The light in the north-west Highlands is ever-changing, especially in winter, and it always pays to have a camera to hand. The above view was taken from our back garden, looking across Loch Alsh towards Kyle Rhea. The soft light, with a tinge of warmth that is common during these misty, cloudy conditions where the sun is fighting to penetrate the murk, made the scene for me. I shot this without realising I still had my CPL filter on the lens so it came out a bit different to what I expected, and the warm glow is perhaps more than I would really have wanted, but it produced an effective and evocative image.
Also, I find that I have a tenendcy to increase the clarity or structure in most of images in post-processing, hopefully not excessively, but that is a matter of opinion I guess. In this case, I deliberately tried the opposite and reduce the clarity by 20% to add to the softness of the final image. Something to try a bit more of I think.
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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