Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland by Alexander Ehhalt

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This picture was taken in November 2019 at Neist Point on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I love this time of year in Scotland because of the wild weather, which can sometimes be a challenge for landscape photographers. I have known this place for years in stormy conditions, a year before I had not been able to get a single sharp shot here. This time it was unexpectedly almost windless and I started with some long exposures from the cliffs at the very top. When I realised that a fantastic light mood was building up just before sunset I put my equipment back into my backpack and jogged down the steps to the lighthouse to get a deeper view of the lighthouse against the evening sky. Totally out of breath I arrived below the place where I had originally taken the pictures to rebuild the camera in no time.

I had owned the Fujifilm GFX 100 for only two weeks and on this trip to Scotland I had the camera in real use for landscape photography for the first time. But after a week of practice in the North, I had the workflow reasonably under control to be quick enough to capture this wonderful atmosphere in time. To capture the light of the lighthouse I used an ND filter with +3 f-stops to get an exposure time of 8 seconds. Furthermore I used a 3 f-stops ND-soft grade gradient filter for the sky. What amazed me in later editing the picture itself is the shadows and colours of the rocks. A unique evening and an unforgettable atmosphere which I enjoyed for some time after the last shot, before I climbed up the stairs to the parking lot in the darkness.

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