Gairloch and Skye Part III

05/10/2017
A blustery day again with numerous rainbows colouring the sky as the showers skudded in from the north. Trying long exposures in such conditions is usually fraught with failure unless some protection is found.

My photographic day started with me climbing ever higher on boggy, soft, wet ground to provide some separation between islands, sea and land. I seem to have been facing north all day and the wind blowing acutely onto the lens made shielding the kit difficult. As with my sailing photography, in difficult conditions I always zoom in to check the sharpness of the image captured. If it is not as you like it to be, you can have another go, as I did a number of times on this occasion. The buffeting wind winning probably 3:1! Skudding clouds provide ever changing light and that is for me the magic of the highlands and islands.

With no abatement to the wind, I decided to venture to a remote beach for some old school monochrome work. This time, I found some large rocks to provide some protection from the prevailing wind direction. Using a Lee 10 stopper and first focussing in manual, I used timings of 15 – 30 seconds duration for the exposures. Some of the shots were taken at F5.6 whilst others were stopped down - as was the headline shot - to F11 using a 50mm lens.

As ever, the taking is only half of the job. Having checked focus and histogram in the field to ensure detail has been captured, it is then the job of processing the image to bring out the desired tones.

As mentioned, the image is old school but sometimes it is good to refresh oneself with practices previously performed.

Keep practising.
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