Autumn on the Isle of Skye

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Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Birma » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:54 pm

I hope you'll forgive another stream from a sojourn on the Isle of Skye :)

The day started very damp and grey but then we had much more interesting light this afternoon.

From a short work outside Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye. Shot with Nex 5 with SEL 16.

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Skye Autumn 2012 - Below Ben Chracaig by Birm, on Flickr

Extensive searches have failed to locate the crock of gold :) . Sony A700 with Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro

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Skye Autumn 2012 - House at the end of the rainbow by Birm, on Flickr
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Birma » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:57 pm

Looking out to sea and the spectacular clouds. A700 with the Sigma 70-300

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Skye Autumn 2012 - Idrigill Point by Birm, on Flickr


Another view with the A700 and the Sigma.

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Skye Autumn 2012 - Healabhal Mhor by Birm, on Flickr
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby mvanrheenen » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:03 pm

Oh wow, the shot of the rainbow on that house!!! That has to be a one in a million shot Andy.

The first shot has nice colors and clarity. The third has pleasing and a bit tense feel to it, as if a storm is coming. The layers of the fourth image give a good feel of depth. I do find the colors a bit dull.

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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Greg Beetham » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:52 am

Quite a variety there Birma and all very atmospheric, I like the rainbow shot especially also, pity about the crock of gold, maybe it’s at the other end? :lol: I quite enjoy the views from Skye even though the light is sometimes (often?) in an overcast condition.
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Birma » Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:34 am

Thank you Mark and Greg :)

Mark - I agree that I think they need a bit more contrast. Hopefully we'll get a few more rays of sunshine today.
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby mvanrheenen » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:08 am

Birma wrote:Thank you Mark and Greg :)

Mark - I agree that I think they need a bit more contrast. Hopefully we'll get a few more rays of sunshine today.


If you do, please share the results with us. From what I gather from all you images, the isle has to be a beautiful place!

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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby caporip » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:35 pm

Always like your Skye shots and these are great!
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby jbtaylor » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:21 pm

Wonderful images.
You are one productive fellow.
Could the last one be effective in a portrait crop with the house at lower left and the largest part of the mountain as the top focal point?

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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Dusty » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:21 pm

Birma, you should offer all of your shots from the island for the official tourist website - as long as they recommend getting their on your in-laws boats!

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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby sury » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:35 pm

Andy,
The three (#1, #2 and #4) are so dramatic, the #3 looks kind of flat. It would have been quite an atmospheric as
Greg put it, had it been on its own. So it is your fault to overwhelm our senses with the aforementioned three. :lol:

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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Ken M » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:43 am

I think #1 is really sharp!
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Birma » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:01 pm

Thank you Caporip, Jbtaylor, Dusty, Suty and Ken - all comments much appreciated :)

I will try your suggestion JB.

Hi Dusty - I'd be very happy if the tourist board wanted to use any of my shots (some will probably find their way on to the in-law's website ;) ). The Isle of Skye is one of the UK's photographic hot-spots and so I think my shots have some very, very tough competition. You can't pick up a photo magazine in the UK without finding a picture of Skye in it (even Cameracraft has a picture of Eliean Donan!). It is just the sort of place were you can't keep the camera in the bag for very long :)
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Birma » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:06 pm

Here are some pictures from Monday. All with the Nex 5 plus LA-EA2 adapter and CZ 16-80.

There were some sunny spells amongst the showers.

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Skye Autumn 2012 - Ullinish Sunshine by Birm, on Flickr

We walked to a tidal island called Oronsay (which means "tidal island" and so there are a lot of islands called this in the Hebrides!). This is taken from the island looking back across the causeway (low tide!) towards Skye.

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Skye Autumn 2012 - Oronsay Causeway by Birm, on Flickr
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Birma » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:12 pm

This is taken from the tidal causeway looking out across the loch. Just after I took this an otter surfaced less than 100 yards from the beach with a small flat fish, one quick bite to finish it off, and then it must have sensed us and it swam off. Too far for the 80mm, and too quick for me sadly. We saw one on Sunday as well, at the bottom of the croft running across the field back to the burn. They are becoming more common than eagles :) !

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Skye Autumn 2012 - Loch Bracadale Shore by Birm, on Flickr

This sort of fauna is easier to photograph. These three ewes seemed to be having some major disagreement. There was a lot head butting and staring.

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Skye Autumn 2012 - Woolly Face-off by Birm, on Flickr
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Re: Autumn on the Isle of Skye

Unread postby Greg Beetham » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:07 pm

Lovely compositions Birma, the processing effect might be just a tad strong for me to get used too right away, sortof HDR-ish, I still like the scenes in their own right very much though, including the mysterious ‘conference’ at the end. I wonder about the causeway across to the island as well, it looks like a place you need a tide chart handy, just in case…also what are the white patches…foam or sand?
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