Ben Tianavaig descent

OK, I know the picture of the Trotternish Ridge and the Storr on Skye is a bit of a cliché, but who can resist. It was a bit grey and overcast, so increase contrast and black and white conversion focuses on what matters in this ridge; the prehistoric, folded landscape. For those who are interested, the spike in the centre is an old sea stack called the Old Man of Storr, it is about 160 feet high, and must once have been at sea level. Skye is easily one of my favourite places. Taken from the summit of Ben Tianavaig.

The following 3 are on the descent facing the magnificent Red Cuillins and looking over the sound of Raasay. For a mere 1500 feet hill, this must have one of the loveliest and most dramatic ridges.

Did I mention it was really cold?


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  • Stunning shots. Are these using tone mapping (a recent addition to my skills)?

  • Thanks Dick, no tonemapping/HDR used. I used curves in lightroom and i’m fond of the “clarity control” to add a lot of mid-curve definition. I do enjoy HDR and these would have been interesting candidates, but lightroom is so good at pulling shadow detail out of an underexposed RAW that it it’s almost not worth the footer of multi exposures. As you know the 40D’s 6+ frames a second makes handheld triple exposures for HDR highly tempting. The 7D is apparently 8 per second. I’ll experiment with that soon.