Reflections in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK.
It has been a while since my last post but here we go. This photo was taken during a recent trip to a place that has been many times described as one of the most scenic places in the UK. Skye is indeed a wonderful place to visit with plenty of beautiful landscapes all around and with probably only one drawback, and that is, of course, the weather. I must say though, that we were pretty lucky with it, and from three full days that we spent traveling around, even though we had some rain in every one of them, during two of those days we even had some sun light.
Unfortunately, due to limited time, during these trips it is very difficult to find an opportunity to come back to a certain place to capture it with the right light, so for some of the most iconic places (like the Old Man of Storr or the Neist Point) I could not take any good picture. But then again, something I have learnt with the years, for these occasions, whenever you have some good light, keep your eyes open and you will certainly find some not-so-famous spots to come back with great memories but also with some good photos. And it is certainly rewarding to capture a photo you like in a spot where not everybody has taken a picture anyway!
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Winter landscape taken in a small village called Sertig near Davos, Switzerland. We went there to do some ice climbing. On the right hand side of the picture, right above the small houses, the zig-zag tracks to the base of the icefalls are visible. The area is quite small (there are like 6 routes to climb) but being quite high, it offers good conditions throughout the whole winter and the access is fairly easy.
The picture (click on the picture to see the wide version on Flickr) was taken during the late afternoon hours. Being this the north face of the mountain, it never gets any sunlight during winter (which is ideal for ice climbing) and thus it makes it quite difficult to capture the whole scene. For this reason, some post-processing (mostly brightness adjustment) was necessary in order to preserve some details in every part of the picture.
View of Ranrapalca (6162 m) on the way to the summit of Urus (5420 m) in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
With 33 major peaks over 5500 m and a maximum elevation of 6768 m (Huascaran Sur), this mountain range is one of the most amazing places on Earth for mountaineering.
The picture was taken with a Nikon Coolpix E4100, a pretty simple (and nowadays outdated) compact camera without even manual settings. When climbing, weight is always a problem and compact cameras are a very tempting option. Luckily, with modern cameras, an interesting scene can be captured with a very good quality, especially if the light conditions are at least close to ideal.
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland. For this picture, a graduated orange filter was used to create those tones in the sky. Even though the scenery was amazing, a very cloudy sky was making it difficult to get a nice picture so I decided to try with the filter, something I usually avoid since, in my opinion, tends to create non realistic images.
The cliffs are amazing as well as all the country in general. Even though Dublin is not an incredibly interesting city, the countryside and the landscapes in general throughout the country are definitely worth visiting.
Torre del Oro in Seville, Spain. Taken during the late afternoon hours, about an hour before sunset. For this picture, a circular polarizer filter was used, making it possible to capture the details of the lower, less illuminated part, while getting a blue sky and a nice contrast in the clouds.
The low angle helps to capture the geometric patterns on the floor, introducing some kind of guiding lines towards the main object, in this case the tower itself.
Classic view of the Tower Bridge in London, UK, captured at the blue hour (please click on the picture to see the wide version on Flickr).
Ever since I started taking pictures I have really enjoyed night photography. Even though it might seem a bit more challenging in the beginning, with the right equipment (basically a tripod and warm clothes if on a cold place) and a bit of practice it can be very rewarding. Something that it is important to learn, especially for architecture and travel photography, is that the time to take “night” pictures is actually before it gets completely dark, the so-called blue hour, which as a rule of thumb happens around one hour after the sunset. With a quite dark sky but still some light available, it is the best time to capture nicely illuminated buildings without loosing every detail around the main subject.
View of the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK.
The sepia-like tones come actually not from post-processing but from the distortion created by a ND filter. In a previous post I wrote a bit about the need to shoot in RAW to be able to get rid of this color distortion but for this picture I think the warm colors actually created a nice effect so I decided to leave them there.
Once again, by using the ND filter I was able to get a long exposure in daylight, creating a dynamic effect from the people passing by. During post-processing, I enhanced the textures and contrast, especially to get a more dramatic looking sky.
Long exposure capture of Stonehenge, near Amesbury, UK.
The picture was taken with a Canon EOS 500D. By using a tripod and neutral density filter (B+W ND 3,0 - 1000x), I was able to take a 30 seconds exposure at f/16, creating a dynamic effect on the clouds and additionally avoiding to capture the people walking around.
An important thing to keep in mind when using such a filter is to always shoot in RAW (it is always good to do it anyway) since the filter distorts the colors of the picture and this can only be corrected when processing the RAW file.