The photograph below was taken by Mhairi in the middle of the day. The composition is made even more effective by converting into black and white. Selective use of contrast and vingetting has been enhanced in digital processing. This makes the horse stand out even more than if it had to compete with the greenery around it and the highlights draw your eye through the landscape beyond. There is also a strong line to follow from the horse to the two geese, to the tree and then out along the loch and the overlapping shapes of the hills flowing into the horizon.
It was taken in the middle of Scotland at Balquhidder in the Trossachs. You are not far
from the central belt of Scotland. It is just five miles off the main A84 road between Callander and Lochearnhead.
This is a little diversion but we like to promote the locations we photograph. One of the quaintest and finest little cafes in Scotland, in our opinion, is in Balquhidder. Check out the old library tea room. The inside has been decorated with antique collections that will keep you interested all the way through your visit. You should try the largest meringues you will ever see as they don’t just look good. It is a little gem in the heart of the country.
Mhairi is perfecting the use of black and white. And it will soon be time to put together a full black and white gallery. Removing colour can make a more emphatic image emphasising contrast, shape and depth. Here is another from the same try to the top of Loch Voil in the hear of the Trossachs.