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Elgol

Basically the same image as Tuesdays but taken further along the boulder beach at Elgol.

I have returned to this single location more than any other in Scotland over the past 28 years, partly for sentimental childhood reasons but moreover for photographic ones. My father, who was heavily into photography, took many images here and I am no different. Due to the heavy tides at Elgol, there are a number of rock formations that only appear at certain times and timing the dawn rise to the tides and getting the right weather conditions is simply in the lap of the photographic gods and a bit of planning.

I have lost count of the number of images that I have of this very stand point both film and digital but my fav ones were taken with the x-pan camera but that format does not look good in Sutter at all. I have several versions of many different raw files processed in different ways. This version is probably the closest to the conditions at the time and was taken in April.

This image has some sentimental clap-trap attached to it but please, please do not hesitate to leave silly, ridiculous, funny comments! I enjoy them all.

All the best Mal

Elgol

Basically the same image as Tuesdays but taken further along the boulder beach at Elgol.

I have returned to this single location more than any other in Scotland over the past 28 years, partly for sentimental childhood reasons but moreover for photographic ones. My father, who was heavily into photography, took many images here and I am no different. Due to the heavy tides at Elgol, there are a number of rock formations that only appear at certain times and timing the dawn rise to the tides and getting the right weather conditions is simply in the lap of the photographic gods and a bit of planning.

I have lost count of the number of images that I have of this very stand point both film and digital but my fav ones were taken with the x-pan camera but that format does not look good in Sutter at all. I have several versions of many different raw files processed in different ways. This version is probably the closest to the conditions at the time and was taken in April.

This image has some sentimental clap-trap attached to it but please, please do not hesitate to leave silly, ridiculous, funny comments! I enjoy them all.

All the best Mal

comments (41)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 7 Dec 2006, 00:16
I love the fact that you are sharing a photo that represents what must have been a defining moment or at least a source of very fond memories. At the moment we are trying to create similar experiences for our youngsters similar to the ones that we shared with our parents when we were young. Beautiful shot Mal and thanks for sharing it with us. silly comments maybe later when the creativity bird comes back
Mal: Thank you Neal. Mal
  • Paul
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2006, 00:24
I can see why you go back time and again. Wonderful image
Mal... this is superb...superb
mal, another beautiful photograph. very mystic. i love the detail you have captured in the rocks.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2006, 01:14
Beautiful landscape, Mal. Love it in B&W.
  • viruta
  • Argentina
  • 7 Dec 2006, 02:04
b&w perfect, thnks.
another wicked one from Mr.M!
You got to give me that filter! Amazing.
  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2006, 04:11
this takes the biscuit Mal. It looks like an extremely talented artwork. Colin Prior would be gobsmacked...
Cheers for sharing!
~ Rob.
Mal: Thank you Rob! I taught Colin all he knowes!!!!! wink I wish. Mal
  • urv
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2006, 05:11
Wow. That's gorgeous. Would you mind sending me a copy of it in a higher size? I would love to use it as my desktop image. It's just stunning.

I don't understand how one can think of silly comments with such magnificant work.
Unless you put the name of a wintermint gum and sell it as an advert I can't see how it could be corrupted =P
  • shiv
  • India
  • 7 Dec 2006, 05:27
wow...!
no words mal...simply SURREAL
Mal this place is amazing!! Infact the way you are presnting is just Impeccable !!!
Sadly speaking I have to admit it, this place is gorgeous ;-) !!!! it has the Lock Ness feeling, I don't something mysterious and fierce. You created this feeling with this shot ! I do like this one !!!!
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
  • 7 Dec 2006, 09:32
Hey, Malster, you've really got gnarly and rugged down to a tee. Really love the detail in the rocks on the right, and the sky looks like the sort of sky you see on a walk and really cack yourself as you just know in 10 mins you're going to be a human sponge.
By the way, I was on the tube on Tuesday, and while reading the ads on the roof, there was one titled 'visit grarly and rugged Scotland' with a link to your site wink
Another beauty. Nice one Mal.
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
  • 7 Dec 2006, 10:34
Just re-read your words about the sentimental clap trap... were you conceived on that big rock on the right?? (In the summer, presumably!!) wink
Mal: Hee hee, Hey SL, funny you should mention that, I always wondered what the facination was with the place! I probably was knowing my mother!! wink Mal
I recognise this one, stunningly beautiful.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2006, 11:51
It's the background that does it for me. The lighting on those hills is rather good.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Dec 2006, 11:58
You have done this so well, that the colour has almost returned to the landscape. When i first look at it for a moment i thought there was colour in the sun blotches on the far mountains. A thing of beauty, this effort.

The sheeplover asks about conception - how would you know since you were not there. Or is this like fatherhood - you have to take your mother's word for it.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2006, 12:02
Awesome shot, nice B&W
  • Claude
  • France
  • 7 Dec 2006, 13:07
Hi Mal,
I am almost speechless. This is a very impressive photograph with a great tonal range and rich blacks. Simply beautiful!
Hey Mal(content), this is bloody well obscenely beautiful and you have no right to post this and make everybody elses' pictures look crap!! Well it's all there isn't it? Hang on a minute - the last 2mm bottom right are too dark, learn how to use PS properly!!!LOL man. Excellent work Mal. Kindest regards, Neil.
Mal: Damn you eagle eyes! wink Mal
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2006, 17:39
Bugger this is good, damn you!
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2006, 18:32
super-duper stuff as always...i just love this spot!...8.5/10
I can see why you prefer this one to the other version. It's even better, I think, if that's possible. It brings to mind my favorite childhood books of the Bronte sisters; your photographs of this place could illustrate those stories perfectly. Thanks again for the inspiration.

By the way, did you use a filter for this one?
I understand you are going back to this place. It is so eerie...
unspoiled... and beautiful!
  • Joseph
  • Bristol
  • 8 Dec 2006, 02:52
aaaah, I'm a sucker for this style, and you've done an amazing job of it. I love it =)

Its my picture of the day at: http://www.joeyarrow.co.uk/still-life

I hope you don't mind?
  • Roland
  • France
  • 8 Dec 2006, 18:31
I'm without voice... Nice, really nice !
i can't comment the pict. wink
  • John washington
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Dec 2006, 07:33
Great work Mal. Love the light and well, basically it's stunning
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 9 Dec 2006, 15:46
You are starting to look like a professional.
Mal: Looks can be very deceptive Simon! wink Mal
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Dec 2006, 18:51
im still impressed...nothing new to add though....8.5/10
That's just beautiful. It really works in B&W. I especially like that the picture is so "full", with a clearly defined fore-, middle- and background (mountains/clouds). Will certainly look great as a huge print on the wall.

Sorry, can't think of any funny or silly comments right now. But I could start thinking of Ansel Adams... Thanks for sharing!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 10 Dec 2006, 13:30
Liked the l;ast one, like this one, what else is there to say tongue
Suby
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 10 Dec 2006, 15:57
a stone has been misplaced !! the number 42, you should replace it and take the shot again! dafredo aka ze frenchman with style smile
Mal: What you know about style, I could write on the back of a very small postage stamp and still have space for the memoires of Napoleon!! wink Mal
A great one : Standing ovation Mal smile
Very artistic sensibility !
Amazing image and very well composed!! Excellent in black and white!
Your picture brings back good vibes, as i went there along time ago with my brother and father, and through your picture i can be there again, thanks, one day i hope to take my family there too, as you have wetted my appertite to visit.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire,. UK
  • 12 Dec 2006, 08:19
Hell's bells, it's a long way down here; it must be a good picture. Let's see if I can see any merit in it.

Yup, there it is - 'timer'. Ten seconds of it. I knew it had merit somewhere.

Cracker, Mal. This rocks, or should I say these rocks.
  • BobC
  • Leeds
  • 22 Dec 2006, 16:48
That is a stunning shot. Not only do you get the misty water and the foreground rocks but that awesome backdrop. Great shot.
What can I say.... One of the most beautiful shots in your blog. Absolutely loved it.

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