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Etive by AndyMumford Etive by AndyMumford
The oft - photographed River Etive in front of the Stob Dearg peak of Buachaille Etive Mor, the gateway to Glen Coe and the Scottish Highlands.

I got up at dawn on consecutive days to try and get this at sunrise, but on both days just got torrential rain and low cloud, so in the end, this is yet another shot from Scotland taken in mid afternoon light, and the only day I had in Glen Coe when the sun managed to break through the cloud at some point.

It's a lovely location though, almost impossible to not photograph it, and for this I was standing in my wellingtons in a little run off of the main river, with the tripod perched on a rock in front of me. The previous week had seen the whole valley covered in snow, and then the temperatures rose, the rain came and all the snow on the peaks started to rush down the mountains in fast streams and rivulets, flooding the rivers below. At sunrise, the noise of water rushing off the mountains was incredible, and many of the streams burst their banks.

This is a blend of two exposures. One of three seconds for the water, and another of a minute for the clouds

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Taken at Glen Coe, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.6 (3 stop) hard NDG | Hoya ND400
3 secs & f9.5 and 60 secs @ f22

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Blend and resize for web PS CS3

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.
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:icongiancoli:
giancoli Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's what I'm talking about! Amazing light and contrast!
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
:iconthumbsupplz: Excellence!
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haswa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing!
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DanCrystalis Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing b&w hdr man!
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JosephTimbury Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You've been featured: [link] :aww:
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very nice
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
superb!!
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LiveInPix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome B&W work !
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SharonLeggDigitalArt Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Featured [link]
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Thanks :-)
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jillibeenz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Thanks so much
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DamianKane Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011   Photographer
how far is this spot in relation to the main road? and is it easyish to get to? i'd love to go next time i'm there?
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
It's pretty easy to get to. At various points the river is only a couple of minutes walk from the road. For this shot I followed the river quite a way until I found a composition I liked, but really, you never have to walk far to get to the river.
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RobinKater Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
very good, Andy. This is exactly what I think about when I think about visiting England & Scotland next year :) well done :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Thanks a lot
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novelhill Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
I featured this photograph in my latest journal: [link]
Keep up the excellent work!
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Best choice to go for long me thinks! Another wonderful b/w
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Cheers matey
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KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I've been missing some fantastic work! Beautiful work, Andy
:love:
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Yup, you have ;-)
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KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
:D indeedy
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DomWills Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
This is awesome. The movement off the top of the peak creates awesome dynamism combined with the water motion in the FG. Excellent.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Thanks so much
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
My favorite area that I've drove through so many times and climbed up. Wonderful shot(s) Andy, the b&w definitely does the atmopshere justice. Sorry about the rain, but you get used to it after living here your whole life haha.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Thanks a lot Phil, it really is a stunning area :-)
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
I've been thinking about heading up there this week, but the west of the country is being hit with severe rain, and wind, typical really. Look forward to seeing more from you!
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porbital Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   Photographer
This photo is featured to my journal [link]
Thanks :)
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dwth Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 145th.:wave:
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islandtime Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Just fabulous! I love your b/w conversion
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Thanks so much Viktoria :-)

Always good to hear from you, hope all is well in Canada
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capitaodomato111 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Quem me dera... um dia, um dia!
Adorei Andy, o PB da-lhe uma força brutal!
abraço
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Thanks so much Jacinto :-)
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YOSHIMETAL Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010   Photographer
Gorgeous shot Andy, that's Marc Adamus style, this is great :+fav:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Thanks so much, glad you like it
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electron-otaku Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
fantastic shot! Having travelled there recently, I totally feel your pain regarding the weather ;)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Thanks a lot. Even in bad weather it was fun though
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Photographer
I love the idea to go with the longer exposure for those clouds, and it looks great in b&w, really moody and dynamic :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Thanks so much
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marcopolo17 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.. fantastic shot Andy!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Thanks Marc
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
nice composition of an oft photographed subject...and nicely converted....
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Cheers Steve
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lum1neuz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Fantastic work Andy :)
Greetings from Mongolia
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
:-)
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GlassLaugter Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
This is amazing!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Thanks so much
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Really great. Could also be a full moon shot except there are no stars on the sky. :-)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Yeah, I guess it could. Thanks, glad you like it
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
gee, thanks for the detailed comment! I really appreciate it when you tell the story of how your picture came into being.
the composition itself speaks to me majestic and serene, both, at the same time.
maybe the leftmost part lacks a bit of dynamic, looks a bit dull. (sorry, non-native speaker and rather blunt in my wording!)
but then again: the self confidence of nature's beauty can allow a breakin being majestic. maybe, that adds to the serenity I perceive.
wonderful, andy. thank you :rose:
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Date Taken
Apr 4, 2010, 11:34:27 AM
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