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The Cuillin Ridge from Loch nan Eilean

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The Cuillin Ridge from Loch nan Eilean

I had captured an image here in the early spring of 1985; the loch was still and clear of vegetation and provided an almost perfect reflection of the Cuillins beyond. However, it was too early in the day to light the scene to perfection and the intervening moor was uniformly coloured an uninteresting shade of brown. I had resolved to return but never expected that it would take a further 29 years!

On this particular day conditions were perfect; good light, interesting cloud formations in the sky, the first hints of autumn in the vegetation and still waters with only a hint of a breeze. The sun was just starting to fade, producing that gentle warm light of late afternoon.

Photographic Details :-

Time of Year : Late September
Location Map Reference : 472307 : Loch nan Eilean, Isle of Skye. Time : 1710 GMT
Equipment : Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L Lens @ 35mm. Gitzo tripod, Arca Swiss tripod head, Lee Circular Polarising Filter.
Camera Settings : Shutter 1/25 sec, Aperture f11, ISO 100.

Mountain Prints by Ian Evans