Ruah Road after the blizzard

Mono or Colour

 

The one thing that Eday or the Orkney Islands is not short of is dramatic weather and astonishingly variable levels of light. In a single view I've seen jet black clouds, a blizzard, bright blue sky, the sun and an azure sea that, with a bit of careful cropping could be mistaken for the Maldives!

OK so the first images are a bit of a cop out. Same scene but in monochrome and colour. I can't decide which I prefer - both have interesting attributes. 

Greentoft from Green Farm
Greentoft from Green Farm

Statement of the obvious coming up - this is a colour image. The adjacent image is monochrome!

Greentoft from Green Farm
Greentoft from Green Farm

Told you didn't I - monochrome! The colour image looks as though it could turn out to be a nice day. This image seems to be saying, "The weather is awful stay in doors."

After the snow
After the snow

OK, there's not an awful lot to choose between these two. White snow and black clouds - I think the little bit of blue sky adds something to the image.

After the snow
After the snow

You decide!

Hoy hills from Eday
Hoy hills from Eday

These hills are about twenty miles away and are usually a bit a a smudge on the horizon (if you live on Hoy please don't take it personally). The air was phenomenally clear after the snow. ISO200 at f5.6 for 1/400. Sigma 50-500mm at 300mm

Hoy hills from Eday
Hoy hills from Eday

I think I prefer the colour version.

Snowstorm over Stronsay
Snowstorm over Stronsay

What can I say? It was a glorious day (on Eday) but not if you lived on Stronsay.

Snowstorm over Stronsay
Snowstorm over Stronsay

In the previous image you could think, nice bit of blue sky, sun is out, the shower will pass. In this image you could well be saying cheerio to Captain Oates and dividing up his rations before the tent flap had closed.

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