A Night among giants

Camping in Glencoe, Scotland.
Camping in Glencoe, Scotland.
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in the Glencoe mountain range in Scotland
Knowing that the light was fading fast, I rushed to get the tent up. This shot was taken in March and it gets dark quickly so there was no time to hang around. Once the tent was up I hung my head torch up inside the tent and went to retrieve my equipment. The snow on the surrounding hills was illuminated so I set up my camera and took the shot.
Only lighting used in this image was my head torch attached by string to the top of my tent to make the tent glow.
This shot was taken on a Canon 5D MKII with the 17-40mm lens kept at it's widest setting. As the light was fading I set the camera on a tripod for the 20-second exposure.
This mountain range is iconic with the main mountain, Buachaille Etive Mòr being photographed so many times. I liked the idea of complete isolation, no one else around and there was complete silence. This is what I wanted to convey in the image, the insignificance of a little tent among the mountains and the solitude this offers.
Very little post-processing required for this image. A slight boost in contrast and pulling back the highlights to control the torch inside the tent.
In my camera bag
For these kinds of expeditions, I try to travel as light as possible. A bag full of camera gear coupled with food, water, a tent and a sleeping bag can quickly become too heavy. I take 2 lenses, my 17-40mm and my 85mm prime. A filter pouch with a polarizer, a 10 stop and a 5 stop ND filters and a graduation filter. A very stripped back set-up.
If I didn't have a camera with me it still would have been a fantastic experience. Landscape photographers can easily get caught up with waiting for the perfect conditions. When I arrived at this location there was no sunset to capture but being there was more than enough beauty in the surroundings to make this a memorable experience.

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