My Favourite Time of Year
There's no better time for landscape photographers than Autumn. When the landscape bursts into life with vibrant yellow, orange and gold. So for this month's project I decided to spend time exploring on of my favourite parts of the country - Loch Lomond. At just under an hour from home, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park was an ideal place for me to sink my teeth into.
My first stop was Conic Hill at Balmaha. I went up a few weeks before to scout where and when I wanted to be with my camera. I found a spot half way up looking towards Luss, where I enjoyed the sun shining on the forest below and some great cloud formations above.
After my trip up Conic Hill I ventured along the road to Milarrochy Bay in the hope to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Despite the clear sky, the Aurora wasn't on show, but I was treated to a beautiful display once the stars came out. By using a long exposure I was able to capture these "star trails" which is a result of our planet spinning in relation to the stars.
Although I did have a couple of failed attempts this month, eventually I was able to get this shot from Duck Bay. There was increased activity of the aurora this month, and capturing it has long been on my bucket list. I was glad to be able to have my first crack at it!
One shot on my "must do" list this month was the view of Loch Lomond from the top of Duncryne. I think this view sums up Loch Lomond for me better than any other. On this particular evening I endured bitingly cold winds, sun, rain and a double rainbow within about 5 minutes! In the end, I think I've captured something quite spectacular which sums up my experience that day perfectly.
I had a similar experience to that of Duncryne one evening at "The Whangie" near Strathblane, where I endured all sorts of weather in a very short amount of time. Although not technically part of the Trossachs, I took this picture of Killearn while out scouting for photos of Loch Lomond.
When I took this shot of Ben Lomond from Loch Ard I was actually making my way to Loch Arklet. Slow traffic had impeded my progress along the road and conditions were almost perfect. I decided to cut my losses and stop for this shot! As I set up my tripod, a couple were just launching out into the water in a canoe. For me this image sums up everything I love about being and working outdoors.