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Raithneach by AndyMumford Raithneach by AndyMumford
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 (Ṃinteach 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.
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naruto-fan15 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
wow thats Really awesome
AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Thanks so much
JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisite, such a familier site but I never tire of it...
AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
It's a fantastic place mate...just a shame that it's right next to the road and there's a constant stream of people stopping to take snaps.
JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I must get up North this year....
EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
This is beautiful Andy. Are you familiar with the work of Ian Cameron? This is right up there with the quality of his work.
AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Thanks Eva. I know Ian's work...I actually took his book with me to Scotland (along with Joe Cornish's Scotland's Mountains).
I'm glad you like it, but Ian's work is several notches above mine. I saw some of his shots from here recently, and they really are wonderful. I was lucky to get such still waters, but unlucky that I couldn't shoot at dawn under better light.
Still, that's just another reason to go back again :-)
EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Most welcome Andy.

I do love Ian's work and also have his book Transient Light. This year or next, I want to make my 1st trip to Scotland and hopefully take one of Ian's workshops. I follow his work regularly on NPN and his website. I have a feeling the first time I go to Scotland, will just be the first of many. The eeire light depicted in Ian's images is beautiful and reminescent (to me anyway) of Nova Scotia but on a grander scale wih the volume turned up.

Look forward to viewing more of your images from Scotland.
KeroOx Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
What a reflection ! :wow:
It seems to be very quiet.. :heart:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Thanks so much.
It does look quiet, but about 15 meters behind where this shot was taken is a major highway that runs north to south through the Scottish Highlands
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