During my pilgrimages around Scotland, found one place which is a special canvas for the light.
the elements melt together in a unique way, showing gold, grey, green and endless shades of blue.
Since approaching this area in middle-west Harris, Outer Hebrides, it's clear that we are not goin' to an everyday place
It is like landing on another planet
...and find a slice of heaven
So it's with blue in my mind that I was back, impatient to see the turquoise of the Hebridean sea, the dark blues at dawn with Harris hills emerging from the night, the pale tones of a dull morning and the vibrant match between a flaming sun and the ocean at sunset.
What I did not know was that this time, Luskentyre would have revealed its soul to me in a special way.
Three dawns in Luskentyre, that's a wide area of dunes, hills, ocean and islands, do mean a lot of beauty.
There is a special luminescence, even with bad weather.
First shoots as the light illuminated the scene, that came straight from the land of dreams to my eyes:
the mystic connection
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 24 mm Art)
then from my nest, the show began
from cold colors to the typical hebridean tones
There's little more words to use.
I shooted all these images with the SIGMA 24 mm Art, trying to squeeze it in every conditions and use it in an "ethereal" and more sperimental way, to empathize the feelings of so much magic that was everywhere.
So wide open at f1.4 to capture the "scene into the scene",
and often with Intentional Camera Movements (ICM),
together with long exposures to achieve more depht.
Here, before the first dawn in Luskentyre.
The silhouette of the photographer is melting with the immensity of the sea, sand and sky changing from night to day, his soul is emerging amongst the wild elements of nature as in a dream, a spider at the corner of the heavens web
the photographer in dream
(Sigma SDQH + Sigma 24 mm Art
0.9 soft ndgrad and 0.6 hard nd grad, single shot at f/16, 13 seconds, iso 100, i.c.m.)
Luskentyre feel I
Luskentyre feel II
Luskentyre feel III
Or simply letting the movement of the wind free itself, to reveal something like a presence...
spirit of the dunes
take me to the place
Inside from the dunes, another word of discoveries
and, when going away, one last goodbye from the sky
so, just some soulscapes.
thanks to the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, to have awarded this image
Thanks to Lea Tippet and Willem Eelsing
(the shot up there is Willem while shooting in Luskentyre, captured from the highest sand dunes),
we made a true adventure team this time
THESE ARE ALL SINGLE-SHOTS,
TAKEN USING SIGMA SDQH WITH SIGMA 24 mm ART
(except the very first one with SIGMA DP0Q).
a blog by
MARCO DADONE (click on name for the full website)
All items used by SIGMA
SIGMA 24 mm ART lens provided by SIGMA FOTO ITALIA at https://www.m-trading.it/sigma-m-13.html