Scenic view of small wooded island on loch, Loch Katrine, The Trossachs www.squarestory.photography

OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY IN SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARK

LOCH KATRINE & LOCH CHON

LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK

The landscape photographs in this set were from a couple of mornings experimenting with neutral density filters and long exposures to achieve a desired result from the scenes: capturing the clarity of the waters, the stillness, and the atmospheric low cloud and mist.

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LOCH CHON

Backed by wooded hills and rugged mountains, Loch Chon is a smaller loch, popular for fishing and for the surrounding walking and cycling opportunities. On this particular morning it was looking pretty cloudy and grey, but just as I was about to move on, the sun started break through, so I grabbed my gear.

With a little more light, the scene came alive with more vivid colours. The long exposure smoothed over the ripples on the loch surface and added some movement and interest to the low cloud. The main challenge at this point being the clouds of midges after me as breakfast.

Eilean Dharag, Loch Katrine. ISO 100, 47mm, f /18, 30.0 sec, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS, Sony Nex-7

THE TROSSACHS

Back at Loch Chon the day was continuing to improve. Moving around the loch shore provided further views of the loch setting, with brilliant blue skies and white clouds: the difference ten minutes can make in the Trossachs.

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