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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (captive-light) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 17-85mm EFS, RAW, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/13.0, 8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vandana's Favourites III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-09 0:33
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie on the road to Skye in the Scottish Highlands. Probably one of the most photographed places in the UK as millions of tourists stop off and take their photos from the adjacent car park.

On this occasion I had spent the day up on the Isle of Skye, and on the way "home" (a small cottage on the shores of Loch Leven for the week) I noticed that the cloud was starting to break up a little and allowing some light from the setting sun to break through. By now the car park was empty of tourists and I had the place to myself.

Canon 20D

ISO 100
8 secs

Lee ND 0.6 Grad Filter

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Wonderful light and reflection, nicely composed and framed. Well done !

Hi Miles - as you say, this place gets a lot of photographic attention and as a result you need to do something special to get noticed. Well, I reckon you've done that and then some. The castle and location are of course spectacular in their own right - but your photography has added a new dimension.

The lighting, the tones, the composition, the reflection - all wonderful. Nothing to get picky about - great shot.

You captive this really excellent, the last rays of the sun, the lights of the castle that all reflects on the river, you can feel that anything can happen....
Ecxellent compostion and POV, well done
greetings liesbeth

wonderful light, reflexion, sky...it's, for me, a perfect shot!

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2008-10-09 0:53]

Woow, what a beautiful shot!! Great reflection in the silent water. Good use of the little light! Good to have your tripod with you!


hi Miles
grt shot of the most photgraphed castle in Scotland i tried to get one when i was up there but never got the light correct well done on your shot
regards bryan

Hi Miles,

A well known place but shown in a very special light.
A real fairy tale picture this way.


Brilliant shot..!! Amazing lighting and reflection.

Hi Miles

Certainly one of the best shots I have ever seen of Eilean Donan and I have seen a lot.
The lighting, reflections, composition and POV all are great.

Regards Derek

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  • DzULA Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 62 W: 19 N: 17] (1362)
  • [2008-10-09 1:33]

Great photo, like a postcard, very good reflection and colors


bonjour Miles
very good lights,sky, reflects
It makes me want to go to Scottish Highlands

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-10-09 2:28]

Hi Miles...
Beautiful night shot...
Nice colors, reflection...
Nice composition...


I echo all the comments above, I don't think there is such a thing as a perfect picture, but this gets pretty close.


Hi Miles,

This is probably the 10 millionth photo of the castle, but it's a cracker, the reflections are perfect and the cool blues and the warmth in the sky are just spot on.


Hi Miles,
This is a wonderful shot the reflection of the castle in the water is brilliant. The overall colour is brilliant with clear sharp images. Well done and tfs.

Hello Miles,
The light and reflections are the main attractions here.
Also on the dark cloudy BG the castle stand out very well.
Well composed shot with excellent POV. :)

hi Miles

Beautiful look of this place!
I am amazed with the beauty of the colors and of the lukewarm lights
so much framing the castle, as in the reflex.
Of very good taste,
and very well composed!
Congratulations for the beautiful visual.


hello miles!
very nice night photo, beautiful colors and composition.
i like it.

This is truly beautiful to look at, Miles. Its the kind of picture you see, and want to go back and look at again. Well done!


Hi Miles.

This is a beautiful shot with brilliant reflection of the castle. Color is dreamy and the cpompo and pov are extraordinary!

Great job! TFS!


Gorgeous photo!!!


Nice work here Miles. Very good use of the long exposure to deliver even levels and rich colours. The sharpness and tones are stunning.

Wow!! Ŕ semplicemente spettacolare questa foto...
mi piace moltissimo...
i colori, l'atmosfera...meravigliosi


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-10-10 12:45]

Seeing your gallery,your work has a lot of different themes and all of them are very high standart Miles.

Hello Miles!
Woderful reflection, beautiful castle, great colours, nice atmosphere, very good point of view!
Excellent quality of the image!
Best regards!

Hi Miles,
Well i was clicking my way around some galleries until i came upon your portfolio and there i am looking at this image , i certainly agree with all the commenters that you have got here one fantastic presentation of this very very well known Scotland attraction ! Whatever the pov you , me or anyone else for that matter get this scenic castle from, we all know too well this place has been shot from every inch of ground either side of it so therefore for this particular castle i don't think the POV is that important IMO , you only needed to come up with a less popular angle and wait until some ideal and special climatic conditions like those you had that evening , set up and Bingo ! You did just that , I think it is perfectly done , all 8 secs of it ! Great details in the stonework under a well managed light, a true stunner !
My compliments,

That is a picture, should be forbidden, NOT to look at.
Perfect photograph, Miles.
Have seen a lot of beautiful Highlands shots, especially when i was active at Ephotozine. The Pictures of my friend "Highlander", are still in my mind, great respect I had for his abilities.
Best regards, Jan

Amazing display of light, amazing exposure control. Darn I wish I found your photostream earlier :)

Amazing shot Miles! Perfect balance between light and darkness and excellent reflections! Congrats!

Hi Miles,
you did this very well indeed :-)
It's absolutely stunning.

Well done.
best regards, Daniel

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-02-04 19:23]

Hi Miles,

Pretty shot at the blue light. Warm colors of the castle contrast beautifully against the dark blue sky. Reflexions are beautifull. Nice compostion. The Grad filter is an excellent idea to maintain sky and reflexion balanced in luminosity. Great work and TFS.


Simply beautiful, great sibject and great POV. TFS

I've shot the same castle1 month ago, but your picture is better than mine :/

how come I've never seen this.......... WOW!
Such a beauty Miles! Not jus the picture, but the place itself is sooo gorgeous!
An absolute excellent capture.


Wonderful shot! What a beautiful place in a beautiful evening :)
The colors in general are very well treated. The lights in the castle gives an sinister air ... fascinating!!
Well done!


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