The First One

April 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I've never had a blog before, this is my first. So that makes this my first post on my first blog and I expect it'll probably only be read by close friends and family. I don't really know how all this works, yet, but if you're reading this and you're not in that friends or family category; hello to you, stranger!

For my first post I wanted to type a bit more than the normal little description boxes allow about one photograph specifically.

This one:

The Cuillins, the Cuillin Mountains, the Black Cuillins from Elgol Beach across Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, ScotlandThe Cuillin Mountains from Elgol, Isle of Skye, Scotland

In the grand scheme of things I'm still very much in the early days of my photographic journey, having only bought my first DSLR (a Nikon D3000) about 3/4 years ago. A lot of what I've done since then has been about discovery, trial and error - and there have been plenty of errors. Learning the craft I suppose, and because of that, this photograph is an important milestone in my own mind. Its the first landscape photograph I can remember taking that turned out to be exactly what I wanted, exactly how I planned - if not better.

We were staying in Elgol on the Isle of Skye for 3 nights in a lovely, cosy thatched cottage, just over a mile from the beach. That beach as it turned out was a little bit special, offering up an awe inspiring view across Loch Scavaig right into the heart of Cuillin Mountains. When I saw the view for the first time (in pelting rain) I knew I had to take a photograph home with me that did it justice. So in my head the planning began; I checked tide and light direction, settling on somewhere around 9am to take advantage or the softer early morning sun - the weather just had to play it's part - I wanted a blue sky but with fluffy white clouds high enough to keep clear of the 3,000ft+ peaks of the Cuillins. A wish list that in Scotland would normally be laughed off, but good old mother nature came up trumps the very next day. The next thing I decided on was a composition and exposure. The beach was rocky and the waves were quite reservedly running over and through them in a not too crash-y sort of way.  It was this movement in the water I wanted to capture. I chose my composition and decided on slow enough shutter speed to capture a sense of the water in motion; half a second. I set the camera up on the tripod and slotted in a couple of my battered Lee Filters, a 2-Stop ND Grad for the sky and mountains, and a 2-Stop ND for the whole exposure to keep the shutter speed down. This is the result, and the result of that result was a large smile across my face.

This photograph is one of my favourites, if not the favourite - as hard as that is to decide - so much so that it is hung right above my head as I type this out, printed nice and large and hung on the wall, as it should be. A good subject I hope you'll agree for my first ever blog post. Thanks for reading.

Tom.

A lot of my photographs, including this one, are available to buy as prints - as Canvas Gallery Wraps or Framed Prints and I'd be grateful if you would have a look through my galleries by clicking here. Maybe you'll see something you like.

If you're planning a trip to the Isle of Skye I would highly recommend Mary's Thatched Cottages in Elgol (Click here for the link) and the Aqua Xplore boats trips that operate from the beach (Click here for the link). Both of which contributed to a fantastic and unforgettable few days away.

 

 

  

 


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