Dunfermline. Fife
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Stags of Glen Etive

Stags of Glen Etive

At the end of last year I was looking through all the photos I had taken that year and I noticed that my passion and my hobby was being replaced with something completely different.

I had hardly undertaken any landscape or street photography and had in fact done more sport photography.

I made myself a promise. I would plan the walks, pick up the camera, head to the cities and just embrace what I love and snap away. So on that note January saw me head up to the beautifully rugged and stunning area of Glencoe and to Glen Etive.

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A Proud Stag and An Amazing Backdrop

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Glen Etive had everything my soul needed. Stunning scenery, hills, extremely camera friendly stags and water.

The day was not the greatest weather wise and to be honest I was actually happy with this as it gave an element of moodiness to some of the photos I had taken.

The single track road we was driving down to Loch Etive had plenty of places to pull over so I could dive out the car when something caught my eye.

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The low cloud cover was to stay with us all day long. We also had showers on and off through the day along with some blue skies, I mean who doesn't love the Scottish weather?

I have often thought how cool it would be to camp along the banks of the loch and try and capture a nice clear starry night. It is definitely on my bucket list of shots I want to capture.

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Loch Etive 

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Despite the poor weather, the loch still had plenty of visitors. One group I was exceptionally jealous of was the kayakers who paddled off in to the distance while we were there.

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See I told you we had blue skies, granted they were doing their upmost best to hide behind the low cloud cover.

Decided to head to Fort William to see if we could out run the low cloud cover and just had to stop in the most popular lay-by ever and snap off a few. We made plans to come back and walk along the footpaths when we have more time.

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One of Scotland’s best, hidden gems and one of the most photogenic spots in the country lies just outside of the popular highland town of Fort William. Located in Corpach, the Old Boat of Coal sits proudly on the stony beach of Loch Eil, with a backdrop of the stunning Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak.

At Fort William we stopped off to grab a coffee and a cake to hash out a plan. So we all jumped on to Google and found the story of the Corpach shipwreck.

When we arrived to the car park the wreck was fairly easy to find, that is if you don't walk in the wrong direction first. I really considered praying to the weather gods to just lift this low cloud for 10 minutes so I could capture the wreck and Ben Nevis.

I had originally wanted a night shoot, stars and a perfectly still loch, but the weather definitely turned worse and as mush as I am an outdoor kinda guy, even I knew we had to call it quits soon

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3 Responses

  1. Adele says:

    Fantastic post Steve. These pictures are super! You have a fine eye for detail and have captured the Scottish landscape perfectly. Even the dreich weather doesn’t hamper the beauty of these photos. Spectacular!

  2. Nathan says:

    Love the content dad! Keep up the good work.

    ❤❤❤

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