I have just ordered my 2023 calendars. The calendars are due to arrive by 24th November and are strictly restricted to 75 copies. Copies can be pre-ordered by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling me on 07733674947. I will also have the calendars for sale at my upcoming Pre-Christmas SALE at The Steadings Gallery, Balmacara Square from 25th to 28th November (open daily 11am to 5pm) as well as at the Light Up Balmacara event on 2nd December 6-9pm at Balmacara Square in the Steadings Gallery again.
The calendars are A4 format with a different half page landscape format image each month, see below, along with the monthly calendar below. They are priced at £10 each with £3.50 postage if your require them to be sent to you, multiple purchase will incur a postage charge of £5 for up to three calendars.
My Pre-Christmas SALE offers the opportunity to pick up a bargain for that perfect festive gift. I am selling framed prints, canvas prints and mounted and unmounted prints at 50% off their normal retail price. So come along and view my stock and enjoy the festive ambiance of the Square, where you can take an enjoyable walk in the woodls around the village followed by a visit to the Gallery and the Home in the Highlands gift shop and the Cosy Corner Cafe.
The above shot was captured on Thursday on my way home from a very wet and windy trip to the north end of Skye. I have seldom driven in such poor rainy conditions, but on my way home there were some breaks in the weather and this wonderful rainbow was the result. Rather than try for the usual wide-angle shot I opted for a bit of zoom, focusing on the foot of the rainbow and foreshortening the distance to the background hills of Applecross and the Crowlin Islands.
I took another shot just a little further down the road, looking across Broadford Bay towards Pabay, but I felt that the light was not quite so good and the composition came out a but less engaging than I had hoped for.
I enjoyed a break in the weather today to take a stroll with the dog along the old Sleat road south of Broadford on the Isle of Skye. There was a good amount of blue sky with plenty of interesting clouds, and the sun was providing a lovely colour and quality of light. The above shot is my favourite from the walk and actually works pretty well in both black & white and colour, as can be seen from the colour version below. I think I prefer the monochrome, it is just that bit more dramatic.
The following shot was taken looking eastwards, towards the mainland, alng the road and into the sun. I could not balance the exposure due to the intensity of the sun light, so I opted to bracket three shots and blended them using Adobe Lightroom Classic's HDR tool. This worked pretty well, and was finished off with a black & white conversion in Nik's Silver Efex Pro and the colour version was adapted a little using Nik's Vivezia tool. I opted for f/16 (a small aperture) to create the wonderful starburst effect, which is a bit clearer in the monochrome version.
Looking the other way, back towards Beinn na Caillich, the road provides a wonderful leading line into the frame. Again this one works well in both formats.
The last few images are variations on the same theme, in colour and black & white.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer 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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