The Nikon D800 in The Highlands (Scotland)


Today you’ll be taken on a trip through the far north of Great Britain, better known as Scotland, by Dennis Klemmer (Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook):

My name is Dennis Klemmer and I work in professional advertising and photography in Germany. Every now and then I need to get some distance from my daily business and just do something different, purely non-commercial just for fun, just for me. This time I thought I’d share some pictures of my recent trip to Scotland with my fellow NR readers. Enjoy!

Scotland…

isn’t just rocks, sheep and haggis. It is one of the few places on earth where you feel alive and surrounded only by beautiful nature, wherever you look. However Scotland is also a place where weather is everything else but predictable due to terrain and its geographical position. There can be bright sunshine and the next minute you feel like apocalypse now. It was clear from the start that this journey wouldn’t be like the average weekend trip. What I had with me was a Nikon D800, my 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8 and 50 1.8 in a wind a weather sealed backpack together with a light carbon tripod and a few accessories of course. After the first day of hiking I decided to leave my MacBook in my apartment as all this stuff I was carrying definitely put some weight on my shoulders. Let’s get started with the only picture of this series not taken with the D800:

A beautiful camera in a beautiful landscape. Promising huh?

A beautiful camera in a beautiful landscape. Promising huh?

Well, the first day after arriving at Glasgow I decided to just drive around and stop whenever I see a place I’d like to explore. Since it was hard to decide – because everything looked amazing – I stopped at a forest near Arrochar next to the A83 and put my boots on. I wasn’t disappointed at all and soon started taking pictures.

Small waterfall frozen with 1/8000s at f2.8 and ISO1600

Small waterfall frozen with 1/8000s at f2.8 and ISO1600

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Only the frontmost trees had green moss on them, the others were to far in the darker woods to grow moss at all. Very interesting colors there.

This ferny grew out of a huge area of moss, all alone but in a soft bedding it seems.

This ferny grew out of a huge area of moss, all alone but in a soft bedding it seems.

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I immediately noticed that Scotland is an amazing place for photography since the light is absolutely beautiful and sudden changes in weather and lighting are transforming nature right next to you. Within 30 minutes, the landscape, light and mood can change entirely.

The last picture of this set was taken on my way back to Glasgow at the shore of Loch Lomond.

During the next few days I spent some time in and around Glencoe. I can only encourage you to take a hike there, it’s really worth it and the Glencoe visitor centre tells you a lot about what happened there in the past when the situation between some highland clans and the royal crown was a bit... tense. Here are some pictures of Glencoe:

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I love the reflections of the 14-24 when exposed to direct sunlight.

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I enjoyed my time in Glencoe and took several hikes during my days there before it was finally time to move on to the next place. I decided to travel a few hours further to the north west to explore the Isle of Skye. Since weather was quite dramatic the day before I hoped for the same to happen again. On my way to the Isle of Skye I came along Loch Garry and couldn’t resist the scene so I took some pictures here:

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Since I was a bit in a hurry, I didn’t have much time to stroll along so I jumped back in my car and headed on towards the Isle of Skye. If you plan on exploring Scotland, be advised that travelling by car takes a lot longer than you might think. This is due to the fact that there’s no such things like motorways or the german Autobahn. Instead you travel on country roads. All the time. And since Scotland is loved by all kinds of caravaners, you sooner or later end up behind one and can’t see the road ahead for more than a few hundred feet so overtaking a caravan can really take some time until it is safe to do so. 150 miles don’t sound like much but on country roads with blocking traffic the hours add up. After a lot of driving I finally made it to the Isle of Skye:

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The weather didn’t let me down and put on its most dramatic face while I was visiting Uig. I spent two hours here and enjoyed the scenery before I made my way back on the other side of the isle where I stopped near Struan to take another picture of a lovely bay:

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As time marched on, I then decided to head back and left the Isle of Skye again but not without making another stop at the Eilean Donan Castle – the famous Highlander Castle. Also I captured the last few rays of sun behind some dramatic weather when I passed Loch Garry again:

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Before I went to Scotland I was told I had to visit the Machrihanish Dunes. So I did. After what felt like endless driving again, I arrived and the weather did its tricks again:

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Dunes on one side…. Rocks on the other:

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While driving back on the east side on a single track country road towards Kennacraig I stumbled upon another castle, climbed it and enjoyed the view:

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After a lot of driving there also was a beautiful rainbow situation again. I pulled over to capture the moment:

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You can’t say that Scotland isn’t worth a visit because there not much going on. There is. Nature really does everything to impress foreigners like me!

The other day I went to Glencoe again, but not for the Glen! While driving around Glencoe I noticed a mountain to my right side which seemed to be high enough for taking a good look around. So I climbed a mountain, called the “Pap of Glencoe”. Height: 742 metres or 2435 feet. The view was worth the climb:

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The next day I was a bit exhausted from climbing that mountain so I decided to take a relaxing hike in low terrain, so I went to Kilchurn Castle and enjoyed the weather. The place was nice and I took some pictures of the castle and Loch Awe:

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On my way back, the weather changed rapidly and I found some old boats set on the ground due to the current tide:

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Even after almost two week I still found it amazing how you can drive from sunshine into dark clouds within an hour of time.

In preparation for my “grand finale” I thought it would be best to spend the next few days in a relaxed fashion, which meant no climbing or extensive hiking but to visit a few more recommended places. I started with the Castle Tioram which is only accessible without wet feet when the tide is low because there’s only a small sand path connecting castle and shore:

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They really had a beautiful view from the castle back in the days. I wasn’t allowed to go into the castle because of the structural weakness and although some people didn’t care much about that sign, I thought it wasn’t worth the risk and stayed out in the open which was beautiful enough to me.

The other day I decided to visit the famous “Singing Sands” near Kentra. You wouldn’t expect a beach like that in Scotland, at least I didn’t. You walk for like 5-ish miles through forest and thick vegetation when suddenly the forest and vegetation ends and you find yourself on a nice beach:

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Is this Scotland? Yes it is! Believe it or not, there were even people in the water but I wasn’t eager to do the same.

So why “Singing Sands”? Well… if you walk on the sand it starts to whistle underneath your shoes, the faster you move the shoes through the sand, the higher pitched the tone becomes. It has been really interesting to visit this place. On my way back, I had to stop at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous from Harry Potter movies:

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Who saw Harry Potter? Well, this is the viaduct shown in the movie, crossing the river Finnan. You can even travel with the old steam train from Fort William to Mallaig if you like to do so. Just be advised that you have to make a reservation first as the train was packed with people, so you can’t just drop by hoping to get a seat because most likely you won’t.

I’ve seen a lot of Scotland so far but I had one goal I really wanted to achieve. If you’re into photography, you’re always looking for the best point of view. I thought that one of Scotlands best views must be the view from the highest point and Scotlands highest point is the top of “Ben Nevis”.

Ben Nevis is 1345 metres or 4413 feet high. As I didn’t want to miss out an opportunity because of my own weight restrictions, I decided to not take anything out of my backpack or I might regret it. Take out the 70-200 and you’re gonna need it, it’s like Murphys law. I arrived at Glen Nevis a day before to hike through the Glen and get an impression of the sheer size of the mountain. While meandering through the Glen, I took some shots:

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It’s a beautiful place to be with the River Nevis and the waterfalls that feed it. From there I was able to see Ben Nevis at almost all times so it was without a doubt that tomorrow I’ll be going to the highest point around here.

But before that, there was the night which I used for some outdoor photography as well. There were almost no clouds in the sky so I took out my D800, the remote trigger and put everything on a tripod. While doing that I noticed that fog was coming up and I feared that soon my lens will be moist but everything was okay in the end. This is Ben Nevis / Glen Nevis and night:

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If you look closely, you can see my shadow sitting next to the road on a fence pole. And of course this is not the sun, it’s the moon 🙂 Taken at f8, 240 seconds, ISO100

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Here we go, the moon again, taken at f8, 1140 seconds, ISO100

One day I want to be on the top of that mountain with the moon coming up. That must be a great view too.

On the next day I would be up there with daylight at least. That was my plan. So on the next morning, packed with my almost 30kgs backpack, I started my trip to Scotlands highest point:

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This in on the plateau almost half way up to Ben Nevis which is covered in clouds at the moment. Took me around 2 hours to get there. The next 3 hours I’ll be spending with hiking further up the mountain.

With only 1/3rd still to go, the view was very good already:

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On the right side of the picture you can see the “Half-Way-Loch” I was taking the picture above from and if you take a look at the valley where the small houses are – that’s where I started.

But it was from the very top of Ben Nevis, where the view was absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking:

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Looking down the eastern slope with a destroyed weather post from far gone days.

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You’re so close to the clouds you sometimes think you can almost touch them. A more southerly view here with Loch Linnhe in the distance.

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Within 20 minutes the clouds become much darker and start to drop lower as well. Little did I know that about 10 minutes from now, there was only little left to see:

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This is what it looks like when you’re within the cloud. At that point I decided to make my way back before the weather gets even worse. I’m not a very experienced hiker so better safe than sorry I thought. After 30 minutes of walking I was beneath the clouds and took my time to get a few more shots from this awesome place:

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Overview towards Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil.

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The view towards Fort William, a very nice place to stay btw. If you’re looking for THE outdoor city of Scotland it must be Fort William.

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As I was climbing lower, the sun was going down as well, creating a very warm and moody atmosphere which sadly only lasted for a few minutes before the sun was blocked by huge black clouds.

I hope you enjoyed the trip as much as I did. If you ever have a chance to go there don’t think twice and do it. I can recommend every time to travel but June. No matter who you ask, June is prime season for mosquitos and other biting insects.

As for the equipment, my Nikon, the lenses and other accessories did pretty fine. Although everything caught at least one rain shower nothing failed or behaved strangely. During my hikes in and around Glencoe, I encountered temperatures below zero, hell even my energy bars froze but the camera and everything worked. At least I could have taken pictures of me starving due to frozen food 🙂

I also had a SONY DSC-RX100 with me. The initial thought was that I use the SONY whenever I fear danger to my equipment due to weather but in the end, I ended up only using it to take pictures from the moving car, on board of my flight to and from Scotland as well as for filming while it sat on the dashboard of the car. Other than that, the Nikon was used and there were no problems at all.

Since I also had the Nikon with me in tropical temperatures, I think it is safe to say, that the D800 is a pretty robust and reliable body. In my daily business the camera is used in my studio and on location but it really does hold up in the wild as well. Well done Nikon.

Thank you so much for reading and watching my pictures, hope you enjoyed.

Best wishes,
Dennis Klemmer

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  • PabloNY

    Isn’t the D800 the best camera for the money? I mean, you can get them used for around $1300 and I think once you have one there is no reason to upgrade to the D810.
    You get full frame, good iso performance, good battery, and 36 sharp mp. And it can shoot 6fps on DX mode with 51 auto focus points filling that DX frame.
    Wonder why they are so cheap now.

    • Scott

      I keep coming back to 8xx series as the overall best if I had to choose a single Nikon body for what I do.

    • bharat

      Because the 820 is coming soon!

    • pedantic_brit

      Yes, there are some amazing values used. I bought mine when it was released and still love it. I do though hanker for all the little refinements the 810 offers – not lest a shutter that doesn’t slam like a door. Still the delta between what I could sell my 800 for and what I would pay for a good used 810 is too large for it to be a really tempting proposition. I’d rather spend that money on glass or wait for the next iteration, which presumably will have all the best of the D810 – and more.

      • ……which presumably will have all the best of the D810 – and more.
        … At which time the gap between pricing of 800 and 810 will be smaller so an 810 would also be an attractive proposition.

        • silmasan

          Very soon I hope!

    • silmasan

      Yes, even $1000 with shutter actuation still far under 100000. D800E’s are fewer unfortunately so the prices are higher.

  • fanboy fagz

    hinting?
    im no hdr fan.

  • imaginfinity

    Yes, I normally don’t criticise guest posts but, as someone who has lived in Scotland for ten years, and explored many of the same areas depicted here, I just couldn’t recognise the Scotland I remember in those super-saturated, overly processed images…!

    • EvilTed

      As a Scot living in America, the only way one would get this view of the usually dreary landscape is if were to ingest some of the local fungi

      • Scott

        I’m having a flashback.

    • Spy Black

      Does that take away from the beauty of the land?

      • Daniel Vilanova

        For me, it does. The colors, the sharpneing, the clarity.. lord! Not even ken rockwell is that bold.

      • EvilTed

        @spy_black:disqus The land doesn’t look like that naturally, so one could argue that by artifically representing it, one is taking away from nature, where God is the ultimate artist…

        • Patrick O’Connor

          You can not like his style and argue he’s misrepresenting Scotland but every photo/painting/representation of nature falls so far short of God’s creation that saying he’s taking away from it is kinda like stating that paper airplanes take away from the real ones.

          • EvilTed

            @disqus_XluxxRyh4y:disqus Well, it’s all a matter of taste but I try to keep the artistic side out of nature shots as much as possible. The Scottish Highlands are breathtakingly beautiful, but I have never witnessed scenes like this and I’m a Highlander 😉

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I didn’t say I like it, just that it’s his style and that it doesn’t take anything away from nature because they’re different. My first photographic love is landscapes but only as a tool to focus on nature and never with any hope of actually doing it justice.
              I’ve never been to Scotland but it’s on my list of places to go. Being of Irish ancestry, I want to see Ireland and hopefully see Scotland on the same trip and perhaps the dreaded land to its South as well. 😉

        • @evilted but that’s like saying every single picture where the subject has makeup or clothes is not natural therefore takes away from gods creation. Ignoring the fact there is no God so the point made is already flawed, do you really think any single famous peice of art known to mankind didn’t have creative touches added to it, if so you are just ignorant. Art isn’t taking snap shots, it’s being creative, photography is art, not a science. What’s more I bet the average person on the street would prefer to by saturated images for their home over the alternative.

          • EvilTed

            @Zenettii You clearly have no idea what I am talking about 🙂

          • Patrick O’Connor

            You can certainly, and with great success, argue that there is no justifiable logic to believe in God but by stating, categorically, that there “is no God,” you’ve taken upon yourself the burden of proof. Since it’s equally impossible to prove the existence of God and the non-existence of God, your point is flawed.
            That being said, I agree with your analysis of art. 🙂

          • P. Turtle

            Putting on make up or post processing can both be done badly. The point of each is to accentuate the the existing natural beauty of the person or the photographic image. When the make-up or post processing actually diminish the original beauty of the subject rather than enhance it, then it’s “art” done bad. Photography is both a science and an art.

        • neversink

          Although I am not a fan of these images, photography is an art. A camera is a tool to capture light. In capturing light, there needs to be some comprises made. Extremely bright scenes that the camera can’t capture or dull soft scenes with little contrast. Once you decide what to expose for and then how to process that image you have already manipulated the image. Throw in a little contrast, masking or other local adjustments, white balance you have further manipulated God’s creations. Turn the image into black and white and add a bit of toning and you have completely changed god’s creations. But since you are one of God’s creations and were given a brain and the gift of choice, you are entitled to manipulate the image. Your final print won’t change God’s creations, now will it? Even if the final image looks nothing like the original scene.

      • imaginfinity

        It does for me – I fondly remember the muted tones of the bracken against the parched greens and yellows of the grass, a landscape that often felt brooding rather than exuberant. Constantly increasing saturation and contrast can cause the resulting images to look very same-ey, and not very representative of the subject matter at hand.

    • Captain Insane-O

      I completely agree. They are amazing graphical images, but just not ‘real’ enough to be truly great pictures. Which is a shame, as he did a phenomenal job in capturing images.

      Would like to see the same photos toned down.

  • whisky

    lovely compositions — yet the processing, i think, appears to be “distracting from” rather than “enhancing” their splendor. if there’s one single constructive comment I might add, it’s that “magic light” doesn’t need sparkles, glitter, or other genetically modified ingredients — as it’s more magical all on it’s own. thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • I’m not a fan of this “look”; too much vibrance and saturation for my taste. But I do appreciate the lovely compositions. Love to see these DESATURATED…would be MORE powerful, I suspect.

    • silmasan

      Hear, hear!

      This is how you word a constructive critic, gentlemen!

    • Jorge

      Yes. something constructive!!!!

  • krr

    Hmm, I think all these photos are oversaturated. Not really a fan of this series. Sorry!

    • T.I.M

      yes the colors do look over saturated, I always leave my D800 on neutral.

  • Spudey

    Sounds like the author had a great time and saw a lot of the west coast. They are right that once you get into the highlands properly the roads can be narrow and twisty, but this can be a great fun to drive if you’re not in a hurry. Some of the best ‘driving’ roads in the UK are in this area. Some great shots too, i’ve no doubt a D800 would be a great travel companion in the hills. Some of the processing bit overcooed for my taste, I dont recognise some of them as my ‘Scotland’, the strong greens more like some lush tropical location such a Hawaii.

    • I agree with the processing bit. But still like the author explained in the start of his article, it’s his way of artistic expression. The way he wanted to do it. We can surely relate to that; even if we criticize his processing.

      • Spudey

        Absolutely. Going back over them there are only maybe 4 or 5 pics I’m not keen on, and of course the photographer is free to make the image in any way he or she chooses. But if your aim is to capture dramatic skies then by all means enhance them, but I feel keeping them just on the more ‘realistic’ side of the spectrum would have more impact.

        I did enjoy the article and these photographs very much, and I’d encourage anyone with an interest in photography to visit us here in Scotland as the author has, and experience some truly beautiful and varied landscapes, ancient castles and towns and much more besides.

  • Richard Hart

    Thanks for the post! I really enjoyed reading it. I was wondering if there were rose tinted glasses as all the skies were blue. I have the same equipment and noticed the colours look very similar. I am however not a big fan of the lens flare on the 14-24.

    The weather changes are not limited to Scotland. You can see some similar but less grand scapes on the north Cornwall coast or even Pembrokeshire. The way the light can change on storm clouds can be unbelievable. I remember seeing (in April) a field of yellow rape seed flowers backed by a sky completely black with storm clouds. The sun came out from another direction lighting the field of yellow in the most awe inspiring unbelievable way.

    Traveling often makes it easier to see things you may not notice closer to home. however I feel just giving yourself time and perhaps getting out before dawn or for sunset and look for a less conventional view offers the opportunity for a similar experience.

  • Shutterbug

    Cool trip but the processing and 45-degree photo angles are eye-popping and over the top (for my tastes). I don’t even know what I’m looking at on first glance. I’d be far more interested in the series if they looked somewhat like the did to the naked eye. None of this says “Scotland” to me.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      I had to think about the angles. It’s not that I have anything against the technique but, with the exception of Kilchurn Castle, there didn’t seem to be a purpose. Still…it does command attention which isn’t a bad thing.

  • I really enjoyed the narrative and the author’s love for Scotland really shines through. It would have been nice to have some pictures of the local villages, restaurant scene, etc just for a bit of variety and to reassure us that we would not starve during our journey!

    I instantly felt that the images were a bit over processed, but perhaps I go too far in the other direction by doing no processing other than exposure adjustment and cropping. It’s one of those things I tell myself I should learn, but my few dabbles with it have yielded results that generally looked worse to me than the originals!

  • Paul

    wow that was a lot of pictures. very creative photos

  • vousplaisentezouquoi

    Over-processed images…
    Nice places, bad photos

    • vousplaisentezouquoi

      I correct myself: the photos are not bad, the post processing is.

  • Max

    Pump the contrast! (and the saturation and the clarity and the vibrance and..) Anyway.. I like how not all his images are “horizontally correct”. Good compos.

  • JPaul Johnson

    I particularly like the last shot, although all make me want to see more of Scotland. Personally, I get to see a lot more beaches and tropical greenery and tourists, especially tourists, than I care for here in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing these lovely, remote shots.

  • ZZ

    Enjoyed the photos and prose … well done …

  • Eric Calabros

    Sir, you got some pretty amazing photos, but just leave the Clarity slider alone. Thanks.

  • Aldo

    Anyone brave enough (considering the audience) to post their work on this site deserves a medal.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Couldn’t agree more. A lot of photographers like to think of themselves as artists but get very surly when someone else takes artistic license that they wouldn’t. And if someone’s style is like theirs, it’s “not very original” or some other such rot.
      If it weren’t for you and me, I’d think all photographers were jerks! 😉

      • mikeswitz

        Well, I’m a jerk, and I agree with both of you guys. So what does that make you?

        • Patrick O’Connor

          I guess we’re jerks of a different kind!? 😉

          • Aldo

            We are the good jerks… we are the jerks that after beating the dead horse long enough say “alright thats enough”

            • Patrick O’Connor

              That could be our motto!

      • silmasan

        Artistic licenses other than mine are not valid! 😛

        • Patrick O’Connor

          I don’t have an artistic license. I failed the parking test 4 times before giving up. 🙂

          • silmasan

            Well, I hit the instructor once. He got too close and wasn’t agile enough, you see.

      • Tommy Brown

        I’m a CA…..”Certified Asshole” but respect what others do with photography. But I remember another thing I learned….Less art, more fart!

        • Patrick O’Connor

          🙂

    • Kristian Brustad

      I completely agree. It’s easyer to critisise, then to actually do work like this. All respect to those who dare.

    • Well, they do want critique. Don’t they?

      • Patrick O’Connor

        But you (not you particularly, mind you) don’t have to be a dick about it!

        • Yes. Some of them go out of the way to spew acid.

    • FountainHead

      Oh come on. Everyone here has pulled better images than these out of their arse.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        And worse too. Don’t lie. 🙂

    • Jorge

      So true!

  • AKH

    Not that the D800 is a bad camera or anything, but the D810 is just a much better camera in every respect.

    • neversink

      Nope, I’ve tested both. There is little difference in the D800 and the D810 that a little sharpening cannot even out, if needed.

      • AKH

        I have owned the D800 and now the D810 and there are several significant improvements to the D810:
        1. Much better AF and AF-tracking.
        2. Much lower shutter sound.
        3. No need to fine tune lenses.
        4. Better LCD.
        5. Can be shoot hand held at much lower shutter time.
        6. Higher frame rate 5 vs. 4 fps and 7 vs 6 fps in DX-mode.
        7. Improved movie recording (60 fps).
        8. Battery life improved from 900 to 1200 shots.
        9. Base ISO is 64 instead of 100.
        10. Better grip in my opinion.
        There are several other improvements.
        It can’t be argued that D800 delivers great IQ, but in daily use and especially for fast AF tracking the D810 is a much better camera.

        • Jorge

          As a d800e owner since June 2012:
          1. Don’t care. Don’t need it
          2. Doesn’t matter to me.
          3. I have never fine tuned a lens in 40+years
          4. Better LCD? Better than what?
          5. Doesn’t matter to me. When I shoot HH, it’s with flash and Pocketwizards, if I need handheld I use my X-T1 mirrorless. Other than that, the d800e is on a tripod.
          6. Frame rate? Doesn’t matter to me.
          7. Have never, ever shot a movie.
          8. I own 4 batteries and I have never, ever gone through more than one. I shoot the D800e Like i used my Mamiya 645AFD, slow and deliberate
          9. 100 is just fine.
          10. Grip? Never noticed. But I also use on the odd situation when shooting handheld, with flash, I use a Pixel Grip. Solves that problem

  • AKH

    Very interesting article and amazing images and views. Don’t like the tilted horizons so much though.

  • Justtakethepicture

    Nice post, but enough with the processing already. Not a single image with natural colour among them.

    • Duncan Dimanche

      sigh…. clarity +35 and saturation +40

      • Captain Megaton

        Those numbers being on the Ken Rockwell scale of vividness?

  • Captain Megaton

    A little more restraint on the local contrast “enhancements” would have been welcome.

  • Fly Moon

    I think I am being rude, but I don’t like any single one!

  • Scott Price

    Sounds like a great trip, with some great photos! Never be in a hurry on the Highland roads though…..
    If you look closely at the boats, the foreground one is called ‘Vital Spark’; this is a rather famous boat in Scotland having stared in a TV series of the same name when I was a kid, about the hapless crew of a Clyde Puffer. This boat was originally called VIC 21 and is one of the last of its kind left.
    There were moves to restore it, but not living in the old country any more, I am not sure what became of them.
    Regards
    Scotty

  • Hardcore_Fanboy

    “crank it up hose lightroom sliders to the max, baby – we are going all in”… “oh they are on max already? no worries about that – I have 7 raw brackets of everything – crank up those too and only then stack… we will make sure their eyes melt MUAHAHAHA”

  • Dima135

    Such toxic processing – is too much even for 500px. Why you take the D800 for this? It was invented for large printing works. For such hell would be enough phone… Although thank you. You have awakened in me a pleasant feeling of nostalgia. Something like this look photoforums in 2006.

  • HF

    Many very rude comments here in my opinion. Why not simply state that the processing is not to your liking, or why not give some tips, including your images to prove the point? There is no ultimate way to do it right.

    • Hardcore_Fanboy

      tip: term “overprocessing” and “overprocessed” (mentioned many times in “rude comments”) – means that images should not be overprocessed. when we discover the possibilities with PS, LR, RAW, HDR and bracketing – we all start with exaclty like this overprocessed images… then one will and should turn it down – that is it… and before we learn to turn it down we get “tips” from our collegues and freinds (who know better ar that time) like these: “dude WTF, plug out the monitor, format that HDD noone should ever see this toxic waste again”, “oh god – I think I am collorblind now”, “my eyes bleed plug out the power cord”, “even Stevie Wonder would scream – turn that saturation DOWN!!”

      • Patrick O’Connor

        That would be acceptable from a friend (not so much a colleague). So how well do you know Dennis?

        • neversink

          Do you have the market on acceptability? I agree that people should be polite, but if they aren’t, it does not take away from the message they are saying. I think the author was brave t come on here with a guest topic. However, I hope he was prepared for the criticism, polite and impolite. And hope he learns from it…..

          • Patrick O’Connor

            I thought it was obvious I was referring to what is acceptable to me. Sorry for the confusion.
            I disagree with an individuals attitude being irrelevant to their message. Not that it makes the critique any less valid but it does affect an individuals willingness to accept it. I could cite many and varied examples of this but don’t think it necessary. On the other hand, I thought my comment on acceptability was obvious. 🙂
            And finally, the only lesson he’s likely to get from this is never post anything to NR. EVER.

  • FountainHead

    Ach!
    I dinnae think images coold be sah brutally overprocessed.

  • ZoetMB

    Well, the advantage of POST processing is that you can go back and make the photos look like however you want them to. Yes, the images are a bit “cooked”, but I still like them very much and without getting the Raw images onto my computer and post-processing them myself, I don’t know whether I could make them better or worse, and of course what we’ve seen is the photographer’s vision, not our own vision. Personally, there’s a number, especially the ones with the castle, that I’d like to see in black & white.

    But I do have to wonder about the constant criticism on here from people who post so often and so much that it seems like they never actually go out and make their own pictures.

  • Tim

    Some of the comments here are fair, some are unnecessary *witty* and singleminded. I do not feel the need to recycle them in any way.

    There is one thing I am wondering about.

    Admin, I know you are a fair guy. You knew this was gonna happen. Why did you not decide to protect him against himself, and refuse publication?

  • chabis

    I believe this is a social experiment.

    This guy is a pro. The photos are good, he just decided to provoke us by cranking the hell out of them to laugh at our reactions. Look closer: They are well-composed and there are a few normal grades (like the boats) in there.

  • Politics_Nerd

    Terrific pics and I appreciate the subtle watermark that does not distract. #petpeeve

  • Geoff McCrone

    No disrespect to Denis but I’m not a fan of badly processed HDR. I wouldn’t mind a pint of what he was drinking when he processed those photos though. ;-)))

    If you want world class shots of Scotland shot with a Nikon then here’s the place to see them https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/0Z5Z9

  • Marcel Michorius

    The subject of the photographs is tremendous and for me one of the reasons to move to Scotland permanently almost 12 years ago. However, photographs made with a Nikon F100 (anybody remembers that one?) beats almost all of these. Sometimes film has something a digital camera can not catch. Not withstanding that I’m digital now as the work flow is so much easier.

  • KnightPhoto

    Loved the use of tilted horizons for creative use – very inspiring! Personally can’t stand the horizon must be ramrod straight concept 😉 Excellent written article too, makes me want to go there!

  • Reilly Diefenbach

    Dennis, we all did this kind of overcranked HDR stuff five or so years ago, but now the pendulum has swung back to favor a more subtle rendering. Much more subtle. I would also have shot pretty much all of the wide shots as a multiple shot pano for much better sharpness and way less side bloat.
    Keep the raws, I’m sure they are quite nice. You might want to revisit them in time, with a much lighter hand on the sliders.

  • Littlelio

    Magnificent. Thanks!

    I know he goes with HDR style, and it is all right. but I have to say several pictures got too much treatment, with visible halo effect (local contrast).

    For high contrast scene, such as half bright sky and half dark land, cranking some parameters up even crazy would save a dull-looking original.

    I would say try another sets of Scotland photo with different post-processing and let’s have a choice…

    But again, it is terrific work because it is not easy to capture these scenes!

  • Marco

    Cranking up contrast and saturation, and playing hard with HDR is today’s trend. Eventually it will die out and we can start talking about photography again.

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