Misty Rock, Neist Point, Isle of Skye, Scotland by Dieter Henkel

In early March I went on a wonderful photo tour to the Isle of Skye to improve my landscape photography. The weather proved to be of the expected kind – always changing, rain followed by sunny patches. The number of rainbows amazed me - I am not used to seeing eight rainbows on different locations on one day but it seems that this is rather normal for northern Scotland.

Loch Fada, Sligachan, Loch Cill Chriosd and Elgol were locations we went to on the first day. Very different views yet all were stunning landscapes that made my heart jump.

The next day we went to Neist Point for an evening and sunset shooting on the second day and arrived rather early, which gave us plenty of time to look for the perfect spot and set up out tripods. I tried different settings and compositions while waiting for the sun. Then suddenly the sky cleared and gave me this wonderful view of the sea washing around the rocks with the low sun lighting up the front while the backside was in the shade and thus giving depth to them. I chose the rather long exposure of one minute to even out the waves and create the misty shroud. For this shot I used my trusty Canon EOS 6D with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 IS lens and a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter, set at the maximum focal length.

I cannot name a favourite spot as I am still overwhelmed by the beautiful landscape and the great time I had with the instructor and the other participants. I can recommend going to the Isle of Skye in the off-season since there are fewer tourists around.

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