Last Wednesday was the very first dry day we have had here this year and so I went with a group of friends for a walk around this reservoir. It was cold, overcast and quite breezy but at least the rain stayed off until we had finished our five or six mile walk around the reservoir's circumference.
A substantial reservoir with an earth embankment dam in South Lanarkshire, Camps began operating in 1930. It lies about three miles east of the village of Crawford (you can check that on Map:view) and is the source of the Camps Water, a tributary of the River Clyde. Now operated by Scottish Water for the supply of drinking-water, it covers an area of 78.8 hectares (194 acres).
The reservoir also supports a local fishing club and this picture was taken from near the fishing club's hut where we stopped to eat our lunch. Unfortunately we had to sit outside to eat our sandwiches as entry to the hut is reserved for fishing club members only!
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npecanhuk (72092) 2014-01-13 17:54
That's a beautiful and pleasant-looking place!
That's an attractive and peaceful-looking photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
The details of the two upside down boats are a highlight!
I also enjoy that cloudy sky and how the surface of the water looks!
TFS - congrats,
photographer_sg (4412) 2014-01-13 20:58
Beautiful landscape with great composition. The colours of the sky and the clarity of the trees and the mountains in the distance are superb. The two boats and the small puddle in the foreground beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
daddo (26368) 2014-01-13 21:20
Hi John. Hard to accept that this is man made, for it looks as nature would have planned it without human input. lovely panorama with great light, dramatic sky and vivid colours. Regards. Klaudio.
jemaflor (91349) 2014-01-13 23:11
Great landscape and photo, well composed, lovely light and interesting depth effect, tfs.
emka (89461) 2014-01-13 23:19
hello John, How gorgeous walk you had this first dry day. Such dramatic clouds look even more interesting that cloudless blue sky. Five or six miles - quite a long walk around this lake (always miles... why should I multiply by 1.609344). Gorgeous composition with these boats. I always love such grasses.
Warm regrads Malgo
I have already three trips planned and tickets bought :).
jjcordier (79289) 2014-01-13 23:28
Jolie photo de ce bel endroit qui convient parfaitement à une promenade entre amis.
HimalAnda (10337) 2014-01-13 23:31
I like the cloudy sky, the nice colors of the grass on the foreground, and the two lonely boats. It gives an atmosphere to the picture.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-13 23:48
Hello John - A finely balanced composition which uses the upturned boats as a very strong FP to the shot. The landscape is full of colour and textural detail which I like very much. I have the feeling that the hike was done in double quick time.... look at the sky, rain is on its way! Take care Rosemary
carlo62 (41323) 2014-01-14 0:04
un altro paesaggio incantato della Scozia, sembra che il tempo si sia fermato, potremmo essere in qualsiasi anno.
Molto bello il cielo minaccioso che contrasta con la luce di sinistra.
papagolf21 (93230) 2014-01-14 0:26
L'image est superbe. Composition de toute beauté sachant utiliser les couleurs, la lumière, les mouvements du ciel.
Une grande photo.
dta (73093) 2014-01-14 0:54
Hello John ,
A wonderful composition , using very well the two landed boats on the shore of the lake . A great sky and pleasantly saturated colors .
Not yet snow in Scotland this year . I hope that it will never come !
holmertz (47178) 2014-01-14 2:24
I suppose you needed good, sturdy boots for this walk, beacuse although there was temporarily no water coming from above I get the impression that the ground was rather wet. Maybe it was necessary to take some chances with the ground to get these two boats in such a nice position. They create a good focal point for the composition, which also offers a lot of nice views among the hills and the clouds.
ibhm (318) 2014-01-14 3:41
Merci de partager avec nous une aussi belle photo. Tout est parfait le cadrage, l'éclairage, les couleurs et la beauté de l'Ecosse sous un ciel magnifique.
Noel_Byrne (28176) 2014-01-14 5:23
For the first walk of 2014, you got a sky that is screaming with mood and drama, and it looks superb here! It seems to speak loudly of the storms we have all seen in recent weeks, and it seems the memory of that weather is still in the skies mind! It is both threatening and beautiful at the same time, and the perfect accompaniment to this beautiful shot of the reservoir. I love where you have placed the boats in the shot.
A resounding success for the start of the year, long may it continue!
All the best
amaryllis (36329) 2014-01-14 6:03
un bel endroit pour aller faire une promenade avec un ciel un peu mouvementé, un beau lac où les poissons doivent affluer pour le plaisir des pêcheurs et ces deux barques retournées donnent un plus
saxo042 (37730) 2014-01-14 7:54
This must have been a beautiful day, no winds and no rain. The clouds look quite dark but the sun shines through over the distant hills. The boats are resting on land, waiting for the fly fishing season to start. Now they just add some colours to the picture. A very beautiful view and an interesting note with good links.
gildasjan (42910) 2014-01-14 10:05
L'image est très bien cadrée et j'aime beaucoup cette lumière qui met bien ce paysage en valeur.
lousat (85018) 2014-01-14 10:15
Hi John,magnificent capture from you first walk of the new year,no snow in this strange winter but a lot of rain and clouds,and you caught very well this opportunity to show us a magic spectacle,worked in PP with the usual great class,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,LUCIANO
Glint (6171) 2014-01-14 11:38
this is beautifully composed. The delicious light shows off the colours of nature and the painted hulls of the wee boats perfectly.
mesutilgim (90766) 2014-01-14 13:07
Wonderfull landscape, wonderfull capture.
Amazing cloudy sky creates a perfect background.
TFS and best regards
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-14 13:32
altro straordinario paesaggio scozzese nel quale la luce gioca un ruolo fondamentale per valorizzare una composizione già eccezionale.
Straordinaria pure la gestione del colore.
Ciao e buona serata
macjake (63232) 2014-01-14 19:02
its been some time since i re-visited your gallery, I must have forgotten about you haha
I would never do such a thing to you my friend!
it would be interesting to see how this photo looks in its original state without the post processing too.
just out of curiousity.
the high contrast levels bring out the various colors and subjects. the tall grass in the fg pops, the 2 boats pop, the water stands out nicely against that same grass, and the clouds make a strong impression too.
how's the new photoshopping coming along? i think i remember you saying you were experimenting a bit?
nice to see the rain stop for a day or two as well!
see you around
CLODO (33050) 2014-01-15 2:16
Welcome to the image fisherman! The overcast sky is really eye catching as we can see the clouds movement, and the landscape seems to be very quiet. The boats add some interest to this nature picture.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-15 2:23
What a super moody lake scene you have captured and you walked for your lunch and carried it, so a photo and fitness day.
Pity you could not sit in the fisherman's hut.
Great clarity and management as usual.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-15 6:15
lovely gentle image this. So perfectly composed and balanced with an idyllic atmosphere about it and a light that just entices and enhances the appeal. Execution is flawless and the presentation beautiful. I love it!
Regards - B.
willperrett (9011) 2014-01-15 11:39
Surprised you didn't find a pub! But if you had, you may have stayed put, and then we wouldn't have this lovely landscape to gloat over. The sky in particular is superb, and though I'm sure you've added a little drama in Photoshop, it's done with taste and subtlety. Good work.
COSTANTINO (61447) 2014-01-15 22:21
what a peaceful atmosphere with a dramatic
sky a shot that creates a lot of
different feelings during this first
dry day of the year
I do not know but I love this
atmosphere with the cloudy sky
reflected on the surface of the water
rbassin (21046) 2014-01-16 1:41
ce paysage est superbe,bon cadrage ,les barques sont bien positionnées;
La lumière et le ciel sont magnifiques
rychem (30395) 2014-01-16 8:46
It isnt the typical winter weather in the northern hemisphere, excellent photo, beautiful landscape and dramatic sky, perfect composition with boats in the strong point, splendid photo
annjackman (21400) 2014-01-17 1:34
How useful to have the two upturned boats so conveniently placed for a photographer! Sounds like a lovely walk. The winter light has given some gorgeous colours in the grasses and hills and the sun has come through the clouds enough to give some lovely reflections.
A super image of your area.
Best wishes, Ann
Royaldevon (34773) 2014-01-18 9:56
Ha! Ha! John, this has a strong Biblical ring to it. Had the rain not abated, you could have been walking on water!
I'm sure the rain has been horrendous in the Borders. It has been pretty constant, here, the land has that squashy, waterlogged feel to it, wherever you walk.
This photograph certainly has that 'calm after the storm' atmosphere. The boats, upturned, unready to face the day, land waterlogged and there is a marauding quality to the clouds, but the loch is tranquil, there is a little light on the horizon and there is a lull in the air.
Your composition is faultless, with the wiry grass and boats giving immediate f/g attention and the loch spreading backwards, leading to the coniferous forest and the distant hills.
The sky plays an important part, both for colour and for mood.
Have a great w/e,
phildar77360 (328) 2014-01-20 17:07
Félicitation pour ce superbe paysage.
Le ciel nuageux se fait un peu menaçant,mais voit encore quelques rayons de lumière sur la gauche...Une photo avec du caractère comme j aime.
delpeoples (56054) 2014-01-23 5:52
Sorry I'm only just getting back to your lovely photo, I've been AWOL, so please forgive me. As I said in a note somewhere to you, this photo is so beautiful. The golden tones are what win it for me and I like that silvery blue water. The sky looks marvellously dramatic and you have done a seamless job in your Layers to balance the light between the foreground and the sky. As I said before, I would have composed the shot with the boats in the left-hand foreground corner which gives something for the eye to anchor itself on before travelling through the rest of the image. And I've shown you what I mean by that in the WS. Unfortunately I had to crop out that nice little blue water inlet in the right FG. Sorry!
Kielia (24077) 2014-01-23 5:58
your photo shows the beauty of the winter season excellently. The light and the colors are very moody, the atmosphere is fairytale like. Your walk must have been an extraordinary experience. My compliments!
brianmcc (6219) 2014-01-29 10:34
this is lovely landscape image, with a beautiful range of colour tones and textures in the grasses, water and sky. you have composed this perfectly and positioned the two boats in just the right place. I especially like the little area on the mountainside in the far distance with the light shining on it. the clouds add extra drama to the scene. a great first walk of the year.
ps. thank you for your very kind comments on my last post. you asked about the reverse Grad filter. i tend to use it for sunset/sunrise pictures where the area along the horizon is going to be much brighter than anywhere else in the frame.
normal Grad filters are either hard or soft.
hard Grad filters are equally dark from the top to about half way down, and then clear on the bottom half. good to use for seascapes where the horizon is flat as you slide the dark part of the filter until it reaches the horizon.
soft Grad filters are darker at the top, getting gradually less so towards the middle, and clear on the bottom half. these are good for pictures where the horizon is broken such as my mountain pictures as it means i can slide the filter down to darken the sky as required without there being a visibly darker line going across the image which would happen it using a hard Grad filter.
reverse Grad filters are like the soft Grad filter in that they are gradually darker. however, with the reverse, the lighter area is at the top and it gradually gets darker towards the middle. it is also clear on the bottom half so has a very defined line between the two halves. it is useful for sunsets where the area around the horizon is brightest, but the sky above it may be a lot darker. this Grad filter darkens the horizon area without also darkening the sky above it like the other Grad filters would. it also leaves the bottom half of the picture unaffected.
I hope I have written this so that it makes sense, but I may possibly have over complicated the explanation.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-02-14 4:18
thats is a fascinating sight you have in your frame.love the pov and the the nature here.the inverted boats makes this pic extra beautiful and nostalgic.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (23020)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-13 17:08