At the end of November I spent a week in Arran, an island off the west coast of Scotland, helping my 91 year old mother move into a nursing home. The weather was cold but amazingly clear for much of the time so I was able to do some hiking and photography.
One morning, on the lookout for a photo for this year’s Christmas card, I spotted some interesting old trees in a field. Luckily I found a cart track between fields that gave me this perspective with a light dusting of snow on Goat Fell, the mountain in the background. I came back a few days later after a heavier snowfall on the hills. I had brought my old, heavy, but very sturdy Bogen tripod so I had to take the time to set up and frame the shot properly. One of the main effects of using a tripod is to slow you down and make you focus on getting it right.
Of course a tripod also allows you to do panoramas. I carefully leveled the tripod (there is a great iPhone app for this if your camera does not have a built-in level). Then, setting the camera in portrait mode, with manual exposure settings, I took four photos and combined them in photoshop to create this image. I really want to make a metal print of this 46 megapixel image.
There are other images from the trip at http://brianfwilkiephotography.com/scotlandwinter2012/slideshow
Thanks for stopping by,