Got back from Scotland last week.
It was a fantastic trip in some beautiful beautiful places. Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor are so atmospheric and epic. Skye has a rugged, remote beauty, and just fills your spirit.
We had really changeable weather; in the 3 days I was in Glen Coe I didn't get a single sunrise or sunset because of heavy clouds. I only really got good light and decent skies on one day, and even then it only started in late morning, when the light is a little harsh. So, I spent that day driving all over the area trying to get to every location I had planned to shoot in the 3 days I was there.
This shot is "the most photographed tree in the UK" on Loch Nah-Achlaise in Rannoch Moor (Mòinteach Raithneach in Gaelic) with the snow capped peaks of the Black Mount in the background.
Despite the fact that I had to shoot this at midday, I was doubly lucky here, first because heavy snowfall earlier in the week had left the peaks covered in snow, and secondly, there wasn't a breath of wind, giving me the most perfect reflections I've seen since I was in the Amazon.
It really is a heavily photographed location, right next to a major road, 20 people must have stopped their cars and taken photographs in the 30 minutes I was here shooting. One guy with a tripod told me that he'd been coming here for 15 years and had never seen such perfect conditions. I'd had the foresight to bring wellington boots, absolutely essential in Scotland, you can wander through bogs, stand in mountain streams, and in this case, stand in the loch itself to get the ugly muddy bank out of shot.
Compositionally, my main concern was getting the tree, which was in unlit shadow, to stand out, which meant getting it low and positioning it against the sky.
Taken at Loch Nah-Achlaise, Rannoch Moor, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.6 (3 stop) hard NDG
1/80 secs | f11 | 17mm
Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3
Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.