The Buachaille Etive Mor is iconic amongst the peaks of the Scottish Highlands. Standing proudly above the Rannoch Moor and guarding the entrance to Glencoe and Glen Etive, its vertical buttresses and narrow ridges soar like a cathedral high into the sky.
The numerous rock pools and waterfalls of the River Coupall provide excellent foreground for an image of Stob Dearg, the highest of the five tops that make up the long ridge that penetrates deep into Glen Etive. Whilst most photographers head for a now popular viewpoint beneath the bridge in Glen Etive, I much prefer this location which offers an unparalleled view of the mountain's great north face and better emphasises its elevation and dominance over the wide expanse of Rannoch Moor below.
In late September the yellows and ochres of the grasses on the upper slopes of the mountain contrast strongly against the 'summer greens' that remain on the trees and riverbanks below. I captured this image shortly after sunrise when the warm yellow light of early morning not only enhanced this phenomenon but also illuminated brightly the pale rhyolite rocks of the mountain itself.
Time of Year : Late September
Location Map Reference : NN 23982 55204 : River Coupall, Rannoch Moor. Time : 0730 GMT
Equipment : Canon EOS 1DS Mark III Camera, Canon EF 24-105 f4 L IS Lens @ 28mm
Camera Settings : Shutter 1/8 sec, Aperture f8, ISO 200.