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The Hamish Flame

Being a Scot, I've stayed in and visited Plockton many times.

While visiting my parents, I thought that I'd take a drive up the west coast and try and capture some images. I knew that the local hoteliers burnt their paper rubbish on the beach (the tide, when in, removes the debris) and this is the image that I went to capture! I've tried to capture this image several times before but have never been satisfied with the depth of field of the landscape! Again on this occassion, I'm not too happy, it was a trade off between iso and F stop!

PS work : Small general S curve, with some boost to the shore line with a Red only curve + USM

Anyway, let me know your thoughts!

By the way, If anyone has seen the BBC's - Hamish McBeth, this was filmed in Plockton.

All the best Mal

The Hamish Flame

Being a Scot, I've stayed in and visited Plockton many times.

While visiting my parents, I thought that I'd take a drive up the west coast and try and capture some images. I knew that the local hoteliers burnt their paper rubbish on the beach (the tide, when in, removes the debris) and this is the image that I went to capture! I've tried to capture this image several times before but have never been satisfied with the depth of field of the landscape! Again on this occassion, I'm not too happy, it was a trade off between iso and F stop!

PS work : Small general S curve, with some boost to the shore line with a Red only curve + USM

Anyway, let me know your thoughts!

By the way, If anyone has seen the BBC's - Hamish McBeth, this was filmed in Plockton.

All the best Mal

comments (18)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 18 Oct 2006, 00:12
beatiful shot mal. i was beginning to think those 5d things didn't come with a colour sensor wink. Very scenic hamish macbeth territory. Looks like the perfect spot to release the pyromaniac in you. love the reflections in the background
Mal: Hey Neal, I just discovered the colour button on the camera, I didn't even know it had one!! I always got told off for playing with matches when I was a kid but now I'm older, hey, who cares! Mal
hey mal,

i can understand not being happy with a capture b/c you have not achieved the shot that is in your mind. however, you definately should be happy with this shot, even if it is not what you wanted b/c it is a really great capture. i love the erratic nature of the flames and how it contrasts with the stones. great dof and atmosphere.
Mal: Thank you Nicole, I'm annoyed at myself because I wanted the back drop landscape to be more in focus, next time. Mal
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Oct 2006, 00:38
Very nice shot Mal. Great compositon and atmosphere. Im no expert, but I also think its good DOF smile
Mal: Thank you Elsie, really appreciate the atmosphere comment wink Mal
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 18 Oct 2006, 02:05
Very good DOF! You captured the mood of the moment very well.
I guess hoteliers should not burn their garbage on the beach ! :-(
Mal: Thank you Sidney, I've been back to this location so often and knew that they did this, but I have mixed feelings about it. Mal
  • Joe
  • United States
  • 18 Oct 2006, 02:50
Well Mal, i really like it, perhaps it is not what you wanted but the result is definitely pleasing
Mal: Thank you Joe, I appreciate it. Mal
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 18 Oct 2006, 06:01
Love how you captured the flames Mal. To think what it would have looked like if you actually got he sot you wanted
Mal: Thank you Eni, I often have visions in my mind reagarding how shots should/might or would like but often my expectations don't quite match what's in my head. Maybe my head's screwed! wink Mal
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 18 Oct 2006, 17:04
i just love fire photography, i find it very mesmerizing.
did you crop ? i would have liked to see a bit more space between the fire and the left hand side border.
otherwise, its great !
Mal: I know what your saying about the framing Sidak, this is the full frame version with no crop. All the best. Mal
  • Tinuke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Oct 2006, 17:38
Good capture, love the flames.
Mal: Thank Tinuke, appreciate your time. Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Oct 2006, 18:09
ah fire, always a great subject....ive just got one good pic of it...i like the dof and the way there's a blue contrast in the background....7.25/10
Mal: I scense in your words your not keen Master, I always appreciate your honest comment. Malwalker
Hi Mal smile
Nice picture with a beautiful management of lights, dark and colors !
Thumbs up !
Mal: Thank you Zeb. MAL
Hi Mal
Not easy to capture flame but well done here and the background is still interesting. Looks like it may have made a picture on it's own.
Mal: Thank you Digi, I just wish that I'd wound up the iso to give me a smaller F stop to bring it all together a little better. Mal
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Oct 2006, 19:22
beautiful capture Mal! Brings back memories of a trip we've made to the westcoast of Scotland....what a great area!!
Mal: Thank you Petra, It's a lovely area, I'm glad that you've taken time out to go and look. When were you there? Were did you go? Mal
  • Thomas
  • Sweden
  • 18 Oct 2006, 20:59
Great cool-warm contrasts! Makes you want to move close to the fire - and get a big cup of mulled wine..;-) I really like that you have a lot of structure in those flames...
Mal: I love your take on the image Thomas, I had not thought of that before! Hmmm! mulled wine, noe that's a great idea! wink Mal
I admire your use of shuetterspeed in all of your photo. I think that this one is an perfect example of right use of camera. Nicola.
Mal: Thank you Nicola. Am I ok calling you Nicola? Mal
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Oct 2006, 22:40
I like it as it is smile

I had a go at taking pictures of a bonfire yesterday and ended up with nothing as spectacular as this one, it's so powerful.

P.S. .. if you go over to Stonehaven for New Year's Eve there is a brilliant fireball ceremony in the old town.
Mal: Thank you El, I've not heard of the Stonehaven new year thing! do you have some images from the event? Or is there a web site I could visit? All the best El. MAL
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Oct 2006, 22:54
Looks like welcome warmth coming through. smile
Mal: Thank you Chris, someone mentioned the heat thing and that fire did get hot. Mal
Yes, I am not sure if the key focus should be the wonderful quaint town or the fire? I do like it though.
Mal: Your the first to mention it Dan, I had hoped to get a more balanced perspective between the two but failed, well spotted. Mal
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 18 Oct 2006, 23:31
Nice one Mal, I like the flames on the picture!!
P.S. : I am not in France so that's why it takes time to me to response during the day.
Mal: Hey Frederic, I did realise that you were across the pond. Do not worry about the time thing, I enjoy your company on Shutter. All the best Mate. Mal

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