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SURREAL CUSHIONS

JIM ROBERTSON describes this as his ‘secret spot’; I have a few of my ‘off the beaten track’ spots in Perthshire as well. However, I was enthralled when we arrived at this extensive woodland in Moray as I had never seen anything like it before. I’m not very knowledgeable on things in the natural world but according to my sister-in-law, Hilary Gray, ……….’I think it’s a type of moss.  Beautiful and unspoilt.  I have seen several different ones that grow in the wonderful cool damp conditions in woody areas in Scotland.  They grow over last years moss, or dead branches and leaves, their perfect home and just seem to grow taller and taller.‘ ………. In fact Hilary’s got the perfect name for them ……….’cushions’.

My first task was to find compositions that would bring out the structure and form of this natural phenomenon. This turned out to be easier said than done but I eventually settled upon these two compositions aided by the dappled light sculpting the contours of the ‘cushions’ also picking out the orange ‘crowns’, which I assume is the new growth. Anyway I’m really happy with these images, finished off in a style hinting at the slightly surreal nature of this moss colony.

Don’t worry Jim, your ‘secret spot’ is safe with me ………. unless of course any other photographers should wish to fire off £££s in my direction for the location info?  lol

woodland | Elgin | Moray

moss cushions | woodland | Elgin | Moray

2.5 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

woodland | Elgin | Moray

moss cushions | woodland | Elgin | Moray

4 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

  • gerald Hollingworth - Great photographs28/06/2017 – 10:57 pmReplyCancel

  • Jim Robertson - Really pleased to see these Sandy and I particularly like your treatment of the first image. Works very well. A special place.

    Best
    Jim28/06/2017 – 11:12 pmReplyCancel

    • Alexander McIntosh Weir - Thank you for your comments Jim and thank you also for showing me this special place; it was amazing! Best regards.02/07/2017 – 8:06 pmReplyCancel

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