#WexMondays winner #7: Neil Hamilton (@HammyPics)

 

An incredible landscape capture was the deserving winner of WexMondays’ seventh week. We chat to its photographer, Neil Hamilton

 

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Image by Neil Hamilton

 

As the old adage goes, the best camera is the one you have on you. In #WexMondays we don’t discriminate over what an image has been shot on – if it’s a great shot, that’s enough for us. The winner of the competition’s seventh week shot his image on an iPhone, a fact that makes Neil Hamilton’s well-deserved triumph all the more impressive.

The judges loved this beautifully composed landscape, which makes the most of some dramatic light to produce a truly impressive image. Neil, who's also known as @HammyPics on Twitter, took the top spot for the week’s competition and got his name onto the leaderboard.

We got in touch with Neil to find out a little more about how he captured this fabulous image...

 

 

Wex Photo Video: Congratulations on a fantastic winning shot! Can you tell us when and where you captured it?

Neil Hamilton: Many thanks indeed. It was taken on our way back down Beinn Challuim, near Tyndrum in Scotland, on the 23rd of February this year.

 

WPV: What were the main challenges of grabbing this shot?

NH: The wind was exceptionally strong and there was a lot of ice underfoot, so keeping my balance was challenging. Also, the light in this scene was only like this for a brief moment. A moment before I’d had my phone out of my pocket to take some photos, but had just put it away and put my gloves on when the light hit. I very quickly had to remove my gloves and get my phone back out so that I could get the shot. It took a couple of goes to get the composition right, and I had to wait until my climbing partner was in the best spot, but fortunately it all came together in the nick of time, as the light was gone just after I hit the shutter button.

 

WPV: What kit were you using when you snapped it?

NH: I often photograph using a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Benro tripod and NiSi filters, but the weather wasn’t going to work for that setup on this day. I instead opted just to take my iPhone 11 Pro Max and work with the touchscreen by removing my thick, outer gloves and leaving my touchscreen-friendly liner gloves on.

 

WPV: What post-processing (if any) did you do on the image?

NH: I shoot using Adobe Lightroom mobile on my phone, so the initial image is shot in RAW format. I then process it on my MacBook Pro at home later using Lightroom and Photoshop CC. I always process my phone images in the same way that I process my DSLR images.

 

WPV: How did you get started shooting landscapes and seascapes? And what do you enjoy most about it?

NH: I originally started photographing to further a hobby I had always been keen on. However, in 2015 I completed a 365 photo challenge in order to further develop my skills. This ultimately took me in the direction that I wanted to focus on, which was landscape and seascape photography.

 

WPV: Do you have your next #WexMondays image planned?

NH: Sadly no, due to the current situation. As soon as I can get back out to the mountains or seaside, I will do my best to get an image that I deem worthy enough to submit for the competition.

 

Neil Hamilton is a photographer based in Scotland. See more of his images at augmentedrealityimages.co.uk.

 

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