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No. 72, 18th September: A morning on Mull

I completely fell in love with the landscapes on the Isle of Mull. Rocky outcrops, sheltered inlets, white sandy beaches, towering mountains, icy waterfalls - it had them all.

This was my favourite beach I found during the week I spent exploring the island with my friend Issy. One of our aims for the trip was to see otters, and this photo was taken on an early morning attempt to look for them. The white sandy beach here looks absolutely idyllic (and it was!) but you can't tell from this photo just how many midges there were! Luckily I had a midge net so I was fairly well protected, but I still had to go for a little jog around the beach every few minutes to dislodge them!

For this shot, I set the camera up on a tripod and used a slow shutter speed to blur the movement of the water. I really like the patterns made by the waves on the left hand side - they echo the shape and position of the headland perfectly, just flipped the other way up. It was such a beautiful, serene morning. The gentle shapes and colours of this photo really transport me back.

The previous day we were excited to find otter tracks on the beach... but did we find otters? You'll have to stay tuned to find out!

Thanks to everyone who has bought a calendar so far. I'll be sending off the first batch early next week so keep the orders coming!

Technical details: Canon 7D MKII + 24-70mm lens at 24mm; 1.3 sec at f/5.6; ISO 640.


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