Monthly Archives: August 2015

Neist Point, Isle of Skye

This photo seems to have met with some approval on my page on Facebook  this week where to-date it has received >5.5K views and over 400 ‘likes’ in the various photo groups that I have shared it too.

Wex Photographic, the UK’s largest independent online photographic retailer have also shown interest in it too following my inclusion of the image into their weekly competition on Twitter with the #WexMondays hash-tag.

I saw a photo on twitter last year of Neist Point in Duirinish on the North East of Skye and just thought, wow! I really want to go there. The locations been on my mind ever since.

If you believe in fairies, then they surely would make their home on the Isle of Skye off Scotland’s North West coast.! The “misty isle” really is a magical place…

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As a climber and seakayaker I’ve been to Skye many times over the years, but have generally either been climbing and hillwalking in the Cuillin Hills or sightseeing in Trotternish on the North East of the Island.  Neist Point was a new venue for me.

I went overboard on trying to capture the shot I wanted and actually shot 118 shots of the point on the day, mostly in the afternoon after which we left.  I persuaded my wife to return towards sunset when the image here was captured.  I’m So glad that we returned and was really lucky that a passing shower produced the rainbow in the photo. This was one of the few that I captured without spots of rain on the lens!

I shot the scene using :

  • Nikon D7000
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • Lee 0.6 Soft Graduated Filter
  • Tripod

all at :

1/125sec  13mm  F11  ISO400 – 1st August 20:50

The shot is not cropped and there was minimal post production work done with it. I don’t currently have photoshop but used paint.net to duplicate the background layer and burnt the duplicated layer a little to emphasise the reds.  Using two cards in my camera, shooting to both RAW and jpg.  The *.jpg image is that which is shown here.

Difficulty : 5/10

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