A Highland Adventure Part 2

Hello! It's been a long time since my last post (part laziness, part real-life keeping me away), but during this christmas break, I've had the time to look over my images from the past year. (It has also inspired me to do a sort-of self review - more to come later). In the mean time, I have been busy finishing the images taken during our trip to the Scottish Highlands. Some of them I have been posting on my Flickr page, but many I have not shared with anyone...

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the main reasons for the trip was to try out my new Nikon 16-35 mm lens and Lee Little Stopper. Therefore, many of the images contain the sort of things you would expect - smooth(ish) water, blur, all that lovely stuff!

Interesting granite rock formations in Scotland - always seem to be on a slope! This is the Bowfiddle on the north coast; the rocks are beautiful colours (especially with the different flora growing on it).

A different take on the rock formation from the previous post. The difficulty here was the level of the tide - we were pushed quite far back, so couldn't quite get the perspective I was after. I had seen this location before, in a video by a photographer called Craig McCormick (YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac4j9VjlX70). The other challenge was the amount of light; even with the Little Stopper I couldn't get the shutter speed low enough to get the proper blur in the water.

Fairy Glen Falls - accessed via a lovely walk (about 30 minutes), with a slightly tougher section of stairs and slippery ground at the end. Worth it!

One thing the Little Stopper was (of course) good for - waterfalls. As you'd expect, lots of beautiful waterfalls in the Highlands, and this one was no exception. The tripod (3 legged thing) was in the middle of the pool, and I managed to get a nice blur in the water. Getting good movement like this is partially dependent on the recent weather - lots of rain a day or two before can really help make the image. This one in particular looked much more colourful and saturated in Lightroom, colours never seem to pop as much on websites...

This is Black water river in the north of Scotland. A beautiful, dynamic piece of water.

The final image here illustrates some of the difficulties we have as amateurs travelling when we can and shooting when we have the time or happen to be at a location. The sun is actually above the bridge here, so obviously shooting contre-jour is not exactly ideal for contrast etc. However, much of the detail in the shadows (I exposed for highlights here with the LLS again) was rescued in Lightroom. So, we have to work with what we're given - but we're lucky enough to have amazingly powerful software at our disposal.