Day 1 – Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond // 07 02 16

For my birthday my mum and dad, kB and kB’s mum and dad put to and have paid for me (and kB) to go on holiday to the Isle of Skye. It’s an 8+ hour drive from where we live to Skye and so we’ve broken it into bits; stop off at Loch Lomond on the way up, stop off a Bambourgh on the way back (admittingly this is a rather large detour). We set off this morning at 7am, and drove up to the hotel we are stopping in at Loch Lomond. The drive was a nice one, I particularly enjoyed the A66, very pretty countryside on both sides of the road. There was pretty much no traffic the entire journey, but we did see pretty much the whole range of weather; sun, wind, sleet, rain, rainbows…

Tree at Milarrochy Bay

After we got to the hotel we had some lunch and then set off to find the tree. When I was looking for things to do at Loch Lomond I stumbled across a picture of this tree and knew that I wanted to shoot it myself. So off we went, and it turns out that the tree is pretty much in the car park. It’s rained a lot so the Loch is really full so the water was really far past the tree. It was really, really windy; but luckily the rain had just about stopped whilst we were there. It’s pretty much chucked it down the entire time we’ve been in Scotland!

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The First Snow

The First Snow // 17 01 16

Last night it snowed a bit 😀
This morning, had we not had to go to the gym I would have gone somewhere and done a proper landscape with the snow. However we had to do to the gym this morning, and by the time we were coming out it was a bit melted.
Despite being really tired from the gym, I went out for a walk around the same woods I took yesterdays shot in, and managed to find this. I do love a good isolated tree; and bare trees are more interesting than fully clothed trees – well to me anyway.

Sunrise and Stags

Stag at sunrise // 20 09 15263 // 365

Got up at 5.
Drove to Longshaw Estate and met up with some photo peeps for the first deer photo session of the season.
Misty sunrise.
Took back up shot involving floaty dress (not needed) just in case. This involved taking my watch off.
A wild stag appears!
In the excitement forget all about watch as pack up and move to another location.
Almost back at car. Remember lost watch. Trudge all the way back up to attempt to find watch.
Search frantically for 10 minutes in heather and long grass but cannot find watch.
Remember watch sync’s with phone.
Turns on phones Bluetooth. Watch sync’s up so must be close by. Search for another 10 minutes. Turn around in desperation about to give up – spots watch!
Huzzah!
Walks back to car, herd of deer bounce across the path.
Shoot shot 3 (second below this text).
Return home.

tl;dr – Don’t take you watch off in moorlands leave it on the floor and forget about it.

Sunrise over the Big Moor

: )Misty mornings

Remember, remember, the fifth of Novemeber; the gun powder, treason and plot

Remember, remember the fifth of November; the gun powder, treason and plot // 05 11 14309 // 365

In the UK it is Bonfire Night tonight.
What is Bonfire Night? Traditionally it’s a celebration that Guy Fawkes was caught and didn’t manage to blow up the Houses of Parliment. So to honor this we set off fireworks and burn a Guy Fawkes figure on a bonfire! It’s all very jolly! 😛

I have fond memories of Bonfire Nights from when I was younger; we used to go to my grandma and grandad’s along with my aunt/uncle/cousins and have a bonfire and some fireworks. There would be nice warm food and what not. Now we never really seem to do anything; our house isn’t ideal because our back garden is too small and there are trees at the end of it, and so we just never seem to really do anything for it 😦

Today though I decided to walk to the field near my mum and dad’s as it is quite high up and see what I could shoot. It turns out that shooting fireworks at non-organised events is a lot harder than I anticipated it would be. Firstly there are fireworks popping up all over the place, so some are big some are small. There is usually just a couple, then a wait, then some more. Had kB been with me then I would have gone further afield, but all the best views of the city are in less than desirable places for a young lady to be hanging out on her own with a camera, and kB was at band practice.

After I’d got to the top of the hill (I’d also not really thought about how dark it would be up there. Luckily it’s pretty much a full moon otherwise I would have been in trouble!) I tried to shoot wide angle city shots but the fireworks were lost as home fireworks aren’t really that big. So I switched to my medium zoom and had some more goes. Then behind me (where I had previously noticed said tree and thought to myself ‘That is a nice tree there, if all else fails I will shoot the tree. Wouldn’t it be spectacular if there were fireworks next to it!’) someone just at the bottom of the hill was setting off fireworks! Right next to the tree! YEAH!

So I scurried back up the hill, ducking under branches, loosing my hat, possibly standing in cow pats and managed to get the shot above. I kind of knew it would be photo of the day, but there was a part of me that really wanted a big landscape… After about 15 more minutes I decided enough was enough and went back to my mum and dads.

It’s kind of made me want to shoot at night a bit more. It was a bit scary, but quite epic at the same time to be out in a field on your own at night.

Silhouetted stag and deers on the horizon!

Silhouetted Stag // 21 09 14264 // 365

This afternoon (a very late afternoon until just before sunset) me and some photo friends went out to photograph some wild deer. Yesterday was a bit of a test run for this event; with the ultimate aim being to return during rutting season.
The walk wasn’t as bad as I feared, although lugging a 150-500mm zoom lens, camera with battery park and tripod around with me wasn’t the easiest of adventures but I am glad that I went – and most importantly I am looking forward to going back 😀

I decided to go for something a bit different with the edits as it was pretty overcast, or bland (the deer are pretty much the same colour as the landscape). Actually in quite a few of the shots the deer just look very grumpy indeed, and I also seem to have managed to capture an ‘action’ pooing shot; so that is just lovely!

Deers on the horizon!
The birds and the lone tree

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