Sunday, 14 December 2014

Photo of the Month: November 2014

Illumination - Shortlisted: SLPOTY 2014
Illumination, Callander Crags, The Trossachs

2nd November 2014, Callander Crags, The Trossachs

The waymarked Callander Crags walk behind Callander is fairly strenuous on steep gradients.  Officially it is closed, with a diversion in place, due to windblown trees blocking the path. Today was a dull and overcast day with thick cloud. We decided to ignore the diversion and use the original path to get to the crags but navigating through the trees was more like being on an assault course.  Hundreds of trees have been blown over as a result of a winter storm and it will take time to clear the fallen trees and re-instate the path. We arrived on the crags quite late in the afternoon to be greeted by thick cloud everywhere so decided to descend back to Callander on another path. But then quite unexpectedly the sun shone through a small gap in the clouds and illuminated everything with orange light.  It was quite magical and by working quickly I was able to record the scene before the sun disappeared for good. Loch Venachar is below the sun with Ben Ledi in profile to the right. 

Technical Info:

Taken with a Canon EOS 5D mkII
Zeiss Distagon T* 21/2.8 ZE lens
EXIF: ISO-100 / 1/4 sec / f/11 
Lee filters: 0.9 Hard GND
RAW File converted to TIFF in Canon DPP, developed in Adobe PSE9

Shortlisted image - 'Landscape' award - Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

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