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I spent two weeks in Scotland back in December. What a wonderful time of year to go. It was cold, moody, dramatic weather, and perpetual golden hour for most of the days. These two images represent some of the most ephemeral light conditions I experienced. Having no idea what to expect on this trip, I came away moved, changed, and recharged. I have a new appreciation for the UK Landscape, and what many treasures are to be had. Also, prior to the trip, I was quite fond of tequila. Well, I've now switched to scotch. While shooting Lochan na h-Achlaise, there was a Scottich Doctor / Photographer who was near my location shooting as well. We chatted a bit. He remarked that the conditions that day were the best he'd ever seen in the 16 years he'd been coming to this location. I was humbled.

I've added a crop version of each image. I'm curious which you prefer..

Here's a rough time lapse of the ephemeral light changing so quickly.

Trotternish Ridge Light Description:
Also referred to as “The Quiraing” or “Cuith-Raing’” is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish or Tṛndairnis (Scottish Gaelic) on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Taken in dramatic December weather, the stormy ephemeral light opens and beams of short lived godrays radiate down over the spiked land formation called The Cleat, Loch Cleat, and Loch Leum na Luirginn below. The highest ridge to the right is called Dun Dubh, and the interesting craggy dinosaur back - shark fin formation on the lower right is called Cnoc a Mheirlich.

Lochan na h-Achlaise #1 Description:
9 vertical 70mm 36mp images stitched, resulting final file is 275mp.
Spectacular dramatic weather creates an amazing light show over the Mountains of Loch na h-Achlaise. The tranquil water of the loch reflects the distant mountains, islands of trees, and foreground rocks in perfect symmetry.
Lochan na h-Achlaise is a lake in Rannoch Moor - Scottish Highlands and is nearby to Black Mount, Achallader, and Stob a' Choire Odhair. Near Glencoe, it’s the gateway to the Scottish Highlands and not only produces some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, but also some of the most changeable weather. The four main peaks in this photo: Left: Meall Beag (475metres) Middle Left: Clac Leathad (1098 metres) Middle Right: Meall a Bhuiridh (1108 metres) Far Right in the Distance: Mamores Range






Trotternish Ridge Light







Trotternish Ridge Light - Crop Version







Lochan na h-Achlaise #1







Lochan na h-Achlaise #1 - Crop Version



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Jan 22, 2017 at 05:34 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


All are excellent Matt!


(Looks like a face too)



Jan 22, 2017 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


I prefer the non-cropped ones. These are two incredible shots.


Jan 22, 2017 at 05:48 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


I love that storm light! I prefer the cropped versions for both.


Jan 22, 2017 at 09:21 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Great light and composing, Matt. For me, also, the non-cropped are superior versions; their expansive framings say "landscape" to me. Especially the first image.


Jan 22, 2017 at 09:48 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


I like both versions on both images, but if I had to pick, I would prefer the uncropped versions because of the expansiveness. It is difficult, really to choose, since the choice is really between tremendously beautiful expansive views and equally beautiful views in which you are brought right into the scene.


Jan 22, 2017 at 10:11 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Trotternish Ridge is very nice. I really like number 2 composition. The white rocks in bottom right # 1 draw the eye away which causes me to favor 2 but if I had not seen 2, I would have not have remarked - so 1 is very good too. Very nice shot of a great place. Thanks for sharing. Scott


Jan 22, 2017 at 10:42 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Great set with #2 that really shines. Would make a great 20x40 print! Dave


Jan 22, 2017 at 10:48 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


These as stunning! Prefer your cropped versions.


Jan 22, 2017 at 10:54 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


First one uncropped, second cropped. Very fine worl!


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Luvwine wrote:
First one uncropped, second cropped. Very fine worl!


Same here. Wonderful and rich work Matt!



Jan 23, 2017 at 03:29 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Beautiful images! I prefer the first image cropped (to me, the essence of the image resides in the cropped version). On the second image, both versions look great to me. These are really wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
Keith W.



Jan 23, 2017 at 04:17 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Lovely work. We go there often. Did you use any GND filters? I'm not sure to carry as mine is militia day hike as well. Thanks


Jan 23, 2017 at 11:51 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Very nice work Matt. I think the creek/river lines in the lower left of image #1 are vital, and I would not crop them out. I like both versions of the second image. As far as scotch goes, I would take it any day over ta-kill-ya, especially if it came from the Isle of Islay.


Jan 23, 2017 at 07:19 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


damn Matt! That first photo is a killer! I love that back light coming against that mountain! Looks like a nice trip you had there.


Jason



Jan 23, 2017 at 07:53 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Both photos are tremendous. 1st uncropped, 2nd cropped.

Kelly



Jan 23, 2017 at 08:55 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Beautiful! I prefer the uncropped versions for both. For #2 I prefer the stones on the right which is part of the expansive feel of the uncropped version.


Jan 23, 2017 at 09:29 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Very nice work Matt! Voted


Jan 23, 2017 at 09:44 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Scotland - Ephemeral Light


Killer set!!


Jan 23, 2017 at 09:52 PM
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Wondefull


Jan 23, 2017 at 10:24 PM
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