A favourite place of mine to catch a sunset - simple colours and shapes produce an inner calm - whilst sunsets may be out of fashion I for one cannot resist ~ enjoy

A favourite place of mine to catch a sunset – simple colours and shapes produce an inner calm – whilst sunsets may be out of fashion I for one cannot resist ~ enjoy

Freshly Pressed, Photography, Sunset

A Gentle Departure

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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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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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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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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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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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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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An exceptional morning on Lossiemouth West Beach, Covesea Lighthouse has just succumbed to the first light of the day.  The tide is full out offering a glass surface reflection.

I know – I know another lighthouse, leave me alone – I like them. An exceptional morning on Lossiemouth West Beach, Covesea Lighthouse has just succumbed to the first light of the day. The tide is full out offering a glass surface reflection even the lug worm trails are seeking the warmth of the morning sun.

Coast, Landscape, Photography

First Light

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According to records, the original light at Kinnaird Head was established on 1 December 1787. A lantern was set at a height of 120 feet above the sea on a corner of a tower of an old castle in Fraserburgh. Fixed lights only were shown at this stage, produced by arrays of lamps burning whale oil, each of them backed by its own parabolic reflector made up of a multitude of facets of silvered mirror-glass set on a plaster mould. Kinnaird Head was the most powerful light of its time, and contained 17 reflectors arranged in 3 horizontal tiers. In clear weather according to Murdoch Downie’s New Pilot of 1791, the light could be seen 12 or 14 miles off. Two ‘firsts’ for Kinnaird Head were (a) the first Lighthouse built in Scotland by the Commissioners of Northern Lights (founded in 1786) and (b) the first Radio Beacon in Scotland was introduced in 1929 at Kinnaird Head. (courtesy of NLB)

Historical, Landscape, Photography

Kinnaird Head Lighthouse – 1787

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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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Exploding mandala of light Disappearing into darkness A stunning sunburst finish Shatters the horizon Read more: Utopia - Sunburst Finish Lyrics | MetroLyrics  Well I have to admit to having become a little lost in music during this post. I became confused between the album entitled Sunburst Finish by Be Bop Deluxe and the track by Utopia of the same name. Whereevr my influence came from the picture simply demanded that title way I just felt

Exploding mandala of light
Disappearing into darkness
A stunning sunburst finish
Shatters the horizon
(Sunburst Finish by Utopia)

Well I have to admit to having become a little lost in music during this post. I became confused between the album entitled Sunburst Finish by Be Bop Deluxe and the track by Utopia of the same name. Wherever my influence came from, the picture simply demanded to be titled Sunburst Finish – enjoy

Freshly Pressed, Landscape, Photography, Sunset

Sunburst Finish

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This an image which I mono-fied for entry in to Google+ #Minimalist Monochrome - well I rather like it and decided to use Lightroom to bring back the slightly overblown highlights in the water - I think it has worked out quiet well. I hope you will agree - enjoy

This an image which I mono-fied for entry in to Google+ #Minimalist Monochrome – well I rather like it and decided to use Lightroom to bring back the slightly overblown highlights in the water – I think it has worked out quiet well. I hope you will agree – enjoy

Abstract, Coast, Landscape, Photography

Island Light

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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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A little fun in the sun - a wonderful eefect created by shooting the sun directly through the lone tree at Duffus Castle - I haven't decided if it's a wee cracker or not as there is rather alot of noise in the image due to extremes of light involved - I shall let you be the judge of that - this one is one sale via my portfolio on Photo4me - enjoy

A little fun in the sun – a wonderful effect created by shooting in to the sun filtered through the lone tree at Duffus Castle – I haven’t decided if it’s a wee cracker – as there is rather a lot of noise in the image due to extremes of light involved – I shall let you be the judge of that – this one is one sale via my portfolio on Photo4me – enjoy

Freshly Pressed, Historical, Landscape, Photography

Eye of RA

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I must apologize for such limited participation in the world of blog - but work is distracting me - cannot wait to retire and focus on my photography.... meanwhile I am limited to Moray Firth, which has been no bad thing - forcing me to revisit old haunts and try things - I have been developing my lightroom skills and intend to practice longer exposures all good fun. This was the night after Scouting for Girls recorded their latest Video in Lossiemouth. The tide was on the turn and the sunset had failed to live up to it's billing but then some 15 minutes after sunset we got this - I was quiet happy as I had watched many photographers depart and there was me getting bitten by midges just waiting for something mellow - to enchant you with.

I must apologize for such limited participation in the world of blogging – but work is distracting me – cannot wait to retire and focus on my photography…. meanwhile I am limited to the glorious Moray Firth, which has been no bad thing – forcing me to revisit old haunts and try things – I have been developing my Lightroom skills and I intend to practice longer exposures – all good fun. This was the night after Scouting for Girls recorded their latest Video in Lossiemouth. The tide was on the turn and the sunset had failed to live up to it’s billing but then some 15 minutes after sunset we got this – I was quiet happy watching many of my fellow photographers depart and there was I getting bitten by midges just waiting for something mellow – to enchant you with.

Coast, Photography, Sunset

A Mirror of Mellow

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The footbridge at Lossiemouth leading across the the estuary to the spit of beach which leads along golden sands the seven miles to the neck of the Spey river famous throughout the world for salmon fishing.

The footbridge at Lossiemouth leading across the the estuary to the spit of beach which leads along golden sands the seven miles to the neck of the Spey river famous throughout the world for salmon fishing.

Beach, Coast, Photography

Bridge in Light

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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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lots of subtle light varied in the way it is has dappled itself unequally across the sky and wet sand - somewhere in Moray - well you cant have all the details or you will be on my doorstep pinching my great sky's

lots of subtle light varied in the way it is has dappled itself unequally across the sky and wet sand – somewhere in Moray – well you cant have all the details or you will be on my doorstep pinching my great sky’s

Coast, Landscape, Photography

A Brush of Light

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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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It is moments like these that have convinced me to live here on the Moray Coast. That pre dawn moment, the town is still asleep not even the dog walkers are out just an idiot with a tripod - a calm nervous silence is all around.

It is moments like these that have convinced me to live here on the Moray Coast. That pre dawn moment, the town is still asleep not even the dog walkers are out just an idiot with a tripod – a calm nervous silence is all around.

Landscape, Photography, Sunrise

a hint of what’s to come

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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, postaday, Sunset

Overwhelmed

Not a great deal to say hear - simply a powerful light show amplified through the still reflection of an ebbing tide.

Not a great deal to say here – simply a powerful light show – amplified by the still reflection upon an ebbing tide.

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Freshly Pressed, Landscape, Photography, postaday, Travel

Covesea Starlight Dance

This is a shot I have been after for while now but it had been to windy for lengthy exposures. The other challenge was only a new moon in the sky filtered by clouds meant using atorch to manipulate the settings. Most notable challenge was focus. with the autofocus insuficient light to hang on then it was back to  good old fashioned manual focus - equally challenging with cross-hairs - but trial and error prevailed - I like the lick of cloud breaking up the starry backdrop. I learnt alot and am really starting to enjoy night photography full stop - there are some excellent results to be had.

This is a shot I have been after for while now but it had been to windy for lengthy exposures. The other challenge was only a new moon in the sky filtered by clouds meant using a torch to manipulate the settings. Most notable challenge was focus with insufficient light for the autofocus to hang on then it was back to good old fashioned manual focus – equally challenging without cross-hairs – but trial and error prevailed – I like the lick of cloud breaking up the starry backdrop. I learnt a lot and am really starting to enjoy night photography – there are some excellent results to be had.

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Coast, Freshly Pressed, Landscape, postaday

Crovie at the edge (Tiltshift)

I seen an image of one of the Moray coastal fishing villages which I knew was tweaked but I didnt understand how so I went along took my own shot and have atempted the same effect - I spent alot of time trial and error but think I have got the hang of it. Anyway you wont see too many of these - but I do feel this particular location works well for the tiltshift process. Tiltshift for the uninformed is gausian blur applied across all but aband of the image which you want to remain normal plus a little boost the contrast and saturation offering a dreamy toy village effect.

I seen an image of one of the Moray coastal fishing villages which I knew was tweaked but I didn’t understand how so I went along took my own shot and have attempted the same effect – I spent a lot of time trial and error but think I have got the hang of it. Anyway you wont see too many of these – but I do feel this particular location works well for the tilt-shift process. Tilt-shift for the uninformed is Gaussian blur applied across all but a band of the image which you want to remain normal plus a little boost the contrast and saturation offering a dreamy toy village effect.

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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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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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Coast, Landscape, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Sunrise, Travel

Light Box – a call from the Heavens

Using an old Post Office Red Telephone Box to filter the sunlight bursting through the cloud after sunrise - the filter generated some really dramatic light - I particularly like the chair drowned in the light drama

Using an old Post Office Red Telephone Box to filter the sunlight bursting through the cloud after sunrise – the filter generated some really dramatic light – I particularly like the chair drowned in the light drama

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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……

Beach, Landscape, Photography, Sunset

Gentle afterglow

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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

Landscape, Photography, Travel

Assynt Mono

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