Sunset over Aultbea, Scotland

JULY 2005 – Dark clouds over the Atlantic Ocean shortly before sunset at Aultbea, Scotland. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Scottish west coast seems to be the home of dramatic clouds. Here’s another picture in our mini series covering the drive from Ullapool to the Skye Bridge. I captured this photo from the A832 slightly south of Aultbea where we stayed for a night. The sun was about to set, but dark clouds had begun to show up.

The sun was creating long shadows already, but the correct exposure on the sea and the sky turned the village of Aultbea into one surreal dark mass of land near the ocean. The dark clouds over the Atlantic added to the dramatic, artificial look. Revisiting the image now, I have to admit that I really like it.

The high resolution image

Capture Date22-JUL-2005
LocationAultbea, Scotland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6421 x 4074 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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