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Last weekend I intended on accepting the challenge laid down by Trevor (Trevhas) and shooting around the Cairngorms using landscape format rather than my more usual portrait. Unfortunately the weather was so foul both days that the hills were out of bounds; shame some climbers continued to their misadventure.

Instead I headed north to another local beauty and suicide spot, Randolph's Leap. It gets its name from a point just a little further upstream where the River Findhorn is funnelled through a 2 meter gap (the gaps through the narrows in the image above are more like 3 meters; there's no sense of scale unfortunately and access for pedestrians is difficult and dangerous in spate like this). Apparently a chief/earl called Randolph lived on the opposite side of the river but he and 3 companions were caught by the Comyns on this side of the river and chase given. Randolph lept the gap to safety but his companions fell short and were drowned.

There are a few places to shoot it from so I will definitely return in summer and autumn, hopefully access to some areas will be easier with lower water levels. For this angle my tripod was on the edge of a cliff over the river and I was feeling pretty nervous!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Feb 2013 - 11:49 AM
Focal Length:20mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:3.2sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Randolph's Leap
Username:almiles almiles
Uploaded:13 Feb 2013 - 6:14 AM
Tags:Findhorn, Landscape / travel, Randolph, River, Spate
Votes:41

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6108 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 6:33 AM

Oh, I like that Al. Lovely detail in the rocks and just enough milkiness in the water. I took a few shots around Randolph's Leap a couple of years ago, I shall have to root them out.

Cheers

Andy

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 6:37 AM

Thanks Andy, would love to see your images of the place. Smile

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kel55
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13 Feb 2013 - 7:08 AM

you be carefull al , who would tend to josie if you were injured , nice shot

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DicksPics
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13 Feb 2013 - 7:09 AM

Glad you held your nerve, Al - this is a fabulous shot, so well composed and another classic long exposure!

****

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Meheecho
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13 Feb 2013 - 7:50 AM

A cracking shot with some great details and the water is spot on. Good narrative as well
Steve

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 8:12 AM

Thanks Kel, **** and Steve Grin

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WhiteRose1
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13 Feb 2013 - 8:13 AM

You tell a good story, Al Grin A strong diagonal and lots of movement.... a very dynamic image. Did you get your new gear insured?? Tongue

Dave

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 8:35 AM

Thanks Dave. I keep meaning to check if the household insurance covers my kit, it used to but that was before all the upgrades! I looked at special photography insurance but it's so expensive, like buying a new lens every year (or 2 years for 'L' lenses Grin )

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 8:59 AM

Like the details and tones in this Al, good water movement too
regards Richard

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 9:07 AM

Thanks Richard! Smile

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fazzer
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13 Feb 2013 - 9:35 AM

Beautifully exposed and composed,there is nothing about the shot which is distracting or not needed it flows really well and has loads of interesting detail Smile

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RonnieAG
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13 Feb 2013 - 9:48 AM

This reminds me of the Soldier's Leap at Killiecrankie, Alan: interesting b/g history and it does sound a difficult spot for a shot but you have done pretty well given the conditions.
Ronnie.

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abeeror2
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13 Feb 2013 - 9:55 AM

Stunning as always, love the textures and tones.Smile

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A Booth
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13 Feb 2013 - 10:03 AM

excellent waterflow capture contrasting well with the rock formations. nicely composed.

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marktc
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13 Feb 2013 - 10:09 AM

I like the movement along the diagonal Al, you've captured the water perfectly. Great shot.

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 11:47 AM

Cheers Jeremy, Ronnie, Kathryn, Alan and Mark; very kind of you all Smile

Quote: This reminds me of the Soldier's Leap at Killiecrankie, Alan: interesting b/g history and it does sound a difficult spot for a shot but you have done pretty well given the conditions.
Ronnie.

I haven't heard of that one before Ronnie, I'll need to look it up! I expect every narrow yet dangerous river crossing point has a similar story to it!

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Scottishlandscapes
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13 Feb 2013 - 2:27 PM

The course of the water is still clear to see in the movement and colour.

Dougie

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Trevhas
Trevhas e2 Member 2534 forum postsTrevhas vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 9:00 PM

No need to feel nervous Alan i'm miles away.
Shame about the weather 3sec at F8 is pretty dull but you've managed to capture the colour of the granite very well, composition is good with large diagonal but would have liked the white water at the bottom of the frame cropped off and i like the light touch of the dodge tool amongst the branches which gives added interest to the scene.
Overall this is a great moody image with history i hope you didn't forget to take the portrait shot, when i photographed 'the bench' in landscape i forgot about the upright and had to walk back 40 mins through the snow to take it.
Trevor.

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derekhansen
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13 Feb 2013 - 9:25 PM

A really good composition Alan with excellent water movement and some great shapes in the rock. perfect clarity as well. Very well captured and processed.
Derek

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 10:37 PM

Thanks Trevor and Derek! Smile
I was watching my back Trevor, don't worry! Thanks for pointing out the white water at the bottom, bright edges can always be distracting and I can crop it out without losing too much space around the rock there. Afraid I didn't take a portrait version of this scene and the ones I did take further on lacked the drama of this one (and it was raining by then too). I hope to hit Loch Morlich again soon with your landscape challenge in mind, the cloud only seems to lift when I'm at work this week and never when I have time off! Will try tomorrow morning after I finish this night shift. Smile

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banehawi
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14 Feb 2013 - 8:12 PM

Very nice shot, spot on detail, great rock shapes, all make that small white water at the bottom insignificant for me.



regards


Willie

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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 11:03 AM

Thnks Willie! Smile

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Rende
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16 Feb 2013 - 2:18 PM

Beautifully captured; brings back happy memories, used to go there regularly 30 years ago Smile
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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 5:47 AM

Glad it made a trip down memory land for you Rende, did you used to work in the area?

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