Ever-growing Light

Bright spots on the Lump!

With a Daily Prompt theme of Crescendo, I thought it might be interesting to share something that is a bit of an experiment.

Quite often, I will experiment with something that goes against the accepted practices of photography; we have heard a number of them about composition, light, rule of thirds, etc.  The standard approach of keeping the Sun behind you, when shooting, is eschewed by me, as there are so many interesting things to discover by varying one’s technique a bit.

In this particular moment, I noticed that the Sun was playing rather nicely through the trees, creating some rather interesting patterns on the green.  A bit of lens flare was the risk, as you can see, but it made for a bit of an unusual view.

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Tripping the Light Fantastic

I captured this near a village green in Portree on Skye, which location is called ‘The Lump’.  I captured this as an HDR sequence using my Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera with an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.

Curious to hear what you think about this little folly!

Skye – Island of Many Textures – pt. 2

Multi-textural beauty

Inspired by the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Texture, as Skye is all about textures, I thought I’d share another one of my recent edits.

This is looking across the Quiraing range…

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Textures of the Quiraing

I’d welcome your thoughts on the direction that this image might go.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden

Follow the golden rule!

Welcome to Week 69 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

The responses to last week’s challenge theme of Three were phenomenal, as always.  There were some truly creative entries, including one that gave me triple vision!

This week’s theme is one that is inspired by some of the images that I have been editing recently from the collection of images captured during our vacation in Scotland in 2013.  It may take me a while to get to editing images, but all good things come to those who wait (and work hard while waiting).  This week’s theme of Golden flows forth from the wondrous tones that I discovered on the island of Skye, where beautiful landscapes open up at every turn of the winding roads.

With this theme, I hope that you will find some interesting shots, including those that hint at what is golden…possibly, silence?  Let’s see where we end up!

Here’s the image that gave me the idea for this week’s theme…

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Golden hued Skye

This view is of the Quiraing, a landslip in Trotternish on the Isle of Skye; due to this formation’s movement, the road through the Quiraing needs annual repair.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Remember to not kill the goose, and check those rainbows, because you don’t want to miss a golden opportunity!

Skye – an island of many textures

Rugged, yet approachable

As I was noodling around for a couple of minutes with some of my images from our vacation to Scotland, which was 4 years ago, I struggled a bit with deciding on the treatment that I wanted to give a particular image.  I’m still not certain yet, but U was amused when I looked at the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Texture, as this image is all about texture.

I’m still not convinced that I have found the right solution, but will share my work in progress with you.

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Skye’s Rugged Textures

I’d welcome your thoughts on the direction that this image might go.

Have a wonderful day!

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 6

A new treatment of Skye

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

In this sixth episode, I’d like to share some of the awe that I experienced visiting the Isle of Skye during our trip to Scotland.  This island in the Inner Hebrides is the largest and northernmost in the group, carrying the shape of a lobster claw.  What struck me about Skye is its diversity in presentation to the camera’s lens, as each turn of a road provides fresh views unlike no other and the movement of clouds paints the hills with shadow and light to create one-of-a-kind other-worldly vistas from one minute to the next.

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Skye’s the Limit!

This view is across the Quiraing range on the Trotternish peninsula; after finding a reasonably high vantage point, I simply enjoyed Nature’s slideshow, which was on display with unending generosity.

Technical Details

This image series was captured with Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/125s at f/18 and 400 ISO for the middle image and -1/+1 EV for the bracketing images.  These were processed using Photomatix Pro.

Friday Travel Photos – Skye Reprise 

Beauty is everywhere

After last week’s view of Castle Eilean Donan, I’m taking you on the next logical step from our journey three years ago: the Isle of Skye.  I’ll feature some of my landscapes in this week’s post and then include some more detailed images in next week’s post.

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Skye’s Rugged Terrain
At 1,656 square kilometres (639 sq mi), Skye is the second-largest island in Scotland after Lewis and Harris. The coastline of Skye is a series of peninsulas and bays radiating out from a centre dominated by the Cuillin hills (Gaelic:An Cuiltheann). Malcolm Slesser suggested that its shape “sticks out of the west coast of northern Scotland like a lobster’s claw ready to snap at the fish bone of Harris and Lewis” and W. H. Murray, commenting on its irregular coastline, stated that “Skye is sixty miles [100 km] long, but what might be its breadth is beyond the ingenuity of man to state”. Martin Martin, a native of the island, reported on it at length in a 1703 publication. His geological observations included a note that:

There are marcasites black and white, resembling silver ore, near the village Sartle: there are likewise in the same place several stones, which in bigness, shape, &c., resemble nutmegs, and many rivulets here afford variegated stones of all colours. The Applesglen near Loch-Fallart has agate growing in it of different sizes and colours; some are green on the outside, some are of a pale sky colour, and they all strike fire as well as flint: I have one of them by me, which for shape and bigness is proper for a sword handle. Stones of a purple colour flow down the rivulets here after great rains.

— Martin Martin, A Description of The Western Islands of Scotland.
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The Storr

The Black Cuillin, which are mainly composed of basalt and gabbro, include twelve Munros and provide some of the most dramatic and challenging mountain terrain in Scotland. The ascent of Sgùrr a’ Ghreadaidh is one of the longest rock climbs in Britain and the Inaccessible Pinnacle is the only peak in Scotland that requires technical climbing skills to reach the summit. These hills make demands of the hill walker that exceed any others found in Scotland and a full traverse of the Cuillin ridge may take 15–20 hours. The Red Hills (Gaelic: Am Binnean Dearg) to the south are also known as the Red Cuillin. They are mainly composed of granite that has weathered into more rounded hills with many long scree slopes on their flanks. The highest point of these hills is Glamaig, one of only two Corbetts on Skye.

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The Quiraing
The northern peninsula of Trotternish is underlain by basalt, which provides relatively rich soils and a variety of unusual rock features. The Kilt Rock is named after the tartan-like patterns in the 105 metres (344 ft) cliffs. The Quiraing is a spectacular series of rock pinnacles on the eastern side of the main spine of the peninsula and further south is the rock pillar of the Old Man of Storr.

I hope you enjoy these vistas from this spectacular island!

Thanks to the great Wikipedia Article on Skye for this and much more background information.