This morning began with clear skies to the east and a few strung out clouds to the west. When the sun started to rise if the reflected light in the west produced this amazing effect, looking more like a sunset than a sunrise. This shot was taken looking west at 8:15 this morning. I actually took four shots to make a very wide panorama covering about 180 degrees hence the strange curved effect of the clouds, which actually ran more-or-less across the view in reality. However, it was the light that attracted me to this shot. I also took a zoomed shot towards the Cuillins ans the Skye Bridge (below) which really shows the strength of the colours, I did almost no post processing on this one, apart from removing a few dust spots and reducing the noise a little.
I had to travel to Achnashen for a morning meeting so left a little early to try and cacth a few shots on the way. The following one of the Bealach na Ba came out OK despite the sky being a bit dull and uninteresting. The little bits of light shining on the hills made this worth stopping I think. This was taken using my Sigma 150-500mm lens at 403mm zoom handheld using the lens' excellent image stabilisation.
Finally I stopped just short of Achnasheen for a shot I had envisgaed many times but never had decent light when passing this spot until this morning. On the south-east side of the road just about 1 mile south of Achnasheen there is a layby with a gate leading to a footpath, or rather a boardwalk which crosses the bog to an old cottage or bothy. The boradwalk snakes a little across the big after crossing the river in a south-easterly direction, straight into the rising sun. Today it was very cold, c. -2 degrees and had been colder, so the bridge and boardwalk were covered in frost. I took this shot from the start of the bridge looking along the line of the boardwalk. I converted the image in Nik's Silver Efex Pro using the Low Key preset to emphasise the sillhoutte effect and reduce the glare from the sun. I really like this one.
Towards the top of the previous image you will see a post with a diamond shot on top, this was the focal point of the following image which I just had to take. Only in the Highlands....
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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