Lachlan Fraser is the club's secretary. He achieved his LRPS in 2012 (click here to see the images that achieved this for him).
His first photo in this series, "Buttermere dawn", was a top scorer in our first Open competition of 2013 and was Picture of the Month in Wincanton library in March this year.
I arrived by the shore of Buttermere well before dawn on a fine October morning. I spent some moments contemplating the landscape to judge its character and how best to record my feelings towards it. I believe this is an important preliminary before setting up and pressing the shutter.
There was a peaceful quiet about the lake with the reflections of the hills, set off by the wind-blown clouds. I took a few shots of the hills and the reflections as the sun rose, and then moved slightly around the lake where I was struck by the golden light creeping round the distant hills and illuminating the autumnal grasses. I used the old tree to partially block the rising sun to prevent the highlights burning out, and was careful to include the brook in the foreground as a leading line into the scene.
The image was taken in RAW format. This gave me scope to make adjustments post-capture by altering the exposure somewhat, bringing out the detail in the trunk of the old tree, and enhancing the tones on the grasses and leaves. I was pleased with the final image which caught the mood of the location on that beautiful morning.
I was using a Pentax K-7 with a 10-20mm zoom lens; exposure was 1/60sec at f8 with an ISO of 200.