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author docmm
title Rannoch Dawn
date3/29/2006 2:11:47 AM
details200 miles, and a four hour drive to arrive here before 6am and to find not a soul in site.

Loch Na h-Achlaise, Rannoch moor.
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1 Kazimierz Morski   (3/29/2006 2:16:09 AM)
Very beautiful colours and composition!Great clarity! Regards! :)K.M.
2 Kazimierz Morski   (3/29/2006 2:19:57 AM)
Black PB bg? :)K.M.
3 docmm   (3/29/2006 2:22:13 AM)
#2 Kazimierz Morski:

4 Kenn Reay   (3/29/2006 2:26:57 AM)
This is superb. Amazing clarity which comes with these conditions, perfectly captured. Probably unique! My eye has been all over this admiring the sharpness. Giving up sleep and making the big effort is what sets you apart. Congrats. Kenn
5 Hassan (Hassan A)   (3/29/2006 2:31:53 AM)
Wonderful docmm , really love it :) . Bravo
6 Les McLean (**** ))   (3/29/2006 3:55:47 AM)
Serene, beautiful, dynamic, dreamy, I'm running out of superlatives.
7 israel litvak   (3/29/2006 4:27:14 AM)
Excellent peacefull!
8 Kuckovsky (Stefan Kuckovsky)   (3/29/2006 5:09:41 AM)
Nice colours.
9 Anners (No Namebrand)   (3/29/2006 5:21:41 AM)
Wonderful composition and all that Les says.. :-)
10 Rudi Van Gestel   (3/29/2006 5:25:25 AM)
Simply gorgeous! Wow, what a reflections!!!
11 Fernando Dias   (3/29/2006 5:29:04 AM)
Fantastic work!
12 Lockhart   (3/29/2006 5:52:35 AM)
Total magic!
13 David Lavash   (3/29/2006 5:56:08 AM)
Excellent result, well earned!
14 WalterL   (3/29/2006 6:18:57 AM)
O (wo)man, I'm in a heap. Dreamworld.
15 glynn (Glynn McDonald)   (3/29/2006 6:36:59 AM)
Inspirational? Absolutely.
16 steve sharpe   (3/29/2006 6:50:03 AM)
The effort to get there was well worth it, the light is just perfect, the low clouds brushing the top of the mountains looks sureal. Very nice.
17 .:Senn:. (Damir Sencar)   (3/29/2006 7:02:36 AM)
Hi docmm. Nothing to say, except beautifull. I did never so easy give 10. What did you use (camera, f-stop, shutter speed, filters, ps work? )
18 MJFerron   (3/29/2006 7:06:55 AM)
Love everything about this. It delivers a cheerful mood and the natural colors are a refreshing change from some of the saturated landscapes we often see. Looks like a great place to be standing.
19 4wd   (3/29/2006 7:18:22 AM)
Nice lenticular clouds, and the pink morning tones make the whole thing very special.
20 Bas Haasnoot   (3/29/2006 7:27:41 AM)
Stunning Melanie!
21 Lorraine54 (Don't worry be Happy and comment more)   (3/29/2006 7:28:04 AM)
A real stunner Mel, well rewarded for such dedication.
22 Michal Affanasowicz   (3/29/2006 7:32:10 AM)
23 Rodger   (3/29/2006 7:42:16 AM)
beautiful image
24 Amuletum ( )   (3/29/2006 8:03:29 AM)
25 Claudia Robinson (looie's mom :-o)   (3/29/2006 8:11:03 AM)
wonderfully enchanting! congrats, M!
26 herman blockx   (3/29/2006 8:24:55 AM)
pure magic! very strong composition!
27 Keith A. Luko (GONE WITH THE OTHERS)   (3/29/2006 8:53:36 AM)
what a shot great composition!love the tones.
28 Mark Reid   (3/29/2006 8:53:57 AM)
really love it! i want to be as good as you! hehe
29 Dana Whitford   (3/29/2006 8:59:42 AM)
it's alright
30 miniaturedisasters   (3/29/2006 9:34:52 AM)
everything great - i love the reflections in the lake - and the colors :)
31 André Viegas   (3/29/2006 9:57:34 AM)
32 Stephen Bonk   (3/29/2006 10:01:40 AM)
Everyone else has already used all the appropriate words. I agree with them all!
33 KAY (........ .......)   (3/29/2006 10:02:42 AM)
Now this is a "WOW"...just outstanding Mel!
34 ChrisC (Christopher Cove)   (3/29/2006 10:15:14 AM)
Man this image just sings in every way. Stunning!!!
35 terry1 (terry1 back again ??)   (3/29/2006 10:19:40 AM)
stunned into silence
36 Debi Joranco-Arellano   (3/29/2006 10:37:00 AM)
Beautiful!! It was certainly worth the early start and long drive, Mel!
37 Tony Parsons   (3/29/2006 10:45:31 AM)
Absolutely superb, you certainly got your payback for the early start and the long drive.
38 Gotchas (( Wendy))   (3/29/2006 11:10:08 AM)
Great shot! I love it beautiful colours and composition, what more do you want! :)
39 joe bellantoni   (3/29/2006 11:22:09 AM)
Great pastel color in this...I see different color of the snow capped mountains covered by cloud color....makes it a real treat to look at.Changes in the light can really make that place over there look different....
40 Keith Frost   (3/29/2006 11:33:23 AM)
Wow!!!!!!! Glad you are back safely - I'm looking forward to seeing more. Can't get any better than this - can it ???? Keith
41 AmirV   (3/29/2006 12:16:17 PM)
Great water!!
42 Hania (Anna Franek)   (3/29/2006 12:22:57 PM)
43 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (3/29/2006 12:41:01 PM)
did you use that new feature in cs2? hdr or something like that? this is just impressive! thank you!
44 jim-g   (3/29/2006 12:46:59 PM)
just superb shot
45 Jouko   (3/29/2006 12:52:48 PM)
It´s kinda like Déjà Vu feeling to this, Melanie...WHERE have I seen this before??? Hmmmmmmmm??? Let me think??? NOW I know! This photo HAS BEEN my Windows wallpaper for three days! Thought it looked familiar ; )

Thanks for sharing this! Worth getting up at 1.30 AM!
46 docmm   (3/29/2006 12:57:53 PM)
OK for those who want the techs and specifically:

#17 .:Senn:.(Damir Sencar):

#43 CherylB(another day another irritation):

EOS 5D, ISO 50, 24-85mm lens, 1/3 sec @ f16.

Spot metering on the FG rock, underexposed by 1/3 stop and .9 ND Lee soft grad.

Burn brush applied to midground hill, and usual sharpening and levels applied.

Keep in mind that at this time of day the lighting on the ground is pretty even, mostly as there is little there!

47 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (3/29/2006 1:02:30 PM)
#46 docmm: thanks, just shows you know what you are doing. do you use an nd grad for longer shutter speeds? can you explain? thanks
48 docmm   (3/29/2006 1:10:18 PM)
#47 CherylB(another day another irritation):

Even when the lighting is even the sky is usually brighter than the FG.
The naked eye may see it but the brain processes it so that our mind perceives the lighting more uniform. ND grads, usually rectangular have a 'grey' area at the top that becomes transparent at the bottom end. Use these in front of the lens and they help even out the highlights, mainly so as not to let sky detail burn out.
There are arguments as to which ND filters are best, as it is said some will produce colour casts.
49 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (3/29/2006 1:13:22 PM)
#48 docmm: ok thank you, and I guess experience tells you which one to use. I see you chose a .9 here. thanks for the info.
50 docmm   (3/29/2006 1:17:11 PM)
#49 CherylB(another day another irritation):

LOL, I could try to be clever and tell you I decided which grad by metering the sky and the rock, I'm not so advanced, just use intuition!!!
.3 grad=1 stop, .6=2 stop, .9=3 stp.
51 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (3/29/2006 1:23:02 PM)
#50 docmm: I am writing this all down, thank you!..again..LOL
52 cARTerART (Claire Carter)   (3/29/2006 1:24:45 PM)
Agree that this doesn't come any better - does that mean you don't stop here again I wonder? A glorious morning, beautifully captured.
53 bob fox   (3/29/2006 2:40:10 PM)
Beautiful shot. Well worthy of the effort.
54 Corry   (3/29/2006 2:42:40 PM)
Terrific! What else could I say?
55 Elisabeth   (3/29/2006 3:21:30 PM)
What a beautiful landscape in beautiful light! Great capture!
56 Dejan   (3/29/2006 4:03:48 PM)
57 re_animat   (3/29/2006 5:24:40 PM)
absolutely amazing...
58 Iren Vatne   (3/29/2006 5:46:44 PM)
Sooooooooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing this. Very inspirational.
59 RandyW (Randy Walton)   (3/29/2006 10:49:08 PM)
Incredibly fine image! One of the best I've seen this year at any site. Completely deserving of all the praise and votes. I raise my glass of red tonight to you!
60 Greg (Greg Governale)   (3/29/2006 11:33:41 PM)
The image is very nice. Nice comp, light, exposure colors. Greg Governale
61 gerald johnson   (3/29/2006 11:34:58 PM)
Outstanding Mel, The best I've seen posted anyplace. 200 miles and 4 hours well spent.
62 Roger Ranney (Don't block the shot)   (3/29/2006 11:58:40 PM)
63 Andy Cooper ( What I SHOULD have done was.....)   (3/30/2006 3:39:20 AM)
Just beautiful....well worth the drive.
How long before it started raining ?
64 blu   (3/30/2006 6:04:40 AM)
absolutely stunning mel! congrats to POD!
65 docmm   (3/30/2006 12:00:49 PM)
Thanks everyone, the best bit again was being there to see it.
For your info and particularly for:
#63 Andy Cooper( What I SHOULD have done was.....):
#61 gerald johnson:
#37 Tony Parsons:
#4 Kenn Reay:
I'd hate for anyone to think I drove all the way for a morning on Rannoch Moor. Was actually on the way for a week on Mull, where the entire week the light never matched up to the light of this particular morning
66 FrankT ( pot'hbe'chug yay qa)   (3/30/2006 2:34:27 PM)
I do not know how you seem to be able every time making a better photo than all the splendid earlier posts.
This is a well deserved POTD and will be a POTW for sure...(POTM??)
67 George Oze   (3/30/2006 7:40:01 PM)
Excellent picture. It was definitely worth getting up for early. Note: the 5D clips the color space in 50 ISO mode, this is why it is a special mode. Read the technical bulletin on this. 100 ISO actually gives better results.
68 docmm   (3/31/2006 2:49:02 AM)
#67 George Oze:

Many thanks for the info, guess that means I should go read the manual.
69 Dave Frost   (3/31/2006 3:13:24 AM)
Coming very late to this.. Mel this is superb, absolutely superb. Clarity is amazing, the water is literally like a mirror. Composition spot on too!
Truly excellent!
70 Les McLean (**** ))   (3/31/2006 12:35:17 PM)
#67 George Oze: George, I've read this, and supposedly on the 1 series camera, but after looking at like for like images at ISO50 and 100, I can't see any difference, axcept for less noise at ISO50.
71 George Oze   (3/31/2006 1:52:30 PM)
#70 Les McLean:
#67 docmm:

This is for a technical bulletin. Many times you can not find all the information about a product...
Dynamic Range
Dynamic range is always a little tricky to measure but my impression from shooting high contrast subjects and deliberate overexposure is that if there are difference in dynamic range between the EOS 5D and EOS 20D, they are small enough to be of no consequence (or use!). It is worth noting though that the "L" setting in the expended ISO range (equivalent to ISO 50) does reduce dynamic range somewhat (maybe by a stop or so) at the highlight end or the range. This is no doubt why Canon make it a custom function selectable choice rather than a standard ISO setting. When using ISO 50 you have to be aware of this and expose accordingly. While I have not personally tested the dynamic range of the 1D series bodies, the general consensus seems to be that their dynamic range is also similar to the EOS 20D, so dynamic range seems to be a function of sensor technology, and is pretty much the same for all the current Canon EOS DSLRs.

Bob Atkins

72 KjetilS (Kjetil Skogli)   (4/3/2006 2:42:07 AM)
This is impressive and well done.
Perhaps not so exiting skies, but it doesnt matter.
Isnt ISO 200 the most perfer and best choice 5D and many other digital cameras?

Kjetil S.
73 Matthew Schoenfelder   (4/3/2006 4:26:59 AM)
Exceptional composition and colors! The drive certainly paid off ! Well done!
74 Deusz   (4/4/2006 8:54:38 AM)
just great shot
75 Rick Coleman   (4/9/2006 12:41:09 PM)
Wow! Speachless...
76 bert   (4/9/2006 3:46:09 PM)
what a wonderful photo!! I have nothing but admiration for your dedication to travel in the early hours to see this and to have the expertise to capture it.
77 Miguel Godinho   (4/10/2006 5:33:59 PM)
Fantastic work!
78 Sergio Pessolano   (4/12/2006 4:39:33 PM)
Sorry, I missed this stunning landscape.
79 erlandpil   (4/14/2006 2:10:27 PM)
Very very wonderfult image
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