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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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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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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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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Well I hoping to challenge you a little here - this is taking my minimal theme to the extreme - have I gone to far :-)

Well I was hoping to challenge you a little here – this is taking my minimal theme to the extreme – have I gone to far :-)

Abstract, Freshly Pressed, Photography, postaday

Fading Away

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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.

Landscape, Coast, Historical, Photography, postaday

Saccharin – Eilean Donan

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Sunset, Travel

Gentle afterglow

Here we are in the depths of winter and I realised I have not generated a good old fashioned sunset since mid November - now there is a reason for that of course (I am working when the light departs) but I was down the beach last weekend when this happened and I thought you may like this little chase of light......

Here we are in the depths of winter and I realised I have not generated a good old fashioned sunset since mid November – now there is a reason for that of course (I am working when the light departs) but I was down the beach last weekend when this happened and I thought you may like this little chase of light……

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Abstract, Cityscape, Gallery, Historical, Landscape, Nature, Travel

Glasgow Sampler

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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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Birds, Landscape, Photography, postaday, Sunset

The Trilogy Silhouette

This is the story of the simple silhouette – the sunset was demonstrating potential, so I hung around in anticipation and hope – the scene which was unfolding was nice but unspectacular. The large ball of fire was becoming filtered behind a wall of cloud – just so-so nothing more. I noticed how defined the black lighthouse was against the sky and spotted the seagulls floating on high – but in the distance the noise of the “Big Yellow Taxi” our Search and Rescue Helicopter (Sea-King) and bingo I saw the final image. I adjusted to a faster shutter speed and waited for the helicopter to swing in to profile. Press and the image was captured thus creating the Trilogy Silhouette – an  interesting  image enjoy :D

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Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Shape, Texture, Travel

Play Misty for Me (#2)

At this time of year the days are very short here in Moray and a little darkness can fill your mood – this dusk image seemed to capture that feeling – a lone tree peaking through twilight mist – spooky in a sensual way…….

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Cityscape, Historical, Landscape, Photography, Texture

Inverness Castle by Night

Inverness Castle (Scottish Gaelic: Caisteal Inbhir Nis) sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness, in Inverness, Scotland. The red sand stone structure evident today was built in 1836 by architect William Burn. It is built on the site of an 11th century defensive structure. Today, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court. There has been a castle at this site for many centuries. The castle itself is not open to the public but the grounds are.

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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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Cityscape, Historical, Landscape, Photography, Travel

Bridging the Ness

Q – So what do you post after your most successful Photoblog image – bar none!
A – Something completely different – a Church and a Bridge gotta be safe really :D

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Cityscape, Landscape, People, Photography, Shape

Bridge over Coloured Water

A lovely montage of Glasgow using the Clyde Arc Bridge to Frame the Armadillo and Finneston Crane – this was my first night shoot using a tripod and prolonged exposure – so was a big learning curve but I have learnt lots.

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Coast, Historical, Landscape, Photography, Seascape, Travel

Dark Stalcaire

Castle Stalker – in the Gaelic, Stalcaire, meaning Hunter or Falconer – is believed originally to have been the site of a Fortalice (a small fortified building) belonging to the MacDougalls when they were Lords of Lorn, and built around 1320.
I attained my 200th follower today – thanks every one

 

 

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, Sunset, Travel

to sleep – perchance to dream

low light engagement – Moray Firth – Scotland

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Duffus Castle, near Elgin, Moray, Scotland, was a motte-and-bailey castle and was in use from c.1140 to 1705.

Historical, Landscape, Photography, Skyscape, Travel

Duffus Monochrome Magic

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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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Historical, Landscape, Photography, Shape, Sunset

Inner Darkness

The scale of Fort George takes your ‘breath’
Fort George is quite simply the finest example of 18th-century military engineering you’ll find anywhere in the British Isles. This vast garrison fortress was begun in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden (1746), which crushed the final Jacobite Rising. It took over 20 years to complete and in the event it was never attacked. It remains virtually unaltered today, and still serves as an important military base.

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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, Sunset

Dark Lossiemouth West

A celebration of a Lossiemouth sunset – I love the subtle reflection in the foreground

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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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Landscape, Skyscape

Dark Stalker

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