Winter Sunrise at the Ridge
Winter Sunrise at the Cuillin Ridge

Winter days on Skye only come in two varieties….

The first, and most common, is the seemingly never-ending blanket of horizontal rain which can ruin the mood of even the most optimistic individuals.

The second type of Winter day, is a glorious combination of low sunlight, frozen lochans, fast-moving clouds and the beautiful subtle tones of hibernating heather.

For me this shot sums up sunrise at this time of year. The soft, shifting light contrasting with the formidable peaks of Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Basteir (The Executioner) on the Black Cuillin Ridge.

Sometimes when I’m out in the landscape taking shots on days like these, I feel like I’m standing in the middle of a huge oil painting, in the vein of Landseer, Turner and Raeburn. And this is the type of feeling I strive to capture.

Technical Notes:

Date: 30/10/18
Time: 07:45
Camera: Sony A200
Lens: Sony 18-55mm
Exposure: 1/30 at f/18
Focal Length: 45mm
ISO: 400