Image of the Month - Dec 2018

02/01/2019
Afton Reflections

Where - Afton Reservoir near New Cumnock, Ayrshire.

When - December in the late afternoon.

Why - I love both the beautiful reflection of the hills and the golden light.

How - I had spent most of the afternoon walking over to the summit of nearby Windy Standard and it was when I was returning to the car that I decided to make a short detour down to the reservoir. The sky was clear with the sun out and it had been a fantastic winter's day for walking in the hills and being out and about with the camera.

From where I was standing at the top of the reservoir gave me a perfect view looking southwards along the water towards the surrounding hills with the setting sun off to the right. I framed this view and then simply waited for the wind to die down and as the sun set the golden light on the hills was just beautiful to watch. Patience was key and after about 20 minutes the wind suddenly died down which mean't there were no distracting ripples on the water's surface caused by the breeze and this revealed the stunning reflection in all its glory.

When I looked through the viewfinder I was gobsmacked by the golden light on the hills and the beautiful view of the reflection that had suddenly appeared and all I had to do was press the shutter and capture the shot. I partially turned the polarising filter as I only wanted to increase the saturation of the colours in the scene. I was very lucky indeed to capture this gem of an image and to time my visit to the reservoir at last light on such a beautiful winter's day.

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Technical - Pentax K-1 with 24-70mm lens at 30mm, Polarising Filter, cable release and Tripod.

Exposure - 1/60sec @ f/5.6, ISO 100, RAW capture, Manual Mode, Daylight White Balance.

Waiting for the light - 20 minutes.

Post-processing - Converted from a RAW file with slight adjustments to white balance, contrast and saturation.

Thanks for reading and see you again next month when I choose my favourite image for January.

Hugh Maxwell