Dead tree #1

Dead tree #1

It’s fair to say that this photo has divided opinion in our house.

‘Why have you included a dead tree, when the scenery is so beautiful?’

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I think it adds contrast and interest. I could stretch the point to say that the autumn colour is about dying too. But in reality, I just like the contrast.

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Scotland in miniature?

Scotland in miniature?

This is one of my favourite shots from our trip to Loch Faskally. It’s certainly in the top 50!

It’s got hills, a loch, warmth and vibrancy – Scotland in miniature?

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When composing this one, I stepped back a bit to bring the tree branches in, almost like a frame. Also, leaning forward to avoid them was slightly precarious.

I like the horseshoe effect in the reflection – although I only noticed this when I was processing it.

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Reflecting

Reflecting

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As I was framing this shot, I decided to concentrate on the reflection – rather than trying to balance the ‘reality’ and the mirror image. You can see the top of the hill in water, even though it’s not in the top of  the shot.

It’s a bit unusual, but I like it.

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Trick of the light?

Trick of the light?

This photo was taken 20 seconds after yesterday’s image. It was the next shot taken. Yet it looks so different.

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Simply by zooming into one side of the loch, the amount of blue sky was reduced, and the darker clouds created a different atmosphere.

There’s nothing magical about the technique. It was simply being alert to the opportunities on offer, and getting lucky with the conditions.

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At Loch Faskally

At Loch Faskally

Last weekend we went for a walk around Loch Faskally. The idea was to get some photos of the autumn colour. We were not disappointed. The conditions were amazing – it was pleasantly warm, sunny and dry, and with little wind, the loch was perfectly still (at times).

This was the scene that greeted us as we arrived at the hydro dam. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

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I took a ridiculous number of photos. How could I resist?

So, they’re going to be appearing here for a couple of weeks. If they’re not your ‘cup of tea’, come back here in early December!

For this image, I’ve lightened the shadows a bit – to bring out the colour of the trees.

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Riverbed poppies #2 

Riverbed poppies #2

The second treatment of this photo is an old favourite of mine.

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It’s the “convert to B&W, then pop out a colour” approach. This takes more time, and precision than the de-saturated technique, but I think it provides a more pleasing image.

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Riverbed poppies #1

Riverbed poppies #1

This weekend I’m showing two alternative treatments of the same image. 

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For this version, I’ve de-saturated all of the colours except red. This is very easy to do…

But, while it brings the poppies to the fore, I find the other ‘remnants of red’ a bit distracting.

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