I took the opportunity of having a free afternoon with some interesting light to make a trip over to Glenelg for a visit to the brochs. The main aim was to take some shots with the new View Camera, which I did and am now eagerly awating the opportunity to develop them. However, I also took my trusty digital kit and got some nice shots.
There are two brochs in Glen Beag this being the larger of the two, Dun Telve, which is apparently the second highest remaining broch in the coutnry. I took a variety of shots but this is my favourite with the two trees and a fairly atmospheric sky. For all of these shots I was shooting against a much brighter sky so it was really difficult to get a good exposure on the structure while retaining any detail or colour in the sky. Hence, I used the auto-bracket funxtion on the camera to shoot three shots of each photo, one at normal exposure, one at +2 and one at -2 stops and then merged them using Lightroom's HDR merge tool. While I don't like using this tool overly much there are times when shooting into a bright background when it works well. The following shots show the structure from different viewpoints illustrating its shape and form quite well.
I also took an interesting close-up shot of the amazing stonework which looks cmpletely different in colour to black & white. These structures are double skinned with tie stones holding the two walls together and somehow this strucutre provides excellent strnghts without needing to be too heavy which allowed the cnsiderable height to be achieved.
I also visited the smaller f the two brochs, Dun Troddan and this was my favourite shot, taken from below a large sycamore tree which grows just to the side of the broch.
On the way home I stopped at the top of Mam Ratagan and took a shot of Kintail and the hea dof Loch Duich. I don't think this is a aprticularly great shot but it shows the hills with a bit of snow and some nice light on the more distant hills. This is a panorama of two shots.
Then finally as a spur of the moment decision returned via the old Carr Brae road and got this lovely shot of Loch Alsh, looking towards Skye. I didn't use any filters on this one, preferring to go for more of a sillhouette effect and focusing on trying to capture to warm light on the loch and in the clouds.
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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