During October last year I travelled up to the Scottish highlands in Bertha the campervan to explore and a spot of wild camping. First stop was Glencoe. I arrived in Glencoe with plenty of time for my first wild camp ready for a sunrise shoot, straight away I put on my rucksack and set off for the hike.
The sunrise location that I had in mind involved a hike up Beinn a’Chrulaiste (857m). The hike up was steep and slippery as no visible footpath to follow. Once I reached the top I found a great sheltered spot looking over towards the very dramatic Buachaille Etive Mor (1110m). This would be a perfect camp spot for sunrise as the rising sun should cast a lovely warm glow over the dramatic mountain range and valley opposite.
I then set up my Terra Nova Southern Cross one tent, I really like the this tent as it lightweight and has an ingenious exoskeleton that helps make it really sturdy in windy conditions.
After a windy but snug nights sleep I woke with plenty of time for a warming cuppa before sunrise. As I finally emerged from my warm cocoon I noticed that the outside of the tent had a layer of ice, the wind overnight must have been freezing. A predawn glow was beginning to show over Rannoch Moor off in the distance to the left. I quickly found my composition and set the camera and tripod up for a panoramic shot to best capture the scene.
The panoramic shoot would consist of a series of vertical bracketed captures to get as much dynamic range as possible. Care was taken to level the camera as much as possible ready for the light hitting the mountains. This would be my cue to start the capturing process. Carefully I captures the bracketed shots making sure to overlap slightly for each increment of the panoramic.
Once home I had the task of putting all the HDR panoramic segments together. Luckily Lightroom CC has a HDR Panoramic merge option. Once that has done its job I was able to add some slight adjustments giving me the very dramatic sweeping panoramic of the Glencoe valley with the Buachaille Etive Mor taking pride of place.
A huge dramatic panoramic of this scale would look fantastic framed and mounted. My chosen printers for this task was Print Panoramics who specialise in panoramic prints and mounting. The whole ordering process was very smooth with an easy to use drag and drop file upload interface. Fantastic communications throughout helped make this a very easy process and within a week my mounted and framed panoramic had arrived.
As you can see from the images above, the print quality and framing is very professional with accurate colour reproduction and looks fantastic. I will definitely be using again and will be offering my own framed panoramic prints available to order in my print store.
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