Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequences

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A Scottish sunrise in sequence, taken from various points around my mum and dad’s back garden one really cold but beautiful winter’s morning in mid-December 2018 ❤

The great benefit of winter sunrises is that you don’t have to be up at the crack of dawn to capture them – these were all taken over 15 minutes between 9.10 and 9.25am! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequences

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Between Motion Blur and Camera Shake

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While out for a winter woodland walk in Inverness last week, I took a few shots of a fast-flowing stream (or a burn, as we call it in Scotland – this one is the Holm Burn). It looked so lovely from where I stood looking down from the little low bridge crossing over it I thought it might be fun to try an impromptu motion blur effect with a slow-ish shutter speed, but I didn’t find it as easy as I’d thought…

I had no tripod with me (as I was just out for an everyday walk) so everything was taken hand-held, with the helpful support of the bridge structure itself.  The first ‘ordinary’ shot was taken at f5, 1/50 sec, and the second ‘motion blur’ shot at f14, 1/5 sec – but trying to keep the camera steady for even that short period of time was surprisingly hard, especially in the freezing cold weather.

I took several different shots, trying several different settings, but this was probably the best of the lot – finding that fine line between motion blur and camera shake was a frustrating blend of trial and error – and without a tripod I’ve found it’s all a lot harder than it looks 🙂

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Winter Woodland Walk

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Much as I love walking in the woods and the parks here in London, there’s something magical to me about tramping through the Highland woodlands of Scotland in winter that makes me feel I’m home again… ❤

Loch Ness from Dores Inn

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I’ve been away visiting my family in Inverness, and it’s truly done me the power of good 🙂

Here’s a snapshot view of Loch Ness from the shoreline at the Dores Inn, taken with my camera phone. Looking straight down the loch towards Fort Augustus (about 23 miles away as the crow flies) the sky was ominously grey and rainy, but looking sideways across the waves lapping onto the shore the sky was much more blue. And OMG it was really cold and windy standing there, even if technically it is still summer…