Sunrise photo shoot.

Autumn has well and truly arrived in the highlands.  This last weekend saw a welcome break in the Atlantic low pressure systems that have been coming in across Scotland for the last few weeks and the forecast was good for Saturday.

Annie was a willing partner in my idea to rise early for a photo shoot at sunrise on Rannoch Moor…  …and so with the alarm clock set for 6am we drove the short distance, pre-twilight, through Glencoe .

While sharing a steaming flask of coffee, we listened to the eerie sound of many stags calling across the moor; another ‘first’ following moving up here 18 months ago. I felt really privileged just to be there listening.

Cloud lingered as the sun came above the horizon, so the light was unfortunately not as good as hoped; this was about the best shot I got…


Lochan Beinn Chaoran, near Loch Bà. Composite of 3 images.
5/8th Sec. F22. ISO 100. Lee 2 stop ND Grad.

On the return home Buachaille Etive Mòr was just calling out to be photographed. Another snap to add to the collection…


As we admired the view, Annie spotted a stag.  I switched lenses…


1/320th sec. F6.3. ISO 400. 500mm Lens (750mm @ 35mm)

I was pretty pleased, but not I guess, as much as this fellow who was already much closer…



About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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