Above Pennan

 

Well I was out on a job this week in Aberdeenshire and the sea haar was thick and pretty un-photogenic returning along the coast the sun was burning off the fog – as I was passing Pennan the light was fighting to kill the fog and generate some subtle soft light – you may just get a taste of what I am talking about, by looking at the light on the field above the cliffs on the left of the image, where the light is electrifying the field  over the rest of the flat neutral tones. Anyway I turned off in to the steep decent and caught this view. Pennan famous of course for the film Local Hero is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it. Endless Scottish beaches wonderful light humour and a magnificent Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Soundtrack. Enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography, Uncategorized

Above Pennan

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Castle Tioram - Adhar dhealbh

 

Benji says thanks for the positive way in which he was received here in blog world. Some of you fathomed out my methodology for the previously published “Above Castle Tioram” which was of course a drone. I was often frustrated when visiting some of these stunning locations that I wasn’t completely able to capture the majesty of the setting. So I have taken the opportunity of investing in a drone. In essence it is an aerial photographic platform. However like all things, although it provides opportunity it also comes with constraints. Due to weight, the camera is quiet small and the focal length is around 5mm generating considerable curvature in the images which has to be straightened out. All that said I am learning fast how to get the best out of it and when combined with my DSLR you can get some great footage. This shot was attained with some risk as the drone is well out over the Loch – any mechanical failure or an aggressive seagull and I would be facing a hefty bill. Ultimately I have an opportunity to capture Castle Tioram (one of my favorites) placed in it’s landscape – I am sure you will agree – it is a rather splendid landscape – enjoy

Aerial, Landscape, Photography

Castle Tioram – Selfie

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65002 Returning Home

 

62005 Returning Home can be bought at this link

This is 62005 returning to Fort William – crossing the swing bridge at Neptune’s Staircase on the best day I have ever witnessed in Lochaber. Ben Nevis in the background is devoid of snow with the North Face cast in shadow. I have several shots of 62005 resplendent in late evening sun so keep watching also some crackers from Loch Moidart – enjoy

Landscape, Photography, Travel

62005 – Returning Home

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Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

 Purchase this Lighthouse here

This is the second in my Lighthouse series (Summer) – this is Scurdie Ness at Ferryden near Montrose. Scurdie Ness was one of the first I saw as a child due to the fact we spent several holidays in Montrose at Caravan Parks – great memories of golden beaches, Fish and Chips and a tough wee Golf Course – where I also entered my first Jnr Golf Competition in the Montrose Open (nervous times). I do love returning to haunts from my childhood and exploring much further than I ever got th chance to do back then. Enjoy

 

Landscape, Photography, Travel

Scottish Lighthouse Series – Scurdie Ness

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These are a lot of fun to post – I also get ideas and new locations from my feed (posts by those IG’ers I follow)

all of the IG’s can be purchased (or just liked) very economically from @skm1963 Twenty20 Gallery

Photography, Travel

Instagram Update – @skm1963

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I have started in earnest to capture all the Scottish Mainland Lighthouses and I am up to about 15 or so currently - I will start with the mainland and move on to the Islands and finish with those off shore that require boat trips - I fully expect to photograph them all several times - I am not limiting myself to creating a record but more an artistic diary maybe even eventually a seasonal shot for each lighthouse - so this not so much a big project but a huge one more than likely a lifetime project - keep watching. I have of course photographed Covesea (my home lighthouse to death) many many times. I have shots of Covesea in every light I have witnessed and loads of different angles. You can always find a new angle however and this was a real scorcher of a day. Enjoy

Purchase Covesea Lighthouse

I have started in earnest to capture all the Scottish Mainland Lighthouses and I am up to about 15 or so currently – I will start with the mainland and move on to the Islands and finish with those off shore that require boat trips – I fully expect to photograph them all several times – I am not limiting myself to creating a record but more an artistic diary maybe even eventually a seasonal shot for each lighthouse – so this not so much a big project – but a huge one – more than likely a lifetime project – keep watching. I have of course photographed Covesea (my home lighthouse) many many times. I have shots of Covesea in every light I have witnessed and loads of different angles. However you can always find a new angle and this was a real scorcher of a day (perhaps to bright). Enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Scottish Lighthouse Series – Covesea

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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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