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Once we had left Lochan na H-Achlaise, we headed for the Devils Staircase. This is a part of the West Highland Way and is a small section of the walk from Kingshouse to Kinlochleven. The main interest for us was not completing this section of the walk, but instead we wanted to use this path to gain some elevation and get a new view down the Pass of Glencoe. Once we reached the top of the Devils Staircase, which to be honest was rather disappointing as it was neither difficult or that much of a climb, we had a good view over to Ben Nevis and the Mamores. This was an ideal location for a panoramic shot. This is a large file of over 11000 pixels on the long side and is made up of 12 vertical images stitched together.
Another view, this time from a single image. This concentrates more on the wonderful mackerel sky.
We then decided to head towards the top of Stob Mhic Mhartuin which at 2100ft has quite a good viewpoint along the pass of Glencoe. Cameron so kindly provided a much needed bit of foreground interest in this shot!
We then headed back down and rejoined the original path near the bottom of the hill. I saw this small footbridge on the way up and thought it would be a pretty good lead-in towards the Buachaille (Stob Dearg). By this time it was mid-afternoon and the sun was starting to get a bit low in the sky. I had to use two ND grad filters on this shot, a 3 Stop soft and a 2 Stop soft for a total of 5 Stops, to try and hold back the sky and balance the exposure. I like the setting of the image but I think it might be better to revisit it at another time of the year when the light is a bit more favourable and the foliage is a touch greener instead of a dull brown.
Afther making the way back to the car, we then decided to head for a location to get a decent sunset. Again because of the time of year and the position of the sun, we decided to head for the coast and we chose Castle Stalker.
I have just come back from a trip up to the Glencoe/ Rannoch Moor area and spent a productive day shooting there. I have been working through my images but I thought I would post this one first.
This is Loch Tulla, not long after sunrise. The fog had started to burn off from the winter sun, leaving the valley floor shrouded in mist that swirled around the bottom of the mountains. This left an idyllic Scottish scene with the semi-frozen loch reflecting the snow covered peaks behind.
This image was made up from 13 seperate images taken in portrait format and stitched together. This creates a very large image of over 14500 pixels on the longest side. This allows this image to be enlarged to very large sizes with no loss in quality or resolution. A scene such as this deserves to be captured with as much detail and quality as possible.
This image was hidden away among my old files. It was only when I was looking through the images to delete unwanted images that I found this one. This is Lochan Nah Achlaise taken in Feb 2006. This was one of my first trips out with my camera.