Yesterday was the most glorious spring day in Scotland so I took myself off to Aberfoyle and the shores of Loch Ard. This picture I took from the east end of Loch Ard, just a couple of miles west of Aberfoyle and looking west toward the snow-capped peak of Ben Lomond in the distance. You can see my location if you look at Map:view.
Ben Lomond lies about 12 kilometers as the crow flies from where I was standing and is situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. At 974 metres (3,196 ft), it is the most southerly of the Munros (Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet or 914.4 metres in height). Ben Lomond lies within the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, property of the National Trust for Scotland. The mountain's popularity in Scotland has resulted in several namesakes in the former British colonies of Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad and the United States.
And this was my first outing with my new 10 stop ND filter (which is variously known as a ND1000, a ND10 or, if you're into logarithms, a ND3). Quite fun taking pictures on a sunny day with a 25 second exposure and the smoothing effect on the water is quite remarkable - though I'm not quite sure yet if I like the effect or not! I'm certainly not impressed by the streaky effect on the clouds. See what you think!
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Romano46 (16580) 2014-03-25 5:30
mi domando a cosa possa servire quella rete che si immerge nelle acque del lago, ma probabilmente ha una funzione quando el acque sono più basse.
Fatto sta che in questo caso, con la sua presenza, ha arriccgito la composizione disegnando una bella diagonale sulla sinistra che fa da colntrappeso alla quiete del paesaggio perfettamente inserito in una bella composizione e arricchito da colori da colori e da una nitidezza fantastici,
Ciao e buona giornata
mkamionka (29407) 2014-03-25 6:32
I would probably not notice the effect on the water but I really like the effect in the clouds. This looks really impressive especially contrasted with the crispy sharp mountains on the horizon. Fantastic effect, I would like to play with it a bit but sadly at the moment I don't have much time to use my camera at all. Even though the days are recently occasionally clearer my family seems to catch one flu after another which keeps us at home in spite of the sunny sky.
Now after looking for a while at it I do like the icy feeling on the water surface indeed.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-25 8:14
in years which I spent in Scotland I could count only few such lovely days while trekking in the Highlands. You were very lucky with this lovely weather but you also made the most of it taking this beautiful picture. Nice composition with the wooden poles providing foreground and Ben Lomond contrasting with the whole scenery with its snow capped peak.
The colors have been masterly balanced.
Thanks for sharing
dta (63470) 2014-03-25 8:49
Hello John ,
The landscape is superb , as the light . At first glance , I was not convinced by the presence of the (not so beautiful) wire netting on the left . But On the other hand , it is an interesting and important part of the compOsition .
About the long exposure , I like a lot the mirror effect on the water . A little curious for the clouds , especially for the ones at the top , but not bad at all .
jjcordier (73704) 2014-03-25 9:07
La longue pose a glacé la surface de l'eau et surtout créé un étonnant effet dans le ciel. Je m'interroge un peu sur la présence de la barrière moyennement esthétique, même si elle crée un point d'accroche pour le regard au premier plan?
saxo042 (36918) 2014-03-25 9:25
Interesting effect on the water surface and the clouds from your new toy. A beautiful view here with that fence making a line out in the water. It is also interesting to compare this picture with the one Google presents in their street view. The fence is clearly visible but no doubt that your picture is better.
macjake (52920) 2014-03-25 9:36
i like that you're trying new things, you seem to be doing that alot lately.
I actually have one of these ND 10stop filters too, but only used it 1 time. Guess I should get out there and try it more and more.
the effect on the water is great, its a 10 out of 10 on that regards.
you said you were not too happy with the moving clouds, i can understand that, but i suppose its just a matter of personal choice.
I've seen photos of architecture, pointing UP at sky scrapers, using the ND 10stop filter with about 2 - 3 minute exposures during the daytime - very cool effect as the clouds streak by in a fantastic fashion.
maybe try that??
love the mountains with the snow-white ice tip, the water, the wooden posts on the left as they seem so tall - which means i think you were quite low?
lots to enjoy here, keep it going
lousat (72855) 2014-03-25 10:43
Hi John,magnificent way to take a pic from there.Your choice of this long time of exposure makes the difference,perfect to create this beautiful silk effect on the water and this soft sky too,super detail and natural colors,you know how to use a camera..ehehe....have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (28369) 2014-03-25 11:39
uno scatto di gran classe, tecnicamente ben fatto e con un bellissimo panorama.
Bella la setatura dell'acqua e molto bello anche il cielo.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-25 14:16
Hi John - from time to time I've considered investing in a good ND filter. You make strong use of it here, and the water is smoothed nicely (I could be convinced that it is ice in this shot). Not sure why you don't like the cloud effect, but I certainly do - an instant marker of the passage of time, making the stillness of the rest of the shot all the more striking. The fence is a great lead-in as well, though I'm forced to wonder why it was even built - to keep the fishes away?
jhm (135780) 2014-03-26 6:30
A lovely soft panoramic view, with the big mountain in background.
John an ask, the water is so smooth maybe through your filter!
Notwithstanding this a very lovely picture.
You chose a very well angle, with lake and thread in foreground.
Lovely big pictures, with nice light and colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ourania (27138) 2014-03-26 11:06
this is a beautiful place that can fill the viewer's heart with its beauty and tranquility. I like very much your composition and how you inserted a significant element in the foreground that leads us into the scenery and adds balance and dynamism. The colours are very lovely and the textures are fascinatingly varied. I'm afraid I don't know anything about filtres (yet) and I'm speaking only as a viewer. The opportunity the filter gives you to be creative is great and you clearly had fun using it here. I think it's striking that the fence and the landscape are so still and clear while the water and the clouds convey different kinds of dynamism. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Didi (55145) 2014-03-26 11:22
Very good lights ambiance and nice deep foreground
Royaldevon (26815) 2014-03-27 2:32
It is exciting and also, a little daunting to use new equipment. When photographs take on new attributes and qualities we question whether it is intended or we have messed up the process. I suppose, you have to ask if this suits your taste.as if you have experienced a
I like what I see on the water. It does look as if you have had a particularly cold spell and there is a thin film of ice on the surface. (I'm not as keen to see running water with this effect.) The mountains rise spectacularly from the b/g, sharp and imposing. With regard to the sky, I do like it. It is different but it reminds me of impressionists' paintings.
I love how you have used the fencing, guiding into the water. It's a technique that is impressive and rarely fails.
Keep on experimenting!
My warm regards,
williewhistler (12733) 2014-03-27 13:20
you must be pleased with this for a first effort,whilst the movement in the clouds may not be everyone`s cup of tea I quite like the effect.
Compositionally I might have cropped a little off the bottom so that the fence emerged directly from the vertical corner but that`s a very minor niggle in a cracking shot.
Best regards Les.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-27 20:20
Paysage magnifique avec les montagnes enneigées au fond. J'aime bien la présence de cette clôture qui cadre bien la photo et dirige le regard vers le bout du lac. Bravo.
emka (73761) 2014-03-27 22:59
How nice to have a new toy! I think that it can be very useful and I also would like to have it. But I am afraid I wouldn't know how to use it. As you know, being poor photographer, I use mainly automatic setting. But you achieved splendid result. I like very much such silky water, although I have never seen such water in nature. Interesting clouds also.
Marvelous landscape with Ben Lomond. I think I saw Ben Lomond being on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. I am not sure about this fence. Maybe I would prefer the pic without it, on the other hand, it gives depth.
WArm regrads MAlgo
chawax (18621) 2014-04-05 1:31
Excellent shot ! The POV is excellent, with the perspective line of the gate on the left adding depth to the composition. The light is very pleasant, the exposure is well managed and the long exposure is very nice.
annjackman (18153) 2014-04-06 3:56
Lovely effect here with the fence disappearing into the smoothed water. The long exposure has also given an artistic brush stoke to the sky. The snow-capped mountain finishes this beautiful picture off very nicely.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (18884)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-24
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, SRB 77mm ND1000
- Exposure: f/14.0, 26 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-25 4:55