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...during a gap between snow showers I was shooting across Loch Torridon, this appeared out of the sky...

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:Canon EF 24-70mm f/ 2.8 L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Strange Sighting...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:17 Nov 2012 - 12:20 PM
Tags:Highland, Landscape / travel, Scotland, Torridon, Wester ross
Votes:Voting Disabled


jeanie Plus Member 115980 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 12:50 PM

Very odd but makes for a great dramatic image Smile

AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 1:14 PM

That really is peculiar Dougie - it looks like a giant mobile phone aerial. The mixture of lovely light on the hill and the showers is very atmospheric.

Daisymaye Plus Member 7Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 1:22 PM

Looks like a tall cross delivering a ray of sunshine. How beautiful! .......Sandy

Sylviwhalley Plus Member 8112 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 1:30 PM

Beautiful, atmospheric image.

marktc Plus Member 485 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 1:34 PM

A really beautiful image, a very strange formation indeed, but a real bonus.

RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 1:36 PM

The light catching on the snow capped peak contrasts so well with the heavily shadowed f/g, Dougie: wonderful light and winter colouring, and it does look COOOOOOLD.

Hermanus  3 South Africa
17 Nov 2012 - 1:37 PM

Excellent photo !! This is really a stunning image Smile

17 Nov 2012 - 1:48 PM

An amazing sighting. Well caught.


mrswoolybill Critique Team 8789 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1272 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 2:08 PM

Bizarre, never seen anything like that - I shall come back in the hope that someone with meteorological experience can give an explanation! I know you don't like sending photos to the BBC Weather people but they can be very informative on such matters.

woolybill1 Plus Member 9woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 2:10 PM

Not "Krakatoa East of Inverness"?
Very striking; must have been amazing to see 'in the flesh'.
The light on that snowbound peak is fabulous.

bill33 Plus Member 4bill33 vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 2:12 PM

In the Hands of the Gods here Dougie, another wonderful capture with some amazing lighting, Its surprising what nature can do at times,you were fortunate to witness and capture this scene, very well done, Bill.

DeSilver Plus Member 8DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 3:03 PM

Could be an "Exploding Haggis" Wink

Whatever caused it its a once in a lifetime experience and very well caught. Well done! Smile


barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 3:52 PM

how very unusual

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 5:02 PM

Very interesting! Beautiful shot!

Niknut Plus Member 51065 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 5:20 PM

Beautiful shot !!!....love the light catching the top !!

Can't explain the cloud formation ??.....but even the name 'Alligin' has always sounded a bit creepy, so perhaps
there's some deep goings-on atop that craggy peak ???????.Smile

milky Plus Member 12milky vcard Wales
17 Nov 2012 - 5:28 PM

Nice capture, Beautiful colours--------Milky

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1168 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 6:48 PM

Thanks for all your comments and ideas, I have to say that the mark in my opinion is a snow drop or two which fell on my Lee filter, it's quite a big target.

I have to say that I was worried at firts when I saw it that all the images were marked, fortunately just a couple.


Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England218 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 6:58 PM

A nice apperance to make a fine image Dougie, good to be around and readyh when that happens
Regards Richard.

saltireblue Site Moderator 55042 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway30 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 8:29 PM

I prefer to ignore your somewhat fantasy-filled explanation, Dougie and believe instead in the supernatural as being a more realistic explanation.Wink
No matter, it does nothing to detract from what is a magnificent view, beautifully captured. That brooding, threatening sky could just have produced such a phenomenon.


Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 8:36 PM

Well Dougie, whatever it was / is it has helped to exercise our thoughts
a great shot

pluckyfilly Plus Member 9343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 9:51 PM

How unusual Dougie but well caught good reporting

Tynnwrlluniau Plus Member 563 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales37 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2012 - 11:17 PM

A beautiful capture, Dougie with lovely light and more of that stunning scenery.

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
18 Nov 2012 - 3:54 PM

So lovely


almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
19 Nov 2012 - 6:33 AM

A good comp here, even without unusual gaps in the clouds. The weather is the real star here; dramatic clouds and sunlit snow. It's great!

andy_AHG  6106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2012 - 12:06 PM

Fantastically atmospheric image. Super work Dougie.


Cliff1944 Plus Member 3Cliff1944 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 6:07 PM

Fantastic clouds and light falling on the snow dusted mountains.

AnnJ Plus Member 3AnnJ vcard Scotland
22 Nov 2012 - 6:13 PM

And yet another excellent one! Ann.

30 Nov 2012 - 10:42 PM

Looks like an antenna.... aliens?

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