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Stac Pollaidh

Stac Pollaidh


Postby maddjock » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:40 pm

Route description: Stac Pollaidh ridge and circuit

Grahams included on this walk: Stac Pollaidh

Date walked: 07/12/2009

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Its been a wee while since I've done one of these, have been very busy with other commitments and some things have had to take a back seat including this site...(oops, sorry Paul...)

So, having a few days off work just now, the plan was to spend the time improving my landscape photography. Was in the Torridon area on Saturday and today the plan was to do Ben Stack. Unfortunately I didnt get to leave until 5am which was pushing it to get up there for sunrise, so plans are a changing whilst driving and near Ullapool I decide to get up Stac Pollaidh for the sunrise.
Parked in the carpark around 630 am and got the camera out for the first shot of the day.... stunning clear starry sky, satellites overhead and a shooting star... great start to the day.

stac-pollaidh-stars.jpg


It was a decent sized moon, not quite full, but enough to walk by without the need for my head torch. The route is very straightforward and even taking my time I was up on the summit by 8am... The light was looking promising in the east so I set up the tripod and spent the time scouting out a good vantage point...
As the sun came up, the light was beautiful and it was difficult to know where to begin shooting, the views from up here really are second to none.

sunrise.jpg


view.jpg


suilven.jpg


cul mor.jpg


Hopefully I've done it some justice. As time went on the light just got better and better, this did not feel like a December day, it was almost t-shirt weather, quite warm...(when the wind wasn't blowing}.

top stac pollaidh.jpg


Stac Pollaidh looks like something straight out of Lord Of The Rings and I felt like a kid again at times scrambling over rocks, and exploring. Before I knew it, it was after 10am, I had spent 2 hours up here but it felt like minutes. With the light still amazing I was loathe to leave, but I have plans for most days this week and all involve early starts, so it was time to head.
Near the bottom I met my first fellow walker of the day, and also a member of this site, and after a brief chat (and promising I would get a report done) I took my leave.

stac pollaidh.jpg


tree stac pollaidh.jpg


This is a great wee walk and highly recommended.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby sloosh » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:49 pm

Some pics. :) I really like the first one... but, how have you achieved the effect? HDR?
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby maddjock » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:55 pm

thanks...
not really a fan of hdr, although I have used it...
this was a 30 sec exposure on tripod... the moon was at my back which gave the light you see on the hill...
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:05 pm

Stunning pics. The Cul Mor/Suilven one is better than the Colin Prior that adorns my living room wall. Mental note to self to work on landscape photography. BTW, do you (or anyone else) have a UWA lens? - I'm thinking of getting one for Crimbo and wondering if I should.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby Alan S » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:06 pm

Really stunning pics there maddjock that first one is a cracker 8) :thumbup:
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby Stretch » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:27 pm

Beautiful pics maddjock, the early bird truly gets the worm :lol:
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby John Burgess » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:54 pm

maddjock wrote: The route is very straightforward


:lol: I know some (my wife included) who might dispute that.

Seriously, those are beautiful photos. It must have been a magical place to be at that moment. I'm envious :wink:

All the best,

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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby davetherave » Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:30 pm

What a great collection of pictures you have managed to capture on your morning walk. It would be so hard to pick out a fav one out of that bunch but i do love the 1st pic, and there is something eerie about the Suilven.jpg that makes me keep looking ! spectacular.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby mountain coward » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:08 am

Those are beautiful... however, I'm never going to get any of those as I refuse to be out and about at sunrise... perhaps I could get some sunset pics...
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby David.Ferguson » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:18 am

Beautiful.I love the early morning.Your shots are stunning.

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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby HighlandSC » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:43 am

Fantastic maddjock, stunning pics :D
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby kevsbald » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:01 am

Ca ma coup le souffle.
fantastic.

The early bird....
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby sloosh » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:05 am

maddjock wrote:thanks...
not really a fan of hdr, although I have used it...
this was a 30 sec exposure on tripod... the moon was at my back which gave the light you see on the hill...

Wow! You got an amazing result. Although it didn't look HDR I thought that must've been how you managed to get all of the detail you did. Great pics! :thumbup:
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby BalDEE » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:28 am

Stunning photo's.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby gaffr » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:12 am

Hello,
Thanks for sharing your very fine images with us all.....I don't know what HDR is? If it means using this carry on using .......is it something that you fit to your camera? ...or?.... these are great!
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