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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3
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6/1 second
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Apr 8, 2010, 12:04:09 PM
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The Old Man by AndyMumford The Old Man by AndyMumford
Almost certainly one of the most photographed pieces of landscape in the British Isles, it's almost blasphemy to go to Skye and NOT attempt to photograph the Old Man Of Storr in the north of the island.

It's a dawn location, the view here is taken looking south east across the south of the Isle of Skye (you can see the peaks of the Cuillins in the distance) with the mainland just visible to the left and the isle of Raasay between.
This however, isn't a dawn shot. I took this in the middle of the afternoon, when I was familiarizing myself with the location and picking out a spot to shoot from for the following morning. Fortunately, I took my time and got a couple of decent shots, because as it turned out, when I climbed up there before dawn the following day, in the cold and the wind and the rain and the mist, I couldn't actually see the Storr because it was so cloudy. I waited two hours for the sun to rise, but it never broke through the cloud, and all I got for my trouble was the shot below



So, as it turned out, this shot, taken in crappy light in the middle of the afternoon, was the only shot I actually got of the place. Fortunately, it's one of the very few locations which still photographs pretty well even in the aforementioned crappy mid-afternoon light...

To give an idea of scale, there are probably 20 or 30 hikers in this shot walking around the base of the rocks, and my wife is actually sitting on a rock looking out over the small lake you can see on the bottom left of the picture. The green smudge is a pine plantation you have to walk up through to get to the location. It's not a particularly hard walk in the day, but alone in the dark and mist before dawn, it's pretty eerie.

I never did get to see it bathed in the glow of first light at sunrise, but even so, it's one of those places that really does take your breath away....even in crappy weather.

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Taken at the Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Hoya ND400 9 stop ND | Lee 0.6 2 stop hard grad |
6 secs | f13 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.

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SalilSSahani Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Lovely Photo :)!!!
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DawidRayFriebe Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing place! Stunning shot, great framing, what can I say more... just perfect picture... Keep up the good work! ; )
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TristessaArt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
wow, what a stunning view! :shocked:
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shoot-me-if-you-can Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist
beautiful shot
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SenoritaPepita Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Artist
THIS IS AWESOME! <3
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karichristensen Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional
stunning!
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mic-ardant Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Magnifique galerie !
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JulienKraakman Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing :)
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ricardoforna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Looks alien. As if taken from a science-fiction movie set.
(not a bad thing, mind you)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thanks loads
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akseiya Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The light here is srsly unreal :o
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Icon-Killer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my middle name is Skye :) i would like to go there one day
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Jonboy2312 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I envy your talent... your landscape shots are beyond spectacular!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Thanks so much
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mercysingle Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
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mercysingle Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
how are you,
i hope that all is ok, as is my pleasure to contact you after viewing your profile at (browse.deviantart.com) which really interest me in having communication with you if you will have the desire with me ,
here is email address (mercymercy4u@hotmail.com) as i will be waiting to hear from you,

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ograbek69 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
u know my opinion about ur works :) it's just gorgeous shot this known place. u share setup of ur photos, it's invaluable.
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Thanks so much
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daniel2501 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
beatiful view!!!!
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Thanks so much
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:iconenigmasi:
enigmasi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
an amazing view
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Cheers
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:iconbada:
bada Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Fantastic photo!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Cheers
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This feels almost cross processed Andy, certainly the grass is just too yellow for my liking. I cant really comment further than that because as we both know this is quite a heavily shot viewpoint! I should probably say well done for getting up there though, it's a knackering climb!

Alex
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Fiar comment Alex, this is considerably more processing than I normally do (12 adjustment steps in NX2, where an average shot would have 4 or 5).
It's not actually been cross processed (although I do that a lot on wedding shots), but it has had a thin layer of bleach bypass (the opacity is about 10%). The yellow comes from adjustments to colour temperature.

As I said, this was only intended to be a test shot in the afternoon to look at compositions from various different spots around the place, so I wasn't stumbling about in the dark the following morning. But the weather was so poor that I didn't get anything apart from the shot I linked in my scraps, so I was left with the shots from the afternoon.
I loved the location, and having made the effort to climb the place twice, I wanted to at least have a shot to register the fact that I made it, and have tinkered with this in my spare time on and off over the last couple of months.

Ultimately it reached a form that I'm really happy with, and that's why I submitted it, but here's an issue where you and I are pretty different I feel. I don't aim to render scenes as realistically as possible, that's never been a goal of mine photographically, despite the fact that I love the work of people like Joe Cornish, David Ward etc. I also love stuff by Daryl Benson and Peter Eastway, who are far more liberal in their approach to rendering a scene.
So I accept when something is pushed like this image has been, it may not be to everyone's taste, but for me it was an interesting experiment, and at the end of the day I'm quite happy with it.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay Andy, thanks for the reply, I guess that makes a lot of sense :)

I really try to render things as closely as I can to the experience of being there if that makes any sense? So rather than saying 'this is exactly what it looked like' it's more 'this is exactly what it was like'.

I understand where you are coming from though and at least this image has a very real feel to it, even if the colours have moved a bit from where they were :)

Alex
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BillyWrath Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
I had the luck to witness by myself this magnificent piece of nature's art, though with too much of the beloved scottish fog to get the whole picture. Your amazing photo makes it fair for me!
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KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
It might have just been afternoon light... but the clouds really are great here... wonderful, gorgeous photo! The landscape is really something. Beautiful as always :heart:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Thanks angel. Glad you like it.

Sorry for my slackness over the last month, I don't know, things are crazy and I never seem to have a few minutes to sit down and write. Really hope you're good though...I'll write soon. Promise :hug:
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KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
:glomp:

samesies
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DomWills Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I really like this. Lots to like. One thing thatI need constant reminder is that sometimes very good light happens outside of the 'golden hours'.
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VirtualWords Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Very unique! Gratulations! Thanks for the lon gdescription! :hug:
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
I really like the hues in this one!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Thanks matey
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dwth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 143rd.:wave:
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justeline Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
It's so beautiful, even in afternoon light! Breathtaking view :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Thans Maria.....It's a stunning location, and to be honest, once you've made the effort to climb up there, it's hard to take a bad picture of it. Even the snap on my iphone looks pretty cool.....it's just that kind of place
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megturney Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
This is absolutely breathtaking.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Glad you like it
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Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a beautiful view. Amazing colour effects
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Cheers :-)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're welcome!
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tartanink Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
Love the light and colours in this picture. I didn't brave any climbing, but from the road and in silhouette I felt you could see how the whole thing might have got its name [link] =D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Thanks a lot. That's an interesting shot, I've often wondered where the name came from.
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tartanink Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Thanks - it's a stunning place to visit. May never have noticed if the sun hadn't been in the 'right' place! Made for a different shot though. =D
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