I am a frequent visitor to this location, and the view rarely disappoints. Standing upon this exposed hillside at an elevation of 350 metres, one can expect to encounter difficult conditions on a winter’s day when snow showers are hurried across the loch and open glen on a strong north-westerly breeze. Such were the conditions when I took this image.
The cloud base remained above the main summits but with the passing of each batch of shower clouds the scene was enveloped in ever-changing patterns of light and shadow. The conditions changed and evolved with every second, so it was essential to remain vigilant in order to identify and capture a pleasing and representative image.
The ideal conditions that I had hoped for never materialised; when the mountains, particularly Spidean Mialach on the far left of the picture, were in sunlight, the foreground was in shadow, and vice-versa. However, I am pleased with the result because it accurately portrays the scene so typical of a Scottish Highland winter’s morning.
Photographic Details :-
Time of Year : Mid November.
Location : Map Reference : NH 18553 04656 : Above Loch Loyne. Time : 0955 GMT.
Equipment : Nikon D850 Camera, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens @ 50mm. Gitzo Systematic tripod, RRS BH-55-PCPRO head.
Camera Settings : Shutter 1/60 sec, Aperture f8, ISO 100.