Today was Mid-Summer's Day and we had a power outage at the office. So after trying to do as much as possible in the office I decided enough was enough and popped out to take advantage of the lovely sunshine to try and capture some shots of the species-rich meadows on the croft land at Drumbuie & Duirinish, and to see if I could get any decent macro shots of dragonflies at Loch Achaidh na h-Inich.
This first shot was taken in the woods at the edge of the loch and shows two dragonflies mating. I like to soft background and the blue male dragonfly is pretty sharp. You can actually see the hairs on his back and the tiny spines on his legs when you zoom in to full size. This has been cropped a fair bit to remove a lot of the background distractions and to focus on the insects.
The next couple of shots are of the same two dragonflies from slightly different vantage points. I am not sure which I prefer most as they all have bright distractions that take away a bit from the overall quality of the images.
I also got a half decent shot of a Green Veined White butterfly by the side of the loch. This one is not entirely in focus because the flower was moving around a little in the breeze and I should have increased the ISO to get a faster shutterspeed, but it was the best one I managed to get.
While at the loch I captured this nice shot of Yellow Flag Iris in the sunshine and the following reflections of the reeds on the loch itself. I really like the ripple effect and the colours in this last one, it almost looks like smoke. The slow shutterspeed has smoothed out and blurred the reflections a little.
Finally, I stopped off at Drumbuie for a few shots of the croft meadows. There was a lot of motion going on in the grasslands due to the stiff NW breeze. I like these two shots which capture the scale of the view quite well and also the brightness of the day. There is no better place to spend time on a summer's day.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer (GIS) with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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