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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.

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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
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Thanks so much
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisite, such a familier site but I never tire of it...
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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.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I must get up North this year....
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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.
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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 :-)
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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.
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KeroOx Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
What a reflection ! :wow:
It seems to be very quiet.. :heart:
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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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KeroOx Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Hmm.. It's too bad.. :(
Anyway, It's still an amazing view ! ;)
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SalilSSahani Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Beautiful!!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Thankyou :-)
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SalilSSahani Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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dwth Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 119th.:wave:
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hhryah Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Stunning!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Thanks again
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stetre76 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
brathtaking view - the reflection on the water is great
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Thanks so much :-)
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stetre76 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure :)
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
this is wonderful andy and one of the best ive seen from this location,
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
Thank you Stephen, always appreciated. I wish I could have shot this in early morning light, but you take what you can get. On the whole, I'm pretty pleased with it.
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jva3 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
featured in my journal: [link]
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Such an amzing reflection and a splendid sky! :wow: This is wonderful :herat:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
Thanks so much :D
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Fluffypuff Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
wow.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a beautiful and bright view! very cool shot
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Cheers
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IgnotusArtifex Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
It is great...
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Muskeg Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010   Photographer
Breathtaking!
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is such an amazingly powerful and inspirational capture!!

i absolutely love it! :heart:

thanks so much for taking the time to travel

out there and walk through the mud to create

such a wonderful work for all to be inspired by! :)
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
i like the movement compared to the still surroundings. I can't help but feel that the tree is a bit neglected in this focal length but then again main focus are the reflections so it doesn't matter that much. IMO that dark upper right corner needs a bit of brightness to be in balance with the left one. Minor tweak. :blush:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Alright mate.
I've just resubmitted a new version without the long exposure blur...I'm still not sure which I prefer yet.
As for the composition, I didn't want the shot to be about the tree, it's about the reflections, the tree shouldn't really be an anchor, just part of the line between rock and snowy mountains.
I did various versions of the scene, and the ones where I got closer to the tree lost out on the sky and reflections, and the whole shot felt a little weaker for me. There's a version like that here [link]
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
well I liked the movement. I like this one too but I preferred the movement. it was smoother.
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Excelente trabalho Andy.

Sobre a foto, está é daquelas fotos que merecei mais destaque (fav, views, etc), eu penso que o dA está a perder na qualidade dos trabalhos, deixando as melhores fotos para trás e aquelas de média qualidade a passar a frente!

Um exemplo disso é as últimas fotos do drewyboy, em termos de qualidade/composição nada têm a ver com esta e no entanto têm mais favs!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Muito obrigado, eu estou realmente feliz que você gosta.

Eu realmente não me importo sobre faves aqui para ser honesto, mas eu sei que você quer dizer. Eu olho para o trabalho de fotógrafos realmente talentosos como: devgrevys: e como pouca atenção a sua obra fica, e fica claro que a DA não é realmente um site de arte séria. Um certo tipo de imagem será sempre popular aqui e algumas pessoas são boas em replicar essa fórmula (o artista que você mencionou é um deles), mas no final do dia não importa. Para mim, é sobre o prazer que recebo de tirar fotos, e que as pessoas pensam de minhas imagens depois que o fato não afeta o quanto eu gosto de estar lá fora com a minha máquina.

Mas como eu disse, eu entendo perfeitamente o que você diz, e é uma razão para eu apresentar um monte de imagens menos aqui e agora.

Espero que você esteja bem, abraço
Andy
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Concordo plenamente...

A verdade é que os favs não interessam, mas desanima-nos continuar mostrar o nosso trabalho, vendo outros piores, com o triplo de favs!

Fica bem Andy
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o-kaykay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010   Photographer
Feels icy cold! I love how light it is :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Thanks so much
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gabijonaz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
beautiful
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FirstMeasure Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb, cheers :meditate:
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kotarek1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Absolutely amazing place. I've been thinking about going to Scotland for a long time now, but I think I've just mind up my mind :-)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
You should go, the highlands and the Hebrides are really wonderful. I only had a week there, but I wish I could have stayed a lot longer
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AndreasResch Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great shot, Andy.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Cheers Andreas :-)
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grevys Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
an almost iconic tree. i'm not 100% convinced about the long-exposure - i'd be interested to see the one without the ND filter. By coincidence, I have also just seen this [link] by ian cameron. the tree is nicely framed in yours and the clouds do form an interesting diamond shape.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Hi Stuart

I'm a big fan of Ian Cameron's work, and would have loved to shoot here at sunrise (that's a lovely shot you linked) Sadly, the weather was terrible at sunrise, so I had to make do with noon..hence the complete lack of subtlety in the light.
Here are some other shots from the same location though. This is the same as the one I submitted, but without the long exposure [link] And here are a couple more shot with less of a wide angle and more focus on the tree or mountains [link] [link]
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grevys Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Hmmm, i think that i prefer any one and all three of the linked photos to that that you posted - although, if cornered, i think that i'd err for [link] ! This is partly because of the cast that ND filters give images (and when using them using digital images, i have worked to remove the casts) and i'm not sure that the motion adds much here. the rest of the elements are strong enough, IMO, to hold their own. If there's a touch of life to the water, i think that adds as well.

i presume that ian drives past that spot pretty frequently as he to's and fro's across scotland - he's posted quite a number of compositions of this particular spot on his website. the rest of us have to make do with beaches and mangrove trees in mozambique!

look forward to more scotland shots and hope you enjoyed a dram or two while there as well!
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
beautiful result Andy. I am bemused that one lone tree should create all that fuss... I know its the location location but Australia is covered in lone trees heheh... you actually have to drive around them :D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Yeah, it's funny....there are more interesting trees than this all over Scotland (and Portugal for that matter) and it's not even the fact that it's alone on a small island....again, Scotland has loads of that.
I think it's a combination of the fact that the island is just far enough from the bank to make it interesting, and sits right infront of some snow capped mountains.
The tree itself is pretty dull, and from most angles its pretty hard to see as it gets lost against all the background noise.
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