Looking towards Ullapool in the Scotish Highlands after sunset

Friday Image No. 218

Looking towards Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands. Three frames Fuji X-T3, Fuji 55-200 lens at 100mm. ISO160, 2.5″ at f/10.0. Tripod mounted with Kase 3 stop soft ND Grad filter.

I don’t have a great deal to share this week other than a recent image. The week’s flown by and I haven’t even posted a video on Youtube. Instead, I’ve been concentrating on developing my new in-depth Luminosity Masking course. I do though want to share this photograph that I shot from my recent Scottish Highlands trip.

The reason this image is important is because it’s an excellent lesson in how to shoot landscape photography. You see landscape photography is less about equipment and composition than most people think. The important things (assuming you can take a decent image) are being able to plan, understand the local conditions/changing light and make decisions based on this.

The evening I captured this photograph, we were about an hour drive from this location. We had been in position on a beach, waiting for a sunset. The weather forecast was positive and for a while the cloud cover looked like we were on for a stunning display. But then as sunset came closer the cloud started to thicken and the sun became lost. At this point we realised there was only a slim chance of a sunset remaining.

The decision to make was, do we wait it out on the beach in the hope of a sunset or head back and hope to catch the blue hour light nearer to Ullapool.

Given everything we knew about the location, the excellent blue hour light in recent days and the time it would take to drive back, we opted to leave. Fortunately, everything went to plan, and I was able to shoot this three-image stitched panoramic looking towards Ullapool. It’s exactly as I had envisaged it and I love the soft pastel colours and smoke rolling across the mountains.

So, was there a sunset at the beach? I have no idea, but I’m happy with the shot I captured.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

8 thoughts on “Friday Image No. 218”

    1. Thanks. I shot quite a few with the telephoto on this trip. I like the compression when the light is hazy like this. It was shot from the side of the road on the A835. If you go from Drumruni (turning for the Summer Islands) towards Ullapool, about a mile down the road there is a pull in which is a viewpoint for the mountain range on your right. Rather than look that way, just look down the road to Ullapool and you get this view. We had spotted it early on and were waiting for the right light conditions to shoot it.

    1. Thank you. It’s great to be able to capture some recession in the landscape. I can’t begin to describe how strong the blue hour light was whilst we were there, before dawn and after sunset. SOme of the images appear almost false.

  1. I find the different shades of blue and light touches of pink, as well as the soft edges, to be rather soothing. Also it’s nice to meet a fellow Fuji user in these parts of the internet. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the great feedback on my image. Great to hear you’re another Fuji user. I’m starting to feel confident we will take over the photography world.

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