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IN THE SHADOW OF AN ICON

In this the 2nd of four bite-sized posts from the Glencoe area we’ll take a look at a few images shot in the shadow of an icon; the impressive Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning “the great herdsman of Etive) must surely be the best known and certainly the most photographed mountain in all of Scotland. These photos were taken from around the base of the mountain, hence the title of this post; I’ll let more adventurous photographers show off their images from the summit.

Buachaille Etive Mor and River Coupall | Argyll

Buachaille Etive Mor and River Coupall | Argyll

Photographers are never happy; moments before this shot was captured the sun broke through a gap in the clouds driving up the subject contrast above acceptable levels. However, after a little patience I was rewarded with this fine image of the great mountain.
8 sec @ f/14  ISO 100  Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 17mm

 

Buachaille Etive Mor | Argyll

Buachaille Etive Mor | Argyll

Grass covered rocks and a middle distance hillside stream lead the eye up to the pinnacle.
13 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 18mm

 

Aonach Eagach ridge | Glencoe | Argyll

Aonach Eagach ridge | Glencoe | Argyll

Swinging the camera round, I captured this image of sunlight hitting bracken on the lower slope with the crescent-shaped line of snow reaching up a gully toward the Aonach Eagach ridge.
1/40 sec @ f/8  ISO 100  Nikon D800e with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 120mm

 

River Coupall | Glencoe | Argyll

River Coupall | Glencoe | Argyll

An abstract in stone and colour; the River Coupall before it joins its bigger brother, the River Etive.
30 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D800e with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

frozen gully | Glencoe | Argyll

frozen gully | Glencoe | Argyll

Frozen water in a rock gully.
5 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D800e with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

mini waterfall in ice and rock | Glencoe | Argyll

mini waterfall in ice and rock | Glencoe | Argyll

Perhaps not fully visible here but the quality of the digital file in recording the structure of the ice crystals is quite amazing.
25 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D800e with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens @ 50mm

 

Buachaille Etive Mor | Argyll

Buachaille Etive Mor | Argyll

One of my favourite shots of the workshop and a great monochrome; it is a composite of two frames shot in portrait orientation to give a slightly wider view but without benefit of the shift function of a tilt+shift type lens. The balance of the picture is held together by the foreground rocks, the reflection in the pool, the tree and of course “the great herdsman” itself.
1/30 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 16mm

 

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