I thought I would just quickly share this before abandoning the PC and telephone conversations with HMRC to spend 4-5 hours in the Lossiemouth sun. This was taken last night with a .6 ND Grad filter . According to all the magazine articles it is a landscape photographers bread and butter requirement. It certainly kept the sky under check and reduced post processing time which must be good.  Anyway as I said sunshine here I come.

I thought I would just quickly share this before abandoning the PC and telephone conversations with HMRC to spend 4-5 hours in the Lossiemouth sun. This was taken last night about 22:00 with a .6 ND Grad filter . According to all the magazine articles it is a landscape photographers bread and butter requirement. It certainly kept the sky under check and reduced post processing time which must be good. Anyway as I said sunshine here I come – enjoy!

Landscape, Skyscape, Sunset

My First ND grad image

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A favourite place of mine to catch a sunset - simple colours and shapes produce an inner calm - whilst sunsets may be out of fashion I for one cannot resist ~ enjoy

A favourite place of mine to catch a sunset – simple colours and shapes produce an inner calm – whilst sunsets may be out of fashion I for one cannot resist ~ enjoy

Freshly Pressed, Photography, Sunset

A Gentle Departure

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It has been a while since I shared a Lossiemouth image with you - this is nothing special compositionally - however it does for me perfectly reflect the colours often seen on the Moray Coast - subtle hues of colour the very essence of Lossiemouth - Pale Aqua - enjoy

It has been a while since I shared a local Lossiemouth image with you – this is nothing special compositionally – however it does for me perfectly reflect the colours often seen on the Moray Coast – subtle hues of colour the very essence of Lossiemouth – Pale Aqua – enjoy

Landscape, Photography, Sunset

Pale Aqua

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Exploding mandala of light Disappearing into darkness A stunning sunburst finish Shatters the horizon Read more: Utopia - Sunburst Finish Lyrics | MetroLyrics  Well I have to admit to having become a little lost in music during this post. I became confused between the album entitled Sunburst Finish by Be Bop Deluxe and the track by Utopia of the same name. Whereevr my influence came from the picture simply demanded that title way I just felt

Exploding mandala of light
Disappearing into darkness
A stunning sunburst finish
Shatters the horizon
(Sunburst Finish by Utopia)

Well I have to admit to having become a little lost in music during this post. I became confused between the album entitled Sunburst Finish by Be Bop Deluxe and the track by Utopia of the same name. Wherever my influence came from, the picture simply demanded to be titled Sunburst Finish – enjoy

Freshly Pressed, Landscape, Photography, Sunset

Sunburst Finish

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I must apologize for such limited participation in the world of blog - but work is distracting me - cannot wait to retire and focus on my photography.... meanwhile I am limited to Moray Firth, which has been no bad thing - forcing me to revisit old haunts and try things - I have been developing my lightroom skills and intend to practice longer exposures all good fun. This was the night after Scouting for Girls recorded their latest Video in Lossiemouth. The tide was on the turn and the sunset had failed to live up to it's billing but then some 15 minutes after sunset we got this - I was quiet happy as I had watched many photographers depart and there was me getting bitten by midges just waiting for something mellow - to enchant you with.

I must apologize for such limited participation in the world of blogging – but work is distracting me – cannot wait to retire and focus on my photography…. meanwhile I am limited to the glorious Moray Firth, which has been no bad thing – forcing me to revisit old haunts and try things – I have been developing my Lightroom skills and I intend to practice longer exposures – all good fun. This was the night after Scouting for Girls recorded their latest Video in Lossiemouth. The tide was on the turn and the sunset had failed to live up to it’s billing but then some 15 minutes after sunset we got this – I was quiet happy watching many of my fellow photographers depart and there was I getting bitten by midges just waiting for something mellow – to enchant you with.

Coast, Photography, Sunset

A Mirror of Mellow

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Coast, Freshly Pressed, postaday, Sunset

Overwhelmed

Not a great deal to say hear - simply a powerful light show amplified through the still reflection of an ebbing tide.

Not a great deal to say here – simply a powerful light show – amplified by the still reflection upon an ebbing tide.

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Here we are in the depths of winter and I realised I have not generated a good old fashioned sunset since mid November - now there is a reason for that of course (I am working when the light departs) but I was down the beach last weekend when this happened and I thought you may like this little chase of light......

Here we are in the depths of winter and I realised I have not generated a good old fashioned sunset since mid November – now there is a reason for that of course (I am working when the light departs) but I was down the beach last weekend when this happened and I thought you may like this little chase of light……

Beach, Landscape, Photography, Sunset

Gentle afterglow

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I use Instagram for some fun and this week with emerging policy amendments – the ‘IG’ community spoke with a firm voice and apparently we were listened to – we shall see

Cityscape, Gallery, Nature, Photography, postaday, Sunrise, Sunset, Travel

@skm1963 my recent Instagram’s

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, postaday, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset

Industrial Horizon

A becalmed view stretching across the Cromarty Firth from the Black Isle to Invergordon.     A mere 24 hours on from the Spring Tide storms.

A becalmed view stretching across the Cromarty Firth from the Black Isle to Invergordon. A mere 24 hours on from the Spring Tide storms.

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Cityscape, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Sunset, Travel

Napoli – Thunderstorm

Another pretty bland view which to be honest I wouldn't give a second glance towards unless I was witnessing this incredible surreal lighting situation where the sun is setting behind me generating this intense backlight against a stormy sky and it was being punctuated by lightening bursts being filtered by the cloud - One of the most dramatic light dances I have ever witnessed.

Another pretty bland view which to be honest I wouldn’t give a second glance towards unless I was witnessing this incredible surreal lighting situation where the sun is setting behind me generating this intense backlight against a stormy sky and it was being punctuated by lightening bursts being filtered by the cloud – One of the most dramatic light dances I have ever witnessed.

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, postaday, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset

Burghead – Pinky Blue Hue

I have posted over 500 images here on WordPress most are dynamic wild Scotland with some fantastic light. This image however is probably at the other end of the spectrum - an underwhelming subtle hue of pink and blue on an abnormally calm summer's evening. Take time to look at the subtle hue and reflections within this almost Turner like effect.

I have posted over 500 images here on WordPress most are dynamic wild Scotland with some fantastic light. This image however is probably at the other end of the spectrum – an underwhelming subtle hue of pink and blue on an abnormally calm summer’s evening. Take time to look at the subtle hue and reflections within this almost Turner like effect.

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Birds, Landscape, Photography, postaday, Sunset

The Trilogy Silhouette

This is the story of the simple silhouette – the sunset was demonstrating potential, so I hung around in anticipation and hope – the scene which was unfolding was nice but unspectacular. The large ball of fire was becoming filtered behind a wall of cloud – just so-so nothing more. I noticed how defined the black lighthouse was against the sky and spotted the seagulls floating on high – but in the distance the noise of the “Big Yellow Taxi” our Search and Rescue Helicopter (Sea-King) and bingo I saw the final image. I adjusted to a faster shutter speed and waited for the helicopter to swing in to profile. Press and the image was captured thus creating the Trilogy Silhouette – an  interesting  image enjoy :D

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Sunset, Travel

Blue for You

This is an archive repost from the “Burghead Sunset Sessions” a seminal week in November 2011 where I witnessed several wonderful sunsets in the same week.

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Beach, Cityscape, Coast, Gallery, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Seascape, Shape, Skyscape, Sunrise, Sunset, Travel, Wildlife

My most successful Instagram’s and why are you not following me :D

These are small snapshots of my most successful Instagram Images – I thought it might be interesting to share, couple of points to note – it is mainly my landscape work but not exclusively which is popular, wildlife on the whole struggles and people crash n burn – moody coastal scenes work every time but then I understand that. Anyway if you want to follow me on Instagram or Twitter just search @skm1963 – I find it fun and relaxing :D

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Landscape, Nature, Photography, Sunset, Travel

Closer to my Heart

okay – normal service has been resumed – have a wonderful weekend

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Landscape, Nature, Photography, Sunset, Travel

Hot n Cold

In late Autumn the sun is so low in the sky that it struggles to reach everywhere, resulting in a wonderful contrast between the cool shore and the warm foliage.

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Photography, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset, Travel

A little puff of cloud

late autumn sun almost at the death lays artificial warm tones on the rocky eroded coastline of Moray – what you cant sense is how bitterly cold it is as the wind chill bites at me.

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset

Olympic Gold

Breaking the rules shooting straight in to the sun on Cullen Beach – there is a lot going on if you take your time and scour the beach scene.

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Post sunset hue signals the last action of the day

Landscape, Photography, Skyscape, Sunset

Last Traces of Summer

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, Sunset, Travel

to sleep – perchance to dream

low light engagement – Moray Firth – Scotland

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Photography, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset, Travel

Seeking Reflection

I suppose this type of image is starting to define my style – large open spaces mottled by a variety of light. I do love those aftersun shots – for me more interesting than the big warm ball – thoughts

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Coast, Historical, Landscape, Photography, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset

Bow Fiddle Rock

Bow Fiddle Rock, a large rock about 50 feet high just off the coast. The quartzite rock has a large sea arch, which somewhat resembles the bow of a fiddle, which has crashed into the Moray Firth.

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Historical, Landscape, Photography, Shape, Sunset

Inner Darkness

The scale of Fort George takes your ‘breath’
Fort George is quite simply the finest example of 18th-century military engineering you’ll find anywhere in the British Isles. This vast garrison fortress was begun in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden (1746), which crushed the final Jacobite Rising. It took over 20 years to complete and in the event it was never attacked. It remains virtually unaltered today, and still serves as an important military base.

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, People, Photography, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset

I Walk Alone

peace and tranquillity on the Moray Coast

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset

Dark Lossiemouth West

A celebration of a Lossiemouth sunset – I love the subtle reflection in the foreground

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