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.
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.