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Rainy Sunset at Neist Point | by Panorama Paul
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Rainy Sunset at Neist Point

The weather forecast predicted clear skies to the West at sunset… which coincided perfectly with our planned visit to Neist Point… the most Westerly point on the Isle of Skye.


The sky was indeed (fairly) clear when we arrived at the point about half an hour before sunset… but the wind was blowing like crazy… and cold… my fingers were numb even before I’d managed to set up my tripod. Finding a unique and strong composition in these conditions would be quite a challenge… actually… in those conditions… standing up straight was quite a challenge!


I liked this composition as soon as I saw it. I liked how the two large rocks on the extreme left grabbed my eyes and drew them into the frame in the direction of the large cliff and lighthouse. I also liked how the rocks and cliff were roughly the same size in the frame… and I really liked that the cliff was approximately half-way (in the frame) between the rocks and the lighthouse.


The only problem with my composition… was that it felt a bit too heavy on the left. I might have been wishing for clear skies earlier in the day… but now I needed a big dark, heavy cloud on the right to balance out the composition. When I looked out to sea to my right… I noticed a low, light-grey cloud approaching fast. It took me a few seconds to realise that the low clouds was in fact rain… and it took less than a five minutes before I felt the first drop. That was when I took this photo.


Seconds later the rain was pelting down… I packed my camera away… huddled up behind a rock to escape the wind… and sat there with a huge grin on my face for a full five minutes. The approaching rain had created the perfect balance that I was looking for in my (completely unique) composition… magic moments… yeah this felt good!! This is what landscape photography is all about!


I do apologize for not having had much time for Flickr this week… I haven’t even had time to process more than a couple of images from Skye… but I promise to catch up with all your latest images sometime over the weekend.


Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24 at 20mm, aperture of f11, with a 1/20th second exposure.


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Taken on August 28, 2012