I have been slowly working my way through the many shots I took last weekend so here is the next installment. This one is of Suilven gradually being revealed from the low lying cloud which was hanging in the glens early in the morning on Friday. The cloud soon burned off to leave a very hot and sunny day. Canisp is also showing to the rear and right of Suilven.
The coast road from Ullapool to Lochinver is one of the most spectacular in the north-west with tantalizing glimpses of the famous hills which stand out separately from each other, unlike the hills further south in Wester Ross. This creates a dramatic landscape with lots of moorland interspersed with broadleaved woodland, plenty of small lochs and lochans and occasional views of the sea and beyond. This next image is of a paricularly scenic section of that road where it hugs the rocky shoreline and presents the motorist with tight blind corners and sheer drops into the sea. It is definitely one of my favourite bits of road, albeit relatively short.
The next couple of shots illustrate the distinctive stand-alone peaks and small lochans that so characterise this wonderful area. The first shows Stac Pollaidh while the second is of Suilven from Glencanisp. I used a combination of my Zomei circular polarizing filter and ND8 full neutral density filter to emphasise the bright blue of the skye ad vibrant colours in the landscape, and to slow down the shutter speed to try and capture some movement in the foreground vegetation in the light breeze. The first element worked well but the movement did not really work. Still I like the shot.
The next shot in this group was taken on my way to Achiltibuie from one of my favourite vantage points. It shows the road to the Summer Isles in all its colourful glory with Beinn Mor Coigach on the left and Stac Pollaidh creeping in on the mid-right distance. On a day like Friday at this early hour the landscape was illuminated perfectly by the sun and there is just enough cloud in the sky to add a little depth.
The final shot in this group was taken back at Achnahaird beach, or just above it on the machair, in the early evening with the landscape lit by the sun in the west, looking eastwards towards the hills with the colourful grassland swaying in the foreground. This was also taken using the CPL to emphasise the bright colours.
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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