A little cross-border poaching with my camera in the Scottish Borders in late winter last year took me to the Loch of the Lowes, just south of St. Mary's Loch, south of Selkirk. The picture was taken from the narrow strip of land which separates the two and on which sits Tibbie Shiel's Inn. You can see from where I took this picture if you look at Map:[view].
There are actually two pieces of water in Scotland named "Loch of the Lowes", the other and probably more famous one, especially for bird-watchers, being near Dunkeld in Perthshire.
Taken in late afternoon as the sun was going down behind the distant hills on the right. Shot in RAW using a polarising filter and converted and edited in PSE6.
All comments/critiques/advice welcome!
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weetrees (15) 2011-02-01 14:51
This image has a lovely tone to it John
As ever the composition is top notch and well thought out
I particularly like the grass (bottom right) as this adds extra depth to the overall feel of the day
The front to back clarity is exceptional, i really think i have to get one of those tamron 17-50mm's
obviously without the skill of the photographer they are worth nothing but it is producing rather optically good images..
Was it possible to do a shot on the other bank as that tree looks as if it has possibilities for some near and far contrasting.
Cropping out the sky and leving us with a taste of it in the still of the loch was a master stroke
You have a fab week
humayun (2913) 2011-02-01 18:02
very nice image and good work.........
pov is nice also.........
mikebottomley (449) 2011-02-01 23:02
Yes, I agree with John (Weetrees) the tones are very nice, I like how clear the water is, the whole composition is great, and so sharp...Interesting note John, I notice you always include a good note with your photos, and it was you that started, or influenced me, with trying to write interesting notes, so you taught me one thing on this site.
Hmmm 100 asa, must be a tripod job...Don't know if you will change me on this ...
annjackman (15525) 2011-02-02 0:42
Beautifully captured with pleasing colours and shapes of this landscape. The sharpness and detail of the grasses in the FG is impressive against the softer reflections of those wispy clouds.
J_Burke (1283) 2011-02-02 1:22
I read your discussion about the Tamron lens, very interesting and this is a very high quality image. The colours are represented excellently, great tones and contrast and the image is very sharp. You have used the foreground well and the picture is well composed and balanced right too. Thanks for sharing.
asajernigan (19669) 2011-02-02 3:19
This is an amazing shot with an excellent reflection. The warm tones are great throughout the scene. The reflection adds depth and balance for the shot. The grass in the foreground adds depth for the scene. The lighting and colors are outstanding and the photo has fine sharpness and DOF.
Glint (5911) 2011-02-02 10:00
great clarity, light and colours here.An excellent dof that allows us to see not only the fg detail of the grasses but the far hills too.I feel though that compositionally there is something missing,as I have an urge to place a nice rock in the water center left in the fg.However, you have utilised the rule of thirds to offer an adequate balance and I am just asking for more than is necessary.
saxo042 (33900) 2011-02-02 11:27
It is interesting to see that you have cropped this photo so that the shoreline marks the upper third of the view, thus taking care of a necessary detail. Beautiful reflections in the perfectly calm water surface and beautiful brownish and bluish colours. This road, A708, looks like a very beautiful road, seen from Google Street View...
finlay (1545) 2011-02-03 1:50
You have been posting some stunning landscapes of late and this is no exception. The clarity and depth of field are superb. A great pov from the lochside, with the reflections on the left nicely balanced by the grasses on the right. Very well done.
romanaa (7642) 2011-02-03 10:07
this is a flawless picture with amazing clarity both in air and in water. Great colours and very good composition.
triptych2003 (1534) 2011-02-04 22:47
ah, john, you got me! i'm a sucker for reflections. this one is great. one thing i really like about this one is the foreshore and how it creeps around the right hand side. the details and colours are excellent. those trees on the far hill almost look fluffy. wonderful. thanks.
williewhistler (9829) 2011-02-05 4:26
Hello John,yes , as one or two others have said the composition here is very good indeed,there is lovely recession in the mountains which are bathed in a pleasing soft light.
A tranquil landscape well portrayed.
eldancer1 (20750) 2011-02-12 9:44
Very calm and so peaceful scene. I like your pov and it has a good dof with sharp details. Very nice colors. Well done, tfs.
MJR (3340) 2011-02-13 15:18
This is a real cracker, with pin sharp foreground, (if you choose grass for detail, its got to be ! ) and lovely ranging mid and back grounds.
Clarity takes on a whole new meaning when you see the water here, but it goes through your whole image, with a gorgeous sky to top it off.
And of course, a marvellous note and support data as always.
I wondered where exactly Selkirkshire was, and there it all was, ready for me in map view.. Thanks!
I was pleased to read through the notes on Lenses, and pciked up more useful gen - it is a wonderful service TE and it's TErs provide.
Many thanks, once more
Longroute (19392) 2011-02-25 6:46
When the sun shines over Scotland the spectacle is assured!
You found the ideal POV to take this lovely reflection and the best light to get this warm and intense colours.
This loch is splendid and your composition does justice to it!
Well captured and composed.
delpeoples (48582) 2013-03-25 21:15
I was always given to believe that the Borders were never near as attractive or spectacular as the Highlands. But you have proved this theory totally wrong. This is magnificent. THe crisp light, the soft colours and that unspoilt landscape. Wow, Scotland has so much to offer and you're succeeding in proving it with your one-man publicity machine. What else could you ask from a photo?
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15693)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-03-10
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP AF, Hoya 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-01 14:16