Interesting Photo of the Day: Black Cuillin During Blue Hour

If you’ve ever had an opportunity to visit the Black Cuillin of Skye in Scotland, you know how interesting the landscape is. It is a complete mountain range that’s compacted into a remarkably small area on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The scale of this place disguises the enormous extent of climbing that’s available, and visitors never fail to be amazed by the challenges these mountains throw down. To get a sense of how small yet magnificent the place is, have a look at the following image. Photographer Jethro Stebbings took this dramatic shot of one of the jewels of Scotland:

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“Black Cuillins During Blue Hour” by Jethro Stebbings (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The image is a 15-second-long exposure that Stebbings took at 24mm, f/2.8 and ISO 1600. You may be surprised to know that he actually shot it during the blue hour. However, it’s amazing how his processing makes it look like it was taken during nighttime. To give the image a nocturnal look, he added a bit of clarity in the stars and did a basic dodging technique to the other areas in the image. It’s amazing how the photographer created such a dreamy look.

Compositionally, the pool, the waterfall and the mountain make for a perfect foreground, mid-ground and background. And the stars in the evening sky work like a cherry on top. Plus there’s the beautiful milky water in the middle—all this does a wonderful job of transforming this landscape into a dreamscape.

What do you think about this image?

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2 responses to “Interesting Photo of the Day: Black Cuillin During Blue Hour”

  1. BOB DUMON says:

    Personally I intensely dislike the treatment of the water in this photo. I hate photos that try to “imply action” by intentionally BLURRING the water in a scene. If I want to see running water I’ll shoot a video. For me the burned out, overexposed water is a distraction in what is otherwise a fine photo. Nope… this “trendy technique” is not one I like at all, and never have…. JMHO

  2. Keep It Natural says:

    I agree, the image is way over processed with the “added a bit of clarity” … ha ha ha. it’s way too crispy.

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