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Randolph's Leap

By almiles    
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!

Tags: River Randolph Landscape and travel Spate Findhorn

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Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
13 Feb 2013 6:33AM
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.



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almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 6:37AM
Thanks Andy, would love to see your images of the place. Smile
kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 7:08AM
you be carefull al , who would tend to josie if you were injured , nice shot
13 Feb 2013 7:09AM
Glad you held your nerve, Al - this is a fabulous shot, so well composed and another classic long exposure!

Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 7:50AM
A cracking shot with some great details and the water is spot on. Good narrative as well
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 8:12AM
Thanks Kel, **** and Steve Grin
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
13 Feb 2013 8:13AM
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

almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 8:35AM
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 )
Richsr 10 91 223 England
13 Feb 2013 8:59AM
Like the details and tones in this Al, good water movement too
regards Richard
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 9:07AM
Thanks Richard! Smile
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 9:35AM
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
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
13 Feb 2013 9:48AM
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.
abeeror2 5 23 Australia
13 Feb 2013 9:55AM
Stunning as always, love the textures and tones.Smile
A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 10:03AM
excellent waterflow capture contrasting well with the rock formations. nicely composed.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 10:09AM
I like the movement along the diagonal Al, you've captured the water perfectly. Great shot.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 11:47AM
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.

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

Trevhas Plus
5 1.3k 3 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 9:00PM
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.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 9:25PM
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.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 10:37PM
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
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
14 Feb 2013 8:12PM
Very nice shot, spot on detail, great rock shapes, all make that small white water at the bottom insignificant for me.


almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 11:03AM
Thnks Willie! Smile
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
16 Feb 2013 2:18PM
Beautifully captured; brings back happy memories, used to go there regularly 30 years ago Smile
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 5:47AM
Glad it made a trip down memory land for you Rende, did you used to work in the area?

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