Hello all. After some weeks, i have finally updated my webpage with the last images we took this winter in the Scottish Highlands, and some images from Switzerland… Feel free to check them out, i hope you will enjoy them as much as we enjoyed getting our toes and fingers frozen! ;-) Take a look at http://www.rafaelrojasphoto.com, last additions gallery!
Here is one of those images, taken at the Elgol coast, in the island of Skye. We stayed for a week in the area, and could go a couple of times or three to this fantastic and quite photographed location. Armed with the 617 camera loaded with the glorious Velvia, we witnessed that evening a quite dramatic sunset. In winter, this place gets nice side-lighting at sunset, when in summer the Sun would almost set in front of you. We were lucky that week, with half of the Skye island covered in snow, what made the Cuillin mountains appear even higher, rising from the depths of the sea.
I looked for a nice viewpoint where the panoramic format would work, with those interesting and textured rocks at the right leading the eye directly to the focal point formed by the distant Gars Bheinn peak. The peak, capped by those nice lenticular clouds which picked some beautiful pink hues, balanced well with the rocks at the right of the composition. Right before sunrise, the sun peeked under some clouds for a few minutes just before sinking over the isle of Rum. The pale rocks turned gold and the scene was magical indeed. This is one of the last images taken where I could make the most of that window of opportunity.
As the sun intensity was quite reduced, the contrast of the light fell well within the dynamic range of the velvia film, leaving nice details even in the shadows. I used a couple of grad filters for the sky and part of the water to compensate for that high luminosity of those areas.
I hope you will like the new images! Thanks for reading, and great light to you all ;-)
Image taken with Fotoman 617 film camera + Schneider Super Angulon 90 XL lens , and Velvia 50 slide film