26
Feb
09

2/26/2009

Loch Lochy

Loch Lochy

I thought we might dip back into my images from Scotland for a few days here, while I am at home working. My trip to Scotland for 4 days in late August last summer was one of the most amazing and photographically rewarding intervals in my life so far. 1400 miles in 4 days, with a full day on the Hebrides.

This is Loch Lochy, near as I can tell from the map, one of the highland lochs along the road from Glasgow to Skye on what might, at least by my experience, be a typical Scottish summer day. We stopped just long enough for me to pop out of the passenger seat and grab a few shots, as we had a ferry to catch at the end of the day. Still, I could not pass this view up. The brooding sky, the wind ruffled water, the intense green of the foreground and the misty blues of the mountains in the back, all under folded gray…it has a lot of atmosphere. Even the heap of gravel on the shoreline can not diminish the grandeur.

Shooting in Scotland, the most difficult challenge is balancing sky and land, both in a composition sense and in an exposure sense. You don’t want to lose the amazing drama of the sky, but you need to get enough light on the landscape to capture the greatness there too. Lightroom helps, in that I can shoot higher exposures for the land values, and pull back the sky using the Recovery tool. I am always amazed at how much detail there is in the light areas of a digital file if adjusted correctly. And I am working with jpegs. I am sure there is even more in a RAW file.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide angle (31mm equivalent). F4.5 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

It is from the Scotland gallery.

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