A spectacular winter sunrise greeted =PastyGuy and me after camping on the snow on Dartmoor. We got up about 40 minutes before sunrise. I peaked my head out the tent and proclaimed "There is a 100% change of a sunrise". 10 minutes later we were engulfed in a hail storm with terrible visibility. Fortunately things picked up after that and the light we actually got couldn't have been much better.
Using a polariser can help to bring contrast in skies like this but when shooting wideangle you have to be careful that the effect doesn't become uneven. In this case I darkened the polarised part of the sky and brightened the polarised part in order to reduce the effect.
This was shot handheld at ISO400 because I knew for this shot image quality wasn't an issue and I had to get a shot before the sun entered a hazier part of the sky!
These clouds preceded a front coming in from the west. It is often the case that just before and just after weather fronts you get high altitude clouds and if the timing is right you get amazing sunset skies.
These remarkable rock formations at the top of Sgurr Tuath formed a perfect foreground for the view of Stac Pollaidh. The gentle sunlight lasted less than a minute so it was good that I was already set up and actually managed to take a portait oriented image before the light diappeared for good. For me this was the peak of the whole trip, incredibly dramatic cloud and the kind of soft warm light photographers dream of, thrown together with and amazing view and a great foreground. I really could hope for more. The trip to Sgurr Tuath will stay with me for a long time, made all the better by the driving rain, severe gusts and hailstorm we had that afternoon!
This image began as an idea to capture a unique and spectacular view of Inverpolly and Assynt. 'Spectacular' is probably the best word to describe the region so there was no problem there. Finding a unique viewpoint is difficult though, most of the peaks in the area are heavily climbed. Sgurr Tuath stands alone in this regard. Its completely unpathed ascent over streams boggy ground and up steep gradients, doesnt make it as walker (or photographer) friendly as some of the other peaks. With this in mind I set out with fellow photographer Stephen Sellman *sassaputzin in search of something new. This was the view I personally made the trip for and we piked the perfect weather window for it. Even so, the weather we got on the way up Sgurr Tuath wasnt exactly ideal and the wind at the top made taking vibration free images extremely challenging!
Sgurr Tuath is a magical peak with plenty to shoot, but its relative inaccessibility means I will probably end up going up some other peaks before returning here!
Beinn Airigh Charr lies to the east of Poolewe offering spectacular views over to A'Mhaighdean. It was our first target on our 4 day wild camping trip in The Great Wilderness. Getting to this point was a race against the clock. We left Bristol at 06.00 arriving at Poolewe at 17.40. From there we still had a 7 mile walk and 790m ascent with all our kit for 4 days on our backs. We somehow did it in 3 1/2 hours giving us an hour on the summit to set up our tents and photograph the view. It was a rewarding way to start the trip but the weather and views kept getting better! incidentally this view from Beinn Airigh Charr shows most of the route to A'Mhaighdean, the mountain which we camped on the following day. It passes stunning lochs before taking you up to some of the most unique and remote landscape in the British Isles.
This was one of the last images I took before heading home. The dramatic sky and landscape summed up the trip perfectly. As we headed down the mountain we were hit by a blizzard of horizontal snow caught by the gale force wind; an exciting way to end the trip!