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A Few from Last Week - More Added

marklj
Posted 10/11/2011 - 16:17 Link
Was away up in Skye and Sutherland last week for six days. Weather was fairly dire for the first few days on Skye. Raining heavily and gale force winds. Ended up using the 10 stopper quite a lot. Moved on to Sutherland and at first the conditions didn't improve. They finally started to get better the day we came home. After six 4.30am-5am starts in a row I was looking forward to a lie in but unfortunately the forecast was great so I headed up to Falcon Crag (overlooking Derwent Water) for dawn on Sunday. Beautiful misty morning - followed that up with a late afternoon wander through the grounds of Lowther Castle with the dog whilst my daughter rode her horse in front of us. Still loads to process but I've picked out a few that I quite like.

First morning at Elgol with a Lee 2 stop ND filter and the Samsung 12-24

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First morning at Elgol with the Samsung 12-24 and the B&W ten stop filter.

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Second morning up above the Old Man of Storr for dawn with the Samsung 12-24 and the Lee 2 stop and the 0.9 soft grad.

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Third morning (Elgol again) with the DA15 and the B&W ten stop filter.

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Another from the third morning with the 12-24 again and the Lee 2 stop/0.9 soft grad.

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One from the last evening looking out over the Summer Isles from Polbain with the DA*60-250

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One from the last morning as we were about to come home - reflections in Loch Col Dromannan - FA31 and B&W polariser.

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Another on the last morning - more reflections in Loch Col Dromannan and again with the FA31.

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One from Sunday on Falson Crag looking down on Keswick before dawn hence decision to go mono as there was no colour anyway. DA*60-250 at 250mm.

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One fro the woods at Askham on Sunday afternoon with the DFA100mm WR

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johnriley
Posted 10/11/2011 - 16:38 Link
That last shot is absolutely gorgeous.
Best regards, John
davex
Posted 10/11/2011 - 17:01 Link
A cracking set, the 4th one is particularly good.

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matwhittington
Posted 10/11/2011 - 17:24 Link
Gosh what an outstanding set - there's so much that I like here it's hard to know where to start! I agree with John that the last is gorgeous. I love the water in the first, and the B/Ws are fantastic - especially the old man of storr.



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sandinista
Posted 10/11/2011 - 18:24 Link
Masterful work Mark
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Pentaxophile
Posted 10/11/2011 - 18:43 Link
Wow, no. 4 is fabulous! And the last one, suuperb.
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Blaze
Posted 10/11/2011 - 18:56 Link
Wow, absolutely brilliant set.
The last one's worthy of Constable ...
Superb reflections in 7 & 8.
DrOrloff
Posted 10/11/2011 - 19:16 Link
Great to see some new output. No need to say how good they are, the last has a touch of magic about it.

P.S You seem to be collecting some rather tasty lenses.
marklj
Posted 10/11/2011 - 19:51 Link
Cheers guys - appreciate the positive crack.

DrOrloff wrote:
P.S You seem to be collecting some rather tasty lenses.

I weighed up where I was going and decided it was way too early for me to jump ship just to go FF elsewhere when I'm still learning my way in so I invested my savings in a variety of new lenses. Loving the limited primes to be honest. Lovely feel to them and beautiful colour and contrast. The little 40 is probably my favourite although the colour from the 31 is fabulous (and the 100 is definitely a bit special).

Very disappointed with the weather as I'd been looking forward to the trip for months and then had a real lift just vefore I went with two pictures commended in the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards - one displayed full page in The Sunday Times a couple of weeks ago and both up in The National Theatre and in the book thats just come out.
aliengrove
Posted 10/11/2011 - 19:56 Link
Another masterclass in landscapes, the 3rd and the last ones are the pick for me but they are all excellent.
DrOrloff
Posted 10/11/2011 - 20:02 Link
Congrats and very well deserved. The 31 (and the other FAltds) are just about unbeatable as far as I can see and ff ready when that eventually happens. Keep the pics coming.
gartmore
Posted 10/11/2011 - 20:07 Link
These are all fantastically good.

All of the mono ones, except #2, would, to my taste, benfit from a wee tweak in 'levels' to give them a little more punch.

If you dont think so, dont bother, they are still very, very good!
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -
gartmore
Posted 10/11/2011 - 20:12 Link
Going back for another enjoyable look, I noticed you've removed the crucial exposure EXIF data, I think everyone would like to know what your settings were.
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -
marklj
Posted 10/11/2011 - 20:31 Link
Certainly not my intention to remove the EXIF data - I've never seen the point of hiding my settings. They were just straight uploads to Flickr.

First one is 0.7 seconds @ f11.0. ISO 160 and +1/2ev

Second is 397 seconds @ f11.0 and ISO 100

Third is 1/15th @ f11.0 and ISO 200

Fourth is 96 seconds @ f11.0 and ISO 100

Fifth is 0.3 seconds @ f11.0 and ISO 200

Sixth is 0.003 seconds @ f6.7 and 250mm. ISO 200.

Seventh is 1/90th @ f5.6 and 1/2ev and ISO 200

Eighth is 1/30th @ f5.6 and ISO 200

Ninth is 1/6th @ f9.5 and ISO 200 and +1ev

Tenth is 1/500th @ f6.7 and ISO 200
Northgrain
Posted 10/11/2011 - 20:37 Link
Always a bit special when you post your work, Mark. I sat up a bit straighter in my chair to go through these. Just fabulous.


marklj wrote:
had a real lift just vefore I went with two pictures commended in the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards - one displayed full page in The Sunday Times a couple of weeks ago and both up in The National Theatre and in the book thats just come out.

Many congratulations! I bought the book from last year - inspirational stuff and one of the reasons I decided to have a play (even if in my rather half-arsed way) at digital photogrpahy. But not a single Pentax image in last years book. I wondered if you'd have a crack at it this year, as your images are right up there with the best, so it's fantastic news that you've a couple in. Much deserved given your talent.

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