Tim's One Photograph a Day

Loch Lochy, Caledonian Canal.

Loch Lochy at Dusk.

Loch Lochy: Looking Towards Inverness.

Looking Towards Inverness.

We are now on the next leg of our holiday. Two weeks on the Caledonian Canal. Tonight, we are moored at the western end of Loch Lochy.Starting from Laggan Locks at the other end, we cruised for about an hour and a half to reach the other end. It was raining and windy, so the crossing was a little choppy!

Today’s photograph was taken by one of the “pepper pot” lighthouses. The entrance from Loch Lochy to the canal section where we are moored is relatively narrow (although very wide compared to what we are used to!).

The lighthouse would have guided shipping during the canal’s main working period. To my surprise, it is still in use, despite the fact the locks’ working hours are restricted. The red marker buoy (centre left) indicates shallow water.

I took this shot on a long exposure to capture the atmosphere. It is still raining very slightly, but there is still a lot of light in the clouds.

The water is reflecting the clouds above. However, you can see how clear it is, as on the right-hand side the rocks are visible. Obviously it is a little shallow here, but the clarity is remarkable.

The 10 second exposure of this shot of Loch Lochy has smoothed the water nicely. It has also captured the movement in the clouds. This can be seen most clearly at the top towards the right. Unfortunately, in this respect, the wind has died down considerably!

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 29 July 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/22
  • 10 Sec
  • ISO 100

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