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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This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite mountains and I have only seen it from about 8 miles out. That said I have seen it from every side and in most weather conditions. I do think framing it from the Loch with the small tree island places it in a truly grand setting. Oh by the way I did say mountain but technically it is only a Corbet but with such a dramatic shark fin shape and steep slopes it deserves real consideration - enjoy.

This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite mountains and I have only seen it from about 8 miles out. That said I have seen it from every side and in most weather conditions. I do think framing it from the Loch with the small tree island places it in a truly grand setting. Oh by the way I did say mountain but technically it is only a Corbet but with such a dramatic shark fin shape and steep slopes it deserves real consideration – enjoy.

Freshly Pressed, Landscape, Photography

Suliven from Loch Druim Suardalain

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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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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.

Landscape, Photography, Travel

Arisaig Row Boat

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a little blue sky thinking for Lyle Krahn - a shocking tale of sunshine in Scotland

a little blue sky thinking for Lyle Krahn – a shocking tale of sunshine in Scotland

 

Well what can I say – I know it’s a cheesy shot but hey Instagram liked it loads :-) so I have high hopes of the WordPress community. I will work hard to catch up with all your blogs over the coming weeks but pace of work is dictating my blogging activity. Anyway this is classic postcard Scotland – I’ll be honest I have never seen Torridon basking in such wicked sunshine. That said although this is a little chocolate box for me I hope that I have conveyed the cold wind in the choppy sea – and more importantly guys the clocks are about to change which means spending lots of time outdoors :-)

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Postcard from Torridon

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what you cant surmise from the photograph is how cold it is :-)

what you cant surmise from the photograph is how cold it is :-)

 

This was very unusual from a weather point of view the sun was almost completely unimpeded by clouds – none of the traditional standing around with the shot set up waiting for the elusive light. The sun shone all day but it was blowing around 25 Kt. and damn cold but when you are rewarded with this quality of view quiet frankly I didn’t care. Normally I am happy with one shot from a trip like this but I am hopeful I may have 4 or 5 – keep watching

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Beinn Alligin from Loch Torridon

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wonderful light at Inverpolly

wonderful light – Inverpolly

As I work through my back catalogue deciding what can used for stock and what can be added to my portfolio

as well as reviewing and removing substandard work. The process challenges me to review how I have edited

in the past particularly as my knowledge of the software grows. This is an image I don’t think I have published

previously - but I  re cropped loosing a large chunk from the bottom brought the exposure down by 1/2 stop

and reduced the vibrance. The result is for me is a more comfortable and natural image. I hope you agree :-)

Landscape, Photography

Inverpolly

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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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I cannot deny that whilst watching the story of the extreme weather unfold in many parts of the UK leading to, what is for many a horrible nightmare, I wish anyone suffering from the flooding and high winds that spring is on it's way. Fortunately we in Moray have been blessed by much kinder conditions. As i was selecting a blog post I realised that many of my recent images have reflected those milder conditions which we have been experiencing. Therefore - I decided to  attempt to reflect my feelings at this point of the year when the nights are drawing out and we all look forward to the clocks changing and areal sense that Spring is in the air - unfortunately this image simply says "cauld"

I cannot deny that whilst watching the story of extreme weather unfold in many parts of the UK – leading to, what is for many a horrible nightmare, I wish anyone suffering from the heartbreak of flooding and high winds a swift spring to allow clear-up to proceed with haste. Fortunately we in Moray have been blessed by much kinder and milder conditions. As I was selecting a blog post I realised that many of my recent images have reflected those milder conditions which we in Moray have been experiencing. Therefore – I decided an attempt to reflect my feelings at this point of the year when the nights are drawing out and we all look forward to the clocks changing and a real sense that Spring is in the air – unfortunately this image simply says “cauld” ~ enjoy

Landscape, Nature, Photography

Cauld View

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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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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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The Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme, which lies to the north of the Affric-Beauly Scheme, is centred on Strathconan and Strath Bran. The second stage of development focused on Conon Valley where dams were built at Loch Droma and in Strath Vaich to create high level reservoirs. Water descends to a power station at Loch Glascarnoch, a man-made reservoir with a substantial dam 28m (92 feet) high and 510m (1673 feet) long, and travels on to Mossford power station. It is then discharged into Loch Luichart, which drains the area around Achnasheen.

The Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme is centred on Strathconan and Strath Bran. The second stage of development focused on Conon Valley where dams were built at Loch Droma (this location) and in Strath Vaich to create high level reservoirs. Water descends to a power station at Loch Glascarnoch, a man-made reservoir with a substantial dam 28m (92 feet) high and 510m (1673 feet) long, and travels on to Mossford power station. It is then discharged into Loch Luichart, which drains the area around Achnasheen. Whilst under construction Hydro electricity is not without it’s detractors however when the contract considers the environment as best it can and returns the land as close back to it’s original circumstance, then in my view it works. I accept it is not without cost to the environment but for me it is a preferred option  versus being held ransom by foreign corporations for energy. I will definitely spend more time around this loch – which is traditionally shot in the opposite direction to the very attractive backdrop of Torridon

Landscape, Nature, Photography

hàidrea ~ Loch Droma

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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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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

Landscape, Photography, Travel

Sgàthan

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Come on there has been at least a few shots since my last proper Lighthouse - this however has 2 red rings and some wicked moody sky - seriously what more do you want from me :-)  Oh did I mention we were off to see Wishbone Ash in Concert - enjoy

Come on there has been at least a few shots since my last proper Lighthouse – this however has 2 red rings and some wicked moody sky – seriously what more do you want from me :-)
Oh did I mention we were off to see Wishbone Ash in Concert – enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Just Another Lighthouse

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Well as we head towards the long dark nights of the Scottish Autumn - I thought this was an appropriate shot. Invergordon and Nigg Bay have serviced numerous Oil and Gas Rigs during the North Sea Oil boom years - which naturally followed by a decline however more recently with the renewable's market - the energy sector is generating work again so this image hopefully shows there is beauty in all things even industry and just perhaps we are slowly heading out of recession.

Well as we head towards the long dark nights of the Scottish Autumn – I thought this was an appropriate shot. Invergordon and Nigg Bay have serviced numerous Oil and Gas Rigs during the North Sea Oil boom years – which naturally followed by a decline however, more recently with the renewable’s market – the energy sector is generating work again so this image hopefully shows there is beauty in all things even industry and just perhaps we are slowly heading out of recession.

Freshly Pressed, Photography, postaday

Industrial Light & Magic

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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…..

Freshly Pressed, Landscape, Photography, Travel

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

Coast, Landscape, Photography, Travel

Atmosphere

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This lighthouse stands directly across the Moray Firth from Covesea (which you have seen here many times) This was recce trip before I return for classic shot during the Spring - watch this space. The loss of sixteen vessels in the Moray Firth storm in November 1826 brought many applications for lights on Tarbat Ness or Covesea Skerries, and the former was given priority as it had been named in 1814, and was regarded by the Caledonian Canal Commissioners as important to that undertaking. Tarbat Ness Lighthouse was engineered by Robert Stevenson and the light was first exhibited on 26 January 1830. James Smith of Inverness was the contractor responsible for the building of the lighthouse. The lighthouse tower is the third tallest in Scotland (North Ronaldsay and Skerryvore being taller) and bears two distinguishing broad red bands. (Northern Lighthouse Board)

This lighthouse stands directly across the Moray Firth from Covesea Skerries (which you have seen on this blog many times) This was taken on a recce trip before I return for the classic shot during the Spring – watch this space. The loss of sixteen vessels in the Moray Firth storm in November 1826 brought many applications for lights on Tarbat Ness or Covesea Skerries, and the former was given priority as it had been named in 1814, and was regarded by the Caledonian Canal Commissioners as important to that undertaking.
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse was engineered by Robert Stevenson and the light was first exhibited on 26 January 1830. James Smith of Inverness was the contractor responsible for the building of the lighthouse. The lighthouse tower is the third tallest in Scotland (North Ronaldsay and Skerryvore being taller) and bears two distinguishing broad red bands. (Northern Lighthouse Board)

Freshly Pressed, Photography, Seascape, Uncategorized

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse 1830

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One of the Elgol series of images which I cant make my mind if I like the view is great but is the foreground interesting or just a distraction.

One of the Elgol series of images which I cant make my mind if I like – the view is great but is the foreground interesting or just a distraction – I will let you decide

Coast, Freshly Pressed, Landscape, Photography

Elgol Blue

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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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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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I spent most of yesterday afternoon chasing Swallows in the grounds of Huntly Castle. I had several failed attempts under my belt when I peeked through an Arrow Loop (for bowmen to fire with some protection) to spot a resting swallow he was surprised to see me looking back I got off 3 shots 2 were pretty poor but this was pretty good I though next challenge will be to freeze them whilst they are flying - you might have to wait a while for that shot. Swallows are small birds with dark, glossy-blue backs, . They are extremely agile in flight and spend most of their time on the wing. They are widespread breeding birds in the Northern Hemisphere, migrating south in winter.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon chasing Swallows in the grounds of Huntly Castle. I had several failed attempts under my belt when I peeked through an Arrow Loop (for bowmen to fire with some protection) to spot a resting swallow he was surprised to see me looking back I got off 3 shots 2 were pretty poor but this was pretty good I though next challenge will be to freeze them whilst they are flying – you might have to wait a while for that shot. Swallows are small birds with dark, glossy-blue backs, . They are extremely agile in flight and spend most of their time on the wing. They are widespread breeding birds in the Northern Hemisphere, migrating south in winter.

Birds, Freshly Pressed, Photography, Wildlife

I have my eye on you

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Historical, Landscape, Photography, postaday

Eilean Donan Nightscape

Something to tide you over whilst I recover my crashed hard drive - and the lesson is always back up - I did :-)

Something to tide you over whilst I recover my crashed hard drive – and the lesson is always back up – I did :-)

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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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Coast, Freshly Pressed, Landscape, postaday, Skyscape

Beauly Firth Calm

I am afraid I have not been out and about recently as I am extremely busy which disappoints me immensely so rather than dig in to the archives this time I have decided to publish an image which has lain on the cutting room floor so to speak. I promise to catch up with all you wonderful blogs over the coming weeks. Enjoy

I am afraid I have not been out and about recently as I am extremely busy which disappoints me immensely so rather than dig in to the archives this time I have decided to publish an image which has lain on the cutting room floor so to speak. I promise to catch up with all you wonderful blogs over the coming weeks. Enjoy

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Freshly Pressed, Landscape, postaday, Travel

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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I apologize for not replying to all of your recent comments but I wanted to share an image before departing for the weekend. I promise to catch up early next week. I wish all the mothers a happy Mothering Sunday so make sure you spoil your Mum for at least one day of the year :-)Anyway I dont post many Black and White landscapes but I thought the contrast in this scene lent itself to some mono treatment. I am rather pleased with it. I edited it in Lightroom 4 which I bought at student rates (I am a student after all) using my paypal account generated from my sales so I actually earned this software which gave me areal thrill. I am hoping the reinvestment will pay for itself. Have agreat weekend everyone and happy blogging.

I apologize for not replying to all of your recent comments but I wanted to share an image before departing for the weekend and I couldn’t do both. I promise to catch up early next week. I wish all the mothers a happy Mothering Sunday so make sure you spoil your Mum for at least one day of the year :-)
Anyway I don’t post many Black and White landscapes but I thought the contrast in this scene lent itself to some mono treatment. I am rather pleased with it. I edited it in Lightroom 4 which I bought at student rates (I am a student after all) using my PayPal account generated from my photo sales so I actually earned this software which gave me a real thrill. I am hoping the reinvestment will pay for itself. Have a great weekend everyone and happy blogging.

Landscape, Photography

The Five Sisters of Kintail

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Coast, Freshly Pressed, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Seascape, Shape, Travel

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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I have been hankering at taking a minimalist soft focus image - which was inspired by work from a few of my fellow bloggers. I wont name names at this point but those who follow similar artists to myself will have a reasonable idea. Anyway something a little different which evokes the moodiness of Scotland at it's best. Enjoy

I have been hankering at taking a minimalist soft focus image – which was inspired by work from a few of my fellow bloggers. I wont name names at this point but those who follow similar artists to myself will have a reasonable idea. Anyway something a little different which evokes the moodiness of Scotland at it’s best. Enjoy

Coast, Landscape

Soflty ~ Softly Loch Duich

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A castle had stood on this spot since the 13th Century destroyed by the Royal Navy in 1719. Following the failure of the Jacobite rising of 1715, the Jacobites, supporters of the exiled James Stuart, the "Old Pretender", sought new support from Spain. An advance party of 300 Spanish soldiers arrived in Loch Duich in April 1719, and occupied Eilean Donan Castle. The expected uprising of Highlanders did not occur, and the main Spanish invasion force never arrived.At the beginning of May, the Royal Navy sent ships to the area. Early in the morning on Sunday 10 May, HMS Worcester, HMS Flamborough, and HMS Enterprise anchored off Eilean Donan and sent a boat ashore under a flag of truce to negotiate. When the Spanish soldiers in the castle fired at the boat, it was recalled and all three ships opened fire on the castle for an hour or more.[35] The next day the bombardment continued while a landing party was prepared. In the evening under the cover of an intense cannonade, the ships' boats went ashore and captured the castle against little resistance. According to Worcester's log, in the castle they found "an Irishman, a captain, a Spanish lieutenant, a serjeant, one Scotch rebel and 39 Spanish soldiers, 343 barrels of powder and 52 barrels of musquet shot."[36] The naval force spent the next two days demolishing the castle, which took 27 barrels of gunpowder.[37] The Spanish prisoners were put on board Flamborough and taken to Edinburgh.[38] The remaining Spanish troops were defeated on 10 June at the Battle of Glen Shiel. (Wikepedia)

A castle had stood on this spot since the 13th Century. Following the failure of the Jacobite rising of 1715, the Jacobites, supporters of the exiled James Stuart, the “Old Pretender”, sought new support from Spain. An advance party of 300 Spanish soldiers arrived in Loch Duich in April 1719, and occupied Eilean Donan Castle. The expected uprising of Highlanders did not occur, and the main Spanish invasion force never arrived.
At the beginning of May, the Royal Navy sent ships to the area. Early in the morning on Sunday 10 May, HMS Worcester, HMS Flamborough, and HMS Enterprise anchored off Eilean Donan and sent a boat ashore under a flag of truce to negotiate. When the Spanish soldiers in the castle fired at the boat, it was recalled and all three ships opened fire on the castle for an hour or more. The next day the bombardment continued while a landing party was prepared. In the evening under the cover of an intense cannonade, the ships’ boats went ashore and captured the castle against little resistance. According to Worcester’s log, in the castle they found “an Irishman, a captain, a Spanish lieutenant, a sergeant one Scotch rebel and 39 Spanish soldiers, 343 barrels of powder and 52 barrels of musquet shot.”[36] The naval force spent the next two days demolishing the castle, which took 27 barrels of gunpowder.[37] The Spanish prisoners were put on board Flamborough and taken to Edinburgh.[38] The remaining Spanish troops were defeated on 10 June at the Battle of Glen Shiel. (Wikipedia) . What you see here is the reconstructed Castle between 1919 & 1932 – It has starred in many movies but it was the film Highlander in 1986 which brought it first to my attention. It is an impressive sight by any standard but is surrounded by development which pretty much limits the images you can get. Still I got to practice my night photography again. Enjoy

The castle was rebuilt in the years between 1919 and 1932 by Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap.

Coast, Historical, Landscape, Photography, postaday

Saccharin – Eilean Donan

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Historical, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Travel

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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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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