Latheron, Caithness, Scotland by Andrew Simpson

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The harbour at Latheronwheel is a favourite place to go and unwind. It is only 15 miles from home and there was a front coming in so it looked like it might be promising.

Having spent the afternoon taking shots at a Clay Pigeon Shoot for a friend I needed to get my camera back to my landscape settings and slow down a bit. JPEG, Continuous AF, focus with release and 1/1000S or faster are all alien to me as a dedicated landscape photographer.

On reaching the harbour I was taken with the colour of the water in the bay. The small burn that flows into the bay is normally only a trickle through summer but after 2 days heavy rain it was in full flow and I'd never seen the bay as dark with the peat dyed water. The sky was dark but there was a little hint of warmth in the light that got through some light cloud as it swept over but it was the colour of the crashing waves that drew my attention. I would normally use ND filters to help control the exposure but it was so dull they were not required, I also almost always shoot in Aperture Priority using exposure compensation only going to Manual on Long Exposures over 30S. I was aiming for 1/4 of a second but this one ended up at 0.4 but caught the wave as I wanted.

I don't think I got any more than 30 minutes before the rain became too heavy and I headed home, a little bit wet but happy.

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