Sunday, 30 June 2019

Scotland Holiday day 3 Glencoe,Three Sisters

Well,   its 5 am and I am up!  this never happens, and I have still missed Sunrise!    Arghhhhh  

Anyhow its only couple minutes walk to the waterfall, so lets see what I can shoot.  The answer is not much, there is very little water and I am standing on boulders which should be surrounded by cascading water.

The low sun is bathing  Stob Dearg in beautiful warm light , but the only waterfall I can find has a tree blocking the mountain!  

                                     5dsr  17-40L  1/6 th  second gave the best water movement.

Now I am standing in the middle of what should be the river , there is no water on the near side half which is were I needed it to shoot the classic image from here.    will  have to come back again  I guess.

The lovely light has nearly  gone now,  This is a better composition with the main waterfall.
                                                      0.3 second exposure for this one

                Time to put the drone up for a couple of images ,  this is a 9 frame panorama merge.

                                                             A second 9 frame image

                         Back at the van, what a great view .    Time for pancakes now .

Time to move on now,  the Seven Sisters viewpoint is the next stop on our way through Glencoe.
We stopped of just down the road at the waterfall viewpoint, but again there is not much water, so continue towards The Three Sisters viewpoint  not far from here.
The car park is almost full, packed with cars and coaches , even parked along the road side.  Time for flying .

                                                    A 15 frame manually shot panorama.

                              21 frame panorama , the Three Sisters on the left hand side.
          The light is flat and not much good , so that's enough   Next stop will be    No idea  ….

Driving down the Pass of Glencoe , we have come to a car park with a lovely looking valley behind.  Think it will be worth stopping here to go for a nice walk.   There is a walk to Signal Rock, supposed to have good views from the top.

                 It is really warm now, and we can get a bit of shade walking through the woods.

After a really nice walk , with some beautiful views we have reached Signal Rock.     o dear,  all the trees have grown up and obscured the views!

Continuing the walk we have taken a left turn and followed the path through the woods coming out in a small clearing, Mollster poses nicely.

               After passing a beautiful cottage we have come across this lake, what stunning views .

                    Walking back in the direction of the car park, I think  ………..

Found a nice clearing where I can take a short flight ,  straight up and I can see the cottage we passed earlier.

                                    Topdown , we are down there somewhere …….

                                                                A done shot from 8 ft high .

                                 Almost back to the van now,   crossing the river bridge.

We have now driven all the way up to Fort William , to have a look at the Neptunes Staircase.   a series of locks on the Caledonian canal leading into Loch Eil.

                 What a beautiful day in Scotland, turns out this is the warmest area of the country .

Like the line in a song - Baseball cap on backwards 

Leaving Fort William we are heading up towards  Dornie , to go over to the Isle of Skye tomorrow.  We had planned on staying tonight near Loch Cluanie,  we have parked up in the layby and I have put the drone up to get a few images of the beautiful valley we had just driven through.

Change of plan ,  we had originally decided to stay near Dornie at the Ardelve camp site , and that is where we are going to go now.   We can just turn up there and they come round early evening to book in.  we can top up with water before heading onto Skye now.  and the camp site is a couple minutes walk to the famous Eilean Donan Castle.  

40 minutes later , after driving through  some of the most stunning scenery I have seen , we are parked up overlooking  Loch Alsh , with the castle in sight.   The cloud has increased up here in the highlands, leaving the blue sky behind us, for now.

It is quite cloudy here , but its looking promising for a decent sunset later ……………….

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Scotland Holiday day 2 Rannock Moor Glencoe

Monday morning, Day two in Scotland, After staying at Inveruglas over night, a quick walk with the dogs near the visitor centre before we head off up towards Glencoe .  A coachfull of American tourists had just arrived and they all wanted photographs of Chester , I guess spanials are popular in the us.  Mollster was unaware of his fame   haha

          And a short drone flight for this 9 frame panorama, not a breath of wind at the moment but it will not stay this calm for long.

               Stunning scenery here as expected, and the weather forecast if for a warm sunny day .
                                                                 5dsr  100-400mm L

Our next stop will be Rannock Moor, just past the Bridge of Orchy. about 30 miles from here up the A82.   After stopping off at the Green Welly Stop to top up with fuel we are good to get up to the highlands now.     Parked up at the Loch Ba viewpoint, its quite windy now unfortunately but I will risk a short Drone flight.

Here is the view from the drone,  since its windy I am staying fairly low altitude and shooting this nine frame panorama manually .  Fabulous clouds at the moment and still a small amount of snow left on the peaks.


I have walked around to find a good composition for an image, the water levels are extremely low, and all the boggy areas are almost completely dry.    I have found this interesting log which makes good foreground interest.

                                                                 60 seconds  f14

And a little further around to the left I have shot this again with a 6o second long exposure to show cloud movement  using the 10 stop nd lee big stopper filter on my 5dsr/17-40L set up.

Next stop will be Glencoe , which is only about 10 minutes up the road.   The Ski centre has a large car park , and as it turns out we can empty the vans waste and fill up with water , with a honest box.  how great is that!      as we drive up towards the centre the Famous  "Black Rock Cottage" is on the right hand side , everyone shoots this and I obviously need to also.  

                                           Jan has taken this image on her phone .

                                                                     My camera image.

                      5 frame drone Vertorama , this scene doesn't look as good from the air imo
                  Lack of sun does not help though in this comparison compared to camera image.

Back at the van , in a near empty car park  we are going for a walk up the track behind the Ski lift, the blue sky has been replaced with cloud now but its still very warm.

                             It is very warm, but the stiff breeze is welcomed up here.

                                                        Chester Standing to attention

That's far enough Jan says ,  no point going any further!   Ok  lets go back down and fill up the water in the van.   The famous Etive waterfall will be the final stop for today , it is only a few minutes down the road under with Stob Dearg directly behind it , part of Buachaille Etive Mor .  We can wildcamp right next to the waterfall , if there is space.  It looks like there is only room for about 4 vehicles on google maps .

Arriving at the waterfall, there are 2 vans and a car in the small car park , so we have to drive past but just over the bridge is a perfect parking spot for one vehicle, level and surrounded by trees.    yay
Dinner time now , while watching the sun slowly set above the mountain opposite us.

After dinner a short walk up the road to take a drone flight , the light is really nice, but without any clouds there is not going to be a sunset tonight.

                            Up in the air , a nine frame panorama , the river looks almost dry!  

                                                                5 frame vertorama

Topdown over the falls, not much water by looks of it so will be difficult to get a decent waterfall image at sunset or sunrise.  our van is in bottom right surrounded by trees.

Down at the river just above the waterfall with very little water , where I am standing is usually the waterfall that everyone shoots with the mountain behind. I am limited in what I can shoot, and with a cloudless sky  it just isn't going to be any good unfortunately.
The sun has sunk below the mountain, so I can try to shoot now.

          B&W conversion is the best option I feel   5dsr, 17-40L  little stopper and 0.9 soft nd grad.

                                                  Colour version taken well after sunset.

That's a disappointing end to a great day , I am going to get up early for sunrise , that will be difficult as I don't do early!