One of the hardships of shooting property for a living is the fact that you have to travel to photograph the properties. Unfortunately for me I had to head up towards Kyle of Tongue (Mandy and I even managed to turn it in to an overnighter - benefits of freelance) where I found this magical combination of a rustic abandonment and wrecked boat - throw in a dark sky and  light over my shoulder and voilà - enjoy

One of the hardships of shooting property for a living is the fact that you have to travel to photograph the properties. Unfortunately for me I had to head up towards Kyle of Tongue (Mandy and I even managed to turn it in to an overnighter – benefits of working freelance) where we found this magical combination of a rustic abandonment and wrecked boat – throw in a dark sky and light over my shoulder and voilà – enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

The Rustic and the Wreck

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Fished Out

A little bit of moody drama at Corpach – it was poor day so I applied artistic impression mode and some poetic licence – enjoy

 

Digital Art, Landscape, Photography

Wrecked

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Impending FindhornFindhorn Big Sky

 

These two shots were taken from the same location on the same beach within 10 mins of each other (one looks west and one looks east) but that is where the similarity ends as the light determines the rest – quiet simply why I love living on the magnificent “Moray Coast”

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Findhorn “Big Sky” and “Impending”

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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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Hopeman Panorama

A glorious day today on the Moray Coast, the shot I was composing was simply not going to happen with a standard 24mm lens – so I decided to take a panorama of 5 images – Hopeman beach is more than just the coloured huts it is a rock-pool extravaganza with the tidal pools flushed twice daily it is a lovely clean beach with great dunes and protected by wonderful yellow gorse.

The blog has also passed a couple of barriers recently with 80,000 views and 800 followers onwards towards 100K :-). I value all your support and encouragement and in return I love seeing your images too. Moreover I get to steal your ideas and destinations (at least in my dreams). Thanks for watching Scott

Coast, Landscape

Hopeman Panorama (5 images)

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This a haunt from my childhood - I was doing seeing my parents an we had a wee run down the Ayreshire coast. Dunure and Turnberry were my too stops. A right blast from the past. Anyway I climbed out at great risk on to these rocks to get this rather dramatic angle and the sun graced me with it's presence - enjoy

This a haunt from my childhood – I was down seeing my parents and we had a wee run down the Ayrshire coast. Dunure and Turnberry were my too stops. A right blast from the past. Anyway I climbed out at great risk on to these rocks to get this rather dramatic angle and the sun graced me with it’s presence – enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Dramatic Dunure Castle

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I thought I would offer a compare and contrast of the same view from different locations - The first image was taken a few weeks ago and the second back in 2010 when I first moved to the Highlands. I pass this view every time I head out to Inverpolly - I usually stop and in fat I intend to stop on each occasion and see how many variations I get.

I thought I would offer a compare and contrast of the same view from different locations – This image was taken a few weeks ago and the second back in 2010, when I first moved to the Highlands. I pass this view every time I head out to Inverpolly – I usually stop and in fact I intend to stop on each occasion from now on and see how many variations I get. I love the natural leading lines of Ardmair Bay lots of light textures, cloud shadows and of course the thin layer of cloud perched on the top of Coigach.

 

Beinn Mor Coigach

This was taken back in 2010, I didn’t know the area at all, this is down on the beach at Ardmair, with the lines drawing you towards Coigach – I liked the wet and dry stones separated by the seaweed line, whipping you round to the mountain topped by a dusting of snow.

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Coigach Variations

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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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Lossiemouth Landscape by iPhone 5S

 

This shot did rather well on Instagram last week so I was interested if it was purely down to the fact that I was viewing it on a small mobile phone screen and wondered if it would survive the greater test of a blogpost.  I exported the image to my computer levelled the horizon and cropped it to the same shape as I posted it on IG and that was it. The colour is pretty good – texture is visible in the sand ripples out to about 25m and the town is about 1.5 miles back down the beach so I wasn’t surprised that it struggled with the shadow detail in the town. All in all, it is a pretty faithful reproduction of a perfect day unfortunately we had the dog so I didn’t have the DSLR to provide a comparison shot, thought’s?

Coast, Digital Art, Landscape

Lossiemouth Landscape by iPhone 5S

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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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Now I want you to sing along boys and girls and then we will do some colouring in...  The wonderful thing about tiggers Is tiggers are wonderful things! Their tops are made out of rubber Their bottoms are made out of springs! They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one  Tiggers are cuddly fellas Tiggers are awfully sweet Ev'ryone el-us is jealous That's why I repeat... and repeat  The wonderful thing about tiggers Is tiggers are marvelous claps! They're loaded with vim and vigor They love to leap in your laps! They're jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one I-I-I'm , the only... oof! Ouch! Right I can see you have some Spring in your tail - so lets get colouring in "Hopeman Huts" - enjoy

                                             Now I want you to sing along boys and girls and then we will do some colouring in…                                                                         
The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are wonderful things!
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs!
They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I’m the only one
Tiggers are cuddly fellas
Tiggers are awfully sweet
Ev’ryone el-us is jealous
That’s why I repeat… and repeat
The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are marvelous claps!
They’re loaded with vim and vigor
They love to leap in your laps!
They’re jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I’m the only one
I-I-I’m , the only… oof!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Right I can see you have some Spring in your tail – so lets get colouring in “Hopeman Huts” – enjoy

 

 

Beach, Digital Art, Landscape

Sing-along then my “Colouring Book”

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The colour grey being both motionless and emotionless, grey is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, relief from a chaotic world.  On a more positive note  The color gray is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite.

The colour grey being both motionless and emotionless, grey is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, relief from a chaotic world. The colour grey is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite. On a more positive note – Rattray Head Lighthouse is much sharper than my previous attempt – progress :-)

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Grey Calm after the Storm

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I do like this image - I feel like it meanders to the distant skyline - lots of texture and engaging light - I am enjoyiing working through unedited shots or shots previously discarded (due to being unhappy with the colour). You will also note more Mono shots appearing ~ I hvave no intention of walking away from colour but I am definitely enjoying mono more. As always enjoy - critiques always welcome - Scott

I do like this image – I feel like it meanders towards the distant skyline – lots of texture and engaging light – I am enjoying working through unedited shots or shots previously discarded (due to being unhappy with the colour). Regular visitors amongst you will also note more Mono shots appearing ~ I have no intention of walking away from colour but I am definitely enjoying mono much more. As always enjoy – critiques always welcome – Scott

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Meandering

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Rattray Point, is a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, on the north-east coast of Scotland. The dunes at Rattray Head beach can be up to 75 feet (23 m) high and stretch 17 miles (27 km) from St Combs to Peterhead. The 120 feet (37 m) Lighthouse  was built in 1895 by the engineering brothers  Stevenson David Alan Stevenson and Charles Alexander Stevenson. In February 1982 it became unmanned and self-working.[2][3] The lighthouse is accessible by way of a causeway that is usually underwater being only visible at low tide. It is wide enough for a vehicle to cross. Remains of several shipwrecks can still be seen on the beach. (wikipedia)

Rattray Point, is a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, on the north-east coast of Scotland. The dunes at Rattray Head beach can be up to 75 feet (23 m) high and stretch 17 miles (27 km) from St Combs to Peterhead. The 120 feet (37 m) Lighthouse was built in 1895 by the engineering brothers David & Charles Stevenson. In February 1982 it became unmanned and self-working. The lighthouse is accessible by way of a causeway that is usually underwater being only visible at low tide. The causeway is wide enough for a vehicle to cross. Remains of several shipwrecks can still be seen on the beach. (wikipedia)

Landscape, Photography

Rattray Lighthouse – Aberdeenshire

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I am having a lot of fun trying lots of different things currently - moreover I have been trying hard to mix up my posts to hold your attention. But I cannot denty that I was rather flattered by a recent comment which said and I quote "your trade mark wide open space". well to be honest that simply got the creative juices flowing and headed off to find some hardcore Open Space" - enjoy

I am having a lot of fun trying lots of different things currently – moreover I have been trying hard to mix up my posts to hold your attention. But I cannot deny that I was rather flattered by a recent comment which said and I quote “your trade mark wide open space”. well to be honest that simply got the creative juices flowing and so I headed off to find some hardcore Open Space” – enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Draining

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An exceptional morning on Lossiemouth West Beach, Covesea Lighthouse has just succumbed to the first light of the day.  The tide is full out offering a glass surface reflection.

I know – I know another lighthouse, leave me alone – I like them. An exceptional morning on Lossiemouth West Beach, Covesea Lighthouse has just succumbed to the first light of the day. The tide is full out offering a glass surface reflection even the lug worm trails are seeking the warmth of the morning sun.

Coast, Landscape, Photography

First Light

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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

Coast, Landscape, Photography, Travel

Atmosphere

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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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Well blogging should be fun - so can you?

Well blogging should be fun – so can you?

Beach, People, Photography, Seascape

Spot the Ball

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Normally I share the sandy beach side of Moray but it has a quiet a diverse  The coastline and settlements of Moray are linked by a waymarked coastal trail of approximately 50 miles from Findhorn to Cullen and all the places between. The route can be extended from Findhorn to Forres along a section of cycle route. With its marvellous landscapes from rugged cliffs, caves and sheltered coves to fishertown harbours and sweeping stretches of sandy beaches, Moray has a coastline alive with wildlife that would be the envy of many other regions in Britain.

Normally I share the sandy beach or moody side of Moray but it has a quiet a diverse coastline the settlements of Moray are linked by a waymarked coastal trail of approximately 50 miles from Findhorn to Cullen and all the places between. The route can be extended from Findhorn to Forres along a section of cycle route.
With its marvellous landscapes from rugged cliffs, caves and sheltered coves to fishertown harbours and sweeping stretches of sandy beaches, Moray has a coastline alive with wildlife that would be the envy of many other regions in Britain and more recently was recognised by National Geographic as one of the most unspoilt coasts – enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Home by the Sea

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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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The footbridge at Lossiemouth leading across the the estuary to the spit of beach which leads along golden sands the seven miles to the neck of the Spey river famous throughout the world for salmon fishing.

The footbridge at Lossiemouth leading across the the estuary to the spit of beach which leads along golden sands the seven miles to the neck of the Spey river famous throughout the world for salmon fishing.

Beach, Coast, Photography

Bridge in Light

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Beach, Coast, Photography, postaday

Puffy the Cloud

So what have we here? Some sand dunes - a bit of light n shade and a little puffy cloud - I wanted to post something bright and cheerful - equally I wanted to post something which wouldn't be seen as one of my safe standard shots

So what have we here? Some sand dunes – a bit of light n shade and a little puffy cloud – I wanted to post something bright and cheerful – equally I wanted to post something which wouldn’t be seen as one of my safe standard shots

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Freshly Pressed, Historical, Landscape, postaday

The Fate of the Lady Elizabeth

On 4 December 1912, The Lady Elizabeth left Vancouver bound for Delagoa Bay Mozambique,[9] with a shipment of lumber. The ship encountered severe weather halfway through the voyage and was damaged just off Cape Horn. Four crew members were lost overboard, along with the ship's two boats and part of her deck cargo. She also sustained damage to the deck fittings, wheel, moorings, and other parts of the ship. Captain Hoigh ordered the ship to the nearest port for repairs. The Lady Elizabeth altered course for Stanley, Falkland Islands. Fifteen miles outside Port Stanley, the Lady Elizabeth struck Uraine Rock just off Volunteer Point and suffered a six-foot break in the hull and keel along with a foot long hole. The ship began to sink but was able to get to Port Stanley for repairs. After the ship was examined, the Lady Elizabeth was condemned (declared unseaworthy) because of the damage. In June 1913, she was condemned and converted into a coal hulk. She was sold to Crown Receiver of Wreck, Falkland Islands for £1,000. The Lady Elizabeth remained stationed there until 17 February 1936 when her mooring lines broke during a storm and she drifted to where she now lies in Whale Bone Cove in Stanley Harbour.

On 4 December 1912, The Lady Elizabeth left Vancouver bound for Delagoa Bay Mozambique, with a shipment of lumber. The ship encountered severe weather halfway through the voyage and was damaged just off Cape Horn. Four crew members were lost overboard, along with the ship’s two boats and part of her deck cargo. She also sustained damage to the deck fittings, wheel, moorings, and other parts of the ship. Captain Hoigh ordered the ship to the nearest port for repairs. The Lady Elizabeth altered course for Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Fifteen miles outside Port Stanley, the Lady Elizabeth struck Uraine Rock just off Volunteer Point and suffered a six-foot break in the hull and keel along with a foot long hole. The ship began to sink but was able to get to Port Stanley for repairs. After the ship was examined, the Lady Elizabeth was condemned (declared unseaworthy) because of the damage.
In June 1913, she was condemned and converted into a coal hulk. She was sold to Crown Receiver of Wrecks, Falkland Islands for £1,000. The Lady Elizabeth remained stationed there until 17 February 1936 when her mooring lines broke during a storm and she drifted to where she now lies in Whale Bone Cove in Stanley Harbour.

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This is from a wee walk on the West Beach the other evening, the longer evenings have been great but I have been unable to grab the opportunities with a multitude of personal inputs. I have a horrible feeling my last year in the RAF is going to be like this. Where I hope to ease in to my new career but the reality wont allow me to go quietly. This typical Moray lots going on - texture and light changes, reflections etc etc - I hope you enjoy. Your continued support is appreciated and highly motivational - Scott

This is from a wee walk on the West Beach the other evening, the longer evenings have been great but I have been unable to grab the opportunities with a multitude of personal inputs. Where I hope to ease in to my new career but the reality wont allow me to go quietly. This typical Moray lots going on – texture and light changes, reflections etc etc – I hope you enjoy. Your continued support is appreciated and highly motivational – Scott

Beach, Landscape, Photography

Portrait Landscape

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I thought it only right and proper to share the other side of Skye (the we dont often have sunny days here Skye) this image was captured about 10 hours prior to Elgol 50 which allows for some compare and contrast. The shot is slightly further up the beach but in essence it is the same view (just a little tighter) the mountains had been drifting in and out of cloud - but on this occasion i liked the fact that you could see just the hills and cloud obscures the rest of the view. The challenge here was keeping the lens dry.... Enjoy

I thought it only right and proper to share the other side of Skye (the we dont often have sunny days here Skye) this image was captured about 10 hours prior to Elgol 50 which allows for some compare and contrast. The shot is slightly further up the beach but in essence it is the same view (just a little tighter) the mountains had been drifting in and out of cloud – but on this occasion i liked the fact that you could see just the hills and cloud obscures the rest of the view. The challenge here was keeping the lens dry…. Enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography, postaday

Elgol Moodscape

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lots of subtle light varied in the way it is has dappled itself unequally across the sky and wet sand - somewhere in Moray - well you cant have all the details or you will be on my doorstep pinching my great sky's

lots of subtle light varied in the way it is has dappled itself unequally across the sky and wet sand – somewhere in Moray – well you cant have all the details or you will be on my doorstep pinching my great sky’s

Coast, Landscape, Photography

A Brush of Light

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It is moments like these that have convinced me to live here on the Moray Coast. That pre dawn moment, the town is still asleep not even the dog walkers are out just an idiot with a tripod - a calm nervous silence is all around.

It is moments like these that have convinced me to live here on the Moray Coast. That pre dawn moment, the town is still asleep not even the dog walkers are out just an idiot with a tripod – a calm nervous silence is all around.

Landscape, Photography, Sunrise

a hint of what’s to come

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Coast, Landscape, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Sunrise, Travel

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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Abstract, Beach, Coast, People, Photography, postaday, Shape, Travel

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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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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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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