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My new collection from this year's expedition to Skye with +Lisabet Woods-Jack

Enjoy! https://goo.gl/kDmu5G
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Desire to Worship

Beneath the striking rock pinnacle of Castle Ewen in the Fairy Glen, you can find this very neat stone circle. Curiously, this stone circle is a relatively modern addition to this magical landscape, and I find it interesting when I find little circles and cairns like these in landscapes. An activity as old as humanity itself. =) https://goo.gl/7j1TCQ

Fairy Glen, Glen Uig, Uig, Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, ƒ/9.0, 69secs at 12mm (18mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser, a soft 3-stop ND grad, and a 10-stop full-ND filter stacked on my Tokina 11–16mm ƒ/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. This is a single exposure, processed and edited in Capture One, finished off in Photoshop.
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The Pillared Enclosure

Afternoon sunlight bursts through the rain clouds, casting light upon the otherworldly forms of the Quiraing landscape. The unusual name comes from, yes, the Old Norse Kvi Rand, meaning “Round Fold”. The fold referred to consists of a ring of sheer pillars that conceal one of the Quiraing’s more famous features, The Table: an elevated plateau hidden amongst the pillars. It is said that the fold was used to conceal cattle from Viking raiders. https://goo.gl/NriAXT

Quiraing, Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, ƒ/11.0, 1⁄125sec at 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.), shot with a Tokina 11–16mm ƒ/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. Though I bracketed three exposures, I ended up only needing the metered exposure, which I triple-processed for highlight and shadow detail in Capture One, then blended and finished in Photoshop.
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Enclosure of the Black Cuillins

Getting a good composition around Loch Coruisk is tricky. There isn’t really a “proper” path around the loch, and access is entirely dependent on how wet Skye is being. It also doesn’t help that on each occasion +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I have visited the loch, time has been restricted (to ensure that we catch the boat back to Elgol!) Our first time to the loch saw us exploring its southeastern shores, this time round we had a wander up its northwestern flank. The shore was particularly boggy and marshy but thankfully there were plenty of glacial erratics around that offered dry footing and interesting compositions. =) https://goo.gl/lVQom8

Loch Coruisk, Black Cuillins, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, ƒ/8.0, ⅛sec at 12mm (18mm full-frame equiv.), using a circular polariser, a soft 1-stop ND grad, and a soft 3-stop ND grad filter stacked on my Tokina 11–16mm ƒ/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. This is a single exposure shot three times for focus stacking, processed in Capture One and finished in Photoshop.
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The Stillness of MacLeod’s Table

On our first foray around Skye, one of the places we fell in love with was the Coral Beach near Claigan. A pristine white beach that, from a distance, looks like sand but is in fact composed of dried, calcified seaweed known as maerl. Whilst +Lisabet Woods-Jack had a wander along the beach and a paddle in the clear waters, I went hunting for compositions looking towards the flat-topped hill known as MacLeod’s Table. In actuality, in this composition, what you’re really seeing is Healabhal Mhò, which is MacLeod’s Table North, and is the smaller of the two at 469m/1,538ft (whereas Healabhal Bheag, “MacLeod’s Table South”, reaches 488m/1,601ft). I found this fascinating boulder on the beach covered in oxidised seaweed and containing a luminscent green rock pool, which I used as an unusual composition for this place. =) https://goo.gl/MA8Ldc

Coral Beach, Claigan, Waternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, 0.2secs and 20.9secs, ƒ/8, at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser, a soft 3-stop ND grad, and a 10-stop full-ND filter stacked on my Tokina 11–16mm ƒ/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. This is a single exposure at ƒ/8, shot four times for focus stacking, giving me sharpness throughout the image. I shot another exposure with my big stopper on at ƒ/2.8, stretching the exposure out for about 20secs. These were then all processed in Capture One and blended together in Photoshop.
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Talisker Curve

See that? Another waterfall flying straight off the cliff. There seems to be quite a few of those on Skye. https://goo.gl/A48T37

This one you see is one of the more secluded ones, found at Talisker Bay, flying off the face of Sgùrr an Fheòir. See, above that cliff is a little loch, Loch an Sgùirr Mhòir. I love that on Skye there’s so many little lochs hidden away in various nooks and crannies across the island. =)

Talisker Bay, Talisker, Minginish, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, f/9, 33.7secs at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser, a hard 2-stop ND grad filter, and a 10-stop full-ND filter stacked on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. This is a single exposure, stretched to over 30seconds long by using a big stopper. Processed in Capture One, edited in Photoshop.
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Run Out Of Land

One of the more spectacular sights on Skye is the Mealt Waterfall and Kilt Rock. You can find it just south of Staffin on the eastern side of the Trotternish Peninsula. Thankfully, there was enough of an outflow from nearby Loch Mealt for the waterfall to be more than a trickle. Kilt Rock in the distance is named such because its basalt cliff face resembles, if you squint hard enough, the tartan patterning of a Scottish kilt. The more you know! Getting a more unique composition of this scene is hard: this was taken from a publicly accessible viewing platform so, as a result, this particular composition has been photographed many times. The only way to shoot something different would be to either trespass on private land, or get yourself a dinghy out into the sea. Unique or not, it’s still pretty, isn’t it? https://goo.gl/7QMjzj

Mealt Falls, Trotternish, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highland, Scotland.

ISO400, f/8, 1⁄125sec at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. Given the semicircular nature of the viewing platform, getting a shot using a tripod was either awkward or just straight up hazardous. Instead, I decided to handhold this shot whilst leaning over the railing, using a higher ISO and a slightly wider aperture to get a quick enough shot, reducing camera shake but still rendering some nice water movement. It’s a shame it’s so hard to shoot this scene, because I’d like to get my tripod involved for some long exposure work. Processed in Capture One, edited in Photoshop.
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Warm Light, Blue Mountain

I reckon Skye will be one of those places that I keep visiting again and again, always seeing something new. The image above, of Blà Bheinn in the early morning above Loch Slapin, represents one of those munificent places; I get the feeling that there are a lot more jewels to photo around here. Until I return, here’s a long exposure along the banks of Allt Aisridh looking towards magnificent Blà Bheinn in soft morning light. https://goo.gl/tlDT2y

Loch Slapin, Torrin, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, f/13, 2m46secs at 14mm (21mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser, a soft 3-stop ND grad filter, and a 10-stop full-ND filter stacked on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. This is a single exposure, processing with Capture One, edited in Photoshop.
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The Perch on Castle Ewen

When +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I arrived at the Fairy Glen for some exploration, this was the first scene we came across. There was only us here. So, so quiet… https://goo.gl/06wNZm

This delightful little pond was hinting at some lovely reflections of the towering rock pinnacle known as Castle Ewen so I set up for a composition. I like the way that, with a polariser, I was able to pull up some of the reds in the bottom of the pond; I also dig the way the loop in the bottom of the pond’s shore seems to “contain” the reflection of Castle Ewen. As I was setting up, the sun finally broke through the sunrise clouds and briefly illuminated Castle Ewen so I very quickly fired off some bracketed exposures to ensure I snagged it. =)

Fairy Glen, Glen Uig, Uig, Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, f/8 at 13mm (19.5mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. This is a HDR image, made up of three bracketed exposures, processed in Capture One, blended and edited in Aurora HDR 2017, and finished with Color Efex Pro and Photoshop. #AuroraHDR
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The Sliding Earth

This… this was a magical experience. On our way back to the car from hiking around the Quiraing the sun suddenly burst through the speeding clouds, illuminating the otherworldly landscape. I love it when this happens because it really pulls out all the textures and contours of the scene, bringing it to life. =) https://goo.gl/GcQgAr

Quiraing, Trotternish, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, f/13, 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.) using my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. As I didn’t want to miss this dazzling display of light, I skipped using my filters and opted for some bracketed exposures. These were processed into an HDR image using Aurora HDR 2017, finished in Color Efex Pro and Photoshop.
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