Following my photo excursion to Loch Voil in autumn 2015, I wanted to discover a bit more about the landscape of the Trossachs, an area said to comprises 22 lochs and many smaller lochans. I found the online resource of www.trossachs-scotland.co.uk/lochs together with the amazing work of photographer Karl Williams to be of great background interest and a true inspiration. On this occasion, however, I had to content myself with a survey trip via Callander to Inversnaid on the eastern shore of Loch Lomand on some pretty challenging single-track roads with notoriously few passing places! The route took me past the Lochs of Venachar, Achray, Ard, Chon (almost hidden from view from the roadside) and finally Loch Arklet before finally arriving at Inversnaid.
On the return journey I decided I would stop and spend a bit of time by the shore of Loch Ard. However I succeeded in taking a wrong turning on one of the many paths traversing Loch Ard Forest (yes, it could only happen to me) and stumbled along for some time before I eventually found myself by the loch side. On the way I managed to capture a couple of images, so I didn’t return entirely empty-handed. Hopefully I’ll have more fruitful visits to the area over the coming autumn when the Trossachs really come into their own.
This amazing flight of steps appeared out of nowhere; a welcome sight as I climbed over a ridge to get from an interior forest path to the loch-side. Having carried the relatively heavy Nikon D3 camera body, specially converted for infrared capture I determined that it would see some use! Here the infrared image has brought out great contrast between the grass and the wooden steps (which would have been missing in a straight colour capture) thus aiding the eye in following the line of steps up the hillside.
1/15 sec @ f/16 ISO 200 Nikon D3 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens Infrared
On the descent, at a bend in the path, I came across this lovely “stand” (my collective name for a group of foxglove) and thought that it would make a fantastic “impressionist” image by the use of Intentional Camera Movement techniques; that is a hand-held long exposure. Here the purple foxglove really take centre stage, highlighted against the muted greens of the foreground together with the dark sentinels of the forest beyond.
0.4 sec @ f/11 ISO 72 Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens [hand-held]