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New Horizons

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 13 July 2020 in Landscape & Rural.

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Moving onto Scotland for a photo or two. Unfortunately, I had limited opportunities to take some, let's call them "more artistic" photos during that part of our journey. We treated this visit as more of a scouting trip with a view to hopefully return one day for a little bit longer. In many places the weather did not always cooperate and we were travelling in a group, which meant that I was not as free as I would have liked to give proper attention to photography. This has impacted particularly strongly because we were exploring new horizons and we placed more emphasis on the exploring part. But enough with excuses, I just set high standards for myself and ultimately, I think I failed to take the photos I was hoping to in the Scottish highlands. It was still great to see the highlands thought and the glimpses of beauty that we saw have definitely left use wanting to come back one day.

Today's photo comes from Elgol Beach on the Isle of Skye. It was one of the rare moments where I was able to walk around with photography in mind and had time to really take in and breath the landscape around me. I was immediately taken by the textured shore that you can see in the foreground. It was the middle of the day but the passing rainy clouds hovered nicely over the mountains on the other side of the bay and the sun managed to find its way through to shine beautiful light that created great dimension in the background. That helped to give the scene a bit of drama and atmosphere.

As is often the case in cloudy conditions, I considered a black and white option but the colour and light in the mountains made me stick with this version of the photo. The contrast between the sculpted rugged shore and the lusher looking background captivated me as well. I also like the mountains disappearing from view behind the rocks, which makes me think of what might be discovered if one was to follow the shore around the dark rocks to the right. Hopefully, we will be able to return and do that one day because I really liked what we saw of this area.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/10 second F/8.0 ISO 100 24 mm

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