Saturday, 15 December 2007

Eric Wyllie - 'King of the Gloaming' for November 2007

I am very pleased to announce the most blogged member of Scotland in the Gloaming for the month of November 2007 is…

Eric Wyllie
- November's 'King of the Gloaming'.

Well done Eric - a third time King of the Gloaming now. Thank you very much for your contribution to the outstanding standard of imagery that makes up the group pool.

I asked Eric to share a little of the background on his photography.

1. Below is his personal favourite gloaming photo which was featured on the blog in October.

Out & About

2. Tell us a little about how you shot the photograph, the location, what particular aspects attracted you, anything special you did to get the shot and any comments about the Scotland In The Gloaming group.

Life is busy and the days so short at this time of year, that I have hardly been able to get the camera out at all ( Although it still travels with me wherever I go ). So one evening, when I got an early finish on the bus run, and the sun was setting rather colourfully. I whipped out my camera at the first scenic opportunity.

I ran and ran around the tail of this wee loch shooting from every possible angle. Fortunately the colour lasted a fair wee while and I got a few decent shots.

So what did I do that was special?

1. I had my camera
2. I rushed to the nearest scenic spot.
3. I ran ( Honestly! ) from position to position, before I lost the light.
4. I kept shooting to the last minute.
5. As I had to use a very wide aperture I picked my points of focus, and locked the exposure to those points. ( I usually shoot on aperture priority ).
6. Pressed the button on the top of the camera and the camera did the rest.

Nothing special there!
Trouble is…I am back to not being able to get out and shoot again but, if the chance arrives, you can bet I'll be ready to get another burst of shots.

Thanks again for letting me waffle on Islandboy. I'm sure we'll see a different person doing this next month. The standard is amazing in the pool recently, and a lot of those shots are from people I don't recognize. I think the old timers like us can learn a lot from these new, young, hotshots.

I am mortified I have somehow missed posting this until now Eric. Please forgive me. That shot is quite sublime and your technique sounds pretty much like mine usually is too :o) Those magic moment opportunities usually go like that though, you need to act fast and you obviously got your money's worth that day. The composition is the stand out factor for me in this shot. You have the curve of the clouds mirrored in the loch and perfectly in line with the curve of the fence which is balanced against the opposing curve to the left of the silhouetted trees at left. Brilliant. There's a real dynamic interplay going on within the calming landscape format frame that lifts this from being simply a placid scene.

Colin Campbell

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