Following yesterday's walk to Loch Scalpaidh I decided to return to the start of the walk today to try and capture some macro shots of the wonderful frost crystalisation on the footbridge and vegetation near Balmacara. The above shot is my absolute favourite, taken with my Sigma 105mm macro lens plus two extension tubes to get as close in as possible to the frost crystals on the hadrail of the bridge. The shot is backlit by the sun to the south, providing this lovely soft, warm glow and illuminating the crystals perfectly. The next shot shows the handrail from a little further away by way of context.
The remaining images below are a selection of other subjects I shot in the same vicinity. The light was fantastic for this type of photography, with areas of shade which made it possible to avoid too many blown out areas, but also with some warm backlight from the low sun.
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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