After the success of the day at Lochain Dubha on Wednesday, and the positive feedback from fellow PhD students about those images, I decide to return to Loch Cill Chriosd.  I have not been there for a while and want to see whether spring has sprung.  The reeds are now peeping through the water’s surface and looking much stronger than on my last visit in mid April.  As I wander along the water’s edge, I am hopeful of some movement of the reed heads and interesting shapes and reflections in the water.  The skies are grey above and the water has a leaden feel.  The reflections are dark and dynamic.

I decide to use multiple exposure to give depth and luminosity to the images and also to provide a glimpse of life below the surface.  I am confident in making the adjustments between the shots and soon begin to lose myself in my art and the images I can see in the water.  As I work the skies above get darker which means that I am not able to achieve the fast shutter speed I need to freeze the movement of the reeds in the second shot.

As I retrace my steps, there are many small lambs playing in the burn and I notice that the colours of Blaven in the distance are more spring like – fresh greens and yellows rather than the golden and orange hues of autumn and winter.

I reflect on the images I have taken, and I realise that some are rather cluttered and although the reflections on the water are dynamic and interesting, they do not stand out.

The Shape of Water 91 – Alison Price, May 2021

The Shape of Water 92 – Alison Price, May 2021

The Shape of Water 93 – Alison Price, May 2021

As I move along the edge of the loch the reeds become more sparse and the images, become more effective – as the movements and shapes of the water emerge.

The Shape of Water 94 – Alison Price, May 2021

The Shape of Water 95 – Alison Price, May 2021

The Shape of Water 96 – Alison Price, May 2021

The Shape of Water 97 – Alison Price, May 2021

The Shape of Water 98 – Alison Price, May 2021

The Shape of Water 99 – Alison Price, May 2021

I am pleased with these images and feel that I have captured the depth, luminosity and the natural patterns and shape of Loch Cill Chriosd.  Not only that but I feel that I am now becoming more accomplished at multiple exposure work and am excited about the many different combinations of images still to explore and experiment with.

Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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