Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D810
-370044/100000 sec. / ISO 64
State/Province/Region
International
Nearest Area
Glencoe
Town
Fort William, Scotland
Description

Scotland certainly put me through my paces, nothing was handed on a plate but each battle was definitely paid out! The Holy Grail of a temperature inversion is probably every mountain photographers dream, mix that with excellent light and you’ll have photographers dancing on mountaintops all around the world. I certainly did my dance this particular morning, though it was a tough old fight. Shown is an image first light as it hits the summit of Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mòr AKA The Herdsman of Etive, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands.)

Starting off my hike at 5am in subzero conditions on my final day in Glencoe, I was dragging myself up Stob Beinn a’Chrulaiste (Glencoe, Highlands) in the hope of some nice light on Buachaille Etive Mòr and the surrounding area. After setting up my composition and shooting a few shots condensation formed in my lens – a big no no. Luckily I did get a shot in, which I was pleased with and will share soon. Quickly changing lens I had to re-think composition as a temperature inversion was slowly creeping into the valley below. As conditions developed into full-blown inversion I worked hard to get shots in, with mist forming on filters and ice forming on a filter I had set on my bag (rookie mistake.)

The cold and tiredness seemed to eat away at my ability to make precise photographic decisions, and I made many a mistake this particular morning. Ultimately I won the battle though, coming away with some images that made me very happy indeed and excited to share with you - I was literally on cloud 9 that morning!! To quote Samuel Beckett – Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Please do check back soon for more images of this most fantastic morning and other images from the mother of all road trips. Thanks!!

Technical & equipment details:

ISO64
f14
13seconds
52mm
Manual WB
Manual focus
Camera - Nikon D810
Lens - Nikon 24 – 70mm lens
Filters – Lee 0.6 ND graduated filter & Lee Little Stopper

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Date Added
March 6, 2017
Date Taken
March 6, 2017