|Point of Impact, Loch Glow, Cleish Hills|
12th March 2013, above Loch Glow, Cleish Hills.
I've visited Loch Glow a few times over the winter months to study the lie of the land including a circuit of the loch itself. It is approx. 2 miles / 3.2 km's around with the far side, Tipperton Moss, being a poorly drained marsh, making for extremely tough going. The northern side is flanked by forestry and the craggy Cleish Hills which rise to over 350m /1150ft. The Loch is a fishery run by Rosyth Angling Club and out of season there are few visitors. This evening I had the loch to myself. It was very windy and cold with sunset due at 6:10pm. The day had been overcast and the sky was dull and grey as I climbed the hill on the north side of the loch. After setting up my tripod and camera it was a case of waiting to see what, if anything, would happen. And happen, it did. Big bands of thick black cloud started moving in from the NW on strong winds. The cloud was so black that even the weather forecasters on BBC Reporting Scotland mentioned it on the early evening broadcast. The sun appeared, disappeared and then re-appeared as an intense orange ball as it set in the little dip in the hills. It lit up huge sections of black cloud with red light making one section of the sky look almost apocalyptic as if there had been an explosion. Eventually the fiery sky subsided to dusky pinks and blues before settling down for the night but I had captured the moment perfectly which is why it is my photo of the month.
Taken with a Canon EOS 5D mkII
Zeiss Distagon T* 21/2.8 ZE lens
EXIF: ISO-100 / 4 sec / f/13RAW File converted to TIFF in Canon DPP, developed in Adobe PSE9