I am very proud of this shot which I took back in 2011, compositionally I took 4  subtly different shots of this boat and selected this shot (no cropping. I had the opportunity to take some shots in to the camera club and receive some critique from fellow members - all were complimentary on the composition and light but one person suggested the sky lacked sufficient contrast to compete with the lovely reflection. Well that was me off in to the archives to pull the RAW file and here we are. Now I think this pops whereas previously it was a nice shot - it is now on sale and getting growing interest - have a lovely week chaps.

 

I am very proud of this shot which I took back in 2011, compositionally I took 4 subtly different shots of this boat and then selected this shot (no cropping). Recently I had the opportunity to take some shots in to the camera club and receive some critique from fellow members – all were complimentary on the composition and light but one person suggested the sky lacked sufficient contrast to compete with the lovely reflection. Well that was me off in to the archives to pull the RAW file and here we are. Now I think this pops whereas previously it was a nice shot – it is now on sale and getting growing interest – have a lovely week chaps.

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Arisaig Row Boat

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The magnificent Chapter House of Elgin Cathedral "The Lantern of the North" - boy what I would have paid to see this in it's day - certainly prior to the sacking by the "Wolf of Badenoch" in 1390 where it was not simply a Cathedral but entire community nestled behind a huge curtain wall. The Chapter House which you see in the middle of the shot is the only completely intact part of the Cathedral. I have some  shots of that room under editing. I had reccied this angle several weeks ago but the light was bland. Today spoiled us with some cracking late winter sunshine generating some fantastic shadows and offering real detail in the stonework. Anyway I am really pleased by the shot - I think it punches you with colour - enjoy

The magnificent Chapter House of Elgin Cathedral “The Lantern of the North” – boy what I would have paid to see this in it’s day – certainly prior to the sacking by the “Wolf of Badenoch” in 1390 when it was not simply a Cathedral but an entire community nestled behind a huge curtain wall. The Chapter House which you see in the middle of the shot is the only completely intact part of the Cathedral. I have some shots of that room under editing. I had reccied this angle several weeks ago but the light was bland. Today spoiled us with some cracking late winter sunshine generating some fantastic shadows and offering real detail in the stonework. Anyway I am really pleased by the shot – I think it punches you with colour – enjoy

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Chapter House – Elgin Cathedral

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Looking back over the year - I feel I have moved forward particularly my night photography and composition - I know that I have not been so prolific this year in fact there are many images I have not published because I just don't feel the are the standard I want. I have messed around with tonemapping - so I guess it has been more an experimental year. I have high hope photographically for 2014 I hope to be in wilder locations at just the right time of day for the most intriguing light I can lay my hands on. In the middle of the year I am planning to upgrade my kit (which will be exciting) - so I am hoping 2014 will be "Scott's year of creativity" stay with me it could be a fun ride....... slainte mhor

Looking back over the year – I feel I have moved forward particularly my night photography and composition – I know that I have not been so prolific this year in fact there are many images I have not published because I just don’t feel the are the standard I want. I have messed around with tonemapping – so I guess it has been more an experimental year. I have high hope photographically for 2014. I hope to be in wilder locations at just the right time of day for the most intriguing light that I can lay my hands on. In the middle of the year I am planning to upgrade my kit (which will be exciting time) – so I am hoping 2014 will be “Scott’s year of creativity” stay with me – it could be a fun ride……. slainte mhor

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Lets End the year in Colour

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sgàthan (mirror in Scottish Gaelic) is a smooth light reflecting surface - which is pretty much an accurate definition in my books

sgàthan (mirror in Scottish Gaelic) is a smooth light reflecting surface – which is pretty much an accurate definition in my books

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Sgàthan

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Last weekend the Met Office predicted a high pressure weather system would park itself right over Scotland so we headed out seeking some perfect reflections in perfectly still lochs - luckily the weatherman was right  and we witnessed weather perfection in mid November - enjoy

Last weekend the Met Office predicted a high pressure weather system would park itself right over Scotland so we headed out seeking some perfect reflections in perfectly still lochs – luckily the weatherman was right and we witnessed weather perfection in mid November – enjoy

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Laid up for Winter

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I suppose this would be perfect for a leading lines competition - that is certainly what I saw when  I was composing this image - simply couldn't get rid of my shadow so I decided to include it.

I suppose this would be perfect for a leading lines competition – that is certainly what I saw when I was composing this image – simply couldn’t get rid of my shadow so I decided to include it. These are images I shot over 4 years ago whilst in Naples on business. Just going through the images and editing – enjoy 

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Metro – Napoli (a selfie)

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What a summer Scotland has seen - I tend to find this is my least productive period of the year as the images don't jump out at you like the do in winter and spring but

What a summer Scotland has seen – I tend to find this is my least productive period of the year as the images don’t jump out at you like the do in winter and spring, equally I don’t post too much of lowland Scotland (rolling hills etc) but I felt this view had more than enough to let your eyes wander over it. From the simple reflection from the clouds across the grasses being washed different shades by the light and breeze – finally although there is a road alongside the loch it doesn’t intrude  in to the landscape and you still have the feeling of solitude and being alone…..

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Loch Droma

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This was one of those locations which has an immediate impact on you. Our first visit - tide was out light was special but couldn't spend too long as we had to get back - but one thing was for certain - I'll be back  sorry cant tell you where it is - we all need some special places - enjoy

This was one of those locations which has an immediate impact on you. Our first visit – tide was out light was special but couldn’t spend too long as we had to get back – but one thing was for certain – a return is guaranteed 
sorry cant tell you where it is – we all need some special places – enjoy

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Atmosphere

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Complex Weather – Loch Morlich

Apologies rather busy just now and not getting out and about so have been delving in to the archives and this appeared.I was drawn to the sun attempting to break through the thick cloud over the Cairngorm's - with limited effect.

Apologies rather busy just now and not getting out and about so have been delving in to the archives and this appeared.I was drawn to the sun attempting to break through the thick cloud over the Cairngorm’s – with limited effect.

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Muted Loch Duich

I have been so many locations recently when the sun hasn't even peaked out from the cloud and I have nt had the time to hang around for the light to change. This can leave very flat opportunities - until recently the camera would probably have remained in the bag. But as an amateur with limited time out and about I have to deal with what I can get and lets face it this is the Scotland many people are faced with so your challenge here is to look that bit closer for the light it is there very subtly - these locations and conditions always generate a calm which relaxes me.

I have been so many locations recently when the sun hasn’t even peaked out from the cloud and I haven’t had the time to hang around for the light to change. This can leave very flat opportunities – until recently the camera would probably have remained in the bag. But as an amateur with limited time out and about I have to deal with what I can get and lets face it this is the Scotland many people are faced with. So your challenge here is to look that bit closer for the light, it is there very subtly – these locations and conditions always generate a calm which relaxes me.

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Covesea Starlight Dance

This is a shot I have been after for while now but it had been to windy for lengthy exposures. The other challenge was only a new moon in the sky filtered by clouds meant using atorch to manipulate the settings. Most notable challenge was focus. with the autofocus insuficient light to hang on then it was back to  good old fashioned manual focus - equally challenging with cross-hairs - but trial and error prevailed - I like the lick of cloud breaking up the starry backdrop. I learnt alot and am really starting to enjoy night photography full stop - there are some excellent results to be had.

This is a shot I have been after for while now but it had been to windy for lengthy exposures. The other challenge was only a new moon in the sky filtered by clouds meant using a torch to manipulate the settings. Most notable challenge was focus with insufficient light for the autofocus to hang on then it was back to good old fashioned manual focus – equally challenging without cross-hairs – but trial and error prevailed – I like the lick of cloud breaking up the starry backdrop. I learnt a lot and am really starting to enjoy night photography – there are some excellent results to be had.

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Crash landed a Hunters Moon

Well I though I would demonstarte the diversity of textures in the scottish landscape - even on adrich day contrasts can be found - less than 300 meters from my misty Loch Duich was this stark contrast - by avoiding the mist and dricht using along lens to isolate the reflection - I ended up with this. I was drawn to the circular shape and the title fell from that - enjoy

Well I though I would demonstrate the diversity of textures in the Scottish landscape – even on a dricht day contrasts can be found – less than 300 meters from my misty Loch Duich was this stark contrast – by avoiding the mist and dricht using along lens to isolate the reflection – I ended up with this. I was drawn to the circular shape and the title fell from that – admittedly the colour is a little flat but then that is how it was – notice also the tide draining out of this sea loch placing the seaweed just below the surface in nice lines :-)

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Scott Marshall:

What a privilege to be featured on someone else’s blog – especially when the feature has been so beautifully drawn together by Tahira’s Shenanigans. But why would you take my word for it after all I have been known to utilise all sorts of exagerated statements to increase my viewing statistcs – so please dont simply take my word pop along to Tahira’s blog and gauge for yourself. My heartfelt thanks to Tahira for the feature and hope at the very least it plants the seed towards a trip to Scotland – enjoy

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Special Feature

Scott Marshall Photography (Scotland)

I don’t think anyone who knows me or has followed my blog will be surprised that my Special Feature for the month of February is all about Scotland.

And Scott over at Scott Marshall Photography perfectly captures the exact essence of what makes me love Scotland.

In all fairness I have to give a shout-out to my gal Gunta over at Movin’ On, for she had re-blogged this utterly spectacular rainbow shot of Scott’s, and that is how I found Scott’s blog – And I was hooked.

I mean seriously. Who can not fall in love instantly with Scotland while looking at this?
Here is the link to Scott’s post of Glencoe Glory

In Scott’s own words, he enjoys the travel aspect of photography and being outdoors.

Just check out Scott’s outdoors…

“Sandwood Bay  - Speaks for itself lots of texture and…

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Had this hanging around for a while but wasnt to sure anyway as I have to go and bury my head in my first assignment for my just commenced Photography HND - I will leave you to decide.

Had this hanging around for a while but wasn’t to sure anyway as I have to go and bury my head in my first assignment for my just commenced Photography Higher Professional Diploma – I will leave you to decide if I got it level in the end ;-).

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Kinloss Abbey

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A Haunted Carbisdale Castle Hides amongst the Trees

I hope you are wandering across the vista seeking this haunted Castle which I am referring to. I stayed here when I was 15 on a tour of the Highlands which was run by my school. This and a subsequent trip to Minnesota have in many ways led me to the person I am. I have ghost story to tell with this picture - but you wouldn't believe me and it would take to long. So please just enjoy this and if you get the chance to go and stay (it is Scottish Youth Hostel Association venue)   don't think twice.

I hope your eyes are wandering across the vista seeking the haunted Castle which I am referring to. I stayed here when I was 15 on a tour of the Highlands which was run by my school. This and a subsequent trip to Minnesota have in many shaped the creative side of me. I have ghost story to tell with this picture – but you wouldn’t believe me and it would take to long. So please just enjoy this and if you get the chance to go and stay (it is Scottish Youth Hostel Association venue) don’t think twice.

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I long for Spring

The classic Scottish Golf tease it could be Turnberry to the uninitiated it is in fact a small 9 hole course called Covesea after the lighthouse in the early Spring not that long now the yellow sea of gorse comes alive and we know we are emerging from winters grip.

The classic Scottish Golf tease it could be Turnberry to the uninitiated it is in fact a small 9 hole golf course called Covesea after the lighthouse of the same name. In the early Spring (not that long now) the yellow sea of gorse comes alive and we know we are emerging from winters grip.

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Converging Texture

Well I was planning to post this image some 3 hours ago but I started messing about with the crop and 3 hours later I still wasn't happy but decided to hit save anyway. It was a lot easier when I posted this on Instagram less to think about. All in all it is about the myriad of colours and light n shade which all converge on the building. Classic harsh winter light

Well I was planning to post this image some 3 hours ago but I started messing about with the crop and 3 hours later I still wasn’t happy but decided to hit save anyway. It was a lot easier when I posted this on Instagram less to think about. All in all it is about the myriad of colours and light n shade which all converge on the building. Classic harsh winter light

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Light Box – a call from the Heavens

Using an old Post Office Red Telephone Box to filter the sunlight bursting through the cloud after sunrise - the filter generated some really dramatic light - I particularly like the chair drowned in the light drama

Using an old Post Office Red Telephone Box to filter the sunlight bursting through the cloud after sunrise – the filter generated some really dramatic light – I particularly like the chair drowned in the light drama

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This is ashot I took along time back which compositionally I was happy with but the upper part of the Sky was alittle blown so I thought I would mess around with some infrared & mono interpretations. Anyway the long and the short of it is I rather like this and may well try some more IR shots. Enjoy

This is a shot I took along time back which compositionally I was happy with but the upper part of the Sky was alittle blown so I thought I would mess around with some infrared & mono interpretations. Anyway the long and the short of it is I rather like this and may well try some more IR shots. Enjoy

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Assynt Mono

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Glasgow Sampler

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Arc of a Diver

This is probably the image that made me take photography more seriously - for along time I regarded it as my best shot - the last time I rolled this out was May last year and it recived a mere 8 likes (I was dissapointed but was not  long in to blogging so no real surprises. Anyway this shot is a wet film rescan and is now 25 years old - so here is my question has it stood the test of time? Secondly do you think it reflects my style as you have come to know it? Any feedback would be appreciated.

This is probably the image that made me take photography more seriously – for a long time I regarded it as my best shot – the last time I rolled this out was May last year and it received a mere 8 likes (naturally I was dissapointed but was not long in to blogging so no real surprises. Anyway this shot is a wet film rescan and is now 25 years old – so here is my question has it stood the test of time? Secondly do you think it reflects my style as you have come to know it? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Sail with me – Clachnaharry Sea Lock

Okay some changes then I have changed the name of the blog - have no fears your subscriptions etc are all intact - I thought this particular photograph suitable for this change as it is the sea lock which is located at the junction where the Moray Firth and Beauly Firth merge and via this lock you can enter the Great Glen and ultimately on to Loch Ness the home of Nessie. In summary it is a crossroads just like me. One journey end and another begin's ...

Some changes then – I have altered the name of the blog – have no fears your subscriptions etc are all intact – in changing the name I am aiming to build my Google SEO. I thought this particular photograph suitable for this change as it is the sea lock which is located at the junction where the Moray Firth and Beauly Firth merge and you can enter the Great Glen onwards ultimately to Loch Ness (home of Nessie). In summary the lock is at a crossroads just like myself. One journey ends and another begin’s …

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Forget small glasses – Whisky in large Barrels

right that's me sorted for the bells - lang may yer lum reek

right that’s me sorted for the bells – lang may yer lum reek – see you in 2013

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Merry Christmas from Elgin Cathedral the ‘Lantern of the North ‘

The Lantern of the North

The Lantern of the North resplendent in it’s winter coat 

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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

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@skm1963 my recent Instagram’s

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Osprey Height’s – Still Game

For the the Scot's amongst you or indeed those who steep themselves in Scottish Culture. Cult Scottish comedy about the lives of two OAP's Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now. For those whom haven't seen the program you will just have to enjoy this high-rise reflection and long for summer to return.

For the the Scot’s amongst you or indeed those who steep themselves in Scottish Culture. This is the scene for Cult Scottish TV comedy about the lives of two OAP’s Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now. For those whom haven’t seen the program you will just have to enjoy this high-rise reflection and long for summer to return.

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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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Bàgh Shanabhait – Wet n Wild

Sandwood Bay (Scottish Gaelic: Bàgh Shanabhait) is a natural bay in Sutherland, on the far north-west coast of mainland Scotland. It is best known for its mile-long beach and Am Buachaille, a sea stack, and lies about 5 miles south of Cape Wrath. Behind the bay’s large dunes, stretches Sandwood Loch – a freshwater loch full of brown and sea trout.
Though remote, and with no road access, the bay is easily reached by a 4-mile long, yet well-trodden and fairly flat, path leading from the gravel car park at the hamlet of Blairmore. Sandwood Bay is part of the Sandwood Estate which is run by the John Muir Trust. The beach is considered to be one of the cleanest and most unspoilt beaches in the whole of mainland Britain.

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Taking in the view – Oldshoremore

Well as you tolerated my Glaswegian Social Commentary, I thought I may continue to indulge some people photography – here are three ladies soaking up the view in beautiful light at Oldshoremore, Sutherland. The view which they are not sharing with you is wild and magnificent. First and foremost I loved the light,  but I clocked the other person dissapearing (hands on hips) in to the distance and the wonderful white house isolated by the dark sky. I immediately thought they had been socially excluded from the bench threw a temper tantrum and walked off in a huff. 

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Glasgow a Social Commentary

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Ballandalloch Gatehouse

Yes this is just the gatehouse – several miles down the road from the Castle – it is located in the heart of Speyside, near to the famed local whisky distilleries of Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas and Glenfiddich. Surrounded by majestic hills, and with the tumbling waters of the Rivers Spey and Avon flowing through the grounds, the setting is truly magnificent.

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A Wash of Colour

This is another long lens landscape – I took several shots to get what I was seeing with my eyes, I was messing around shooting across the light. I loved the ruffled patch of water and I loved the light on the trees to the left of the image, but was failing to join them in an interesting way so I moved my perspective more in to the light and hey presto the graduation you can now see. With strong light and reflection fading towards the patch of different water. In the end I moved from being frustrated to being satisfied. I hope you enjoy it too.

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Play Misty for Me (#2)

At this time of year the days are very short here in Moray and a little darkness can fill your mood – this dusk image seemed to capture that feeling – a lone tree peaking through twilight mist – spooky in a sensual way…….

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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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Gordonstoun Autumnal Walk

This is more the kind of drive that you would see in an English Parkland Estate, but the this is the school grounds through which a young Prince Charles would have wandered – the light was dull and flat but the leaves would not be defeated. I had no tripod so placed the camera on my woolly hat – to get the depth of a smaller aperture and used the timer at 1/8 sec.

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