Monument (Landscape Version) v2 by Kevin Skinner

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Every now and then the landscape will reveal elements of itself in all sorts of ways. On this day, it covered itself in a veil of mist and ice under the winter’s wonderful diffused light.

Here, on top of the Ochil Hills, the Wallace Monument was the only element of Stirling that was revealed. Truly an amazing sight.

It is sights like this where the moment stays with you for the rest of your life. A scene that takes your breath away. A scene that almost defines who you are and why your here on this spinning rock.

Looking out over this sea of cloud, the hardness of the world are a million miles away and with the sound of your own breath and heartbeat brings home how things could be if we just try.

Saviour the moment – it soon passes.

This is the landscape version. Please click here for the portrait version – had difficulty deciding which to upload!

Canon EOS 5D MkII
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Circular Polariser
Lightroom RAW Conversion
Converted to B&W in CS2

Commended in the “Take-A-View” Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition 2010. Published in the Annual Book and shown at the National Theatre, London.

Taken near Stirling, Scotland

I wouldn’t exactly call myself a Photographer, I just happen to love my surroundings and share what I see. Had that unexpected side-effect of becoming passionate about B&W imagery – so much so, that I call my colour images “failed B&W’s”. Enjoy!

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  • Sherrie Chavez
    Sherrie Chavezabout 5 years ago

    This is really really gorgeous! Fog can made such mysterious photographs. Well done!

  • Thanks Sherrie!

    When a scene is laying out before you like this, you cannot really go wrong :-) The difficulty is which capture to chose! Have seen a cloud inversion like this in Stirling for years so I was pleased to be there to capture it. Thanks again!

    – Kevin Skinner

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Justart,

    Glad it translated to the frame!

    – Kevin Skinner

  • Lewkeisthename
    Lewkeisthenameabout 5 years ago

    This is amazing :):)

  • Hi Like,

    It was amazing to witness. Absolutely beautiful!

    – Kevin Skinner

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Lovely work Kevin. I looked at both versions, I can see why you had difficulty choosing, it works well either way …

  • Thanks Tom,

    really appreciate the compliment. The two versions were just a sample of the different ones I captured at the time. These ones just seemed to be the best for me. Why can’t all shoots go this way?

    – Kevin Skinner

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 5 years ago

    beautiful shot Kevin..

  • Hi Jason,

    Thanks for the compliment. I really do appreciate this!

    – Kevin Skinner

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 5 years ago

    Johnny on the spot, for this one !
    Well done, Kevin :)

  • Hi stan,

    I couldn’t make a proper choice either – too close to each one :-S Love both of them myself! It was a lovely scene!

    – Kevin Skinner

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 5 years ago

    Glad you uploaded both Kevin, they are both beautiful captures.

  • Hi Lynne,

    Just couldn’t decide! There you go – like buses: you wait for ages for a truly good shot and two come along at the same time!
    Thanks so much for leaving two lovely compliments on both. Really appreciate them :-)

    – Kevin Skinner

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 5 years ago

    I would say award winning shots Kevin, bet you couldn’t believe your eyes when you saw this. Glad you have had such a good week, how did the exhibition go?

  • Hi Lynne,

    I would say it was one of those “take your breath away” moments. True beauty being laid out before you that touches the emotions deep down by the landscape has revealed itself. Absolutely inspiring to see!
    Wrote a wee Journal about the exhibition. Take a wee peek if you like to know more but it was a great experience and well worth every moment just to be there! Thanks for asking!

    – Kevin Skinner

  • mikebov
    mikebovabout 5 years ago

    superb capture Kevin

  • Cheers Mike,

    With a landscape like this stretching out in front of you, you cannot really miss! It was an absolute given :-)

    – Kevin Skinner

  • Jessica Hardin
    Jessica Hardinabout 5 years ago


  • Hi Jessica,

    It was amazing! Really do appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave your wee compliment! Thanks :-)

    – Kevin Skinner

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