A rush post to make sure I have a least 3 in June – taking lots of shots just not the time to edit them. Something a wee bit different from me but – well worthy of a share – my son and daughter covered themselves in coloured powder for some fun and charity – the day  was perfect for photos and I had great fun deciding which ones to post. I hope that they convey the fun that everyone not just these guys had – a real good feeling and great photos to boot.

CMR Jump zoom

Jumping for joy at the end of the 5K run

Colour Me RAD

my daughter obviously buzzing

CMR Calum Colour Selection

posing not a skill acquired from his father

CMR Lora V

Peace Man!

CMR Calum Pose closer

Oh so cool :-)

Gallery, People

Colour Me RAD

Gallery
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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Well I have only managed 4 posts this month - in the past that would have phased me. I have been focussing on sorting out our home and carpeting has been the task of the moment. My thinking is if I can get our house how I want it then that will fre  my mind to be creative and get out and about. Meanwhile I continue to shoot property for a posh estate agent and I am enjoying that immensely much more than I thought II would. Anyway thank you for sticking with my sporadic appearances - as always - enjoy

Well I have only managed 4 posts this month – in the past that would have phased me. I have been focusing on sorting out our home and carpeting has been the task of the moment. My thinking is if I can get our house how I want it, then that will free my mind to be creative and get out and about. Meanwhile I continue to shoot property for a posh estate agent and I am enjoying that immensely, much more than I thought I would. Anyway thank you for sticking with my sporadic appearances – as always – enjoy

Landscape, Photography, Seascape

Tied Up ~ Inverpolly

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As Lyle is beginning to believe is permanently bathed in sunshine, I thought I would take you back a week or so to the period of strong winds which we had - I tried my level best to trash a 24-85mm Nikor  attempting to take a dust bowl live (silly me). Realising I was loosing out badly to nature I headed to the field next door and got this. It doesn't quiet help you appreciate the weather condition's. However if you look across the the image there are clues everywhere. Perhaps there is a bit too much going on - either way we needed to move away from Torridon just briefly.

As Lyle is beginning to believe Scotland is permanently bathed in sunshine, I thought I would take you back a week or so to the period of strong winds which we had – I tried my level best to trash a 24-85mm Nikor attempting to take a dust bowl live (silly me). Realising I was losing out badly to nature I headed to the field next door and got this. It doesn’t fully help you appreciate the weather condition’s. However if you look across the the image there are clues everywhere. Perhaps there is a bit too much going on – either way we needed to move away from Torridon just briefly.

Landscape, Nature, Photography

Dust Bowl

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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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This view is taken from Captain Bertram Dickson's Grave in the Cnoc na Bain Burial Ground. By all accounts he was a pioneer and almost certainly one of the forefathers of the formation of the RAF. It is a fitting and supremely tranquil location for such a pioneer to finish his days, whilst it is not perhaps at it's photogenic best - the view is none the less dramatic - enjoy

This view is taken from Captain Bertram Dickson’s Grave in the “Cnoc na Bain Burial Ground”. By all accounts he was a pioneer and almost certainly one of the forefathers of the formation of the Royal Air Force. It is a fitting and supremely tranquil location for such a pioneer to finish his days, whilst it is not perhaps at it’s photogenic best – the view is none the less dramatic – enjoy

A much fuller account of this remarkable pioneer can be found on Undiscovered Scotland 

Landscape, People, Photography

Meandering Precipitation (Dark Series)

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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

Historical, Landscape, Travel

Chapter House – Elgin Cathedral

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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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Well I am proud to say this is my first cover - I have had several things published in the past but this was the first cover shot - all the home in Lossiemouth had the "Lossie Local Magazine" lying on their hall carpets with my cover picture staring at them - Very happy and feeling very positive - have a great day :-)

Well I am proud to say this is my first cover – I have had several things published in the past but this was the first cover shot – all the homes in Lossiemouth had the “Lossie Local Magazine” lying on their hall carpets with my cover picture staring at them – Very happy and feeling very positive – have a great day :-)

Advertising, Digital Art

Very Proud – My First Magazine Cover

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You have no idea how often I have tried photographing trees - with a very low success rate. Mr David Oakes however  rarely gets it wrong - please check out his blog http://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/ to guage for yourself. However on this occasion the sun was particularly low in the sky and just tickling a few branches with just enough light to be interesting - so there you have it a "homage to Mr Oakes" - enjoy

You have no idea how often I have tried photographing trees – with a very low success rate. Mr David Oakes however rarely gets it wrong – please check out his blog http://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/ to guage for yourself. However on this occasion the sun was particularly low in the sky and just tickling a few branches with just enough light to be interesting – so there you have it a “homage to Mr Oakes” – enjoy

Landscape, Nature, Texture

Just some Trees (A homage to Mr Oakes)

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Although it is rare that I publish people images - never the less I enjoy candid and naturally lit people images (I dont think you will find me in a studio - but never say never). To broaden my experience and challenge myself in an area which is not my comfort zone. I entered "Man Down" in to my Camera Club projected image - people category. The judge  offered the following comments "and we can see straight away what is going - or at least we think we can - definitely one for the wall good exposure sharp throughout neutral background - well seen  and awarded the image 17/20. Which as a duck out of water I was well pleased with. This is a parade on a warm day (my son is the concerned member of the colour party extreme right) The Pipeband is observing in the background and the colour party has been turned - in to line to march off in column of route however one of his colleagues has conked out - the nurse is attempting to administer first aid and the Colour Sergeant Major has seen it all before.

Although it is rare that I publish people images – never the less I enjoy candid and naturally lit people images (I dont think you will find me in a studio – but never say never). To broaden my experience and challenge myself in an area which is not my comfort zone. I entered “Man Down” in to my Camera Club projected image – people category. The judge offered the following comments “and we can see straight away what is going on – or at least we think we can – definitely one for the wall good exposure sharp throughout neutral background – well seen and awarded the image 17/20. Which as a duck out of water I was well pleased with. This is a parade on a warm day (my son is the concerned member of the colour party extreme right) The Pipe Band is observing in the background and the colour party has been turned – in to line to march off in column of route however one of his colleagues has conked out – the nurse is attempting to administer first aid and the Colour Sergeant Major has seen it all before.

Freshly Pressed, People, Photography

Man Down

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This was a wonderful sky which I caught in my rear view mirror whilst returning from Wester Ross - it isnt what you would call a sunset it was more of a lights off. I have to admit it caught me by surprise and I made some basic exposure errors which has left a lot of noise in the image (so it wont be entering any competitions - but I felt it was worthy of sharing with you - have a great weekend.

This was a wonderful sky which I caught in my rear view mirror whilst returning from Wester Ross – it isnt what you would call a sunset it was more of a lights off. I have to admit it caught me by surprise and I made some basic exposure errors which has left a lot of noise in the image (so it wont be entered in any competitions – but I felt it was worthy of sharing with you – have a great weekend.

Photography, Skyscape

Lingering

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A little bit left field for you  - I think it fits squarely in to the Digital Art compartment

A little bit left field for you – I think it fits squarely in to the Digital Art genre

Abstract, Digital Art, Freshly Pressed

Contented Loneliness

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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

Landscape, Photography, Travel

Lets End the year in Colour

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So we approach the time of year for families to gather and catch up. So let me take this opportunity wish you all a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year - I have high hope for 2014 - it will certainly be a different one :-)

So we approach the time of year for families to gather and catch up. So let me take this opportunity wish you all a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year – I have high hopes both personally & professionally for 2014 it will certainly be a different one :-)

Historical, Landscape, Photography

Duffus Drama

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Mandy's View

You will note I have changed my blog theme to maximise your opportunity of viewing this 3 image panorama on the biggest scale possible. I hope you enjoy it – it is my first successful attempt at a panoramic and I am pleased with the results

Landscape, Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

Somewhere in Moray

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This time generate a mixture of feelings here we are hanging on to the last warmth trying to avoid switching on the central heating - outside still lots of sunshine - darker sky's  and each evening brings an earlier sunset - curtains are getting drawing earlier each evening and autumn is well under way. Perhaps we appreciate the days more because they are shorter, in the next couple of weeks I can get some easy sunrises without having to get up too early so there is losts of promise. Here the crop is at it's peak and ready for a golden harvest

This time of year generates a mixture of feelings, here we are hanging on to the last warmth – trying to avoid switching on the central heating – outside still lots of sunshine – darker sky’s and each evening brings an earlier sunset – curtains are getting drawing earlier and autumn is well under way. Perhaps we appreciate the days more because they are shorter, in the next couple of weeks I can get some easy sunrises without having to get up too early so there is lots of promise. Anyway I have rambled on long enough – this post is a crop at it’s peak and ready for a golden harvest – enjoy

Landscape, Nature, Photography

Harvest Gold

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So I thought to myself I am quiet enjoying this meander between the highlands of Scotland and Italy - so I went for wee wander in to my archive and had a play with some bleach toning - I hope you like the result - I am extremely pleased with it - when I took the shot I simply didn't have the skill-set to cope with recovering the strong light around the figure at the end of the tunnel - but more importantly I am pleased that my composition has stood the test of time (well that's my view anyway - lol)

So I thought to myself I am quiet enjoying this meander between the highlands of Scotland and Italy – so I went for wee wander in to my archive and had a play with some bleach toning – I hope you like the result – I am extremely pleased with it – when I took the shot I simply didn’t have the skill-set to cope with recovering the strong light around the figure at the end of the tunnel – but more importantly I am pleased that my composition has stood the test of time (well that’s my view anyway – lol)

Castel Sant’Elmo is a medieval fortress located on a hilltop near the Certosa di San Martino, overlooking Naples, Italy. The name “Sant’Elmo” derives from a former 10th-century church, Sant’Erasmo, shortened to “Ermo” and, finally altered to “Elmo”. It presently serves as a museum, exhibition hall, and offices (Description via Wikipedia)

Cityscape, Freshly Pressed, Historical, Landscape

Castel Sant’Elmo

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I tend to remove all trace of human impact on the environment but on this occasion the road was my main focus to lead you through the landscape and allow you to feast your eyes on the sumptuous light - It could be almost anywhere in Scotland but this happens to be Skye

I tend to remove all trace of human impact on the environment but on this occasion the road was my main focus to lead you through the landscape and allow you to feast your eyes on the sumptuous light – It could be almost anywhere in Scotland but this happens to be Skye – Enjoy

Landscape, Photography, postaday

Around the bend

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Photography, postaday, Sunrise

Early One Morning

The mist is still on the ground as dawn rises in to the sky in Moray. I thought to myself have posted some nice light for a while - so here you go - enjoy

The mist is still on the ground as dawn rises in to the sky in Moray. I thought to myself I haven’t posted some nice light for a while – so here you go – enjoy

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Coast, Landscape, Photography, postaday, Seascape

A Bridge too far (Kessock)

A Bridge to Far (Kessock)

The Beauly Firth becalmed, In the distance is the Kessock Bridge which replaced the ferry service back in 1982. Today’s traveller to the northern Highlands will often only see Inverness in passing. The A9 trunk road carrying traffic from Perth and all points south descends from the summit of Drumossie Muir and sweeps round the eastern side of Inverness. The roundabout close to the stands of Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club briefly interrupts progress, but beyond it you cross the Beauly Firth to the Black Isle via the Kessock Bridge. (Undiscovered Scotland). I loved the reflection but also the space and serenity.

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Nature, People, Photography, postaday, Wildlife

Currently I am reflecting on 2012

Well before I start posting again in earnest - I am having a think on how the last year progressed and how I wish to move forward in the coming year. Those of you who have followed me throughout my on line exploits know my ambition of one day turning pro. I am hopeful the transition to professional photographer will take place in the next 18 months - I intend to conclude my present career over the next 18 months so I can focus fully on the next step. I am starting a 2 year Photography HND to coincide with this transition - subsequently this blog will become a testing ground, where I intend to explore several new aspects of photography which until recently I have only dabbled with. I hope you will follow my ongoing development and enjoy the journey with me. In preparation for my move in to the professional ranks I am re-branding my blog.

Well before I start posting again in earnest – I am having a think on how the last year progressed and how I wish to move forward in the coming year. Those of you who have followed me throughout my on line exploits know my ambition of one day turning pro. I am hopeful the transition to professional photographer will take place in the next 18 months – I intend to conclude my present career over the next 18 months so I can focus fully on the next step. I am starting a 2 year Photography HND to coincide with this transition – subsequently this blog will become a testing ground, where I intend to explore several new aspects of photography which until recently I have only dabbled with. I hope you will follow my ongoing development and enjoy the journey with me. In preparation for my move in to the professional ranks I am re-branding my blog under my own name  - keep watching and Happy New Year

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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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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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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Photography, Seascape, Skyscape

Mediterranean Udrigle

tomorrow I will stand here again and feel the cold sand between my toes

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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

Night Descends Covesea

the thing that gets you is – the almost perfection you are witnessing, the thing that define’s it is the fact you are experiencing it alone.

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