Luskentyre - Sunset, Shells and Seaweed

Luskentyre - Sunset, Shells and Seaweed - The Outer Hebrides
February 2010

After a spell of wild weather during my trip (which was an exhilarating experience!) I had a lucky break while on the beach at Luskentyre. Despite a total soaking less than 30 minutes beforehand, the clouds suddenly began to disperse and a wonderful sunset emerged. Although a very strong wind was blowing, I was able to set up my tripod low on the sand and shoot 'downwind'.

Near the dunes clumps of seaweed and shells had been deposited following a recent storm, and the strong winds had eroded the sand around the shells and seaweed giving them an unusual raised profile.

Finding a meaningful composition amongst this chaos was quite challenging but I feel that in this example the scattering of items in the foreground seems to complement the shapes of the broken clouds to an extent.

Canon 5D Mark II and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II:
f/8 | 24mm | 0.5sec | ISO-100 | Lee 0.9 ND Grad (Hard)