On September 5th I was standing atop the peak of the highest mountain in the UK - Ben Nevis! The charity climb was in aid of Sound Sense, but it was also a personal challenge I had set myself last year.
Now, as a photographer, I obviously considered the photographic opportunities that climbing Ben Nevis would present me. However, the peak of Ben Nevis was very cloudy which somewhat ruined those photographic opportunities (how inconsiderate of the clouds to descend to 1,400 meters to block my view!)
Alas, as a result I've got a few great shots of me standing at the summit, but they weren't quite what I wanted, or imagined I'd achieve.
Having said all that though, I actually achieved more! The drive home on the Sunday morning took me through the beautiful, stunning and simply breathtaking Scottish Highlands, including the likes of Glencoe. Photographic opportunities were aplenty!
Today I want to share 5 of my Highland photographs with you, making them available completely free of charge to use as Desktop Wallpapers / Backgrounds.
You can download all of the Hi-Res files in a Zip file right here (13.6Mb), or you can view each photograph in full size by clicking each photograph below. (Just click the download link beneath each picture to download them individually). Alternatively, you can click to enlarge, right click on the image and then choose 'Save As' if you're using a Windows computer
All of these photographs are 2560 pixels on the longest edge (suitable for most Macs and widescreen laptops and monitors).
Ben Nevis - Half Way Up!
This photograph was taken about half way up Ben Nevis, somewhere around 700 metres up! The ground was steadier here and the sun came out to really light up the scene, injecting some incredible vibrance in to the grass and rock.
On the drive home my route took me through Glencoe. Each side of the road has plenty of places to pull over and simply take in the views you can see. Fortunately for us photographers these pull over spots seem to be superbly positioned to make the most of the views that quite simply surround you! Here, I pulled over and positioned the camera on a stone wall that separates the road from the stream.
Not too much further from the photograph above featuring the stream there was another chance to pull the car over to take in this incredibly sheer mountain! I tried a few different positions when making this photograph, even standing the other side of the road and including the road itself in the frame to give a sense of scale. But this one, showing just a small amount of the fence in the foreground was my favourite.
I'm led to understand that this part of the Highlands was used in the James Bond movie 'Skyfall'. I was reliably informed that the scene was changed for the movie to feature a road, where in fact there isn't one! Silver Efex Pro 2 was used here to pull some of the drama out of the clouds that otherwise wasn't quite clear
Shrouded Mountain Range
One of the last photographs I made before figuring out I'd never get home if I kept stopping at every opportunity was this one. I parked the car and crossed the road to climb a small bank (which was a challenge as I was aching from the climb and descent of Ben Nevis the day before!) I saw the clouds coming in low and got very wet from the rain to make this photograph. The clouds once again were dark and dense covering the tops of the mountains
Please enjoy these photographs. But be kind: Do not edit these photographs and claim them as your own. Don't sell them without my permission. Do not use commercially without contacting me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Scottish Highland Digital Wallpapers by Michael Rammell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at www.michaelrammell.com.