Last Light at Elgol

Some additional images to my Scotland – Glen Coe and Isle of Skye post on 7/24/2016.  The sun didn’t set at Elgol on the Isle of Skye until until 1030 PM and we arrived with plenty of time to consider the photographic opportunities.  The weather had not been great to this point and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Interesting clouds covered the skyline without providing any indication of the light show to come. I composed the first image with foreground rocks roughly paralleling the mountains in the background. The biggest challenge was managing the hot spot created by the sun behind the clouds to the left of the sun streak.   I had to sacrifice some of the mountain range in the final image, but was able to limit the contrast.

Sun Streaks at Elgol. Nikon D800 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

Sun Streaks at Elgol. Nikon D800 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

Some subtle color started to build to the north and I hoped for enough to draw the eye through the fractured foreground rocks to the clouds over the mountains. At this point, the color never fully materialized and I expected that might be it for the evening.

Follow the Lines. Nikon D800 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

Follow the Lines. Nikon D800 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

Instead, the skyline blazed for about 30 minutes, lighting the clouds and providing colorful reflections in the stream leading into the bay. That color leads the eye from the foreground, through the mid-ground, to the single colorful cloud in the top right of the image.

Last Light at Elgol. Sun Streaks at Elgol. Nikon D800 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

Last Light at Elgol. Nikon D800 DSLR. Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8. Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer. Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Series 3 Tripod. Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead. Fstop Loka Pack. © Chuck Lockett Photography 2016.

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One Comment

  1. Shahid Saigol August 7, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    Beautiful pictures, nice work!

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