My holiday to Bristol for the Balloon Fiesta began with a trip to Cheddar Gorge. I have seen the gorge on a previous occasion and had a photograph in my head. I was able to get the exact photo and this set a tend for the rest of the holiday. With this Cheddar Gorge image I decided the image worked better flipped around so the road makes a S curve.
On the holiday I focused on the towns surrounding Bristol. In the coastal towns of Burnham on Sea and Weston Super Mare I looked at the Sculptures carved in sand and visited the famous lighthouse on stilts. The tides are very important near the Bristol channel as they are some of the highest in the UK.
The highlight of the trip was not the Balloon Fiesta but visiting the Spa town of Bath. I had a walk around the Royal Crescent when I found a row of houses. The original photos were unsuccessful but when I recomposed and created this wonky perspective all the elements came together.
A few weeks after my trip to Bristol I received an email from Zoltan asking if I wanted to visit Scotland in a few weeks. It didn't take me long to say yes and soon I was planning our camping trip. I had a few locations in my head and Zoltan had vast experience in wild camping so this allowed us to reach some amazing locations.
The trip began by climbing Beinn a'Chrulaiste which overlooks the stunning landscape of Rannoch Moor and Buachaille Etive Mor. We set up camp just below the summit and made best use of the stunning light over the bleak moors.
On the second morning we descended from our camp site and after lunch began to climb Ben Nevis via the ridge walk of Carn Mor Dearg. Our day concluded when we had to set up camp because of heavy rain. The next morning we continued on, where we were treated to excellent views of the North face of Ben Nevis. While ascending we found an inquisitive herd of Red Deer that were very approachable.
From the summit we could see the dramatic views of Ben Nevis and were able to watch the mist weave around the cliffs. After we descended we headed to the Cairngorm National Park where we based ourselves at the bothy near Loch an Eilean.
The trip concluded with a few days photographing the heather in full bloom. In the forests the midges became a real problem as I was constantly being attacked with no way of stopping them. I had been to Loch an Eilean before and this lead me to an idea with torch light and the colours of twilight. The mist moving over the mountain was a fortunate coincidence but really adds to the feel of the image.