Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille etive Beag)

Sometimes we use a digital camera when we just want to document part of the trip rather than specifically make art. It adds variety to the report and sometimes the conditions just aren't right for taking good photos. Much like print film compared to slide, it's also easier to expose properly with a digital camera in difficult conditions, such as when we walked back from the summit of Stob Coire Raineach, dusk was approaching and the glens were particularly dark compared to the sky. This comes at a cost of lower colour saturation but this can give photos a more 'documentary' style. The digital compact was also used to document my little cooling down in the stream during the ascent of Stob Dubh.

We used Astia 100F without any filters. This works very well for the skin tones in this light, especially later on the summit of Stob Coire Raineach where we show off our nice healthy tans from the day. It would be interesting to see how Provia would have coped with a day like this. Apparently it represents blue skies accurately, but I've also previously had bad experiences of the skin tones with Provia at altitude, albeit in more over-cast conditions. It might well have overly-suffered from the UV of this day though.