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HOMEWARD BOUND

​Arriving home from Skye, I eventually began to process files from that workshop (see my earlier post) and to my utter amazement discovered that I had managed to bag a few crackers after all. However, whilst driving home I had been accompanied by feelings of despondency thinking about my paltry catch of images from the Skye trip. Also the ominous grey sky and the ongoing rain which seemed to stalk me on my homeward journey, did nothing to lift my mood; all in sharp contrast to the optimism I had experienced on the outward journey just five days earlier. But perhaps I could bag a few images on the homeward journey?

River Shiel | Wester Ross | Inverness-shire

River Shiel | Wester Ross | Inverness-shire

Conditions were dramatic as I drove through Glen Shiel and sheets of white water were thundering down the mountainsides after the recent deluge. I wasn’t at all keen to get my gear soaked again but gradually the rain eased off just as I came to a bridge overlooking the River Shiel. It was this fork in the river which attracted my glance as I drove past. I set up at the bridge as quickly as I could and decided upon a three-stitch panorama using my 24mm tilt-shift lens in portrait orientation. I really like this shot. Ok there’s a fair bit of movement in the tree on the left due to the strong wind and the slowish exposure time but I love the contour of the river leading the eye to the saturated colour of the bracken, the mountain behind and the impressive sky.
0.8 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens  [stitched panorama]

 

River Pattack | Laggan | Inverness-shire

River Pattack | Laggan | Inverness-shire

Much further on, in Glen Laggan, I happened upon this river by the roadside as peat-coloured water gushed through the gap in the rock and forming the rapid. I didn’t know the river even existed but I later discovered that it is called the Pattack and that it is very popular with canoeists, which makes a lot of sense.
0.8 sec @ f/16  ISO 125  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

River Pattack | Laggan | Inverness-shire

River Pattack | Laggan | Inverness-shire

I love the shape formed by the bushes (or are they are young trees) while giving the impression of scaling the rock face to escape the angry torrent in the gorge below.
0.8 sec @ f/16  ISO 250  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 70mm

 

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