

Have a nice evening,
Kind regards

Hi Emma!

I probably don't surprise you if I tell you that I'm on the side of the ones that like this picture very much. For me, it simply is marvellous. And in a way it is similar to my last posting. We both have, in our way, captured a superb lightplay and created a magnificent effect with almost nothing... That's great art, dear Emma, and I would like to congratulate you for this. Moreover, the picture has a well pronounced mystic aspect and invites for contemplation as well as for meditation.

Kind regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-03 7:25]

Hello Emma,
I suppose this is the kind of shot that I would not take as the sharp contrast of light and shade would be a strain for my eyes. However, as you have taken it with a camera that reduces the harshness of the light I find it intersting to look at, both for the pattern created by the cloud shadows on the sea and for the atmosphere that it presents when experiencing the Scottish Highland west coast in the autumn. Though Holm Island (the Scandinavian word 'holm' means this kind of rock) is in the shade it is a focal point in this pleasing composition.
As your photography skills are very high, I presume you must have been on an advanced course!
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Emma
overexposing scene, it suits in my aesthetics, it reminds the effect that we made sometimes with solarize, the forms that it creates the light they are splendid, with this frugal sepia pallet of colours, very interesting beautiful photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Wonderful BW work!
Is amazing the light and the water relexion1

Hola Emma,
gracias por tus amables y SINCEROS comentarios a mi fotografía del canal.
Esta que presentas también impresionante como la anterior, con un interesante juego de luces y una gran profundidad.

Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Emma,

an very nice picture from you with less colours.
I like this kind of pictures.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-04 4:25]

Hello Emma,
The light must have reflected very strongly on the surface of the water..if you had to use 1/6400 sec. I don't use this time even for snow.
The result is very convincing. I like to see the fine gradations of colors towards the background. I also like the WS picture a lot. Almost mystical shot.
I wish you a nice weekend.
Kind regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-04 9:41]

Hi Emma.
Thanks a lot for sharing of this charming picture. I also like to use telelens for landscape. You have reflected light and colour tones and shades are precisely. Sharpness of the image across the whole frame is fine for this subject. WS is also superb as an original image. All the vest and kind wishes.

Hello Emma,
A very unusual use,at least for me, of the 100-400 zoom,giving a great result on the structure of the water and very good light's capture
TFS and have a nice W-E

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-12-08 8:33]

Hi emma,

This a gorgeous shot. I love the cropped in view, and i particularly like the almost grainy monochromatic effect of the sea.


Hi Emma,
Of course I like it. This is really a beautiful photo where the colors of the into the sun technique turned out almost golden. I also like the WS version where you show of more of the area.
All the different patches of light and shadow give a huge feel of depth. The single rock gives the photo the finishing touch.
I was wandering if these were the photos you took on your course, but I see that they are. Did it turn out to be a good one and did you pick up any good ideas? (or did you learn something) I am looking for a similar workshop, but I am afraid that the costs are too high compared with what you really learn.


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