I took the above photo this morning when I was out and about on the Balamacara Estate. It was a pretty dull overcast sort of a day but the sky was much brighter than the land so I decided to use my graduated ND filer to try and get a more even exposure. I opted for my strongest filter, the ND8 Grad and as you can see it has certainly darkened down the sky a fiar bit. I also underexposed the overall image by one stop and then adjusted the exposure levels in Lightroom a little, not much though. This one was cropped to remove the boring foreground, just lots of grass, and to bring more emphasis to the sky.
I also converted the image to black & white using Nik's Silver Efex Pro with their High Structure - Coarse preset I applied a modest red filter and increased the brightness level a bit too and the result is OK.
In terms of compostion I was tryig to capture the sense of the numerous fences marking the boundaries of the runrig croft strips running across the image. I am not too sure this comes across in the landscape image but I cropped it (see third image below) to effectively zoom in a bit and I think that sense of the geometry is perhaps a little bit clearer?
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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