I decide to walk along the shore away from the road and the beach. It is a tranquil morning but dull. These conditions serve to give me some good reflections and saturated colour so I start by shooting some more reflections of the reeds, mountains and skies in the loch. However, I have quite a lot of these type of images so I decide to go back to focusing on close up shots of the reeds. The time goes quickly as I search for interesting shapes, reflections and light. For this work I find that taking my shots from the road above the loch help me to isolate small reed forms better than being down at water level. I am enjoying my work and the loch this morning and my efforts are rewarded with some shots I am pleased with. The water movement is such that I can pick the decisive moment depending on whether I want a clear and static reflection or a more dynamic shape that will provide a more abstract image. Everything is coming together and I feel happy that after a few uninspiring days of work I am back in tune with the loch and my photographic mojo has returned. I skip back up to the church looking forward to returning to Cill Chriosd this afternoon.
Journal Day 4 Shoot 2 – 25 October 2018
As I return to the loch the weather closes in and the wind moves the water around the reeds. It is very grey and cold and the shore and beach area has become boggy. I go in search of what I thought was an underwater spring but there is no sign of it. As I search I am surprised that the water level of the loch has fallen quite significantly. I find this strange as Loch Cill Chriosd is not tidal, unlike many of the other lochs around Skye. As far as my photography is concerned I focus on the water movement around rocks trying to get some dynamic abstract images. The rain sets in shortly after my arrival and the wind blows it straight at me and my camera lens. After such a successful shoot this morning I decide to quit and return to base to work on some images in readiness for my webinar tomorrow morning. I am no quitter and working on Skye means I am out with my camera in all weathers but after a few days of similar conditions I have run out of ideas . . .