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.
Landscape and travel
Night and low light
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