This morning turned out to be a decent one with the promise of brighter skies to come. I wasn't sure where to head to with the camera today but on checking around it looked brighter towards Skye so I headed in that direction. Surprise, surprise, the option of Loch Cill Chriosd and Torrin was looking fine, with good patches of sunlight, snowy squalls on the hills and some dramatic clouds, so I set off for Broadford and out towards Torrin. The above shot was taken at the west end of the loch, looking towards Bla Bheinn, from a low vantage point and with a small aperture to try and keep the foreground and background in relatively sharp focus. I have to say I was pretty pleased with the result. I love the way the patterns on the ice flow into the picture from the bottom right, leading the viewer's eye into the frame.
The next few images are some more shots I took looking towards Bla Bheinn from the loch side, and with a few variations in terms of post-processing. Feel free to feedback to me with your preferences.
I also took a coupe of shots of Beinn na Caillich from the loch side and these were my two favourites.
I then moved on to Torrin and captured this shot of Bla Bheinn from the shore below the Old Schoolhouse. The second is the same shot with high structure and selective colourisation applied in post-processing using Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2.
Finally, as I headed back home, I spotted this hawthorn tree off to the left of the road, still with many of its berries in place, the bright red standing out against the snowy hills in the background. The light was good so I decided to stop and try to capture the brightness of the berries against the otherwise fairly subtle colours of the winter landscape.
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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