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Portree Harbour, Skye

Portree Harbour, Skye
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Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-26
Categories: Nature, Transportation, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
Exposure: f/0.7, 30 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-11-04 8:21
Viewed: 1826
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A little picture of the harbour at Portree, taken while I was being carefully studied by a Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) sitting on the wall in front of me - he didn't seem at all worried to sit just a few feet away.

Portree, with a population of around 2,500, is the largest town on the Isle of Skye. The pier at its harbour was designed by the famous civil engineer, Thomas Telford. And for those folowers of J.K. Rowling, Portree is the home of a fictional professional Quidditch team in the Harry Potter universe called the 'Pride of Portree'.

ISO 100, 1/100 sec at f/9, focal length 43mm.

Please click here for a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE.

Tue, ikeharel, pajaran, alvaraalto, jhm, CLODO, snunney, mehrdad-t, kordinator, Royaldevon, macjake, daddo, delpeoples has marked this note useful
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To snunney: Telford.....tyro 1 2016-11-05 04:36
To williewhistler: Thank you!tyro 2 2016-11-06 12:39
To macjake: Fine, thanks!tyro 1 2016-11-11 04:57
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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9120 W: 57 N: 15313] (56744)
  • [2016-11-04 8:43]

Hello John,
Great view of the town from an excellent POV. The brightly coloured houses look very appealing and I like their contrast with the more natural colours of the sunlit slopes in the background. A great impression of a wonderful place.

Hello John,
Your journey to the Isle of Skye seems to have been largely blessed by beautiful dark clouds which along with glimpses of sun produced wonderful colours. I wonder if the people painting these buildings had photographers in mind when choosing colours. They did a good job in any case. It's a delightful view and the Herring Gull is another nice acquaintance, captured with an admirable sharpness and fine light.
Kind regards,

One month before of our trip, and the place looking a whole different as far as light condition, John.
Yet, the harbor is an outstanding colorful attraction. The lit part is an excellent contrast to the mostly shaded surrounding.
Beautiful portrait of the sea-gull.
My best regards,

Hi John,
Very beautiful colors in this wonderful place. I like the background contrast made by the warm sunlight. Good capture.


Dear John,

That pink house is something I wouldn't expect on a Scottish landscape or city panorama. :)Anyway it really makes this picture very attractive and gives some extra colours to the scene.

Best Wishes

Ciao caro John, beautiful view wth lovely color full house, excellent perspective and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6075 W: 277 N: 11708] (90353)
  • [2016-11-04 10:25]

hello John ,
With these always attractive stormy light and sky ; a beautiful view of this picturesque harbour with its colorful houses . And you've very well managed the part in the shade .


beautiful view of this pretty little Scottish town.
Very very nice the facades of the houses with their brilliant colours in contrast with the grey of the sky and the green of the Hills.
I'll visit Isle of Skye in the future.
Very well done
Have a nice evening

Hi John
The colors of the buildings make such a difference here to brighten up the area in shade, the link one even with a reflection. The way the light falls on the hills and the sky is so threatening makes three unique layers to the photo. Your composition is really superb
Have a good weekend, winter has arrived over here!

Hello John
Great picture of the land of the seagulls. I also do have a lot of close ups of them from all over the by me visited world. But this panorama with the fascinating colours of these houses is even more interesting.
I wondered how ever is decided to build this houses and use this fascinating colours combination
Excellent presentation
Have a nice weekend.
Groet Rob

Hi Tyro
Love the picture, especially the dark cloudy sky , but sunlight on the trees.
Good to see a name I recognise.
Best Wishes Gladys.

Hi John,
Beautiful view with these vivid colors, interesting houses so photogenic, exposure and contrast are well managed, tfs.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24387 W: 523 N: 40784] (175510)
  • [2016-11-05 1:58]

Hello John,

You show us if second picture the Herring Gull on a very nice way.

Your main picture is wonderful through the much colourful frontage of the houses.
Pleasant panorama view about the area.
Composition and presentation are pleasant.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2683 W: 1336 N: 3011] (38553)
  • [2016-11-05 2:48]

Bonjour John

I remember perfectly this scene I saw in August 1985. The colored houses of the harbour give some feeling of joy even if they are in the shade. The sun illuminates the distant hills, and some big grey cumulus show we are in Scotland.
Have a nice WE; rain in Bordeaux

Hello John,
The person living in the pink house seems to have a point to make! I like the point of view with the colourful façades directing us toward the prettily illuminated background hills. Very good management of the light and shadow contrasts with superb colours and clarity. I am interested to see Telford ventured as far North as this; no doubt his journey up took considerably longer than it would today. Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11740 W: 126 N: 21104] (108731)
  • [2016-11-05 4:52]

Hi John,what a lovely and colorful facades! A great capture from Skye,i like a lot the long perspective and the great exposure of the different light levels,magnificent composition!! Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13790 W: 0 N: 16043] (169086)
  • [2016-11-05 8:49]


quelle vue et iamge quelle perspective sur ces maisons fantastique captage et image la belle lumière en fond ce rendu avec le rose qui ressort la petite barque contre le mur les autres bateaux en fond grandiose.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John
Nice diagonal wiew on this small port.
Fantastic nature and clouds in the background and splendid colored houses.
A bird on the sky is bonus to the scene.
Very nice texture of stone wall of the dock.
Great depth of field and perspective.
Excellent composed image, I like it a lot.
Kind regards

Very original Capture,Good light and colors.
Best regards,

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10112 W: 144 N: 25292] (123241)
  • [2016-11-07 15:23]

Hello John,

Lovely colourful row of houses close to the sea. Nice light on the hills although the sky is cloudy. Very pleasant view. The Gulls are often quite bold and have no fear of humans. Excellent POV, great colours. I remember Portree from my trip Isle of Skye.

WArm regrad s MAlgo

Hello John,

I'm sure any photographer would be happy, seeing a scene like this!
The row of colourful cottages are an excellent feature, grabbing attention, full of character and creating a very effective guide line into the distance.
The ominous sky, rather than detracting, adds mood and it contrasts well with the sunlight on the hills.

Have a great day,
Bev :-)
Sorry, I missed this, we have had a busy few weeks and I haven't been as diligent as usual on TE

Hi John
where have you been lately my friend? Hopefully everything is ok.
Havn't seen much of you on TE for the past few weeks.

I remember this town well. Never got this type of lighting when I was there however. lovely light on the hills in the depth of this shot, while the buildings remain in the shadows. But thats good, because if they were lit, i think they'd be overexposed and very difficult to photograph with those vibrant colors. this turned out to be the best of situations. lovely shot John

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2016-11-11 22:58]

Hi John. Painted or inspired by the local candyman? Sweet. i don't know how the colours affect someone who has had a few too many. Anyway, I wouldn't mind spending some time in this unique place. Regards. Klaudio.

Hi John,
I don't know what is more impressive: the snow decorated hills or these pastel colored townhouses. This is so picturesque, it feels surreal. In spite of the deep shadow you have exposed it perfectly so that we can appreciate colors and details very well.
Further in the distance we see some amazing light on the hills which is nicely contrasted with dark clouds.
This region seems really so inviting to visit while watched in your reportage.
I suppose I have to take the risk at certain point and go there.
The highest quality work as always!

Caro Giovanni

Ahh now this photo brings back such lovely memories Portree. The colourful little harbour town is so charming. And particularly so when I think of eating a huge feast of Skye seafood and drinking the town dry. I think the restaurant I ate in was the blue building. Although I can't be sure ;) Excellent POV, light control - particularly of the shaded area and of course the light on the sea.

Excellent work, have a beautiful weekend

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