Landscape Photography, Scottish Landmarks – Skye, Neist Point Lighthouse

Landscape Photography, Scottish Landmarks – Skye, Neist Point Lighthouse

A capture from our recent road trip to Skye a couple of weeks ago, first time out under the stars with young Brae! It was a bit of an overcast day so trekked over to the NW coast of Skye to visit this remote lighthouse. I made a number of exposures to get the ‘feel’ i wanted here, something to capture the dramatic weather and remoteness of the place. The long exposure almost didn’t work due to the amount of moisture in the air, a few minutes after taking this the lighthouse was completely hidden!

The weather finally closed in forcing a retreat back down from the headland and out of the driving wind and rain.

Back to the image. The composition aims to lead the observer around the headland to the lighthouse, the leading coastline does a nice job of this, keeping the viewer inside the frame.

Technically this was a little tricky to capture, the wind and rain almost made me pack up! Having held back the sky with an 0.9 grad, I wanted to halt some of the movement in the water, this is where I opted for an 0.6 ND and the Heliopan polariser. The use of the polariser also brought out the colour on the cliffs and surrounding rocks. A little Photoshop to bring out the light and add a few curves layers, just the basics.

Happy shooting!

Capture Details

Canon 1Dx
EF 16-35 L USM II @30mm
4 sec @ f/14, ISO 50
0.6 ND (Lee)
0.9 ND grad (Lee)
Heliopan 105mm Circular Polariser
Really Right Stuff TVC33+BH55 LR
Single Exposure
Curves adjustments
A little dodging and burning


Barney Delaney is a photographer specialising in Landscape Photography from the UK and further afield. He is based Lichfield Staffordshire, UK.

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