For my Higher Photography project I have decided, perhaps not surprisingly, to do a study of the crofting cultural landscape of the Balmacara estate. While this might be considered to be well within my comfort zone I am hoping to try and take an unusual perspective of things, based on the findings of the NTS Landscape Character Assessment carried out last year to try and illustrate some of the key elements of the crofting landscape and what defines that distinctive quality that we too often take for granted. So today I popped out for a quick photo shoot after dropping the girls off at school. It was brilliant low sunshine (about 8:30 am) when I started and then all of a sudden there were snowy squalls coming in from the Sound of Raasay. The atmospheric light was quite special so I hope I have managed to capture some sense of that in these few shots. I am not sure any of these will end up in the final 12 images I need to produce for the project but it is a start.
I also took a couple of more general landscape shots, one panorama of the Cuillins from Dubh-aird, Plockton and the other of the Bealach na Ba from the Balmacara to Duirinish road. I tried the latter one in black & white as well and cropped it a bit closer and I think it is quite dramatic.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer (GIS) with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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