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LEWIS & HARRIS | ATLANTIC SEASCAPES

Another first for me, this time to the Outer Herbrides in the company of Aspect2i who cater for a range of photographic workshops here in the UK and abroad. This workshop concentrated on the isles of Lewis & Harris taking in some of the most stunning and beautiful locations found in Scotland; including world-renowned beaches of pure, white sand and geology with some of the oldest rocks on the surface of the earth. Here are my favourite photo creations from the workshop; and to save repetition, nearly all were captured using various combinations of polariser, neutral density, graduated ND and “Big Stopper” filters to modify exposure effects and shutter times.

North Harris | Outer Hebrides

North Harris | Outer Hebrides

I didn’t expect to be applying factor 50 sun cream in Scotland in April, however, I still ended up with a face like a beetroot by the end of the first day! Without a cloud in the sky, the featureless blue canopy was rather un-welcome and as far as possible excluded from these first two images. Near Huisinis Bay | North Harris
ISO 100  189 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

North Harris | Outer Hebrides

North Harris | Outer Hebrides

Near Huisinis Bay | North Harris
ISO 400  0.5 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Huisinis Bay | North Harris | Outer Hebrides

Huisinis Bay | North Harris | Outer Hebrides

Here contre-jour lighting causes a strong contrast between light and dark subjects; and emphasising lines, shapes and texture.
ISO 100  61 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Huisinis Bay | North Harris | Outer Hebrides

Huisinis Bay | North Harris | Outer Hebrides

Seaweed and patterns in the white sand of Huisinis Bay | North Harris.
ISO 100  1/30 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Huisinis Bay | North Harris | Outer Hebrides

Huisinis Bay | North Harris | Outer Hebrides

A question mark in rock.
ISO 100  1/8 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Day two: The effective use of a featureless blue sky in monochrome to emphasise contrast against the marram grass; I love this “made for a square” composition.
ISO 100  1/13 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Texture and perspective.
ISO 100  2 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Shadows in the sand.
ISO 100  1/00 sec @ f/11  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Yes, this was the colour of the sea, amazing!
ISO 100  30 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

I wanted to create an “impressionist” feel; the monochrome version is so much stronger, without the distraction of colour.
ISO 100  73 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

This should really be called Makka Pakka Bay. Any youngster who watches “In the Night Garden” will know, Makka Pakka often stacks freshly cleaned stones into piles resembling his head and body – like those just visible to the left of the photograph. I was going to take a close up shot of the stones for my older grandson but unfortunately ran out of time.
ISO 100  69 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Mor Bay | Lewis
ISO 100  1.3 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Beag Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Beag Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

OK, even I could not resist shooting this “picture postcard” view of Dail Mor Bay | Lewis. Even though it looks like a quick snap, it is in fact a stitched panorama created from three horizontal frames resulting in a very large file.
ISO 100  2.5 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Beag Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Beag Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

One of my top favourite images; the natural sand structure was beginning to break down being eroded by the flowing stream. The eye flows from the swirling water at the base then up through the curve of the sand to point to the headland beyond and ultimately to the clouds at the top.
ISO 100  3 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Beag Loch | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Beag Loch | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

This immovable rock contrasts nicely with the loch reeds swaying in the breeze; emphasised by the 2 minute exposure.
ISO 100  121 sec @ f/14  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Dail Beag Loch | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dail Beag Loch | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

An abstract image of reeds in Dail Mor Loch | Lewis.
ISO 160  181 sec @ f/14  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Callanish Stones | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Callanish Stones | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Not bad-looking for a structure erected some 5000 years ago; it is hard to imagine the massive effort that it must have taken its builders to move these monolithic blocks of stone into place.
ISO 400  1/25 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Callanish Stones | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Callanish Stones | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Love the sky in the first photograph but a few minutes wait brought the modelling effect of strong side lighting; offering better definition to the individual stones.
ISO 400  1/25 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Callanish Stones | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Callanish Stones | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

This large panorama was created by stitching three horizontal frames together; the dramatic sky suits the mood of this ancient site.
ISO 400  1/50 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Luskentyre Bay | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

Luskentyre Bay | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

Day Three and it was Luskentyre Bay with its dramatic backdrop of saw-tooth mountains and unusual sand patterns.
ISO 100  4 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens.

 

Seilebost | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

Seilebost | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

 The rocky coastline of Seilebost Bay | South Harris.
ISO 100  4 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Seilebost | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

Seilebost | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

Seilebost Bay | South Harris.
ISO 100  5 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Seilebost | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

Seilebost | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

I was going to keep this image in colour! Unfortunately droplets of spray on the front filter caused a severe loss of contrast towards the centre of the photo and later required a lot of work in post-production to correct the problem. Monochrome, helps to cover up many ills and I actually prefer this version as it lacks the distraction of colour.
ISO 100  3 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Seilebost | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

Seilebost | South Harris | Outer Hebrides

Wow, I really love this. It looks a wee bit surreal due to the dramatic contrast between the sky and yellow-green coloured marram grasses but it is all natural.
ISO 400  1/50 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Mangurstadh Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Mangurstadh Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Day four, the last day in the field; I’m really chuffed that I “discovered” these interesting rock shapes in the foreground leading the eye to the bay and headland in the background. This now hangs as a large canvas wrap in my home.
ISO 100  1.6 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Mangurstadh Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Mangurstadh Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Rocks and sand patterns, before an unexpected wave arrived on my doorstep.
ISO 100  1/50 sec @ f/14  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Mangurstadh Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Mangurstadh Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

A nest of rocks thrown together by the tide of nature.
ISO 100  3 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Uig Cliffs | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Uig Cliffs | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Dramatic cliffs facing the Atlantic ocean; continually eroded by weather and tide since the beginning of time. Not a bad shot, however, I was more concerned about being blown over the edge at that particular time.
ISO 160  3 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.


 

Reef Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Reef Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Like a scene from the film, “The Beach”; all that was missing was having Leonardo DiCaprio stroll along the clean, white sand.
ISO 100  2 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

Reef Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

Reef Bay | Lewis | Outer Hebrides

I love those fluffy, white clouds floating above the headland at Reef Bay | Lewis. This was an amazing place to finish the workshop to Lewis & Harris and I hope to return one day.
ISO 100  2 sec @ f/16  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens.

 

  • Ian - Captured the great weather well. Very Moody.24/09/2015 – 11:18 pmReplyCancel

  • admin - Thank you IAN, our photography workshop had a fantastic few days in your part of the world and we were blessed with “good light: for most of the time. Thanks also for being the first to post a comment on my new site. Best wishes, Sandy.25/09/2015 – 5:56 pmReplyCancel

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