I've always thought you need clouds to make a really pretty sunset. This was the best sunset we had during our stay and we had three decent ones altogether. We had rented a cottage just above the harbour at Elgol on Loch Scavaig Read about it here on my earlier post.
This shot was taken on the previous night to the one linked above. To get the low POV I was sitting on the rocks. Exposure was balanced by the ND grad.
ISO 100, FL26mm
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ktanska (28397) 2010-01-11 4:04
You've got a triple jackpot from this location. Light where the setting sun illuminates clouds from underside is fascinating. Yes perfectly clear sky doesn't usually make a special sunset, at least on northern latitudes.
I wonder if ND grad was needed, now the fg stones look relatively bright.
Taralee (103) 2010-01-11 4:11
You are right, clouds do make a sunset. I like this beautiful dramatic scene made more interesting by the beautifully coloured sky - stunning photo, well done.
snunney (103285) 2010-01-11 4:12
You most certainly do! I like the low point of view including the foreground rocks to create a good sense of depth and provide a foil to that gorgeous sky. Superb colours and sharpness. Thanks for sharing this lovely image.
bema (26425) 2010-01-11 4:13
beautiful capture of yours, such sky iluminations i like also, have done some similiar captures in the last years..
great foreground, fine depth, a picture to have a long look at..
have a nice day, kind regards Bernd
Angshu (56760) 2010-01-11 4:24
Pretty much the same POV as your last picture...but so very different. This is excellent & clarity, especially on the stones is top notch.
You mentioned that to get the low POV, you were sitting on the rocks...but what about the tripod?.. kept low to your sitting height I would presume.
But its this low POV which makes this intriguing, with the inclusion of the large FG. Have to mention about the sky as well, the clouds are marvellous as they take the sunset hue!
francio64 (39888) 2010-01-11 4:32
tramonto molto suggestivo grazie anche alla bella ambientazione in cui è stato fotografato.
Ottimo lo sharp.
My best compliments!
riclopes (35577) 2010-01-11 4:44
This is gorgeous, Kath. I'm sure I wouldn't have done it without a tripod ;-) I agree with you. Sunset without clouds losts most of the beauty. But both the stones in FG and the mountain on the other margin contribute much for the success of your picture. Technically this is fantastic.
Henk (Floydian) and LuisAfonso are always pushing me with the tripod issue...I went to check it out. Too heavy - I'm too lazy to carry that stuff. I don't even want to carry the zoom. The snowboard items seemed more atractive to me... ;-)
ophelcia (0) 2010-01-11 5:09
Oh, I'm too lazy to carry my tripod to such places, that's why I admire your shots, the layers of the rocks are well managed, I love the colour of the sky...
It's worth carrying all that stuff:)
Gerrit (52099) 2010-01-11 5:14
Wonderful sunset colors and a fantastic composition and all over definition.
A beautiful place.
sabermonajati (11317) 2010-01-11 5:22
astonishing photo you shot .skillful frame you captured.amazing colours.
pauloog (11751) 2010-01-11 5:27
The pink glow makes the Skye landscape less harsh than it usually is. A pleasure to look at.
dta (80238) 2010-01-11 6:56
Hello Kath ,
Of course , clouds are necessary for a beautiful sunset . This sky is a pretty one , for sure . But what is the main feature here , is the combination of the boulders in the FG , with the remarkable pyramidal shape of the mountain (as in a previous post) . So , the result is a great picture .
Buin (42468) 2010-01-11 7:04
A photo to Marvel at ...
A wonderful scenery in a stunning light and a truly dramatic sky - like from another world. The low point of view here works very well and it creates an enomous depth. A great photo!
Greetings from cold and snowy Germany!
john1 (4028) 2010-01-11 7:10
A beautiful sunset, all the shades of red shows us that the winter is fast approaching. The details of the long pebble beach and the sharpness of them.
The silhouettes of the mountains in the background, a beautiful composition.
I love it
A good week.
gildasjan (43654) 2010-01-11 7:36
Ce paysage est délicieux sous ces couleurs.
This landscape is delicious in those colors.
saxo042 (37910) 2010-01-11 11:28
You have definitely found a very good spot here, with these rocky background mountains and all the stones in the foreground. All you have to do is to wait for the right moment when the light is perfect, like here!
coco (30439) 2010-01-11 12:21
Happy birth...., no, not today.
Beautiful photo. Beautiful composition. Beautiful light.
Thanks for sharing with us this wonderful photo.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-01-11 12:23
Kia Ora Kath
I see you're training on UK sunsets before getting to the north and south islands... here again the grad ND worked best to enhance the foreground and the warmth spreading is spectacular
Have a nice day JY
avene (12675) 2010-01-11 12:36
looking at these clouds I have to think about a dessert my mother makes, rough translation would be "heavenly semolina"; semolina is cooked together with cranberries and then whipped in a mousse and served with cold milk. the Latvian name of the dish is also used to express delight and pleasure, like "this new job is a "heavenly semolina" for her" :)
love the photo, the pink colour cast creates a feeling of cozy protection, as if everything was wrapped in a pink blanket. nice, very nice :)
dkeus31 (27735) 2010-01-11 12:45
a superb sky, the colors are just perfect!
I like this a lot
darek1978 (13361) 2010-01-11 13:12
Your picture is very nice through the different colours to the sky. I'm also impressed with the clouds formation. This is simply gorgeous, I like it very much! Congratulations!
gilou530 (34) 2010-01-11 14:05
spectacle de feu que nous donne la nature avec ces couleurs magnifiques et tu étais la au bon moment pour immortalisé ce paysage merveilleux
papagolf21 (105342) 2010-01-11 14:06
Bonsoir, chère amie Kath,
Il existe de purs moments de bonheur, particulièrement quand l'on admire ce genre de composition. Il faut dire que le sujet s'y prête.
Je tiens à féliciter la photographe pour cet exercice qui demande une maîtrise technique et un regard poétique sur la nature.
Bartleby (13552) 2010-01-11 14:13
what do you want me to say apart from 'I'm jealous' ? Stunning view, really. And the contrast between this fiery, slightly blurry sky and those pin sharp rocks is really a treat. All thumbs up!
rlrad (1845) 2010-01-11 15:01
This capture is impressive as the one linked in your note - very nice, worth a second visit for certain. I have question about the use of the ND Grad filter - it looks like either you have the grad turned a little diagonally or was the photo cropped so that there is less foreground than in the original frame? Either that or perhaps you used one of those Cokin-like filters that you can move up and down in front of the lens. Just curious because I'm wondering exactly how you used the grad to get that effect. I was trying to find an area where there might be a delineation, however slight, and the diagonal theory works best if I were to guess.
Anyway, beautiful result!
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-01-11 16:15
Quel ciel extraordianire, dans le sud de la France, on se préparerait à avoir du Mistral, un vent trés fort, cadrage au top , couleurs superbes, que dire de plus...
Un grand bravo.
ChrisJ (116676) 2010-01-11 20:35
A spectacular Scottish sunset, with superb orang pink colours in the sky. Good sharpness & nice graphism of the bg peak. Tfs!
cbrman (21675) 2010-01-11 22:07
Quel paysage et quelles couleurs dans ce ciel.
J'aime beaucoup l'avant plan que j'aurais peut-être laissé apparaître de manière plus importante.
Mais l'image est de toute beauté
Dyerco (10185) 2010-01-11 22:28
Excellent light management. The ND grad really did the trick here. These high cirrus clouds provide a pattern as they fan out. The wide angle really accentuates the clouds as well.
supi4u (599) 2010-01-12 0:22
Nice view! Lovely sundet landscape, fine POV, good sharpness and good colours. My compliments!
delkoo (68) 2010-01-12 0:39
am not keen by sunset , I must admit that this one is quite beautiful,certainly, because of the red hues, the fantastic sky and the low POV,
Graal (103036) 2010-01-12 0:57
very good done photo. Good effect when you used ND filter and tripod. Earlier photo was with of the cold hues - here warm sunset. I like it.
pasternak (15185) 2010-01-12 3:34
This is really good, I especially like the color of the water, and the light on the stones, nice use of a grad filter
asajernigan (21427) 2010-01-12 3:52
This is a beautiful sunset shot with the lighted clouds providing a wonderful sky. The inclusion of the rocky beach in the foreground provides a nice border for the shot. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness and DOF.
Cricri (122589) 2010-01-12 9:12
Voila un splendide coucher de soleil qui s'ajoute a la série de ce lieu sauvage et magnifique
Sistercosmo (242) 2010-01-12 13:53
What a beautiful shot, an amazing sunset that you captured exceptionally! I just love everything about this, every single detail.
Take good care! Hugs!
sacimar (27513) 2010-01-12 14:08
wow! wonderful sunset, colors are beautiful, this is an excellent composition, I like the mountains in the background, congratulations!
isabela_sor (47748) 2010-01-12 14:10
Taken on Earth?Are u sure????
One of the mist beautiful sunsets ever seen
Location is superb and you have captured the whole beauty
All the best
PS...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY :)
emka (102638) 2010-01-12 23:55
hi Kath, of course, to have a really splendid sunset you need such very delicate clouds. They make the photo more interesting and give veriaety of colours. fantastic landscape and impressive red lake.
danos (100876) 2010-01-13 0:29
really the clouds on the sky during the sunset make a memorable one like this. Great the view and the sensation of the sight,as in combination with the pebbles on the foreground,create a spectacular scenery.
Have a nice day,danos
delpeoples (59186) 2010-01-13 0:56
Hi Kath, I see the birthday girl is in fact giving US the present here! How true are your words that clouds maketh the sunset. Whilst you have been blessed with amazing cloud formations, your metering skills have been shown to full effect. It's a masterful shot, where the ND grad has been used to optimal effect. I disagree with Kari (although I thank him and you for your informative discussion) the light in the FG is essential to making this image so luminous and providing such a beautiful contrast to the Cuillins behind. Congratulations, fantastic work Kath, have a lovely day, Lisa
JCG (35129) 2010-01-13 5:07
One would say almost mamatus these clouds. Fabulous sunset to finish a beautiful day of excursion and to fall asleep the eyes full with dreams !!! Still a very good framing with these rocks in foreground which gives much of depth to the image. Very resting composition, thank you Kath.
With all my friendships and a very good day,
Longroute (19396) 2010-01-13 8:21
The show goes on...
(You have a quicker pace than me, I can't follow you! (:-)
This photo has so many beautiful features for me that I don't know where to start! Of course the composition is harmonious, with a great sense of perspective and distance, but I think it's the kind of light here that strikes me most. The light that lits the pebbles in the fg so clearly, the light (and colour) reflected by the sea, and even the light in the distant mountains.
Generally sunset photos have dark siluhettes in fg or bg, but here - due to the lateral light - everything is vibrating with light. You really captured a magic moment.
josepmarin (58359) 2010-01-13 10:22
First of all, Happy Birthday my friend!!!
I like to know that it coincides with the day of my incorporation on TE.
About your photo, I have not words, it is a work of art, I love the luminosity and the pink tones of the sunset in the clouds, the landscape and the stones in the foreground.
It is a very attractive composition, realized impeccably with many elegance.
jwmunro (286) 2010-01-13 19:02
Hello Kath -
You have said it all about the need for clouds and a wonderful sunset. Image: says it all about capturing the moment.
Thank you for sharing.
hardyuno (4650) 2010-01-14 3:55
yes that's it, one more reason to visit Skye.
For me the picture is perfectly exposed and composed.
The important things are all said before from our colleagues. Excellent, thank you
Have a fine day
cherryripe (21033) 2010-01-14 10:53
Hi again Kath
You're right, clouds make the sky so much more dramatic thanks to the shapes and variety of colours they reflect. I also find the foreground superb with the rocks so sharp and contrasting with the smoothness of the water.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-01-14 11:00
Ola Kath ,
Que lugar fantástico para fotografar este lugar é magnifico , o céu na altura estava lindo com o pôr do sol , bonitos detalhes com estas rochas no primeiro plano , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
shevchenko (20548) 2010-01-14 21:45
The clouds are just same with the mountain, both of them have stripes, good low angle shoot to frame the landscape, I like these whitish smooth rocks too, impressive evening sky in tangeria, thanks for sharing.
sagar (2410) 2010-01-17 6:12
Agree with you completely...the rpesence of clouds offers the best view of sunsets! This is an amazing picture...superb colors and a great mood!
baba_flies (8829) 2010-01-17 6:30
Hello Kath! Mammamia!!! Who wants to go inside and eat when you see THIS. The pebble beach is a wonderful foreground. I can spend hours looking for the nicest stone or sea shells and bring them home. My collection grows and each tells a little story from a wonderful vacation. This photo is such a pearl, a wonderful photo and yes the clouds, they are amazing. It is a little the same with "blue-blue" skies, a little cloud and it can make a huge difference. Have a great Sunday evening, Barbara.
Rafer (0) 2010-01-17 12:17
Impresionante y magnífica...saludos
Didi (60590) 2010-01-18 10:17
Nice burning sky with grad filter
Nice deep foreground Which increases the interest for this wonderful view.
jmpouy (368) 2010-01-18 14:23
I really love scotland landscapes but I don't the Isle of Skye. It seems to be fantastic as shown on your very beautiful photo.
plimrn (21344) 2010-01-19 8:51
What a fabulous sky!! However, it's much more than a pretty sunset with the diagonal of rocky beach in the FG balanced by the peak. The long exposure enhances the reflection on the loch while the small aperture gives sharp detail on the land. Just beautiful!!
I have really been missing some beauties!! Looks like you're trying to get caught up before your next trip. You and Rob are certainly having a lovely retirement.
jimkil (1706) 2010-01-24 0:09
That's some view, and some colours also. The cloud formation is superb, with well managed light that you were given. Love the jagged edges on the mountain tops, perfectly sharpened.
PS - weather holding up pretty good over here.
gunbud (34066) 2010-02-01 19:51
True that the clouds gather the lovely pink colors but focal point of the rugged mountains give would make a stunning shot at any time of day.
The forefround rocky beach is a great lead-in to this stunning shot.
batalay (39557) 2010-02-10 13:58
There is little doubt that sunsets need clouds, also dust and debris from volcanic eruptions. In this instance the polished stones on the beach make a very good subject against the background sunset. Moreover the peak is very close to the golden ratio, 1:1.62
debrajm (48) 2010-02-14 7:27
The rays and the color of light makes the surrounding mysterious.
npecanhuk (75696) 2010-02-28 2:16
That sky is astonishingly wonderful!!!!
The whole composition with the sky, mountains in the bg, sea and rock seashore in the fg is perfect, successful and very, very attractive!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors and black&white frame are all outstanding features here!
A superb photo job!
TFS - congratulations!
Have a great sunday!
My warmest regards,
xramm (1831) 2010-05-24 6:02
You took a good picture of sunset moment in aisle.
I liked the POV.
- Copyright: Kath Featherstone (feather) (51130)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G, RAW, Lee 0.9 ND Grad
- Exposure: f/16, 5 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Isle of Skye in Autumn
- Theme(s): The Best of Scotland, Killer Clouds, My favorite photos II, Pink Hour / Barbie Hour Pt I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-11 3:40
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