Reflection in Loch Eilt

Reflection in Loch Eilt

So long time no blog :-( but this hopefully will make you smile – I have another reason for this post though :-)

My son Jamie is volunteering with Raleigh International (some of you may have heard of it as Operation Raleigh) These are his thoughts.

“In February I will volunteer for 12 weeks on a development programme in Nicaragua. This is part of International Citizen Service (ICS), which brings young people together to fight poverty and make a difference where it is needed most. I‚Äôll be working alongside volunteers from Nicaragua, on a project that will help to improve people‚Äôs access to safe water and sanitation. ICS works with communities that have specifically requested their help. It also aims to inspire young people in the UK and overseas to become active citizens who are passionate about long term community development.”

Sustainable Development is a subject close to my heart so if you wish you support his project please visit Jamies Just Giving Page РThanks

Landscape, Photography, Scotland

Perfect Imbalance


From the Darkness
 favorite sunset beach at low tide on Easter Sunday Рnothing else to add really :-)

Landscape, Photography, Scotland

From the Darkness


Deep Energy - Technip

What a sight moored in early morning mist at very low tide in the Cromarty Firth
en route to a property shoot – simply had to stop

Landscape, Photography, Scotland

Deep Energy


Corran Lighthouse

I hadn’t been on this ferry for years and all of a sudden it has become a regular crossing, so I thought I would share it. This particular shot was taken with a Nikon VR 300mm lens handheld at F8 – I think you agree it is reasonably sharp – I will publish shots of the lighthouse in it’s situation but I am waiting for certain combination of weather before I do. I had intended to publish some of my property work but that will have to wait as I am out and about too early tomorrow – enjoy

Landscape, Lighthouse, Photography

Corran – Scottish Lighthouse Series


Au naturel Loch Linnhe

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So I returned to posting more recognizable posts of my home land this was taken en-route to a Job in Fort William and we used it in the property schedule – one of the reasons I enjoy property work – I get to travel they pay the petrol :-)

Landscape, Photography, Scotland

Au Naturel – Loch Linnhe


Clearly we were seeking more than relaxation and expensive wine. The whole point of our little adventure was to witness the Aurora first hand. As I said previously Hurtigruten are so confident you will see the Aurora Рthey offer a weeks free holiday if you fail to see it. The weather in the early part of the trip was cloudy and frustrating, I was closely monitoring the weather and had convinced myself we were going to miss our chance. Then as we approached Havoysund Port on a clear starry night I got my first indication that tonight was going to be different. The temp was around Ms 8 minus windchill. As we sat in port bang the sky went mad, out came the tripod, ISO was set for 3200 and a 15 sec exposure at F4. After my first couple of shots I realised the only chance of capturing the aurora effectively was to be on land as the long exposure not only caught the wonderful colours but drew seagulls with stars from the ship movement (no matter how calm the sea). The first shot you see is what we saw in Havoysund, it was snatch shot as the Captain decide to depart port just as I was getting the hang of it (something to do with a schedule to keep). The challenges were obvious, loads of ambient light and movement, but I know you get the idea. I have not tweaked the colours at all in fact I had to reduce the highlights & clone out the wobbly stars.

First Light

We took lots more shots that night but from the deck of a moving ship – disappointment – that said we had both been told it’s not about capturing just absorb and value the chance to see the lights this freely. We had 3 straight nights of Aurora lasting about 2 hours each. We had learnt a huge amount about what settings to use; so I was ready when at midnight the following evening we sailed in to Tromso. I knew we would have 3 hours in port on a steady-ish platform. We had a view of the Arctic Cathedral which was going to be an excellent subject for some night photography. Anyway we docked up I hit the office and the light show begun – the next shots were my best auroras of the trip.

Tromso Artic Cathedral Lightshow

One final Aurora was taken using the relative steadiness of the lifeboat (moving in unison lol) – anyway I will return to Norway with this experience under my belt fly and drive next time so I ensure a steady shooting platform but either way it was a wonderful experience for Mandy and I.

Lifeboat Aurora

My Norway blogging is not complete – so keep watching :-)

Cityscape, Landscape, Norway

Norge ~ Finding the Light (Aurora Borealis)



This is Kristiansund a long exposure taken from the deck of the ship (why you can see a little movement in the ferry) The sky behind me was black but as you can see there was a great cloud formation to the aft of the ship. Kristiansund was the most visually stunning city we visited as the ship docks right in the centre of town, you sail in under a huge bridge, clearing the bridge by no more than 15ft and dock right by the “Chippy”. The town is built up from sea level – absolutely stunning. A Midnight Sun arrival could be spectacular.

Risoyrenna Channel nr Harstad

A view from my office Рthe temperature was around Ms 8C (plus wind chill) so gloves, buff and michelin man jacket are essential togs to be out on deck. The ship navigates the shallow waters of the 3 mile Risoyrenna Channel, where the sand banks and the sea-green waters are clearly visible on either side of the ship. You can see the light Aqua shallower area very close to the ship, next stop Lofotens

Nidaros Cathedral Trondheim

The final image is the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim The history of this magnificent building began in 1035, and the Cathedral was completed around 1300. Being damaged by several fires in the 15th and 16th century, large parts of the Cathedral lay in ruins for several hundred years. In 1869 extensive restorations were begun, and a century later the Cathedral was fully restored to its original grandeur (Welcome to Norway website)


Landscape, Norway, Photography

Norge – Ports, Channels and Cathedrals