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The Old Man Of Hoy
© mikemartin, Oct 2009
Camera used: Canon PowerShot G10
5*VOTING: number of votes 132
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just wow, fiver straight away.
Love the colours and different angle.
Scarab - 11/Oct/09
It was fairly unique conditions, I scrambled down there during a hailstorm on the off chance it would pass, and it did about 5 minutes before the sun went down. I think the wet rock and low sun combined to really bring out the red in the sandstone. I also forgot the quick release for my tripod so I had to balance the camera on a rock for the 4 second exposure. I took photos until another hailstorm hit then had to find my way back to Rackwick in the dark whilst being pelted by hail with no headtorch!
mikemartin - 11/Oct/09
Brilliant light on the `Old Man`, well captured.
mr mills - 11/Oct/09
Did you rest you camera on a hat or gloves because that sometimes helps in this situation Mike. You might try some radical sharpening in PS. The other problem to overcome is shutter vibration which can be overcome with use of the self-timer. Still a stunning image.
Sean Kelly - 12/Oct/09
I think its sharp enough! Trouble with sharpening in photoshop is that it brings out the noise in the backgroud, a big problem with the G10. I used the 20 sec self timer to help reduce shutter vibration, it was also quite windy though. I think I did the best I could without being able to use my tripod. Its not technically perfect but its get the message across.
mikemartin - 12/Oct/09
Nice shot,you could try luminosity sharpening to reduce the noise, http://www.peachpit.com/guides/content.aspx?g=lightroom&seqNum=121 or put a mask on the sky.
Garbhanach - 12/Oct/09
beautiful shot dude, very nice
tom allsop - 18/Oct/09
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
UKC Photos - 18/Oct/09
Makes you want to go and climb it.
AndyM-LVB - 18/Oct/09
any chance anyone knows of a way to get some of these photos as posters?
aberSam - 18/Oct/09
You mean you want a high res version or a poster print? or do you just want to steal my photo? Seeing as I used to be in the AMC I might be able to arrange something, drop me an email.
mikemartin - 18/Oct/09
Nice one Mike!
MikeLell - 21/Oct/09
Finnally managed to get a look! Wow! What a photo, well done. Hidden talents, mate :-)
sarah2009 - 22/Oct/09
Climbed that last month. The sunset wasn't as red as this. Yeah, the image isn't as sharp as another guy mentioned as well as. You need to sharpen it a bit, mate.
Skinny Kin - 22/Oct/09
"I NEED to sharpen it", I like UKC because people obviously vote on the strength of the image not its relative technical merit, I don't need to sharpen it but yes it could be a touch sharper.
mikemartin - 23/Oct/09
Awsome photo Mike, looks like you're spending your time well!
dreadheadmatt - 23/Oct/09
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