This photo was taken in a forest on the west coast of Scotland about five years ago and was remarkable for the mossy layer covering around and bark – extraordinarily atmospheric.

More recently, I happened to be reminded of Terry Pratchet’s “Wee Free Men” and for some reason this image bubbled to the surface of my mind … if you know the book then this is exactly the sort of place to look for them.

“Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willna’ be fooled again!”

On the right is the original photograph but I decided a bit of atmosphere needed to be added.



  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Focal length: 35.7mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
  • ISO: 1250