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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3
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Apr 8, 2010, 6:39:15 AM
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Light on the Sound by AndyMumford Light on the Sound by AndyMumford
Occasionally in landscape photography, all the early mornings that turned out crappy, all the long drives for a sunset that never materialises, all the long waits for light that never comes, and all the effort to try to make something half decent out of less-than-expected conditions, are balanced by a session when everything just falls into place and nature puts on a brilliant show making photography just seem easy.

I got up for sunrise on each of the seven days that I was in Scotland, and on 6 of those days I was disappointed. But on this particular day, all that didn't matter because when I was up on the Quiraing, with views to the south along the Trotternish Peninsula, views to the East across the Quiraing rock formations, and views out over the sea to the Wester Ross and the Torridon Mountains across the Sound of Raasay, I was blessed with fantastic skies and sunbeams, beautiful colour in the clouds, and really clear, pure light pouring across the landscape.

The day before had been disappointing, but it had taught me that the location that I wanted to shoot from on the Quiraing only gave me sightlines in one direction. From the location I found later that morning, and which I used on the next day, I could shoot two completely different wide angle compositions, and also use a telephoto lens to shoot across the Sound to the mainland.

It was just a lovely morning, and I'll be submitting a couple more from the session over the next couple of weeks.

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Taken from the Quiraing, Northern Skye, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 80-400mm VR
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
1/350 secs | f5.6 | 135mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.
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PeppermentPanda Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
beautiful. >w<
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DeadHorizon14 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god, this is so amazing! :heart:
as i look at the picture i think: Dream and Day collide!
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n0vember Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the effects of sunbeams and have made many pictures of it, but them reachnig and lighting the sea is absolutely gorgeous, making of this picture a great shot.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thanks so much
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Ramah-Palmer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
That sure is a beautiful photo, Andy. Maybe even my favourite of all yours that I've seen so far.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Alright Andy.

Yeah, these kind of sun beams are pretty rare and I really like photographing them if I get the chance. This morning in Skye was just brilliant for "god rays", and I took quite a few shots. This is probably my favourite because you can see the sweep of the land behind, but I've got another, even closer shot, that I might submit.

I'm constantly surprised by what appeals to people in pictures, it's always different. Generally, colourful skies and dramatic landscapes or coasts are popular, and they are fun to shoot, but my own personal favourite shots are ones that are quite minimal, where the landscapes reduced to as few elements as possible. This is one of those kind of shots. Clouds, sea, light. Very little colour, not much detail.
My own favourite of all my shots is similar.....it's this one [link]
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Singinggirlone Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010   General Artist
wow
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Thanks
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Inzhuna Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
This is breath-taking!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Thanks so much
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