We left Burton service station at 06:00 in order to make it to our accommodation for 15:00. On the way up we make one stop at Bruar waterfalls, a stunning waterfall system in a Larch and Scots Pine forest.
(We took the opportunity to get a slightly better group photograph than yesterday)
As you walk up the falls you first reach a small stone bridge which makes a great focal point for landscapes. As most woodland scenes are the area is fairly dark, pair this with the fast moving water and heavy cloud that we had today and long exposures were the obvious choice.
At the moment I don't have my watermark available as I'm on a new laptop, therefore I'll be posting these image very low res and non-expandable, but don't worry because they'll all be posted separately once I get back home.
Unfortunately, I don't have my Sigma 150mm macro as it's currently being serviced so I couldn't capture some of the fascinating natural patterns we were walking amongst.
The trees are covered with lichen and have amazing patterns within their bark, and whilst I couldn't any up close images, I tried something a little more arty!
With the trees being tall, straight and bare they lend themselves to this form of image really well! By slowing your shutter speed to around half a second (experiment to find the best speed)and panning up or down (again, experiment to see which looks best) you achieve an image which displays the colours of a landscape.
The final subject we found were, common frogs. There were approximately 10 frogs within a small few metre square pond off the side of the track, which were great models that didn't mind lenses being stuck in their faces. With my lack of a macro lens, I resorted to my next best option, my Nikon 200-500mm F/5.6E which has a minimum focussing distance of 2.2 metres. It may seem like another plug for this lens but it performed awesomely once again!
Two hours after leaving Bruar Falls, we arrived at our accommodation for the week! A few cottages in a stunning area in the north of the Cairngorms, which puts us in the perfect area to get out amongst the wildlife. Almost as soon as we arrived, so did our Tesco delivery. After rushing to unpack everything and get it sorted, we headed out for a walk to get to know one of the hide spots.
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