An unplanned trip always seems to work well when visiting an area within a few hours drive which was exactly what i did last weekend.I woke just before 3am and decided to travel up to Rannoch Moor, this was after checking the weather report where it was clear skies at sunrise and broken cloud after an hour or two.I packed my landscape bag and headed off in the darkness, never a good idea for me as i often get travel sick when in a car/driving during the night. As expected an hour into my journey and i had to stop the car to be sick, a few minutes later and back on the road but only for 15 minutes or so only to feel ill again, this happened 1 more time buy which time i couldn't be sick any more so know i would be fine for the rest of my journey..lol. I got to Rannoch Moor area and decided again to go to Lohan na-h Achalaise which is just off the main road through the moor. I parked the van and waited till the light was starting to show and as hoped the skies were clear however the lochan had a light ripple which was screwing up my intended reflection shots. I made the decision to give it 15 mins to see if i could get reflections and at that the water became still. The morning mist was rising from the water which gave i nice feel to the images. The sun was starting to rise which took away the soft morning tones but it lit up the blackmount tips in the background, just what i hoped for and to add to it i was the only person there.I tried various compositions that morning and was happy with what i came away with. As the sun started to light more of the scene i decided to give my dpi phantom 4 Pro drone its first outing, back to the van to set it up. Feeling a bit nervous of flying an expensive drone over the lochan on its first outing. I set up what i thought was correct however i couldn't get the drone to connect, just getting an error message which i wasn't 100% sure how to fix( I'm new to flying drones). I made the decision to pack it away again to be on the safe side. Back in the van an onto a location i wanted to scout out for a later winter trip and look at the walking route i would need to follow to get to my chosen high location-all looks straight forward and i will be back there when the snow is falling in the winter months.A quick return home and feeling unwell again so left the image editing till the next day. I have added a small gallery of images from the lochan and will transfer them to the main landscape section after a few weeks. Next trip is very different as I'm off to Valencia again for a city break and to photograph the City of Arts and Sciences, i visited this location in June and loved it however sections were shut off for open air concerts etc so hoping to get to them in mid October.Hope you enjoy the images as much as i enjoy taking them.
Equipment used in taking the images-Nikon D810 camera, Nikon 24-70 lens,Gitzo 5541LS tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead, Progrey filter holder, new B&W circular polariser, Progrey 2 or 3 stop ND soft grad filter
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