Craig Cwm Sere connects Pen y Fan and Cribyn (the central peak). Its a very popular route for walkers and from Pen Y fan the view of the ridge line is excellent. The colours of these altocumulus just before sunrise were absolutely fantastic. I was jumping for joy when they started to glow and I knew I was in for something special. Around sunrise the light changes dramatically. With the sun below the horizon in this image the snow takes on the blue of the sky above. Colour contrast is something I constantly seek in my photography (I could never shoot Black and White!) and never is it better than under a sky like this.
You can read a blog about what it took to get this image here: [link]
Working a location in a range of light can be very beneficial. I have photographed Llyn y Caseg Fraith, in rain, heavy cloud, mist, light snow, twilight, night and now with a fantastic sunset. Its very rewarding to capture an image which speaks of the grandeur of a location.
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.
People with a fear of heights (Acrophobia apparently) should stay well away from the Letterewe Wilderness and particularly the view from Sgurr na Laocainn. The best viewpoint from the summit came with a spinning sense of vertigo. On a number of occasions I caught myself feeling dizzy and rapidly retreated from the edge. The views came with excitement, wonder and a healthy dose of caution, fortunately it wasn’t that windy! The view down to Carnmore, a small house at the bottom of Carn Mor from Sgurr na Laocainn is essentially an aerial one. Watching the occasional person walk the path below gives a real sense of scale. From the viewpoint you have a panoramic view to A' Mhaighdean over Dubh Loch and Fionn Loch and out to see. The scene here is a 180 degree panorama! Around sunset the light escaped beneath the cloud to give a glancing red light to the landscape below. Dramatic rainclouds hung overhead and I sat there watching the showers pass, fortunately none hit me.
The trip around The Great Wilderness was formed around seeing this iconic view. The vista to the west from the summit of A'Mhaighdean alone was worth the hike, sleep deprivation and hunger (the latter due to underestimating the necessary calorie intake!). A Mhaighdean is regarded by many as the most remote of the Scottish Munros and getting here is no easy feat although many people manage! To the top left you can see Beinn Airigh Charr, where we spent the night before. Below from near to far are Dubh Loch and Fionn Loch. To the right is Beinn a' Chaisgein Mor with Sgurr na Laocainn below where we spent the following night. In the distance lies Poolewe on the northwest coast of Scotland where our hike began. The summit of A' Mhaighdean is the highest elevation of the Lewisian Gneiss
"Run Alex" came the shout from Emma, just 500m away from Caseg Fraith. I was already on my way. The instant I saw the light on the hills behind I started sprinting uphill with all the camping gear and food for 2 days still on my back! I always find an extra burst of energy when time is of the essence and this was certainly one of those times. Fortunately I was familiar with the location and as the weather went into 'spectacular mode' I was able to take a couple of shots.
It's easy to forget that I snapped a tripod leg in the process, but I don't regret it at all!
This scene is what greets the hiker walking on the Laugavegur trail's 2nd day. After the first day of walking through fumaroles and rhyolite mountains, passing one ridge after another, this final one leads to one of the most incredible scenes I can remember. It's cliche to say that it reminds me of Rohan, but I can't think of a more suitable place other than perhaps in New Zealand where the movies were actually filmed. This pano suffers from quite a few imperfections regarding lens flare but for the purpose of sharing a grand scene, I think that is less important. I hope this image gives you at least some sense of the wonder Marianne and I did as we sat there and enjoyed our lunch break before descending to the river crossing before reaching Alftavatn hut (at the lake visible in the scene)
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!