Photography tour of Skye 2012

I first visited the Isle of Skye in August 2011 where I got some stunning pictures of Eilean Donan Castle and Sligachan.

However my images of ‘The old Man of Storr’ and Elgol were disappointing. Last year it was cloudy around the Storr and I missed the sunset at Elgol because I was busy capturing the Cuillin Hills at Sligachan.

This time around my mission was simple. I wanted to take the best photo I’d ever taken, and I wanted to take the best photo I’d ever seen of Skye.  No small task, but its good to have a goal. The first challenge I’m satisfied I’ve completed. The second is always going to be down to personal taste, but I’m pretty happy with my shots.

I set off on Friday 17th August 2012. I attempted to get some shots of Loch Achtriochtan at  Glencoe but it was too cloudy. I spent the fist night at Glenco and then headed off to the Kyle of Lochalsh in the morning to try and get some shots of Eilean Donan castle.

This time I shot from the hillside above to get a different angle. The results were ok, but the light wasn’t really good enough to get anything spectacular. As the clouds descended I gave up on a sunset and headed off the the old man of Storr.

I got my head down for a few hours kip but then headed off up the the Storr in the dark at 1:30 am. I filmed the ascent on video

I got to the top around 4:00 and then had to wait around for 90mins for the clouds to disperse and the sun to rise.

I carried on taking pictures during the morning golden hour but headed off back the the campervan to get some sleep as soon as that ended.

When I awoke I headed of to the Quiraing for some more shots.

I was fairly happy with these even though the light wasn’t orange I decided it was good enough. I was eager to get down to Elgol in anticipation of a glorious sunset. I was not disappointed!

I spent the whole afternoon at Elgol taking a few shots but primarily waiting for the sun to set… and boy did it set!

These are definitely my favorite shots of the trip. Maybe they could win a competition at some point down the road?

I managed to get this on video as well

All In all I’m very happy with the results of this trip. No doubt I’ll head off back up to Skye at some point but when I do I’ll have to force myself to try out some new locations, maybe ‘Nash point’ and ‘Fairy pools’. I cant imagine not returning to Elgol again though, I think I’m in love with the place :-)

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