Cairngorm in the spring can be a land of contrasts: cold enough on the tops to hold the snow but with brilliant sun warming the lower slopes and straths.
This early morning shot catches the low lying mist, from a cold night on Loch Pityoulish, burning off in the warming sun.
Loch Morlich is a pristine freshwater loch set in the Cairngorm National Park close to Aviemore. The loch is fringed by a golden beach and ringed by beautiful pine woodlands.
This view of the loch from the shady woodland was hard to capture due to the high dynamic range between the low-light wood and the brightly lit landscape. This shot is a composite of three varying exposures.
Loch Pityoulish. ISO 100, 55mm, f /9.0, 1/1000 sec, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS, Sony Nex-7
Loch Morlich from Woodland. ISO 100, 24mm, f /10, 1/200 sec, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS, Sony Nex-7
Loch Morlich and Cairngorms (Panorama). ISO 100, 18mm, f /9.0, 1/500 sec, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS, Sony Nex-7
The Cairngorms, or Am Monadh Ruadh, consists of a large, cold, and snowy plateau, with many of Scotland's highest peaks. The stillness of the scene belies a harsh landscape which can test the mettle of walkers and climbers.
Wide-angle landscapes are a favourite creative option and in this instance provided a technique to capture more of the scene. The semi-submerged stones in the foreground add interest and draw the eye toward the horizon.
Abernethy Forest is the largest surviving remnant of ancient Caledonian pinewood and home to a wide range of wildlife. This cheeky chaffinch, perched on a budding branch, was captured with a long lens in the RSPB reserve at Loch Garten.
Loch Morlich Shoreline. ISO 100, 18mm, f /9.0, 1/100 sec, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS, Sony Nex-7
Chaffinch, Abernethy Forest. ISO 400, 201mm, f /6.3, 1/125 sec, E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS, Sony Nex-7