As I headed out of our holiday cottage in the Scottish Highlands way before 5am I was still a little daunted by the thought of trying to capture everything around me. Being a stranger to the area, my photographic senses were on overload, but this issue is trying to tune them enough to focus on specific subjects to create images.
On this morning I was heading up the A87 to photograph some locations that I had scouted the day before. Sometimes you have to just out yourself in front of beautiful things and capitalise on the magic that happens, and this is exactly what I did for this morning’s endeavours.
I started a Loch Loyne. Looking south west the view is stunning, with the loch bending towards the mountains as they get progressively obscured by the morning mist. The magenta tones were beautiful. The only thing ruining the scene for me was the midges that were feasting on me!
I was filming for my photography vlogs while I was going ans I picked a great morning for it. The sky behind me was even more dramatic, but I preferred the more subdued magenta lighting over the mountains. As I was about to leave the light became even more vivid so I captured the panorama above. All around my feet were little rock cairns built by visitors. By day this spot is heaving with visitors and it is easy to see why. I think the trees that line the western side of the loch really add to the scene.
Once I finished shooting the magenta skies over Loch Loyne I headed to the north end where this stunning morning mist was swirling around the trees. I love the sense of depth you get from all the layers. I had to zoom in fully on my 70-200 to isolate the scenes enough for a strong composition.
I have more photos from the morning’s efforts but will post them in several more focused posts. I have also made a video about this trip on my YouTube channel. Why not check it out and subscribe to see all future ones.
I intend to return to Scotland as soon as I can, and would love to dedicate a lot of time to capturing the scenes. I think I could happily have several years work and not even make a dent in what is available. If you haven’t already, you should really visit there!
Watch my video
Here is my video from the morning. You will also get a preview of some of the upcoming photos in the next posts: