Sunrise on Suilven with Meall Meadonach on the right. It was a moderately clear morning but the haze softened the light from the rising sun. *Orca76 has a particularly good (and different) shot taken around the same time [link]
I have just returned from a trip to Assynt and Coigach with *Orca76
The greatest part of the trip was a summit wild camp on one of Scotlands finisest mountains, Suilven. The hike is not for the feint hearted. A 6 mile hike followed by a climb to 731m might not sound that hard, but try taking camping and photography gear to the summit and it's a slightly different ball game. I basically had to force Jake up the mountain, but he made it in the end!
The night was very rough indeed, we were in a totally exposed location, literally on the summit and overnight the wind changed from a 10mph easterly to a 30 gusting 50 southerly. My tent got absolutely hammered, but stood up well in the end. I certainly spent the coldest 5 minutes of my life resetting the guy lines at 12.30. It was soooooo cold!
This was taken around 4.45 am on the back of 3 hours of sleep! This is Meall Meadonach, the south eastern peak of Suilven.
I went to bed at around 10.30 got up at 1am to shoot the stars and didnt get back to sleep again until gone 2.30. Then it was time for my 4am alarm and the final ascent of Stac Pollaidh.
One thing I can do is motivate myself to get up when I know there is a good photo up for grabs and this may well be the most spectacular scene I have ever seen. Although I am very confident with my technique I checked my settings more than twice to make sure everything was perfect. The final image is 34mp composed of 4 horizontal frames with massive overlaps (to protect against sun flare issues) In all it took me about 2hrs30 minutes to stitch the images (I had to set up the points myself) and remove all the flares) and a further 30 minutes to correct the image. As such this is my most time consuming process ever but the reults stand up to scrutiny hopefully!
Although I was out at this same spot last week, today felt very much warmer. The first day that I have been out with my camera that felt as if we have cleared the darkness of winter for another year.
I shot 3 seperate exposures to get the full range of light using a 2 stop soft grad placed at an angle which followed roughly where the wave is breaking. I shot a futher 3 shots with my hand obscuring the sun so as to eliminate flare (I didn't "catch" all of it as you can see). I processed all 3 exposures and a second sky exposure for the flare removal. I then hand blended them into the resulting image.
Very unusual for me to make what I consider to be a successful image around midday. Usually on a sunny day the light is too harsh. I guess in this case the haze and thin cloud managed to soften the light sufficiently that detail was retained in the shadows.
I had an absolutely beautiful afternoon up Stac Pollaidh with the best visibility I had seen in Scotland. Sadly the sun sunk behind a bank of cloud shortly after this image, not to reemerge until the next day. It's still nice to have a sunny day view though.
Words cannot describe just how aweinspiringly massive this view is.
Pluto peak and the higher mountain to the right is Mount Earnslaw located within Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand. Went tramping up the Dart Valley again. Chinamans Bluff to Sandy Bluff and back... haha ok most of you won't know what or where I'm talking about, just pretend that you do! I had a fair idea on which angle the sun would set so I made plans to come back here to this spot on the way back.
ISO100 | 23mm | f11 | 424 seconds Lee big stopper & polarizer.
Climbing up the Glyderau for the second time I wanted to stop on the walk for a shot I had seen snapshots of before the trip. After a cloudy start and in very high winds the opportunity for a shot looked unlikely but with a lucky break in the clouds the light shone through and onto the Ogwan valley and the trees in the foreground.