And here the black and white version:
My quest during the next few weeks as I finalise my Work in Progress Portfolio (WIPP) is to capture this ‘essence’ through a process of abstraction and reduction. I had in mind to use the light painting techniques, along with negative images, twilight images and experiment with Sumi-E photography. However, sometimes you have to go with the flow and see what materialises and I was dealt a stroke of luck today.
I arrived in the Isle of Skye yesterday welcomed by a northerly gale that was battering the house. This morning, having planned to go out early to photograph the tree, it was clear that I was going nowhere, because of the strength of the wind. So, I set up my tripod in the window, a bit like Todd Hido (except he was in his car and without a tripod!).
Through my window I wanted to capture the true essence of Skye. After all, bad weather is a fact of life up here, and few seek to shoot the Island pummelled by strong winds and rain.
I was excited as I downloaded my first attempts – many did not work as I did not have the extent of the reduction right, had too wider view and had focused too much on the rain on the window.
As I experimented moving the focusing ring in and out to try to get the effect I was looking for, slowed down the shutter speed, moved position and changed my lens to a 70-200m my images began to improve. For me, the following images capture better the real essence of Skye – the dramatic changes in mood and weather – the Skye I love. Here are my efforts for today.
I would really like to hear your thoughts on which, if any, of these images work. I have numbered the images so you can let me have your feedback.