The Storr is a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye. The hill presents a steep rocky eastern face overlooking the Sound of Raasay, contrasting with gentler grassy slopes to the west.
The Storr is prime example of the Trotternish landslip, the longest such feature in Great Britain.
The area in front of the cliffs of The Storr is known as The Sanctuary. This has a number of weirdly shaped rock pinnacles, the remains of ancient volcanic plugs. One of the most famous of these is known as The Old Man of Storr.
I took this picture last weekend, on my recent trip to this lovely place. The morning was simply amazing. I was there with my friend and we took off about 3:30 in the morning – just to get to the top well before the sunrise, and have some time to find a proper spot. This place is such an amazing, almost lunar, landscape so the possibilities are almost endless.
When we reached the top we encountered virtually four seasons there (cold wind, heavy rain, hail – but, what’s important – amazing light). There was nothing but pure magic happening in the sky.
I took this photo a bit later after a proper sunrise. I’ll post something else quite soon.
When it comes to some technical specs :
Photo taken at 19mm, 1/13sec, f/11, ISO100, GND 0.6 SE, CPL + tripod.
Hope you’ll like it.
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corsicastorm (3236) 2007-05-31 7:19
Une vue et une composition puissante!! bravo!!
miumiu (6113) 2007-05-31 7:23
Very beautiful pic, I like it!
joeydrops (2659) 2007-05-31 7:33
Excellent photo with great colours, perspective and composition. The scenery is beautiful, with the interesting rock pinnacles, lovely sky, water and greenery, and also the rocks as foreground interest. Lovely sharp details and good depth. Well captured from a great POV!
claire526 (1267) 2007-05-31 7:36
What a beautiful landscape, great sky, well saturated colors and great composition, sharpness and POV.
ebrulo (351) 2007-05-31 7:52
Very strong impact. Impressive.
marianita (3455) 2007-05-31 7:55
somthing about the colours of scotland i love! when sunny, the greens and blues really stand out!beautiful POV anad landscape
ben4321 (9875) 2007-05-31 8:12
A really stunning landscape, and you've photographed it beautifully and made the most of the exceptional morning light.
The composition is excellent, and the foreground rocks provide good balance with the Storr pinnacles.
I also like how that mass of white cloud is positioned right behind the pinnacles; it seems to emphasise them even more.
Excellent work Piotr.
Dpbours (222) 2007-05-31 8:37
Ohw, wonderful! A place in which even an old - and very British - Land Rover would have quite some difficulties! Well, you can imagine what those designers had in mind when working on that vehicle ;-). Having this kind of landscape in your backyard in Scotland, one needs a rugged car...
Yes, wonderful combination; Polarizer and Grad ND. I'm a big fan of that combination. It is actually the only way to get amazing pictures like this, without giving in on the natural feeling of the picture.
The white cloud and the rock. It's just all beautiful. Great shot!!
marjan (6279) 2007-05-31 8:43
hi Piotr, wery nie composition and beautiful landscape. Good coloures and motive.
daddo (26794) 2007-05-31 8:44
Greetings Piotr. Spectacular landscape augmented by the vertical composition. The colours and the light are stunning.Excellent, crisp details throughout the composition, from the cleverly placed rocks in the foreground to the distant shore across the water. Well done. regards. Klaudio.
pcflanders (52) 2007-05-31 8:53
Beautifull shot. With that sky in the background it surely is a real exotic sight. Good composition... given by nature of course but taken at the right moment and very shart rendering. Think I'll try taking a tripod on my next hike.
Very interesting portfolio.
partha (14023) 2007-05-31 9:06
It looks like I am just sit at the place.It so nice angle of frame. very good perspective, wonderful colour and overall I like the vertical frame.
jarvmobile (571) 2007-05-31 9:15
Breathtaking. A beautiful shot. The colours are excellent. I look forward to other photographs from the area.
bigtim (3518) 2007-05-31 12:14
tres jolie photo et belle utilisation du filtre, les couleurs sont superbe!
Cliffy (590) 2007-05-31 13:37
Great colours super DOF and a really well balanced composition
rgarrigus (0) 2007-05-31 15:02
Great colors and composition. The foreground rocks nicely mimic the Old Man and the well trodden paths are perfect leading lines.
ollie59 (796) 2007-05-31 15:48
wonderful view of the storr with such beautiful light .The foreground rocks really are a super lead in to your view .I think your early start paid off .
luisafonso (862) 2007-05-31 17:16
This is grand landscape photography Piotr. The island of Skye... I want to be tele-transported with my kit right now. Do you guarantee me this light? :) Incredible composition with a super sense of depth. From this foreground rock we take a long walk across this beautiful path till the lakes in the background. The descending is so good and your color rendition is perfect. The light helped you a lot, but all the credit goes to you for recording it the way I am seeing it. The rocky spire of the mountain against that white giant cloud is a huge bonus element... What a great photograph.
doubay (674) 2007-06-01 5:46
fantastic landscape shot! Very well chosen POV and framing, great colours and lighting.
dkeus31 (27735) 2007-06-01 5:50
The effect of the wide lend at its best!
the foreground rocks and well positioned making a good, in the opposite corner to the narrow peak.
Nice sky and great light.
cadel (30) 2007-06-01 8:04
Damn, what a great place (and a great picture !)...I should take the first plane to go there...
robinlawr (903) 2007-06-01 17:12
The lighting here is amazing Piotr and you've captured it so very well. Excellent clarity and detail!
lucinka (9976) 2007-06-15 8:38
Hello Piotr, I wanted to comment on this shot couple of times, but it was maybe envy that stopped me :-) I am planning to go to Scotland next month and you've inspired me with new composition. I probably wont be that lucky to get such a wonderful cloud behind old man, but I just hope for nice weather and light. Wonderful work. Lucie
tomszat (1141) 2008-02-02 6:07
Hi Piotr, I love Your picture of Old Man of Storr. I was lucky to live in Skye for a month and I have visited this magical place few times myself. Wonderful composition and colours, I think the colour reproduction of the lens You are using is just superb, need to get one of them myself! :-) Pozdrawiam serdecznie! Tomasz.
Leonie (8809) 2008-05-13 6:05
:) Jurassic view..that is what I also thought whilst hiking through the Isle of Skye! You were also lucky with the weather! Great capture, congrats!
Aliine (2669) 2010-05-04 12:41
Of course we like it :) It's perfect.
I like this view so much. I need to go there once...
fds (9388) 2011-02-06 6:08
very great scenary with super fantastic colors
stevenmalin (8) 2011-02-06 7:01
This is fantastic. Great shot. Any where I look in this photo captures my attention - the raw colors and textures of the rock, lichen, and moss, the contrast of the rock spire against the cloudy backdrop, the blue of the sky and reflections on the sea, the erratic, green terrain...well done!!
- Copyright: Piotr Czechowski (regis) (2058)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-05-28
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Lee Filter System
- Exposure: f/11, 1/13 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Favorites - landscapes 01 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 7:08
- Favorites: 5 [view]