For one reason and another it’s been a while since I’ve ventured out to capture serious landscape images but I worried not as I had signed up for the “Winter in Glencoe” photography workshop run by Aspect2i. In addition, my friends at Aspect2i had kindly asked permission to use one of my photographs from a previous visit to the area back in February 2014 (link to that post) to promote the workshop on their website; so how could I possibly not go. I had anticipated foot deep snow accompanied by difficult winter conditions but as it turned out the snow was confined to the upper slopes and peaks of the majestic mountains; if anything, the weather was positively balmy after my experiences in the Lake District of October last. The workshop wasn’t confined to one area of Glencoe but included locations such as Rannoch Moor, Glen Etive, Glen Orchy and of course the iconic mountainscape of Buchaille Etive Mor.
Here are short-listed favourites from my time in Glencoe, broken down into this and three other bite-sized posts to follow; enjoy the view and feel free to comment, thanks.
Lacking a covering of snow, the mountain sides above Loch Achtriochtan reveal the remnants of their autumn colour, perfectly mirrored in the still waters of the loch.
1 sec @ f/14 ISO 100 Nikon D800 with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens @ 44mm
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words but is it worth £2,886? I would hazard a guess and say no; regretfully this is the spot where, upon a stupid momentary loss of concentration, my tripod-mounted Nikon D800 plus 16-35mm lens tipped forward and ended in the shallows of Loch Achtriochtan and despite much effort has had to be written-off under insurance! Fortunately, workshop co-leader Michael Pilkington took pity (and the risk) and very kindly lent me his D800e and 16-35mm lens combination for the duration. Thank you again Michael, greatly appreciated!
Think I’ll rename this place as Loch Doom.
6 sec @ f/16 ISO 100 Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 18mm
After recovering somewhat from the shock of the aforementioned loss, this and the following images were taken from a back road off the A82 signposted to the charmingly-named Red Squirrel Campsite. I love this dramatic rendition of the pass of Glencoe and the amazing colour of the mountains.
0.8 sec @ f/16 ISO 100 Nikon D800e with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 16mm
An intriguing honeycomb shape formed at the bottom of a fall in the River Coe.
4 sec @ f/16 ISO 250 Nikon D800e with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 82mm
A simple abstract featuring rocks and water movement in the River Coe.
10 sec @ f/16 ISO 100 Nikon D800e with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 130mm