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Commando Monument

Commando Monument
Información de la foto
Copyright: Miles Herbert (captive-light) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582)
Género: Lugares
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2006-07
Categorías: Momento Irrepetible
Cámara: Canon 20D, Canon 100 - 400 L USM, RAW, Lee Filter System
Exposición: f/32, 1/6 segundos
Details: Tripod: Yes
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2008-11-11 2:09
Vista: 1689
Puntos: 22
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The Commando Monument at Spean Bridge looking out to Ben Nevis in the area where the commandos trained. I had set the camera up on a tripod and waited for the right moment, hoping to get one solitary person stood there. For a while there were crowds of people and families coming and going, but in the evening this man came on his own, and bowed his head... click.

Canon 20D
Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Tripod and remote release. (Camera pre-aimed at the scene then sat there waiting for the right moment using the remote release)
Aperture Priority

ISO 100 for top quality
Aperture F32 to ensure front to back sharpness and get detail in the background.
1/6th second shutter speed is what it came out at.

Lee 0.6 ND Grad used across the sky to keep detail in.

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I know this place very well, beautifully photographed, very dramatic light and superb composition,
Regards Pez

hi Miles
a very good capture here and on this day it is very hard to get a shot of this monument as there as you say usually a lot of poeple milling around it so you have indeed done well tfs
regards bryan

Hello Miles,

I think your wait was sensible and worthwhile.
This single person, with head bowed, creates a very strong a moving image! As the focal point, he is perfectly placed in the frame.
The composition and the subdued colours all add to the atmosphere of this sombre moment. Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Dai Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 191 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
  • [2008-11-11 11:37]

Excellent shot - the solitary figure captures the mood so well and the splash of scarlet from the wreath stands out from the background shades possibly representing the blood spilled by brave fallen heroes. Fantastic.

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  • Ramdan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 688 W: 31 N: 1408] (5765)
  • [2008-11-11 16:09]

Hi Miles,
It's worth the waiting. The moment captured tells a strong story, very strong indeed. Creativity and technicalities that resulted a great composition.


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  • wieyos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 43 N: 2059] (9118)
  • [2008-11-11 20:13]

a wonderful backdrop here, Miles! very nice outcome from a smallest aperture. your POV is just perfect for a pleasant view of the hills and the subjects are nicely placed too.


Fabulous emotive photo - well worth the wait... They say a picture speaks a thousand words and this is the proof of that.. And the little burst of colour from the poppy wreath is just right..

Technically a great shot too.


A very poignant picture and highly appropriate today.
The composition is superb and the lighting is excellent - the POV you've used has almost created a halo around the heads of the monument. A very emotive picture - great stuff!
Thanks for sharing

hey friend....

nice detailed shot...

very good colour as well

well done



Hello Miles, a strong composition with the wonderful bg of the mountains, and the figures looking out towards them.
You did the right thing waiting for someone to come along to view the monument close to,it adds a touch of poignancy.
The grey sky adds to the mood.
Lovely colours, and the touch of red from the wreath of poppies completes the picture.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Textbook composition. An exemplary shot with perfect use of the grad filter ... and nice use of the cinematic framing effect.

A poignant shot, simple and strong emotion, and technically superb.


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