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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D3
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30/1 second
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F/11.0
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17 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Apr 8, 2010, 6:44:26 PM
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Ealaghol by AndyMumford Ealaghol by AndyMumford
The Photo

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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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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geoffwoods Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
lovely work
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks so much
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:icongeoffwoods:
geoffwoods Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
your welcome my friend
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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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