Well here we are almost at the end of September and moving into October and this is my first blog on the new site. Its been a quiet few months since my recent trips (North Uist, Hungary and Poland) but I`m hoping to be getting out and about a bit more now the colder weather is almost upon us. October will see the annual Red Deer rut and for this I shall this time be heading up the Glen Etive area in search of those big stags. I have photographed these true highland stags in the past however never during the rutting season. I`m sure I will stumble upon them at some point in my travels.
October also is one of the best months for landscape photography and this is something I plan on doing a bit more of over the next few years. The colder weather brings with it the change in the look of the highlands with everything turning from green to the red/yellows of Autumn. I have been lacking a nice wide angle lens in my bag until now. In the past I have made do with my Nikon 24-70 and have really enjoyed using it, however sometimes I found it just wasn't wide enough hence I`m sitting here waiting the arrival of the fantastic and sharp Nikon 14-24 lens. This lens will offer so much in the way of landscape possibilities but it will also really make me think about composition of each shot I take. Another reason for buying the Nikon 14-24 is to use for some night sky/star photography. I have loved seeing others images of the Milkyway on the internet and now I get a chance to do it for myself.
So the next few weeks I`m hoping for some colder weather to help start the red deer rut but also some clear skies to allow me the chance to photograph some stars. I am planning a trip to the Glencoe/Glen Etive area in the early evening to photograph some sunset landscapes then find a nice place away from light pollution to photograph the stars. A few hours rest in the back of the van will be required before I start again in time for some sunrise landscapes and some early morning red deer rutting action...All this just needs mother nature to play ball and give me the correct weather to fulfill all my photography requirements. But hey this is Scotland and if anything we are always ready to adapt to what mother natures brings us so no matter what the next few months are going to be fun.
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