Having made a trip to Elgol a couple of days earlier to this shot, the light wasn’t as dramatic as I had wished for and actually dissipated well before sunset. I had done a recce of the local area and made some mental notes of where I wanted to shoot from and headed back to where I was staying on the mainland.
This particular evening the dreaded Scottish midges were out in full force, but I had set my stall out and so I went through the normal routine of composing, metering and selecting the required choice of filters for the scene and just waiting for the shot to ‘happen’. After about 45 minutes wait and several very itchy bites later my shot was recorded to memory card and I could go home a happy man.
Elgol, on Skye is a landscape photographer’s dream. Not only do you get that impressive skyline of the Black Cuillins to act as a backdrop to your shots, but you have some of the most dramatic foreground geology to serve as the main point of interest too. This boulder in particular has probably been shot 1,000’s of times by many a photographer but not more reknown than Joe Cornish who drew everyones attention to it several years back now in his book ‘First, Light’.