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One of the first photography books I ever bought, and one that had a huge influence on my landscape photography, was Joe Cornish's "First Light". It's still one of my favourite books, and one I regularly flick through for inspiration.

On the cover of that book is a magical beach, rocks in a raging sea with harsh mountain peaks rising out of the water across the bay. I've wanted to visit the place pretty much since I first bought the book.

So when I was in Skye for 3 days recently, making the long trip around the south east of the island to get to Elgol ("Ealaghol" in the local Gaelic) beach was pretty high up on the list of things I wanted to do. It's a long trek to get there (especially considering we were staying in the northern most part of the island) but the journey is beautiful, and Elgol, with it's views across the water of the Cuillin mountains, is absolutely stunning.

Of course, I'd hoped for a beautiful blast from the last rays of the sun to pick out the mountain sides before sunset. I'd hoped for colourful clouds...but in the end I got neither. Thick cloud cover obscured the sun and removed any chance of colourful skies....but the place still has an incredible atmosphere, and there was no way I was going to leave without getting one shot that I was happy with.

I took 7 exposures that evening (I take far fewer shots now than I used to), and this was the very first.
Elgol, like many places in Skye and the Highlands, is pretty high up on my "Really have to get back there one day and try and shoot it better" list.

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Taken at Elgol Beach, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Hoya ND400 9 stop ND | Lee 0.6 2 stop hard grad |
30 secs | f11 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.

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:iconeliphasthedark:
Eliphasthedark Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I love every single one of your photographs
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:iconwnaturalism:
WNaturalism Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Superbb!!! Very stunning work:)
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NataliyaPukhova Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Mysterious! I like it :)
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:icongeoffwoods:
geoffwoods Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
lovely work
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks so much
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geoffwoods Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
your welcome my friend
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:iconaguswu:
Aguswu Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
amazing
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alexcassels Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wonderful image Andy, would love to get back to this part of the world, someday very soon I hope!!
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
It's a beautiful place, and I'd love to get back there too
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Impermeabilizador Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
:woohoo:perfecto travajo est ideal
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brunoescalona Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant
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:iconw-photography:
w-photography Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Photographer
Very nice shot, I like that obscured mood! Besides, what does the name of the location, Elgol, mean?
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thanks loads. I don't know what the name Elgol means....it's celtic, and that's all I know
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photo67 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Very beautiful...
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Beautiful work.
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:iconlepianiste:
LePianiste Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Simply great, those rocks look perfect.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thankyou
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Trashins Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Thanks so much
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iytj Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
wonderful!!
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bosniak Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
une pure merveille...
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Merci :-)
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bosniak Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
:worship:
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grevys Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
this one seemed to slip by me andy - very nice and moody
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Glad you like it Stuart. This one made the shortlist for LOPTY in the UK.
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justeline Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
yeah, great, already commented on it, loved it at fist sight and just discovered I had never faved it :(
I should have my head examined but I'm too afraid to have a medical confirmation that there's nothing in it... sorry Andy
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Lol...thanks loads Maria
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Gilgond Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent photo! I love the mood you captured :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Thanks so much
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hugoo13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Great photo :)

carried in Cruzine: [link]
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lowapproach Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
This is great, good to see you doing well Andy :)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Cheers matey, glad to see you back posting stuff too.
Hope you're well
:-)
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lowapproach Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
I'm alright, picked up a 50D a few month ago, hated the lens and now trying to decide 17-40,10-22 or Sigma 10-20....I need your input budget on mind ;)
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juanfox94 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student Photographer
once again this is just Beautiful! O_O
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Thanks again
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   General Artist
Fantastic shot Andy...

If you ever visit again, stay at Glenbrittle campsite, right at the bottom of the Cuillins, and on the same road as the fantastic Fairy Pools [link] :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I visited Glen Brittle and the Fairy Pools....lovely place with a lot of potential, but I didn't really get weather that was much good for photography. Maybe next time.
Glad you like the shot
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Beautiful shot Andy! The compo and expo are spot on! Lovely.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Thanks Drew, glad you like it
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hhryah Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
It somehow makes me think of the shores in Arthurian legends. Beautiful!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Thanks so much, glad you like it
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Epic shot! Amazing!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Cheers Josť
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Oden36 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
You still managed some color! The blues are amazing as is the whole scene! Beautiful Shot Andy!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Cheers
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photocrafter Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
OH my goodness, another great shot! WOW!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Thanks so much
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photocrafter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Your very welcome. :)
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justeline Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
Love hat touch of color in the moody sky and the wonderful patterns on those rocks! Love that shot too, it has a very powerful mood!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Cheers Maria...glad you like it
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Apr 8, 2010, 6:44:26 PM
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