Below the Skye Line

The Project

The Isle of Skye is one of the most photographed islands in the world.  Its rugged mountain terrain, beaches and sea cliffs combine to provide an inspirational collection of stunning vistas and landscapes all available in a comparatively small area of land to be found off the North West coast of scotland.

Water helps make Skye what it is.  It is not called the Misty Isle for nothing it is often the low cloud that creates the mood that makes an image of the Quiraing or the Old Man of Storr so evocative. The winter light is spectacular and has helped make many an image of the lighthouse at Neist Point a masterpiece or provided the angled golden light across the Cuillin when viewed from Elgol. After heavy rains the burns crash down from the mountains and the Waterfalls can be amazing, many easily viewed from the road.

However, what is not easily viewed is the world and life of Skye that is below the waterline, whether in the rivers, the freshwater lochs or the coastline and sea lochs which form the litoral. The purpose of the Below the Skye Line project is to create images that do justice to the abundant and vibrant natural world that is every much a part of the Isle of Skye but is often hidden just below the surface of the water.

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About

Gill Williams

My whole life has revolved around water, from my early years with my dad teaching me to swim in the River Thames to 24 of 30 years police service working as a police diver.
I have always loved the outdoors, adventure and nature and still sail, kayak, wild swim and climb mountains. On moving up to Skye I formed an outdoor swimming group encouraging others to enjoy the hidden world ‘below the Skyeline’. I snorkel and swim at every opportunity choosing different locations around Skye.
I only started my photography about seven years ago and am addicted to it concentrating mainly on landscapes and auroras but focusing now on the underwater world for the ‘Below the Skyeline’ project. I am constantly amazed at the creatures and plants that I encounter and I only wish that I could stay in longer each time.
It is also great to work alongside Geraint who seems to have the same enthusiasm as me for our beautiful planet and the hidden underwater world around the Isle of Skye. It is a very exciting project to be working on giving me even more reason to take the plunge - not that I need much encouragement!

Geraint Ashton Jones

Director - Alligin Photography

A love of the outdoors, its wildlife and sport has defined me and my outlook on life.  As I have grown older and the mountain marathons have taken their toll on my legs I no longer rush past our great landscapes, strain to get to the next check point, drive onward and upward to reach the distance summit or to discover how far I could push myself in the pursuit of exhaustion.  Instead, with a slower pace, I now seek to travel within the landscape.   With more time to observe there is more time to appreciate what we have around us, if only we give nature the chance to reveal Herself.

As a youngster I was never far from the sea and spent many hours swimming, surfing and messing around in rock pools.  Later life was spent on the water in sailing dinghies, yachts and windsurfers.  It was listening to a presentation from Gill about her diving and underwater photography that re-kindled my interest in the aquatic world and led to our joint collaboration in the project "Below the Skye Line".

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Our Equipment

What's in the Camera Bag

  • Canon EOS 5d MkIV - a 30 Mp camera which captures fine detail and is well suited for the tough conditions found in the water
  • Lens
    • Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM
    • Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM
    • Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM
  • Housing
    • Aquatica Digital Aluminium housing with built in Ikelite TTL circuit
    • 8" Dome Port
    • Mini Macro Port
  • Strobes - underwater
    • 2 x DS161 Strobe
  • Strobes - abovewater
    • 2 x Profoto B1X
    • 2 x Profoto B10
    • 3 x Profoto A1
  • Triggers
    • Pocketwizard III
  • Software
    • Photomechanic
    • ON1 Raw
    • Lightroom
    • Snapseed