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Fractured Loch Dochard

By DavidLangan  
I fully confess to not being adept at “seeing” in black and white. However, I feel this is more to do with me continually failing to be inspired by mono images rather than a failing on my part. Well my time spent in the Glencoe area last winter was full of monotonous monoscapes. But not the contrasty and striking black and white which you find in successful mono images, instead the landscape was dull, dreary and dreach facilitated by low and unbroken cloud.

The lack of any dawn or dusk colours or colours usually found in rocks or vegetation had me completely uninspired. I decided to do some location finding so I could return on another date when the weather was better. After consulting my OS Maps I decided that I would hike into Glen Kinglass and head for a small loch called Lochan na h-luraiche.

A good 2 hour walk through deep snow found me stopping off at Loch Dochard for a bit of a rest and a scout about. The ice on the loch was extremely thick so I went out onto the ice to try and find a composition. Half an hour later I had settled on a composition looking onto Meall nan Eun with fractured ice in the foreground. The sleet had stopped and the hillsides momentarily brightenend, saturating the rusty orange bracken poking through the snow on the far side. Luckily, for once, the camera was set up on the tripod to take advantage of this fortune and I made my image.

Tags: Scotland Winter Ice General Water Mountain Highlands Cracks Argyll Munro Loch dochard Landscape and travel Night and low light Glen kinglass

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15 Jan 2011 5:08PM
Great shot, love the snowy hills in the background, excellent composition.


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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 6:13PM
Excellent shot. I like the ice cracks and how you've composed them.

andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 7:35PM
Inspiration can come at the most unexpected times. You made good use of what it to heand here and created an image with a fantastic f/g.

15 Jan 2011 7:57PM
Great image, Dave.
Ingleman 11 9 4
15 Jan 2011 8:43PM
Well done. Thanks for the write up. It is good to learn what goes into preparing for a top notch image like this. True dedication and you got your reward!


CathyI 13 344 3 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2011 11:54AM
I second Andy's comment!
Emu72 9 7 1 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2011 11:10AM
Absolute quality, has hints of David Ward!

Great PF too mate!

wyeth 6 Scotland
28 Aug 2011 11:14PM
Fantastic shot.

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