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WINTER LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: INVERPOLLY SUTHERLAND

Here are a few of my top favourites from a trip to Sutherland with Aspect2i It was great to get extensive experience using the Nikon 24mm Tilt + Shift lens;  also trying out LEE Filter’s 10-stop filter known as the “Big Stopper” for creative long exposures.

silver birch | Sutherland

silver birch | Sutherland

Seeing the wood through the trees! Isolating a single trunk from the visual chaos of its surroundings makes for a stronger composition.
ISO 100 1/50 sec at f/4.5 Nikon D800 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens

 

Quinag range | Sutherland

Quinag range | Sutherland

 This is a particular favourite of mine; Quinag with a frozen pond giving strong foreground interest.
ISO 100 0.4 sec at f/13 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

Loch Assynt | Sutherland

Loch Assynt | Sutherland

Even the mountain and the trees seem reel from the fierce, bitingly cold wind.
Photographed from the shore of Loch Assynt.
ISO 100 1/4 sec at f/8 Nikon D800 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens

 

Quinag range | Sutherland

Quinag range | Sutherland

 I had aimed for a square composition but by the time I got myself organised this lovely cloud had drifted too far to the right!
ISO 160 1/15 sec at f/8 Nikon D800 with 24-120mm f/4 lens

 

Stac Pollaidh | Sutherland

Stac Pollaidh | Sutherland

This was a fascinating sight; loch reeds surrounded by petals of ice under the brooding presence of Stac Pollaidh.
ISO 100 0.8 sec at f/14 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

Loch Lurgainn | Sutherland

Loch Lurgainn | Sutherland

 Wind-whipped waves on Loch Lurgainn with distant Stac Pollaidh on the left.
This was one of my first photographs taken using the “Big Stopper” filter; and the start of another learning curve.
ISO 100 13 sec at f/14 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

Clashnessie Bay | Sutherland

Clashnessie Bay | Sutherland

Another of my firm favourites, featuring Clashnessie Bay; the warm sunlight hitting the far rocks nicely sets off the cool blue foreground and was a real stroke of luck.
ISO 100 241 sec at f/13 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

sand structures | Clashnessie Bay | Sutherland

sand structures | Clashnessie Bay | Sutherland

 Fantastic! A sand abstract spotted on Clashnessie Bay.
ISO 100 151 sec at f/16 Nikon D800 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens

 

sand ripples | Clashnessie Bay | Sutherland

sand ripples | Clashnessie Bay | Sutherland

 Sand ripples on Clashnessie Bay.
ISO 100 212 sec at f/14 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

Canisp (left) and Suilven | Sutherland

Canisp (left) and Suilven | Sutherland

 Late afternoon sun kisses the slopes of Canisp (left) leaving  Suilven in shadow. The colour version is a bit too “chocolate box” for me, hence this monochrome conversion.
ISO 100 1/4 sec at f/11 Nikon D800 with 24-120mm f/4 lens

 

Canisp | Sutherland

Canisp | Sutherland

 The 2779 foot mountain, Canisp.
ISO 100 0.4 sec at f/11 Nikon D800 with 24-120mm f/4 lens

 

Culkein Bay | Sutherland

Culkein Bay | Sutherland

It was like standing on the very edge of the world; Culkein Bay.
ISO 100 1 sec at f/14 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

Culkein Bay | Sutherland

Culkein Bay | Sutherland

Culkein Bay; I love the cloud structure here which resulted from using a 3 minute exposure.
ISO 320 182 sec at f/11 Nikon D800 with 24-120mm f/4 lens

 

Culkein Bay | Sutherland

Culkein Bay | Sutherland

Like a finger pointing to the stac that got away; Culkein Bay.
ISO 500 185 sec at f/14 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

Culkein Bay | Sutherland

Culkein Bay | Sutherland

Failing light on Culkein Bay; this time required a 4 minute exposure to capture the mood.
ISO 640 242 sec at f/14 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

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