A few days ago, while everyone was either celebrating, or desperately trying to avoid, Valentine’s Day, my wee lass turned 15.
Quite how she got to be 15 already remains a mystery. To me she is still about 6 or 7 years old. But then, I suspect that might be the case for most Dads when they look at their daughters.
Usually I make Meg a birthday card using my Photoshop skills to put her in an image with her favourite character or celebrity of the moment.This year, though, I just went for a non-manipulated photo taken the previous week when we were out for a walk in Dalbeattie Wood.
Admittedly Dalbeattie Wood is hardly a place of wolves, gruffalos or houses made out of candy designed to lure lost children into the witch’s grasp. It has a car park, easy to follow paths and is a pleasant place to go for a stroll. But I always have my camera slung over my shoulder just in case something might grab my attention.
Noticing a shaft of sunlight along the path, we decided to have a bit of fun with her throwing her head back, causing her hair to splay out in the light. Different angles and different shutter-speeds were tried, but in the end this was the one I fell in love with, and so did Meg. It looks like a joyous salutation to the sun.
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It also planted the idea for the hair shots I did with Shelagh McDonald the following day (see last post)