It is a spectacular day on Skye – the sun is shining, and it is very warm for a winter’s day. I return to Skinidin and choose a familiar spot in the trees, close to Caolas Scalpay. The colours under the trees are warm and vibrant and there is good contrast of light and shade. I look up into the canopy and get that sense of spinning around.
But then, I begin to focus on the woodland floor allowing the camera to dwell on the rich greens and russets. There is just a glimpse of the water beyond.
I also spend time looking at other details such as the grasses and the patterns on the bark of the trees.
Before leaving I cross the woodland path and return to a very small group of trees. The grass is thick and bounces as my feet touch the ground, but it is pitted, made uneven, by the visiting deer. Again, I focus on the floor of the wood sweeping the camera upwards to just give a hint of the blue sky beyond.
I am pleased with these images – especially the last four. The mixture of greens, browns and oranges under the bright blue skies captures the essence of a wood as a warm place and one where animals, birds and humans can take cover rest. The amount of blur, that I finely tuned in camera, also gives a welcoming and restful feel to the images, in comparison to earlier work where there has been a frantic movement in the trees. I also worked hard on the processing – reducing the vibrance, saturation and clarity to match the mood of the wood.