Long Exposure at Ballimenach, Kintyre, Argyll

Ballimenach, Kintyre, Argyll

The view from Ballimenach, Kintyre, Argyll is one I have been after for a few months now. I came across this whilst out a cycle one day and decided to come off the beaten track to see what the view was like from the higher ground, the image can be seen on my instagram account here.


On the cycle up the hill I was getting some nice views across to Arran and Davaar Island, however I wanted to make sure that I got an image that was more to my liking rather than what was presenting itself.

This usually involves a bit of walking, getting dirty or fighting my way through bushes. I was pretty pleased that getting to this area in Ballimenach wasn’t too difficult, a quick walk through some muddy ground and whola. The only concern I had was getting a composition whilst there was decent light as the forecast was giving it overcast just shortly.


I tried a composition that involved some foreground interest but it wasn’t really working for me, so I moved a whopping 10 feet to remove that foreground and just use the vista itself as the image subject. At the time of shooting I preferred the second image, however after post editing I now prefer the image with the foreground in it.

Post Editing

It’s amazing what post editing does to your image, and when you edit also. I edited the image with the foreground the day after I edited the non foreground image and I edited it slightly different which I feel was a better edit workflow.

In general my workflow is the same, however sometimes I will go in a bit harder on the sliders than other days and that’s what happened with these images.

Here’s the image that I thought was the winner out in the field, shot at f11, ISO 100, 120 seconds with 10 stop and 0.6 soft grad filter.

Ballimenach, Kintyre, Argyll

I really liked the light in this image, the sun was breaking through the clouds behind me and lighting up the foreground and the Davaar Island which helps make it stand out, this was the main reason why I preferred this composition.

The image below was my first image, and I have to admit is probably my favourite out of them, I just feel that the image is more balanced with some foreground interest in it, all be it not the most interesting foreground but it gives the viewer an initial interest before looking through the image. shot at f11, ISO 100, 200 seconds with 10 stop and 0.6 soft grad filter.

Ballimenach, Kintyre, Argyll

And just for good measure here are the black and white conversions:

Ballimenach, Kintyre, Argyll

Ballimenach, Kintyre, Argyll

I love black and white photography, as you can see above the mood of the images changes quite drastically with the black and white conversion adding more drama to the feel of the images.

Which images do you prefer, feel free to leave comments below.

Entered in to Cee’s CFFC this week ‘Letter X’


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