Over the last few days I have managed to get out with the camera to capture some autumnal shots around the Balmacara Estate, albeit for short periods mostly. The above shot was taken looking towards the rising sun through the Scots pine trees at the west end of the Lochalsh Woodland Walks on the shores of Loch Alsh. This image illustrates the power of modern camera sensors and the RAW format, allowing me to bring up the shadow areas in the foreground to balance the exposure against the bright sun. I managed to hide the sun slightly behind the foremost tree, just allowing a small part to provide the starbust effect due to the small aperture.
The following shot was taken further along the walk, heading down the road to Glaick, capturing the colours in the various species of trees adjacent to the road. The recently fallen needles and leaves on the road help to break up what would otherwise be a dominant feature and make the scene look much more rustic and appealing.
Yesterday I took a brief opportunity to pop out of the office to capture the following shots around the Coachhouse and Sunken Garden, again in Lochalsh Woodland Walks. The colours were brilliant in the patchy sunshine.
This one is a bit fuzzy, possibly due to the focus point being midway between the fungi and the bench, and possibly a bit of camera shake, depsite the image stabilisation. I was in an awkward position and it was more luck than good judgement that I managed to capture both elements in the image.
Finally, today I walked up to Loch Scalpaidh and then drove on to Duirnish and Drumbuie for the coastal walk. The light was not overly dramatic but the clouds did offer scope for decent shots, with a little bit of help in post-processing. These are probably a little bit over-developed but the effect is interesting and they capture a sense of the atmosphere of the walk.
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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