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Black Cuillin

Looking N/W from Elgol on the Isle of Skye, across Loch Scavaig. The perspective of the image is misleading, the pointy mountain you see on the left is Gars Bheinn and stands only at 2860ft but it is the start of the classic south Cuillin ridge and is known as the "Black Cuillin", the further mountains are all over 3000ft. As a climber Skye, is my Mecca and have been on that ridge both as a walker and climber many times and forms the highest ridge in the UK. The winter conditions on Skye, attract climbers from across the world and is widely acknowledged along with the mountains in Torridon as having the some of the most challenging winter climbs in Europe.

 

This is not my fav of my Elgol images, that will come on Thursday but this one has a great significance for me. As a family we used to regularly holiday in Elgol. I was 12 at the time and on one of our visits there I was playing on that pointy rock in the mid-left of the image, a wave came in and swept me off my feet. I hit my head on some other rocks and required some stitches to a large cut. So with this image I was trying to capture the conditions at the time of my fall. I have another funny story about waves but I save that for another day

 

I'm not going to be around much over the next few days, I'll be staying away from home.

 

All the best Mal 

Black Cuillin

Looking N/W from Elgol on the Isle of Skye, across Loch Scavaig. The perspective of the image is misleading, the pointy mountain you see on the left is Gars Bheinn and stands only at 2860ft but it is the start of the classic south Cuillin ridge and is known as the "Black Cuillin", the further mountains are all over 3000ft. As a climber Skye, is my Mecca and have been on that ridge both as a walker and climber many times and forms the highest ridge in the UK. The winter conditions on Skye, attract climbers from across the world and is widely acknowledged along with the mountains in Torridon as having the some of the most challenging winter climbs in Europe.

 

This is not my fav of my Elgol images, that will come on Thursday but this one has a great significance for me. As a family we used to regularly holiday in Elgol. I was 12 at the time and on one of our visits there I was playing on that pointy rock in the mid-left of the image, a wave came in and swept me off my feet. I hit my head on some other rocks and required some stitches to a large cut. So with this image I was trying to capture the conditions at the time of my fall. I have another funny story about waves but I save that for another day

 

I'm not going to be around much over the next few days, I'll be staying away from home.

 

All the best Mal 

comments (39)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 5 Dec 2006, 00:14
Don't know what to say Mal. The more you stare, the more immersed you become in the picture. Incredible
Mal: Thanks Neal. Mal
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 00:17
This is beautiful Mal.Great shot..
Mal: Hey Elsie, where have you been? Thank you. Mal
Hard picture. Hard treatment and precious light of hope to the bottom, like leaving the storm. This photo transports me to a book of Tolkien, The Lord of rings.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2006, 00:37
Dramatic scene, Mal. Really like the lighting and tones.
hey mal,

stunning capture. i absolutely love the conversion and the effects of this shot. the effects, and the overall shot, have a very surreal feel to it.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 5 Dec 2006, 00:45
Wow ! Awesome capture. Perfect b& w! A very eerie landscape!
Ooohhhh!...Mal,this looks like the earth being born. VERY INTENSE!!
Just incredible! Thank you for sharing your "funny" story.
I hope the next one is just as hylarious and as full of physical comedy as the image you conjured up with your fall on the rocks is! : )
Have fun wherever you are!
Mal: Thank you Suzanne. The other funny story may follow in a week or so! Now get out there and make some snowmen! wink Mal
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 5 Dec 2006, 00:54
Well, If I didn't want to be a Scot before.. I sure as hell do now. Skye is home to the Gaelic school SMO. Now I have several reasons to get there.. That amazing ridge and simply epic movement is really fantastic. This is grand. G.r.a.n.d. ~S.
Mal: You are a Scot! Mal
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 01:33
another fantastic landscape, really inspiring stuff
Mal: Cheers Ade. Mal
Now this is definitely one of the most dramatic images out there. Nice work Mal.
Mal: Thank you Jide. All the best. Mal
  • Urv
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2006, 02:40
stunning shot
Mal: Thank you Urv. Mal
Amazing stuff.
  • Abi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 04:02
o.k this is official the best image I have seen on shutterchance this month...congratulations...and your prize is.....
Mal: Cheers Abi. Mal
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 06:28
good to know theres a history behind this one...possibly my fav from you, and thats sayin something...
Mal: Hmmm! No score though! Damn. wink Malwalker
Mal, this is a splendid shot... between shadows and light this landcape (clouds, water) moves, lives... Good frame, this is a brilliant picture ! You should published and sent your pictures to magazines !
Mal: Thank you Florence, I appreciate that. Mal
nice one pal, looks very nice, would love to see that !!! have a nice little break my friend
Mal: I'm still here mate, you can't get rid of me that easily! You may need some style tips! wink Mal
  • SheepLover
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 09:11
Wowzers Mal. I'm with Nev on this that you could stare at it for ages. Fantastico! Would love to see the original shot
Mal: Send me you home e-mail, I'll send a jpeg of the raw file. Mal
PERFECT BEAUTY !! regards, Neil.
Mal: I expect something funny tomorrow Neil!!!!!!! wink Mal
Amazing snap!! I love this one.
Mal: I need to think of a nick name for you my friend! Hmmm! I'll think of one soon! wink Mal
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Dec 2006, 10:29
Unbelievable beauty in the landscape. A great capture and well presented. Awesome, some young ones would say.

Have to remember to check again on thursday.
Mal: Thank you Louis. All the best. Mal
Very beautiful pict.
it's so simply, the treatment works well, the composition between object is very comfort and good to see.
Mal, you're realy realy a best photografer, as begginers i'm must learn a lot from your pict.
Regards
Mal: What can I say Dudee? It is lovely to have you take some time here! Mal
you've certainly captured the tempestuous energy of the scene here Mal.
Mal: It perhaps ranks as my most fav location in Scotland Russell. Mal
  • shiv
  • India
  • 5 Dec 2006, 15:52
UNREAl....!!
what a shot mal,amazing....
your best shot in my opinion,
phew,i thought yesterdays shot would be hard to follow up but this is just un-believable....! this is going to be the first blog i visit everyday...!
Mal: That's an honour Shiv!!! Mal
I feel like a comment here is like chucking a pea in a raging river, but I do like giving my opinion....
I'd love to get the chance to visit your holiday mecca, and sit and listen to you reminisce of times gone by. This windswept coast is just the sort of thing I love to visit. I don't thing there is any better way to communicate with the elements. Great image, Mal
Mal: You make me sound as old as Digi, Andrew wink Mal
This is, for sure, a nice landscape photograph. The composition and the black and white composition is quite nice. but I would also like to see this in colour.

smile
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 17:49
Recent fave, love it.
Mal: That means a lot from you Jamey!! Mal
nice shot, perfect conversion also.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 20:01
You make me wich I was a climber, god this is lovely and if it's not your best then I can't wait for the next one. J
Mal: You might not like it J! Mal
  • Claude
  • France
  • 5 Dec 2006, 20:09
Dramatic atmosphere. This is a great shot Mal! I like the tones and the b&w conversion.
As a climber I never made it to the Cullins, I managed to get hepatitis when I was scheduled to go and I am still trying to get there. This shot really makes me want to be there. Wonderful view point and brilliant atmosphere.
Mal: It's a lovely place Digi, you should try to get there, you would bring back some great shots. Mal
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2006, 20:25
OMG, Mal. We had the good fortune of being in Scotland and on the Isle of Skye for a day last year. Your capture of the Black Cuillin is brilliant!
Mal: Ginnie, it's a small world wink Mal
an absolutely stunning photograph mal. it takes my breath away just looking at it. b&w treatment, the lighting and how you captured the shadows on the mountains is perfect. the mist forming off the water is breathtaking mal. it feels very dream like. you should be proud of this one, best shot i have seen today.
Mal: Thank you Genevieve, great grandfather day tomorrow! wink Mal
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2006, 21:45
Another belter Mal smile
Mal: Thank you Chris. Mal
Hey Mal, this is one of the best shots I've seen in a very long time. Outstanding! I wish I could take lessons from you. My mother-in-law happens to be Scottish, so my husband and I will be visiting your magical land at some point, and I hope I'm up to capturing scenes like this when the time comes. Thanks for the inspiration!
  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 21:53
Well well Mr Mal, this one here has me mesmerised... what a GREAT shot. I would pay good money for this - framed and wall mounted. You've captured the very magic of this place my friend. No words can really commend this photograph..
I once headed up glen from the Sligachan Hotel, alone, and after five or six miles contemplating a climb, i became intimidated by the Black Cuillins, they are the claimants of many lives and i had had no breakfast yet. So I fled those dark hills and their slippery gabro, intuition talking to me..
I will return.
This shot is inspirational! Cheers for it, I am looking well forward to some more of this quality/subject. You made me proud today.
~ Rob.

P.S. The wee cut you recieved from rock and sea are invalueable lessons Mal, as i am sure you know.
  • milou
  • UK
  • 22 Dec 2006, 12:50
Gah! The light! The light! Dynamic energy wonderfully captured.
Super effect Mal. I love the effects
  • John C
  • 31 Dec 2006, 18:06
Amazing Image.
Mal, another very dramatic shot of a beautiful part of the world. I guess we should be glad you bumped your head or else you would not have tried to recreate the scene. Paul

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