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Looking across Loch Achray to the former Trossachs Hotel – seems a shame it’s a timeshare resort now…

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Tried a number of different compositions:

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Thought this deserved one more shot in the morning sunshine.

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Bit of foreground interest?  Not sure if it works here…

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Took a quick walk up Craigmore on Sunday.  As we crested the little summit mound Ben Lomond crept into view.  It looked like someone had dipped it into emulsion.

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A hail shower quickly blew in from the west as we made to descend – gicing the sky some drama.

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The larch in the wood on the side of Limecraig are still holding their needles giving a nice contrast in the blue green of the Spruce and Douglas.

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Looked up at the Beech in the garden just as we got out the car and thought it was worth capturing.  This was shot on the tripod (camera was still attached) and is close to a 10sec exposure  as it was getting dark – I quite like the motion blurred leaves in the foreground…
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Some more Dog walking snaps.  It was pretty overcast, meaning that under the conifers it was very dark.  The flip side is that everything appears very saturated and with a sumptuous green colour cast…

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Also, for some reason, as with the fruiting trees and berries, the fungus in the woods seems to be in overdrive this autumn.  It’s everywhere.

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Really having to push the ISO here (think this was shot at 1600) cause I don’t bring a tripod on a dog walk.

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Woot Woot!

well, getting to grips with the D300s body a little now- been playing with the predictive focus track.  Seems to work really well so long as there is good contrast (either light or colour) between the subject and the background…

This was shot with the 70-300 and after shooting (in what was pretty low light) wide open and struggling with camera shake, I realised that I had VR turned off.  Doh.  Sometimes it would be good if there was a ‘dope slap’ setting.

Oh, and on a different note, I’ve recently switched from Photoshop to Lightroom to manage and process my stills.  I must admit that I was sceptical thinking it looked like a rip-off version of aperture and it is, but its great!

No more ploughing through Adobe camera raw for every shot before editing, no more painfully slow processing as Photoshop generates 2Gb Cache files.  Maybe I’ll write a little review in the next post.

Some shots from our Autumn break in Diabeg, Torridon (Ross-shire)

Weather was typically wild and unpredictable, which made for some breath taking light…

Had a great time.

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The view from the summit of the road to Applecross.

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Some bathtubs in a field, miles from anywhere.

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The trig’ point on the top of the little hill behind our cottage.

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A gap in the clouds between rain showers produced this great light.

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Where’s Waldo?

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More to follow!