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THE RIVER BRAAN

According to Wikipedia there are ten rivers in Perthshire; although I take this to mean main waterways as there are many more river systems and one of them, the beautiful River Braan, isn’t even mentioned on the list. The Braan is a tributary of the Tay  and flows 11 miles (17 km) eastwards from Loch Freuchie, near Amulree, to join its big brother near Dunkeld.

I don’t know why I love this river, it may well be something to do with its unusual name. Also longer I live in Perthshire the more I realise how much the county has to offer photographers. A case in point is this place at Rumbling Bridge gorge and behind the bridge the impressive falls on the Braan which I have to admit I didn’t even know existed until very recently. Anyway, here are my ‘keepers’ from a pleasurable few hours photography by the Braan and in nearby woodland.

Rumbling Bridge Gorge | River Braan | Perthshire

Rumbling Bridge Gorge | River Braan | Perthshire

My first view looking down the steep-sided gorge; with the River Braan in turn meandering then gushing through the gauntlet of rock. The old bridge itself is barely visible through the autumn foliage toward the top left.
4 sec @ f/11  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 70mm

 

Rumbling Bridge Falls | River Braan | Perthshire

Rumbling Bridge Falls | River Braan | Perthshire

Standing forward on a pinnacle of rock, I was able to shoot this image of the wild water in three frames then stitch them together in post production to form a panorama. I tried various shutter speeds but this half-second exposure caught the movement and structure of the water perfectly.
0.5 sec @ f/11  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens  [stitched panorama

 

over the top | Rumbling Bridge Falls | River Braan | Perthshire

over the top | Rumbling Bridge Falls | River Braan | Perthshire

Still on my pinnacle of rock but now turning around by 180 degrees, I shot the Braan at the top of the fall before beginning its downward plunge seen in the next photograph.
1.6 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

Rumbling Bridge Falls | River Braan | Perthshire

Rumbling Bridge Falls | River Braan | Perthshire

This is not on the scale of ‘Bridalveil Fall’ in Yosemite National Park, USA but the River Braan as it flows under Rumbling Bridge in Perthshire, Scotland is still a pretty impressive fall and the shot works for me. The water structure, the bride’s veil look in the middle part of the fall and the surrounding black rock really come to life in this mono photograph; I love it!
1/4 sec @ f/16  ISO 1600  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

a forest path | by the River Braan | Perthshire

a forest path | by the River Braan | Perthshire

This leaf-strewn path caught my eye as it snaked off into autumn woodland. Long lenses are fantastic for woodland photography. My f/2.8 70-200mm zoom is a heavy beast of a lens but I would be very reluctant to part with it as its one of the sharpest lenses in my collection and it has served me well over more than a dozen years.
15 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 125mm

 

forest decay | by the River Braan | Perthshire

forest decay | by the River Braan | Perthshire

Back to my dark side!
13 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

a hillside stream | by the River Braan | Perthshire

a hillside stream | by the River Braan | Perthshire

I had considered calling this ‘River Island‘ but it’s not really a river and a stone doesn’t constitute an island! The long lens has done a great job in isolating the leaf-covered stone in the middle of this hillside stream. I also love the merest hint of movement in the water (due to the long exposure) and the muted colour of the fallen leaves. Time to go home!
30 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 150mm

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