For those of you that haven’t been, Rannoch Moor is a fantastic photography location; if the weather is on your side of course, this is western Scotland after all! In the east there are picturesque small lochs, in the centre an open expanse of “wilderness” and in the west the mountains that surround Glen Coe. At this edge of moor, towering over entrance to Glen Coe, is Buachaille Etive Mor.
Kim and I spent a few days based in Glen Coe in Feb of 2010. The images below are a small selection of night exposures taken in the shadow of the Bauchaille.
The first image was taken from a small lay-by at the side of the Glen Etive road, looking west towards the iconic face of Buachaille Etive Mor. It had snowed quite recently and the road was only really passible with a 4×4, which lucky we were driving. The image is a 10 second exposure at f10, taken after sunset at about 18:30, on a 5D Mk I. It was pretty cold that night with quite a bit of cloud and wind. Much of the evening was spent clearing ice off our lens and warming batteries up to get a few more minutes of life out of them!
The next image was taken a few days later, a little further down the Glen Etive road. There is a small bridge with a parking spot next to it. From there follow the river west for the best vantage points. It was taken on Kim’s infrared converted 20D and then converted to black & white. It’s a 342 second exposure at f10. As you can see from the foreground, we weren’t the first people there after the snow fall.
The third and final image in this set was taken at roughly the same spot as the second, but this time facing away from the Buachaille towards Sron na Creise. I used Kim’s 20D again for this 600 second f10 shot. It’s been quite harshly post processed to give it what I hope is an aged look. I’ve tried to add to this with a bit of toning.