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Retreating Waters

07th November 2010 - 0 comments

Photographed Oct 30th 2010

High tide is great, it tests your bravery as in the back of your mind lurks the last time that freak wave of Tsunami proportions caught you out

This shot was taken about 15 minutes from slack tide so other than a spot of bad luck I felt safe crouching over this shot.

I'm always on the look out for new and interesting ways to compose attention to the foreground of my shots, the waters swirled by my feet past a rock on their way back out to sea.

Sunset Over North Uist

22nd June 2009 - 0 comments

A fine view in fine light..........

Capped a fine day with my fine lady............
Loch Pooltiel

20th June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed May 18th 2009

I'm no regular visitor to Skye, okay so I've visited the Island 5 times in 4 years but given it's 200 miles from home, I don't see my self as a familiar face .

My 1st visit to this area was for a 'wee change from the norm' , after all, I can't keep going back to the same spots night after night can I ?

We didn't get our final set-up completely right but the area is gorgeous in the right light and definitely worth a revisit in the future.

Neist Point glows

18th June 2009 - 0 comments

A few shots now from my enjoyable week on Skye in May.

Anna's 1st trip to the Isle (sorry for the bridge and lack of ferry trip dearest!! )

Ultimately I think I may have employed my 1st 'family to be' fair weather photographer apprentice.

Anna really enjoyed taking in the lovely light we had on occasion and captured her 1st sunset by means of DSLR.

Neist point lit up for us, the setting sun broke the low cloud cover just above North Uist and illuminated the area spectacularly, a real moment in time...............
Lasting Light

16th June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 12th 2009

Looking at this shot gives you a sense of isolation, it couldn't be further from the truth........

Surrounded by a scattering of 6 to 8 toggers it can often be a struggle to keep your mind open to your goal, which is:-

Bring home the beauty witnessed by your eye in photographic form

If you can succeed at that when amongst Earths Beauty then you're a photographer.

My personal favourite from this trip ends my 5 days in Skye back in March.
Sunlight on Scavaig

14th June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 10th 2009

If you were to look through my shots from Elgol you'll probably find quite a few, mostly similar in subject content.

What you may discover though is why photographers never 'tick off' locations. Scotland and Skye in particular is never the same two days in a row, the light and weather is forever changing, that's why I keep returning to Elgol, that's why I'll forever return............

Blowy for sure

12th June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 18th 2009

The ever present westerly winds battered the hardened photographers and the cliff edge grasses that offer no shelter.

This is Neist point when only on rare occasions you get what you came for, nice light and no wind.

You struggle on, bump up the ISO, hold on for dear life and get that one shot to remind yourself of that bone chilling winters evening.
Never say never

10th June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 11th 2009

It wasn't meant to be, our weather forecast was for rain and no last light to photograph, with this in mind we returned to base camp 4 bedroom bungalow.........

Sitting bletherring about our days shooting something began distracting our west facing coffee drinkers, the light from the setting sun put on a show of delightful light. I had to capture something, I had to bring home a memory of another one of those 'never say never' moments............

River Deep Mountain High

08th June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 7th 2009

The landscape of Skye screams to be photographed, shooting during the day can be tricky and more than often unrewarding, wandering through the wild heather the clouds began to show me that little extra something that, for me, made this shot.
Lasting Light

06th June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 10th 2009

I never tire from the magnificent Cuillin Hills, they fascinate me, I wish I had the fitness, Skill and time to climb and explore them. Getting to Elgol seems forever, you don't see the hills till the last stretch of road down to the harbour, if anything was ever worth the wait it is the journey to Elgol and the view you're rewarded with.
The Belly Flop

04th June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 10th 2009

The angle of view at a focal length of 17mm provides an alternative to what I usually see through my everyday four eyes.

This can often be missed, to the naked eye the cloud in this shot was above me. The 'ultra wide' world behind the camera is a fascinating alternative to peripheral viewing.
Coming Home

02nd June 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 9th 2009

We had time on our hands, with the setting sun still hours away from day end you have time to relax a little before the 'Big Finale'.

You blether, and share laughs (landscape photographers are a happy bunch in good weather)

A relaxed and content mind set is an efficient and imaginative production line of thoughts and ideas, that's when I'm at my best, that's when those 'well spotted' moments arise.
Wild Beauty

31st May 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed March 12th 2009

This image begins the story of my latest two adventures to the Isle of Skye, having now visited the area 5 times you may begin to think I should've ran out of places to visit, scene's to capture.........Not a chance......

They say if you don't like the weather on Skye wait 5 minutes..........never a truer word spoken...

Castle Ruins

29th May 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed April 7th 2009

Tantallon Castle just South of North Berwick fascinates and frustrates me, I've visited the area around it's ruins a few times now in search of it's best 'capture' point, where I can showcase it's crumbling but still evident beauty with the surroundings it's shared for centuries. I had visions of the castle being lit by the early morning rays of the rising sun, it came, it done it's job, sadly the scattered cloud cover metcheck promised me didn't materialise. The sky above lay naked and uninteresting making this shot a 'Could've been'.

No light

16th April 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed 28th Nov 2008

Out of season meant no swarms of tourists, out of luck with the weather though.........
Let loose

14th April 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed Jan 17th 2009

This shot was taken during a much needed break away from the epic house renovation that hogged my spare time and played with my sanity, thankfully it's all about done now, till the next time !!!
Approaching rain

12th April 2009 - 0 comments

Photographed Sept 3rd 2007

This shot grows on me every time I revisit it, it captures how well the Scottish weather can take control of your runaway excitement and hope of warm sunny days to come. transient light as they call it in the business of landscape photography...........