Sunset at Machrihanish

Sunset at Machrihanish

I captured this Sunset at Machrihanish a few nights ago but it was not the shot I was hoping to get.

I had headed out with the camera hoping to capture an image that I had see whilst out for a cycle a few weeks ago, however en route to this location I could tell that it wasn’t going to go the way I was hoping so I scrapped those plans and headed for Machrihanish.

Time was against me at this point. By the time I had parked the car up the sun was really low on the horizon, usually by this stage I am set up, have my exposure sussed out for the type of image I want and snapping away, not this time.

I was considering a shot from atop a sand dune that is over the other side of Machrihanish Water, the river that runs through Machrihanish Golf Course, but by the time I got to the river the sun was about to dip below the horizon.

So I had noticed a single rock in the sand that was being encapsulated by the incoming tide on my way there, this became my shot.

Tripod in place, camera level, exposure set, time to put on my polarizer and ND grad filter…nope! I had left my filter adapter on my 10 stop filter and couldn’t get the damn thing off.

With the sun just about disappearing I finally got it off and fitted my filters, capturing the resulting image below, f11, 0.5 Second shutter speed at ISO 100.

Sunset at Machrihanish

A few moments later I captured the image below at f11, 0.5 of a second, ISO 800.

Sunset at Machrihanish

This weeks photo challenge was ‘Elemental‘ which asks us to explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire.Take a moment to explore these elements, in or out of balance, together or individually.

I think I have managed to encompass this task within these images.

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