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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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malaladanila Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Another beautiful shot!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Thanks so much
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Rnomad Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
:wow:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thankyou
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   General Artist
Fantastic, get this so often in Scotland, always a stunner :D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Thanks so much
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010   General Artist
no probs ;)
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FrenetikFred Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good capture of that peaceful moment that could be a morning while light goes through dark clouds :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Thanks so much
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FrenetikFred Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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AForAdultery Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
this beautiful piece has been featured in my recent blog [link] :boogie:
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Retracinha Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Ual
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
:D
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solrighal Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yet another terrific shot mate. Love it.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love rays like this, the resulting image always has a strong sense of the moody and atmospheric.
Beautiful natural colours, well captured.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
It was a great morning, and these lightbeams were lovely. I've got a number of shots, not sure which one I like best, but this is the one that I decided to submit because it has a wider scope than my others (which are far more telephoto) They're on my site here....which do you prefer [link]
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EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Stunning work Andy.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Thanks again Eva
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EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Most welcome Andy!
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grevys Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
sublime colour, depth and light. happy to sit and breathe it all in.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Thanks Stuart, glad you like it :-)
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Brettc Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Great shot Andy .. well seen
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Cheers Brett :-)
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Immuniselectrun Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
amazing :D
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foureyes Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
:+fav:!!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Cheers Bernie
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PasareDeNoapte Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
that's great...beautiful:love:
I'm speechless!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Thanks so much
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Richsii Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
Brilliant as usual. =)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Thankyou
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cyberzon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Breath taking photo mate!
This just looks unreal!
What you are saying are so true! :+fav: !
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
:-)
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dwth Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 119th.:wave:
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islandtime Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Beautiful soft quality and great atmosphere!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Thanks so much Viktoria :-)
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hhryah Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Beautiful lighting! Love the composition.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Thanks loads
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justeline Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
*sigh* :tears:
Not jealous at all :(
Love it Andy! :clap:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Thanks Maria :-)
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c00LpicS Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful :clap:
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Date Taken
Apr 8, 2010, 6:39:15 AM
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