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Loch Tulla for Dad | by Tim Parkin
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Loch Tulla for Dad

I spent a week in Glencoe in October with my wife and parents and as my dad is a fan of landscape photography he asked one afternoon if we could go take a 'proper landscape'. He's a fan of the epic view and I wondered if I could combine that goal with a good test of my 10x8 for panoramic photography.


We set off from the Clachaig just over an hour before sunset and the light was gorgeous as we were zipping over Rannoch Moor. Dad was getting itchy feet saying "We could stop here!", "Won't we miss the light", "We're not going to another forest are we?" which got even worse after we left Rannoch Moor and approached the Orchy hotel. However, as we came up to Loch Tulla I think he recognised that something interesting was possible.


It was a bit of a rush to get the 10x8 set up and I picked the 240mm lens (equivalent to a 40mm lens on a full frame DSLR) , a two stop grad and loaded a sheet of sacred Velvia 50. I was hoping for some good light just before the sun hit the horizon. The clouds were obviously in a good mood and cleared the hill just as the sun set. One second at f/45 and the job was done - we hung around for a couple of Portra 400 shots using my 4x10 darkslide at twighlight but the parent pleaser was always going to be the sunbeams and reflections.

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Taken on December 17, 2012