The Buachaille Etive Mor is an icon amongst the peaks of the Scottish Highlands. Standing proud 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 mountain is instantly recogniseable, highly respected and held in affection by the many mountaineers who have come to know it.
‘The Buachaille’ had been the subject of a lovely image I had captured some years before this but, stunning though that image was, I never felt that it portrayed the mountain’s most notable characteristic – its isolation from other peaks and its dominance over the flat expanse of Rannoch Moor, particularly on a wild winter’s morning.
I knew this specific viewpoint well, but could only exploit it to advantage when I started using the panoramic format of the Fuji GX617. Compositionally, the scene works very well and the ‘The Buachaille’ is seen in perfect isolation above the open moor. A convenient bend in the River Etive, where it flows over a wide rock and shingle bed, also provides the bonus of an interesting and detailed foreground.
On this cold February morning, a cold front had passed overnight and a small ridge of high pressure promised a window of fine weather before the next atlantic system was scheduled to move in. In the cold pre-dawn small strips of cloud moved across the summits from east to west – occasionally lying on the mountains but never totally obscuring them from view.
I feared that this phenomenon would spoil the light I intended for my shoot as the lazy winter sun rose up slowly to the east across the expanse of Rannoch Moor. However, to my joy, the cloud worked in my favour and produced a brief spectacle of light which turned the snow and rocks of ‘The Buachaille’ through colours of pink, yellow and finally cream.
The colour and intensity of the light changed constantly as small banks of thin cloud passed over the sun and my chosen subject; each change requiring a re-assessment of exposure. In what has become a regular and sometimes tricky routine on a bitterly cold morning, I shot nearly a dozen rolls of film in a little over 15 minutes. Each batch of 4 images on a single roll of 120 film contained different settings to ensure that I had achieved the perfect exposure and the finished print of ‘Alpenglow on The Buachaille’.
All of my prints are made to order.
My prints are painstakingly crafted and printed from only my very best images; the vast majority of which were captured to strictly observed standards using high end professional cameras and lenses, in particular the Fuji GX617 panoramic camera, one of several Canon EOS full frame digital cameras or, more recently, the highly respected market leading Nikon D850 digital camera.
Quality is maintained by respecting the relationship between original image size and final print size; optimising the level of magnification between the two ensures that my prints always contain infinite and crisp subject detail.
I produce all my prints on premium quality inkjet media that enables the extensive colour gamut, best contrast and finest nuances required for impressive pictures.
All my prints are produced on the very latest Epson printers using Ultrachrome HDR pigment inks. These printers take inkjet (giclee) technology to an entirely new level with higher colour accuracy, greater subtlety and smoother gradations. Grass and foliage is much more vivid and natural whilst orange tones in sunrises and sunsets are more dazzling.
All prints have at least a 2" (5cm) white border on all sides of the image.
I apply a simple shipping charge of £7.95 to each order for all UK destinations including the Scottish Highlands.
Print only orders are dispatched within 24-48 hours by Royal Mail First Class Post.
Framed prints are dispatched directly from our framers within 7-10 working days using a tracked service.
Customers are informed of despatched orders by email which includes a tracking reference.
All of my products come with a 30 day no-quibble money-back guarantee. Prints are manufactured individually for each customer and they are inspected before shipment to ensure that they are in perfect condition. If you are not satisfied with the merchantable quality of a product, or if it arrives in a damaged condition, then I will replace them or provide a full credit including postal charges upon safe receipt of the returned goods. Any damages must be advised within 5 working days of receipt of your order.
Please note that this guarantee relates to the merchantable quality of the products which are supplied in accordance with the Customer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 as amended by the Consumer Contracts Regulations (2014). Customers should also be aware of the separate cancellation and returns policy which is included in the Terms and Conditions of Business