Winter Landscape

Buachaille Etive Mor

After the Christmas festivities I had a free day. Conditions were promising with a good forecast for the west highlands and the Rannoch Moor area. The winter solstice was only a few days ago so no silly early alarm call this morning. I had time for a leisurely breakfast and make a packed lunch before scraping and defrosting the car.

When I arrived at Lochan Na h-Achlaise the temperature gauge in my car read minus 8 and I was pleasantly surprised that the loch was almost completely frozen. I had been here a week before and although there was snow on the peaks it was still mild and warm at ground level. This morning it was so busy with photographers that I had to drive up and down the A82 several times before I could find a spot to safely park my car.

I spent a couple of very enjoyable hours at the loch shooting winter scenes and I made several panoramic sequences of the Blackmount in its winter coat before heading further up the A82 towards the Buachaille Etive Mor. You can see some of these images in my landscape gallery.

As I was driving over the iron bridge at the Kingshouse I could see the possibility of a photograph from the river Etive which was partially frozen but I could also see that the sun was close to disappearing behind Creise so I quickly parked the car and headed down to the river. There was ice covered scree in a section of the river and I decided to wade out to use it as foreground. Thank goodness for my insulated Grub’s wellingtons. I had to break through ice as the river was partially frozen but thankfully it is not very deep at this point. I was lucky to get at least half an hour of light before the sun disappeared behind the mountain and had enough time to work on a few compositions.

This will be my last day out for 2014 and I am hoping that there will be equally good days in 2015.

Commonwealth City Lights

Commonwealth City Lights

My home town of Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games last month. The weather was excellent during most of the event and I made several trips to the riverside in the evenings to enjoy the atmosphere and festivities in the city. I also took my camera with me to photograph the lights on the Clyde Arc and surrounding buildings.

It was a nice surprise to see that the Finnieston Crane was also illuminated by coloured lights during the games so I chose a view that included the crane framed by the Clyde Arc. The colour on the crane changed approximately every 30 seconds from white to green then blue. I set my camera to keep my exposures within the 30 seconds and made several exposures of the different coloured lights on the crane. With the fine weather the Clyde was also relatively calm providing good reflections of the bridge and colourful lights.

You can see more images of the riverside in my Urban gallery.

Nikon D7100
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 14mm
25 secs @ f/11

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