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Duncan Cauchi on The Beauty of Skye - part 2 of 1 2 3

by Duncan Cauchi Published 25/03/2020

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From my various travels to Scotland, I always prefer to go farther north as this is where the countryside becomes more rural and untouched by man. A personal favourite is Isle of Skye as it has an extensive choice for diverse wildlife, historic sites and natural beauty. I keep returning there as it has a particular charm, which is made even more intriguing when hearing about their historical beliefs in druids and the mystic arts. The first destination we travelled to was Portree which is a great place to set up base, as it is relatively central to many attractive locations. One such are The Bride’s Veil falls, which give excellent opportunity for a long exposure. In fact, I managed to capture a 2-second exposure at f/16 using a Haida Drop-in circular polariser to eliminate water reflections. For good composition I intentionally placed the river in the diagonal isto give a sense of direction from left to right while capturing the Old Man o' Storr in the background.


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an hour of hard walking, one can take excellent shots providing the weather is favourable. Unfortunately, this was not the case for us – we were engulfed in a blanket of low cloud. The next day we headed for the Fairy Pools, which are considered a natural waterfall phenomenon, whose beauty was further enhanced by a light sheath of snow. Here we headed towards the falls, but as we started to cross the first stream, we were hit by a heavy snowstorm, delaying our climb considerably. However, it was worth it, as once it passed we had clear skies, which provided the excellent blue-sky contrast. Here the exposure was not easy to calculate because of the brightness of the snow. Not to blow out the snowy glens I started by using a Haida ND 4 Soft Grad which gave me an exposure of 1/250 at f8, which translates to a two-minute exposure when adding a 15-stop ND. While waiting for the two minutes to pass, I decided to cut it short at 94 seconds so as not to have over blown highlights in the clouds and snowy areas.


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