Landscape photography pre-dawn at Mellon Udrigle, Scotland

Shooting the Dawn Landscape at Mellon Udrigle

Pre-dawn at Mellon Udrigle, Scotland. Fuji X-T3, 16-55 Fuji Lens, ISO160, 20″ at f/11.0. Kase Wolverine 0.9 Soft Grad filter. Tripod mounted.

I said in my previous post that I had a few more images from my recent Scotland trip. This shot is one of them. I took it at a location called Mellon Udrigle which was around an hour drive from Ullapool in daylight. That might not sound like much but when you want to be in position by 6:00am, it makes for a long day. The drives also lengthened by the need to keep a look out for deer which emerge from the side of the road at an alarming frequency.

Putting all these difficulties aside, this was an excellent location to visit. I took the shot around 20 minutes before sunrise when the sky was nicely coloured by the sun below the horizon and everything was a strong blue/pink. I used a 0.9 (3 stop) Kase Wolverine soft grad filter on the sky and a 16-55 Fuji lens on my Fuji X-T3. The shutter speed was 20” at ISO160 and f/11.0.

I think this demonstrates the need to start shooting before the sun comes up. Once the sun came up the colours turned quickly to orange and yellow and the contrast in the scene increased sharply.

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

3 thoughts on “Shooting the Dawn Landscape at Mellon Udrigle”

  1. A lovely, calm shot. Reminds me of my week in Skye in November. Though a Scot, I haven’t lived in Scotland for over thirty years but still miss those Northern skies. People that don’t yet know the Highlands can’t appreciate the remoteness and vastness; accessing and planning these shoots is difficult so well done.

    1. How could you leave???
      It’s good to hear someone who can appreciate what an hours drive to a location up there means. I can’t imagine electric cars catching on up there until they do something about the range (especially when it’s cold).

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