The Black Loch

A view of the Black Loch at Castle Kennedy, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

Heron Island on the Loch has been excavated and is a possible crannog. Traces of several successive occupations were revealed, and the relics included material datable to the 1st and 2nd century AD as well as to later periods, proving that the original structure was of Early Iron-Age date.

This is a recent photo taken July 7 2012, and it was part of a series of HDR images taken to assess the possibility of making images that don’t look overcooked. This being done I am now trying out different types of subject matter and lighting conditions to explore what works and what doesn’t. The panoramic aspect of this picture was necessary because of the very dull foreground. It lacks sparkle and needs further work, but not today old chums…



8 thoughts on “The Black Loch

  1. I think this is lovely just as it is …… as far as I’m concerned, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”!
    There is a lot of interest and detail and I’ve spent ages looking at this. The ‘soft’ light/feel makes a beautifully tranquil image which really draws you in – aided of course, by fantastic composition. You may have guessed that this is one of my favourites 🙂 Really wonderful image.

    • Hi Noeline, great to hear from you. It makes me very happy to think that you really like this one. Its funny but I think that landscape photography can be very boring, and although, I suppose, I do quite a lot of it, I don’t really see myself as a landscape photographer……. though quite what I am, I don’t know…….. perhaps I should decide, and start to specialise a bit more….

      • Oh no – whatever you do, don’t specialise ……. now, that get’s boring! 🙂
        Seriously though, it’s a common claim that you need to specialise to become an expert in your chosen field. Sadly in many cases the process then becomes ‘formulaic’ and the result is technically perfect, very samey shots. As far as I’m concerned, variety is the spice of life and learning different techniques for different subjects can only lead to improving my skills. Having said all that – each to their own!

    • Another ‘pretty’ picture…… Wow…… But I fancy making ugly, aggressive, and very dak pictures….. Some day or other, just for a change…… Possibly, maybe…. hmmm….time to take the tablets again….

      • I’ve wondered before if “pretty” is an appropriate word to use with artists about their work…and still don’t know for sure, although I am wondering more…. I hope it doesn’t leave one with a bitter or unappealing taste in one’s mouth…or even something bland that needs to be spit-out before making one sick…. I do love your work, dear John, and sometimes find my vocabulary lacking for a sufficient descriptor….

        • Ho, ho, ….. ‘pretty’ is an excellent descriptor, as is impressive, fabulous, stunning, incredible, and super…!
          Though these should be reserved for those artists whose work is mediocre, but who need their confidence massaging.

          Actually your vocabulary together with your writing is always impressive, fabulous, stunning, incredible, and super…!

          Just joking…. pretty will always be welcome.
          Best wishes, John.

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