Scottish Mountain Panoramic Photography

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” - George Eastman

With far reaching views and vistas, ever changing light and opportunities for varied perspectives, mountain photography can be extremely rewarding. The rewards are even richer with mountain panoramic photography.

The initial interest developed into a serious undertaking after being commissioned by the BBC in 2009 to produce panoramic images on the summits of a number of Scottish mountains. Mastering the photography was the (relatively) easy bit - stitching and rendering the results was a challenge... Several thousand photographs later, the assignment was completed and I was able to further develop my skills and interest.

Many years later, 360° panoramic photography has become mainstream, allowing you, the viewer to be immersed in the place, the action or the setting.

The mountain images below will take you on a panoramic tour to many of Scotland's mountains.

An Teallach Winter Panorama

Mountain Panorama - An introduction to 360° Mountain Photography

Beinn Dearg

At 1084m high, Beinn Dearg, near Ullapool is one of the highest hills in the local area. Approached from Inverlael and then up Gleann na Squaib, the walk into this hill provides superb views onto the northern crags of Beinn Dearg.

The interactive panorama above was a test piece for BBC Scotland. I had been commissioned to provide a series of interactive mountain panoramas and was scoping out the requirements of the commission. 360° Panoramic photography has advanced considerably since 2009 and this particular project was possibly ahead of its time. It did however allow for some invaluable developments for panoramic photography.

With great views on the way up the hill, the low cloud lingering just above the summit didn't allow for the otherwise spectacular views to be shown at their best. There's always another day though when it comes to the Scottish hills...

Some 10 years later, I've created my own Virtual Tour of the local hills with interaction, information and images. Find the links to neighbouring hills and explore the view from nearby summits. And if you would like to see nearby summits named, then find and click on the links at the base of some of the cairns.

Join the Fannichs Virtual Tour and if you have a VR Headset, then experience Virtual Reality using your phone and the headset. Go on - immerse yourself....

Mountain Panorama - The View from Geal Charn

Glencoe Mountain Panorama

What's in a name? So often, mountain panoramas can be interesting but not particularly informative. Range after range of hills could just about be anywhere. Take the image above and tell me what you think you see in the distance. Open it up and look at in higher resolution. Any clearer? For some, it will be whilst for others, there will still be a degree of confusion. Is that Glencoe or Glenshee?

I have taken this early wide angle panorama from Geal Charn in the Laggan hills and annotated some of the hills in view. Now have a look at the image below and see if you were correct. Drop me a line and let me know how you got on....

Glencoe Mountain Panorama

Mountain Panorama - Glencoe and the Black Mount

Glencoe & the Black Mount

Looking south west over the Blackwater Reservoir towards Glencoe and the Black Mount from Carn Dearg, above Loch Ossian.

Read and see more about the winter weekend on the high tops around Loch Ossian in my Blog Post

Mountain Panorama - Ruadh Stac Mhor, Fisherfield

Fisherfield mountain panorama

Evening sunlight over An Teallach and Beinn Dearg Mhor, with a view to the east towards Beinn a' Chlaidheimh.

The view from the west encompasses, Beinn Dearg Beag, Beinn Dearg Mhor, An Teallach, Beinn a' Chlaidheimh, Sgurr Ban and Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair.

Captured on the way to the summit of Ruadh Stac Mhor for an overnight camp at the summit. Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team provides safety cover each year for the Great Wilderness Challenge and each year between 2005 and 2011, Bill Amos and I made our way to Checkpoint 8, high on the summit of Ruadh Stac Mor. This is a key position in ensuring communications from the start point at Corrie Hallie to the finish point at Poolewe.

Read and see more about the high summit camp and the sunrise inversion in my Blog Post:

Above the clouds on Ruadh Stac Mhor

Mountain Panorama - An Teallach and the Heart of Fisherfield

Fisherfield mountain panorama

The Fisherfield mountains and the heart of Fisherfield from Beinn Tarsuinn.

Mountain Panorama - The view into Fisherfield from Lochan Fhada

Fisherfield mountain panorama

On the way to Beinn Tarsuinn and enjoying the morning light. Slioch lies to the left of the photograph with A'Mhaighdean and Ruadh Stac Mor to the right.

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