Rannoch Moor Sunrise and Moonset
Ian Evans

Ian Evans

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Rannoch Moonset and Sunrise

If I have a preference, it is for sunrise rather than sunset; I love watching the sun rise on a cold frosty morning and bathe the landscape in its warm yet delicate colours. I also enjoy the stillness and silence of the pre-dawn; a time when one can be at peace and feel at one with nature.

On this occasion I was on location with friend and fellow photographer Colin Prior. We had set off before dawn on what was initially a grey, cold, still and cloudy day at sea level, but as we drove onto Rannoch Moor the mist broke and the mountains were revealed. From that point on it was just a matter of patience as we waited for the sun to rise and to paint the sky with its vibrant dawn colours. 

This image of the peaks of the Blackmount across Rannoch Moor almost took itself; the main subject is obvious but more care was necessary when chosing the extent and content of the fore and middle ground. In its frozen condition the loch provided more interest and the patterns in the ice provided the perfect vehicle to add depth to the image and draw the viewer’s eye through it.

Photographic Details :-

Time of Year : Early February
Location Map Reference : 317483 : Rannoch Moor. Time : 0755 GMT
Equipment : Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens @ 24mm. Gitzo Systematic tripod, RRS BH-55-PCPRO head. 
Camera Settings : Shutter 1/8 sec, Aperture f11, ISO 200.

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