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WINTER IN ARGYLL

I got fed up waiting for winter! And in the words of the old Chinese proverb, “If the snow will not come to the photographer, then the photographer must go find the snow” – just kidding, I made that one up! So, trusting to the forecasting ability of ‘Accuweather.com’ I drove the 140 mile round trip to the Glencoe area in Argyll and was not disappointed.

Lochan na h-Achlaise | Rannoch Moor | Argyll

Lochan na h-Achlaise | Rannoch Moor | Argyll

This is Lochan na h-Achlaise on Rannoch Moor, the name is easier to copy & paste than to pronounce! I have photographed this loch a couple of times in the past but never in the winter; I was attracted by the line of boulders stretching out into the frozen loch, each one appearing as if an island. The only problem was that the sky (looking in this direction at least) was very overcast making for poor definition against the snow-covered mountains; post-production work has improved matters greatly.
1/20 sec @ f/11  ISO 100  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt+Shift lens

 

Lochan na h-Achlaise | Rannoch Moor | Argyll

Lochan na h-Achlaise | Rannoch Moor | Argyll

Another image taken by the side of Lochan na h-Achlaise this time with the camera pointed in a more southerly direction to take in the dramatic backlit clouds. Again, the line of snow-sprinkled boulders leads the eye outwards, aided by the tilt + shift lens giving sharpness from the feet of the tripod to the background.
1/20 sec @ f/11  ISO 100  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt+Shift lens

 

Black Rock Cottage and Buachaille Etive Mor | Glencoe | Argyll

Black Rock Cottage and Buachaille Etive Mor | Glencoe | Argyll

Black Rock Cottage and Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe have surely been photographed thousands of times since the early days of photography but I am very pleased with this particular image. The tilt + shift lens was “shifted” to avoid having too much foreground and giving, I feel, a better relationship between the cottage and the mountain and sky behind. The sky was quite bland throughout the afternoon so I decided for this image to do a long exposure of 90 seconds to add some interest in the clouds. I’m pleased with the “feel” of the image aided by the warm tufts of grass peeking through the snow.
90 sec @ f/11  ISO 100  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt+Shift lens

 

Buachaille Etive Mor | Glencoe | Argyll

Buachaille Etive Mor | Glencoe | Argyll

This of course is the iconic Glencoe mountain, Buachaille Etive Mor. Unfortunately by late afternoon there was no light hitting the face of the mountain, in fact it was backlit; on the plus side the sky was becoming more interesting, simultaneously bringing lovely colouring to the light hitting the ice on the River Etive. This image was created by taking three “shifted” frames in upright orientation using the tilt + shift lens then “stitching” them together on the Mac to produce a very large printable file of an impressive landscape.
1/15 sec @ f/11  ISO 200  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt+Shift lens

 

 

Buachaille Etive Mor | Glencoe | Argyll

Buachaille Etive Mor | Glencoe | Argyll

A similar image of Buachaille Etive Mor taken from the same standpoint as before; this time by “shifting” three frames in horizontal format then “stitching” them together in post-production. This results in more of a panoramic look and effectively places the big mountain its surroundings.
1/10 sec @ f/11  ISO 160  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt+Shift lens

 

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