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Atlantic Rollers

By hwatt  
Traigh Mhor, Harris, Scotland

Probably my favourite beach in the UK, Traigh Mhor on the west coast of Harris has a gorgeous unblemished coarse grained orange sand beach, totally devoid of sea weed, sports sunken gneiss bedrock and is subject to the full force of the Atlantic and its rolling turquoise breakers, backed by the Harris hills. If there is a better recipe for a first class beach it is certainly difficult to imagine one. I timed this shot for the peak pink of a dawning sky colour, the sink line of the surf etched on the perfect sand and the presence of a cascading atlantic roller exploding onto the shore.

FujiFilm X-T1 ,Fujinon XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
0.3ND Hard Grad, 3 Stop ND Firecrest filter, f/13 at 2 Seconds, ISO 200.

Tags: Scotland Beach Waves Sand Pink Surf Dawn Harris Rollers Landscape and travel Traigh mhor

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15 Oct 2016 4:41PM
Fabulous colours makes a lovely image
Techno 12 6.1k 8 England
15 Oct 2016 6:30PM
Great description of a wonderful vista, knocks the Caribbean into a cocked hat imho......Wink
braddy 11 30 Scotland
15 Oct 2016 7:11PM
Lovely colours and wonderful composition, perfectly timed. Reminds me of the times I have visited Harris and encourages me to get back there.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
15 Oct 2016 8:23PM
Interesting - you have achieved the same subtlety in this that you always deliver with your Pentax. I'm guessing hte quality doesn't match 67, though portability will outstrip it by a long way...

How are you finding the comparison? And is the change in equipment permanent, or are you running the two systems in parallel?

Best wishes,


hwatt 18 22 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2016 8:43PM
Hi Dudler

If it is a big landscape scene then I will gravitate towards the Pentax 67II rather than the Fuji on the grounds that real estate wins out and I like the noise it makes when I fire the shutter, but I have to say the colour rendition of the XT-1 is naturally very close to that of my regular Fuji film and my image taking style is based on the mechanics of the big film based Pentax in that I use every analog means to get the exposure as close as possible to optimum and then conduct the barest minimum of post processing to render the colour and contrast as naturally as I am able. I should add though that I prefer to work a scanned transparency to match that of the output as viewed on a calibrated light box using the latter as a reference for final colour and contrast matching. I like the Fuji very much but it will, for the forseeable future, run in parallel, albeit as a slightly poorer cousin to my heavy Pentax 67II. I bought the Fuji based on size, weight and performance and bought the lightest lenses possible to use in conjunction with it, 14mm, standard 18-55 zoom (the cheap version which incidentally is unbelievably good) and the 55-200mm lens to maintain that difference between the big Pentax and the Fuji otherwise I would simply never use the Fuji. The weight difference though is greatly appreciated.
Therapy 5 3 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2016 8:45PM
Beautiful pastel colurs
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
15 Oct 2016 9:04PM
Thank you for that detailed and really helpful reply, Ian! It shows that devotion to the end result is alive and well, and that attention to detail really pays off.

I still own and occaisonally use a 67, mainly for studio work: it is a lovely beast, and the lenses (I have 45, 75PC, 105, 165 and 200) are wonderful. One or two are first-generation, and they seem to have lasted very well, with excellent optical characteristics. (I'll add - I'm not sure the outfit is much heavier than a pro-level DSLR and lenses, to be honest!)

My impression of the Fuji gear is that it matches the best in almost every way, and the fact that all of the lenses are both recent and designed for the format means they often eclipse glass from other manufacturers - a dealer I know and I have compared one or two with my Minolta/Sony kit, and the XT-1 is not disgraced, even by an Alpha 7r. (I wish I could afford the latest generation of Sony lenses, which are, I suspect, the equals of the Fuji kit, but the prices are terribly high for the ones I'd buy.)

Thanks again, and keep on taking those lovely landscapes. I enjoy every single one you post.
HelenMarie 5 62 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2016 8:21AM
Beautiful, the colours are gorgeous and subtle,

viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2016 9:00AM
Beautiful tones and colours.


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