Stills V3

August 25, 2010

Highland roadside 5

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 18:22



  1. It’s quite green for a Highland valley.

    There’s some nice near-symmetry at work in this but it would be interesting to see whether 4:3 format would work better by letting the eye go further up the hill, which is what mine wants to do.

    The small triangle of scree above the village is rather fascinating and makes one wonder whether the stream run above it links with the stream in the foreground.

    Comment by zavaell — August 27, 2010 @ 06:34

    • John, just off to the right is the muddy tail of a very deep sea loch. These streams are all in their ending moments.

      The green: sea level, August, recent rain after long dry spell = sudden green.

      Comment by colinjago — August 27, 2010 @ 09:32

  2. I suspected that might be the answer about the green.

    Comment by zavaell — August 27, 2010 @ 11:00

  3. I’ll ignore the telegraph pole!

    All that space and a stream that neither starts nor ends officially. The symmetry is sure interesting with the weight seemingly pushed to the left side of the picture but still reamined balanced on my eye. The slice of road up front provides a strong step in getting in to the picture which is well rewarded.

    Comment by akikana — August 29, 2010 @ 05:19

    • Guy – is there something specific about the pole that is problematic?

      It does line up slightly oddly with the fence, but for a feature to find intrusive I’d pick upon the red van.

      It is more likely to be a power line btw.

      Comment by colinjago — September 1, 2010 @ 19:59

  4. Is it not a payback for Corfe Castle?!

    Comment by zavaell — September 2, 2010 @ 06:58

  5. As John says…just a little ‘nudge’ for Corfe. I actually find the pole quite enchanting: it’s just there doing not much but provides a point to return to after each exploration round the photograph.

    Comment by akikana — September 2, 2010 @ 12:59

  6. Road side 2 and 5 have similiar composition. One is from the road into a field, the other from the road edge and showing the road.

    Many of your projects are based on being on the road, looking across roads, not so much about where you have been or where you are going but the view when stopped. Usually, if not always, on foot.

    Comment by rhoehne — September 3, 2010 @ 11:47

  7. Strong horizontals and verticals make for an interesting composition.

    The scenery beckons but the fence inhibits. Find me some paths into that countryside.

    Comment by Rex — September 5, 2010 @ 20:37

    • ‘The scenery beckons but the fence inhibits’

      I like that bit of stumble enforced by the fence. It keeps me in the foreground just a bit longer.

      Comment by alofsm — September 6, 2010 @ 00:57

  8. Very inviting. I’m happy to be either on the foreground road, or traveling along that stream bed to the houses and hills beyond. The fence doesn’t stop me for more than a wink.

    Comment by Christina — September 6, 2010 @ 22:15

  9. There’s all the obvious stuff but looking a little longer, it’s the gate that gets me. Is it beside the stream? Where’s the path? It’s like an entry to nowhere.

    Comment by doonster — September 15, 2010 @ 12:51

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