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Meall Meadonach by Alex37 Meall Meadonach by Alex37
I have just returned from a trip to Assynt and Coigach with *Orca76

The greatest part of the trip was a summit wild camp on one of Scotlands finisest mountains, Suilven. The hike is not for the feint hearted. A 6 mile hike followed by a climb to 731m might not sound that hard, but try taking camping and photography gear to the summit and it's a slightly different ball game. I basically had to force Jake up the mountain, but he made it in the end!

The night was very rough indeed, we were in a totally exposed location, literally on the summit and overnight the wind changed from a 10mph easterly to a 30 gusting 50 southerly. My tent got absolutely hammered, but stood up well in the end. I certainly spent the coldest 5 minutes of my life resetting the guy lines at 12.30. It was soooooo cold!

This was taken around 4.45 am on the back of 3 hours of sleep! This is Meall Meadonach, the south eastern peak of Suilven.
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JHArtwork Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014   General Artist
Very nice work, and looks like it was worth the discomfort. ; -) 
Suilven's one of the finest places I've visited. Need to get back to Sutherland!
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MorganWolfram Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Writer
Beautiful!
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IWantSleep Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Incredible!
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Meema Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely shot.
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Awesome capture Alex, the moon looks great! :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Mike :)
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome Alex...
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syrinxboy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Photographer
Awesome........nothing more to be said!
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Slushy-Pye Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hiya! :cuddle: You've been featured! [link] :heart:
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finding-equilibrium Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow:
That's just amazing...
and the moon almost directly above that peak...
This is definitely going in my favorites! :heart:
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Ztychar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Unreal. Some day I will go camping on the mountains too.
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MehreenFreed Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I read it in a travel log, that when a traveler has to bear difficulties in traveling, then in the end for the patience of the traveler, nature rewards him with her beauty. And this exactly that. What a capture. I can imagine little of what you went through, but the photographs that you have taken? They are a m a z i n g.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot I really appreciate it. It was hard work, but there are many photographers who put themselves through more!
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MehreenFreed Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The real competition one has is with himself. And you outdo yourself by every picture that you take. I mean it. God bless you because you are capturing beautiful moments given to you and you give them so much justice.
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Relayer2112 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Brave man. I'm wanting to take my tripod out on an overnight wild camp, but with the rest of my gear, there's little room (or weight!) to spare by taking a tripod along as well. Still, I'll figure something out. Excellent shots, especially your ones from the Assynt area. Never ventured that far north, generally being confined to Glen Coe or south of there.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yes perhaps you should train for it. I took quite a lot of gear with me. In all it was over 20kg in a 70L pack
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Relayer2112 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Did you take a tripod up there? Or was this shot handheld?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I took everything up :P but yes, a Gitzo G2228 came with me
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dwth Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Artist
This photo has been featured on Thumbs of the Week 170th/171st/172nd.:wave:
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the-shining Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful scene. The blue tones are fantastic. :)
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scotto Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Photographer
Fantastic colours, definetaly has that middle earth feel to it.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Photographer
yesss, mystical and unique, well done!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
This is stunning Alex....I've just gone through what you've posted from your trip, and this is perhaps my favourite. It has so much atmosphere, and certainly no problems with compositional balance as far as I'm concerned
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot Andy. My Dad likes this one the most also :)
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adamlack Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the composition, the image has a very grand feel to it. Lovely colour too.

I had a night just like that on Dartmoor a couple of nights ago, I think I have a pretty good idea how you were feeling!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Dartmoor is completely different to on top of a mountain to be honest. It is a much tamer safer landscape! I wild camp on Dartmoor all the time but I have never had a night that worried me!
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adamlack Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, well obviously it's on a different level (no pun intended), but for someone much less experienced (and from a city) the high winds were quite out of the ordinary. I wouldn't have said worrying, just exciting. And loud.
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Aguswu Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Nice shot.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well that looks damn intense. Crazy cool conditions. Not sure about the comp as it's so heavy on the left. Actually looking for a new tent...what ya using?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually I think the composition balances well, but thank you for the critique :)

I use a vango spirit 100. There are loads of much better more expensive tents though. A lot depends on what conditions you are expecting. The US has a glut of tent manufacturers :)
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Em-S5 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Photographer
Wow, what an adventure you had! The cold was worth it, I bet--your photo is excellent!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's always worth it really. Even when I dont get a shot I cant help thinking its a worthwhile experience :)
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Em-S5 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Photographer
I bet it is :)
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lilburi4ever Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This has a very soft look to it. I like it a lot :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, yes I like blue images like this :)
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Depresspill Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Amazing shot, it has a lot of beutifull elements, and the set of colours is sober but breathtaking at the same time, totally in love whit this pic
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, I appreciate it
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! You've been featured here: [link]
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avibitter Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
superb
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You lucky barsteward :D The last time I was on Assynt, was winter '71 in a blizzard and it was amazing as the storm stopped just as the sun rose.
Beautiful shot, Squire :clap:
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much :D
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EarthHart Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No need to rub it in :D
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Exceptional, stand out piece!

Forgive me for asking this but is there quite a bit of light here at 4:45 am? Or is the light and colors brought out through the exposure? Or both? Thanks. :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The sky is very dark blue at this time. The blue light makes everything else blue. The length of the exposure brightens the image. 4.45 is 75mins before sunrise.
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Got it. Thanks, :)
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RawSunlight Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh it sounds hard, but well worth it for that shot... beautiful!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes I think so :) Thanks
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