Winter Clouds

Loch Garten, Highlands, Scotland

Loch Garten, Highlands, Scotland
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Behind The Lens

This photograph was taken at Loch Garten in the Highlands of Scotland. This wonderful loch is only 5 minutes drive from home, to live amidst such beautiful scenery is to be truly blessed.
This image was captured in the late afternoon on a Winter's day. We have relatively short day lengths and moody weather during the winter months here in Scotland so the twilight is often a beautiful time of day to be out and about with the camera.
I wanted this image to show a balanced reflection in the mirror-like surface of the loch. I love the way the sky seems to be more dramatic in the reflection.
This was a handheld image taken using my trusty Canon 5D Mk III and the stunning EF 24-70mm f2.8 L lens.
The inspiration for this image stemmed from my love of reflections in photography. The opportunity to capture a dramatic sky shortly before sunset reflected in the loch was an opportunity not to be missed. It is a fairly rare event for us to have little or no wind so I have to make the most of every opportunity presented to me.
The image was edited in Adobe LightRoom 5. Little adjustment was required from the raw file, a little reduction of the highlights and a tad of sharpening was all that was required.
In my camera bag
Nowadays I pack my 1Dx Mk II, EF 24-70mm (my go to lens for most landscape work), EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS USM II L (to capture wildlife images) and my EF 100mm f2.8 IS USM II L macro lens. I have a Gitzo carbon fibre tripod, purchased for its stability and low weight. I now also carry a range of Lee Filters and a remote trigger. This combination allows me to work across a range of genre as the opportunities are presented during my travels in search of images.
The Scottish Highlands are blessed by having wonderful light and staggering beautiful scenery. The weather can be a bit wild at times but it is never boring and no two days are the same. For folk wishing to capture similar images to mine I would say having a series of pre-visualised images in your mind covering a variety of locations and weathers. Then when the conditions are correct get out there and shoot the image. Make full use of the twilight and golden hours and above all make the time to really enjoy the beautiful environment and feel at one with the location, only then will the image be truly inspirational.

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