Glencoe, Buachaille Etive Mòr
I was very excited about my first trip to Scotland, especially Glencoe. I have always been fascinated about Scotland. I did the research and made the booking about two months in advance to be sure that all would work fine. My dream came true, one week by myself in Scotland! First night in Glencoe and the next following 6 days on the Isle of Skye.
Photographing Scotland is just a part of my Photographic Project called Photographing British Coast.
May 2016 – My dream comes true, one week in Scotland. First night in Glencoe, 6 days on Isle of Skye.
Falling in the Swamp.
After 8 hours drive from London, I finally arrived at my first destination, Glencoe. It was about midnight when I got there, just a few caravans around, completely dark and silent. It was the perfect time for a long exposure shooting. I set up my gear, put the camera in bulb mode thinking about half an hour exposure, using no filters. The first shot was not that perfect. The silhouette of Buachaille and the sky were wonderfully caught but the foreground was way too dark. I thought it was a good idea to light up a little bit the grass in front of the camera. I grabbed the torch, I lit it up and then I jumped up and down to light up the foreground. The second picture looked better, but it still needed a little bit of light painting. If I would go farther way, I said to myself, there was nothing to worry about it, the ground should be solid – just rocks and grass. After a few minutes, I found myself in a swamp, waist high. A very cold swamp …
In less than a second, few things crossed my mind: what if it was quicksand? Should I ask for help? How could I get out? What the hell I was thinking? I managed to get out very fast, wet, with my trousers full of mud. I got mud even in my underpants. I changed all my clothes in the street and kept shooting.
That light in the picture is me and my torch getting out from the swamp.
The place is just amazing, I have done lots of pictures, night shoots and sunrise. If you want to find the place from where I have been, is the confluence of River Coupall and River Etive (Google coordinates: Unnamed Road, Ballachulish PH49 4HY, UK – 56.647644, -4.865921.
Please enjoy and come back for more stories from Scotland.