After the arrival of my new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera for Christmas I have been waiting for a break in the wet and windy weather for a chance to get out and play. Eventually, this afternoon, the skies cleared and I took the brief opportunity to try and capture some images of the nearby hills in snow. The light was fading fast, so time was short but I got this first shot from the beach at port Ban, near Duirinish, looking north towards the Applecross hills and the Bealach na Ba. The sky was actually really blue with pinkish tints to the clouds and the contrast of relatively bright sky and darker foreground meant I had to use a 2 stop graduated ND filter. I processed the image in Lightroom but opted for a desaturated conversion to try and emphasise the textures in the hills. The result is pretty dramatic.
I took a few more shots from the same location and then quickly popped over to Plockton to try and capture the very last light of the blue hour, probably a bit late. These are the results.
The last three shots are the original colour version, the black & white conversion and the selectively colourised version respectively.
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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