Nigel Morley


TORRIDON and APPLECROSS - In this video I am in Torridon, Northwest Scotland. In some fairly grim weather I head to two locations to capture the beauty of the Highlands.

(nb. The cracks appear as mountain fever kicks in and I have an "Alan Partridge" moment ! ) At first light I take a 3 mile hike to a wonderful Scottish loch to photograph a classic scene of water, silver birch trees and snow-capped mountains.

Despite enduring driving rain, cold and winds up to 35-40mph, I manage to use the 5 minutes of golden light I get to capture two images.

Then as the weather worsens in the afternoon, I try and use the dramatic conditions to head to a waterfall at the beginning of the famous Applecross pass road This is the notorious Bealach Na Bah road that climbs 2000ft in just a few miles and is always hit by heavy snow throughout the winter and has a permanent snowplough on call .

But the mountains and mist just ooze atmosphere and drama. You may well ask..why do this video in such testing conditions?...

Well I certainly asked myself a few times as I got colder and wetter but it's important to show any less experienced photographers what the conditions may, indeed often are, really like, so they prepare properly and do not take the mountains too casually.

Also, I want to convey the beauty of this amazing part of Scotland and always remember that we need to just enjoy the location and accept the potentially great images are just the cherry on the cake if we get them.

I really appreciate feedback and comments and promise to try and answer all constructive questions.

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