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WINTER AT BENNY BEG

Winter | Benny Beg | Crieff | Perthshire

Winter | Benny Beg | Crieff | Perthshire

“Benny Beg” is a popular circular walk near Crieff, Perthshire. The unusual rock formation on the left is millions of years old and is often frequented as a training area by rock climbers. The day was dreich * but I decided to see what could be achieved by placing the “last post” in the exact centre, effectively dividing the path and the field. The sky was grey, almost without detail but still required a considerable amount of filtration to bring down the luminosity. I like the drama of this finished image, particularly the textured post, the brooding sky and the way the snow-covered path forms a “U” shape leading the eye into the field and finishing with the line of trees breaking the skyline.
1.6 sec @ f/14  ISO 100  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt+Shift lens

 

stubble field | Winter | Benny Beg | Crieff | Perthshire

stubble field | Winter | Benny Beg | Crieff | Perthshire

A field of stubble from the past harvest, held firm in winter’s icy grasp. I was attracted to the tufts of stubble picking up a warmish grow from the weak sunshine, thus highlighting them against the blue tinges of snow and ice. The “S” curve adds a pleasing compositional element to the image whilst the tilt + shift lens ensues that all the stubble remains in sharp focus. 1/3 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt+Shift lens

 

* Definition of dreich:
Sometimes (but not always) we have days in Scotland which can only be described as “dreich”, there is no other word for it; such days feel interminable with their damp greyness.

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