The sun was rising off towards the east, veiled by cloud cover, while Ardvreck Castle awoke along the shores of Loch Assynt as it has done for over 400 years.
We tried for two straight mornings to capture a photograph of the slopes of the Quinag but for two straight days we were met with clouds, fog, or rain. While rushing away from the Quinag, travelling south back towards clearer skies, the sky colorized and an opportunity of the remnants of Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt offered itself to us. We accepted.
It’s always a challenge to photograph dark subjects during first light, especially when bright highlights overpower some parts of your scene. A combination of a three-stop hard ND grad and 2/3-stop exposure compensation allowed me to capture the detail of the mossy rocks in the dim light without an overpowered sky and horizon.