It feels like it has been a very long time since I found the time to go out with no reason other than to take some photos, but today I managed it. The light was not spectacular but the mix of blue sky and clouds did allow for some interesting shots. The above shot was taken from near the top of the bealach and is composed of five portrait oriented shots stitched together in Adobe's Lightroom.
For all of the shots I shortlisted today I have processed tham in colour and B&W with the B&W versions presented together at the foot of this post.
The following shot was taken half way up the bealach, showing the road climbing up the right side of the corrie and the waterfall at the centre of the hanging valley. This is a classic glaciated landscape.
The following shot was taken from the same location looking the other way, back towards Loch Kishorn. The localised squall of wet weather makes this shot I think.
The next two shots were taken by the old bridge looking up Allt Coire nan Arr, an old favourite of mine, but no rainbow this time. For the first wider shot I used a faster shutter speed with the camera on a tripod, which stopped the water more sharply. For the second, portrait shot, I used a slower shutter speed to blur the waterfall but sadly this did mean the image is not quite as sharp as it might have been. I should have found a way to use the tripod for this one despite the awkward footing in the burn.
The final two shots were taken looking across Loch Coire nan Arr towards the hills above the coire itself. One day I must go up to the top of these spectacular hills to see the view looking back down on the loch.
And these are the black & white versions...
Stunted Tree & Bla Bheinn - Commended in the Landcsape Category and Winner of a John Muir Trust Award in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2018
The winners of this year's SLPOTY Awards have just been announced and I am very happy to say that one of my photos was selected for a John Muir Trust Award and commended in the Landscape Category overall. I have not entered too many of these competitions and this is the first time I have received anything better than a thanks, but no thanks, so it is very exciting for me. This photo features on the cover of my 2019 Calendar (and is the photo for April) and has proved to be the one that is most commented on by folk who have seen it.
This means that my photo will feature in their travelling exhibition which will show at several venues around Scotland and will also be included in the published book when that comes out. So, a huge enormous thanks to SLPOTY for giving me this award.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer 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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