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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Busy Busy Busy - I have been trying to post for nearly 4 days but continuously get distracted - the last 3 evenings we were BBQing which means snoring on the sofa by 9pm :-) Anyway last week we went along to Elgin Cathedral (what a setting) to watch Macbeth - there was atotal of 5 actors covering all the parts - a very impressive line fluff free performance - quiet brilliant. However for me it was the setting and the ever changing light on the Cathedral which was attracting me. Annoyingly it was about 30 mins after I took this it got really good - but I decided I couldn't get out my seat again out of respect for the performers. - Enjoy

Busy Busy Busy – I have been trying to post for nearly 4 days but continuously get distracted – the last 3 evenings we were BBQing which means snoring on the sofa by 9pm :-) Anyway last week we went along to Elgin Cathedral (what a setting) to watch Macbeth – there was atotal of 5 actors covering all the parts – a very impressive line fluff free performance – quiet brilliant. However for me it was the setting and the ever changing light on the Cathedral which was getting my fuller attention. Annoyingly it was about 30 mins after I took this it got really good – but I decided I couldn’t get out my seat again out of respect for the performers. – Enjoy

Historical, Photography

Macbeth “live” Elgin Cathedral

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Fished Out

A little bit of moody drama at Corpach – it was poor day so I applied artistic impression mode and some poetic licence – enjoy

 

Digital Art, Landscape, Photography

Wrecked

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This is the famous Jacobite Steam Train on the Fort William to Mallaig Line (also known to some as the Hogwart's Express from the Harry Potter Movies). Although the weather wasn't the best I was set up to include the mini Lighthouse on the right and Ben Nevis in the background - definately a good recce shot for a better day (works quite well in mono but we shall keep that for another day) enjoy.

This is the famous Jacobite Steam Train on the Fort William to Mallaig Line (also known to some as the Hogwart’s Express from the Harry Potter Movies). Although the weather wasn’t the best I was set up to include the mini Lighthouse on the right and Ben Nevis in the background – definitely a good recce shot for a better day (works quite well in mono but we shall keep that for another day) enjoy.

Coast, Historical, Landscape

The Jacobite Corpach

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A rush post to make sure I have a least 3 in June – taking lots of shots just not the time to edit them. Something a wee bit different from me but – well worthy of a share – my son and daughter covered themselves in coloured powder for some fun and charity – the day  was perfect for photos and I had great fun deciding which ones to post. I hope that they convey the fun that everyone not just these guys had – a real good feeling and great photos to boot.

CMR Jump zoom

Jumping for joy at the end of the 5K run

Colour Me RAD

my daughter obviously buzzing

CMR Calum Colour Selection

posing not a skill acquired from his father

CMR Lora V

Peace Man!

CMR Calum Pose closer

Oh so cool :-)

Gallery, People

Colour Me RAD

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Impending FindhornFindhorn Big Sky

 

These two shots were taken from the same location on the same beach within 10 mins of each other (one looks west and one looks east) but that is where the similarity ends as the light determines the rest – quiet simply why I love living on the magnificent “Moray Coast”

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Findhorn “Big Sky” and “Impending”

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This is a dark and foreboding Rothes Wind Farm near Glenlatterach. A fabulously  dark sky coupled with a slow shutter speed to display the movement of you love it or hate it wind farm. Renewable must be Scotland's future. BT has agreed a £300m deal to buy enough energy to meet the needs of all its Scottish operations for the next 20 years from a wind farm in the Borders. I dont want to be held to ransom by foreign energy markets

This is a dark and foreboding Rothes Wind Farm near Glenlatterach. A fabulously dark sky coupled with a slow shutter speed to display the movement of you love it or hate it wind farm. Renewable must be Scotland’s future. BT has agreed a £300m deal to buy enough energy to meet the needs of all its Scottish operations for the next 20 years from a wind farm in the Borders. Hopefully this will be a trend with more investment in wave power too. I for one don’t want to be held to ransom by foreign energy markets. Anyway enough politics – enjoy 

Landscape, Photography, Skyscape

A Whispering Wind

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I thought I would just quickly share this before abandoning the PC and telephone conversations with HMRC to spend 4-5 hours in the Lossiemouth sun. This was taken last night with a .6 ND Grad filter . According to all the magazine articles it is a landscape photographers bread and butter requirement. It certainly kept the sky under check and reduced post processing time which must be good.  Anyway as I said sunshine here I come.

I thought I would just quickly share this before abandoning the PC and telephone conversations with HMRC to spend 4-5 hours in the Lossiemouth sun. This was taken last night about 22:00 with a .6 ND Grad filter . According to all the magazine articles it is a landscape photographers bread and butter requirement. It certainly kept the sky under check and reduced post processing time which must be good. Anyway as I said sunshine here I come – enjoy!

Landscape, Skyscape, Sunset

My First ND grad image

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Well I have only managed 4 posts this month - in the past that would have phased me. I have been focussing on sorting out our home and carpeting has been the task of the moment. My thinking is if I can get our house how I want it then that will fre  my mind to be creative and get out and about. Meanwhile I continue to shoot property for a posh estate agent and I am enjoying that immensely much more than I thought II would. Anyway thank you for sticking with my sporadic appearances - as always - enjoy

Well I have only managed 4 posts this month – in the past that would have phased me. I have been focusing on sorting out our home and carpeting has been the task of the moment. My thinking is if I can get our house how I want it, then that will free my mind to be creative and get out and about. Meanwhile I continue to shoot property for a posh estate agent and I am enjoying that immensely, much more than I thought I would. Anyway thank you for sticking with my sporadic appearances – as always – enjoy

Landscape, Photography, Seascape

Tied Up ~ Inverpolly

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This is the second from my last trip out to Torridon - although rather than focusing on Beinn Alligin the view looks towards Torridon across the Loch Beag then Loch Sheildaig and finally just before the mountain range you see Upper Loch Torridon, it is quiet rare to see this view on such a clear day - enjoy

This is the second from my last trip out to Torridon – although rather than focusing on Beinn Alligin – the view looks towards Torridon across the Loch Beag then Loch Shieldaig and finally just before the mountain range you see Upper Loch Torridon, it is quiet rare to see this view on such a clear day – enjoy

Landscape, Photography

Three Lochs View

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Hopeman Panorama

A glorious day today on the Moray Coast, the shot I was composing was simply not going to happen with a standard 24mm lens – so I decided to take a panorama of 5 images – Hopeman beach is more than just the coloured huts it is a rock-pool extravaganza with the tidal pools flushed twice daily it is a lovely clean beach with great dunes and protected by wonderful yellow gorse.

The blog has also passed a couple of barriers recently with 80,000 views and 800 followers onwards towards 100K :-). I value all your support and encouragement and in return I love seeing your images too. Moreover I get to steal your ideas and destinations (at least in my dreams). Thanks for watching Scott

Coast, Landscape

Hopeman Panorama (5 images)

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This a haunt from my childhood - I was doing seeing my parents an we had a wee run down the Ayreshire coast. Dunure and Turnberry were my too stops. A right blast from the past. Anyway I climbed out at great risk on to these rocks to get this rather dramatic angle and the sun graced me with it's presence - enjoy

This a haunt from my childhood – I was down seeing my parents and we had a wee run down the Ayrshire coast. Dunure and Turnberry were my too stops. A right blast from the past. Anyway I climbed out at great risk on to these rocks to get this rather dramatic angle and the sun graced me with it’s presence – enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Dramatic Dunure Castle

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This is an unpublished sequence of 4 images all taken during the same day at Loch Duich – it was a pretty miserable day but an ethereal moody feel was generated  by the low cloud and perfectly calm water offering some lovely reflections. I did publish another 2 shots from this day Crash Landed a Hunter’s Moon and the Five Sisters of Kintail  (both collecting a good few views). I have decided on reflection when you add these four unpublished images it may well have been one of my most productive days photography on the basis I hope for one good shot a day. Anyway I will let you decide – enjoy

Gallery, Landscape

Loch Duich Sequence

Gallery
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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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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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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Lossiemouth Landscape by iPhone 5S

 

This shot did rather well on Instagram last week so I was interested if it was purely down to the fact that I was viewing it on a small mobile phone screen and wondered if it would survive the greater test of a blogpost.  I exported the image to my computer levelled the horizon and cropped it to the same shape as I posted it on IG and that was it. The colour is pretty good – texture is visible in the sand ripples out to about 25m and the town is about 1.5 miles back down the beach so I wasn’t surprised that it struggled with the shadow detail in the town. All in all, it is a pretty faithful reproduction of a perfect day unfortunately we had the dog so I didn’t have the DSLR to provide a comparison shot, thought’s?

Coast, Digital Art, Landscape

Lossiemouth Landscape by iPhone 5S

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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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This a blast from the past - originally taken in 2010 at the time I was very pleased with the results and published it to a successful 18 likes. Today I tracked down the master file and decided to re-edit - I have adjusted the alignment by rotating the image removing several dust scratches and applying a yellow filter which offers some strong definition on the domes detail. In summary I felt this was well worth a second viewing - enjoy

This a blast from the past – originally taken in 2010 – at the time I was very pleased with the results and published it to a successful 18 likes. Today I tracked down the master file and decided to re-edit – I have adjusted the alignment by rotating the image removing several dust scratches and applying a yellow filter which offers some strong definition on the domes detail. In summary I felt this was well worth a second viewing – enjoy

Digital Art, Historical

Chatsworth Dome

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The magnificent Chapter House of Elgin Cathedral "The Lantern of the North" - boy what I would have paid to see this in it's day - certainly prior to the sacking by the "Wolf of Badenoch" in 1390 where it was not simply a Cathedral but entire community nestled behind a huge curtain wall. The Chapter House which you see in the middle of the shot is the only completely intact part of the Cathedral. I have some  shots of that room under editing. I had reccied this angle several weeks ago but the light was bland. Today spoiled us with some cracking late winter sunshine generating some fantastic shadows and offering real detail in the stonework. Anyway I am really pleased by the shot - I think it punches you with colour - enjoy

The magnificent Chapter House of Elgin Cathedral “The Lantern of the North” – boy what I would have paid to see this in it’s day – certainly prior to the sacking by the “Wolf of Badenoch” in 1390 when it was not simply a Cathedral but an entire community nestled behind a huge curtain wall. The Chapter House which you see in the middle of the shot is the only completely intact part of the Cathedral. I have some shots of that room under editing. I had reccied this angle several weeks ago but the light was bland. Today spoiled us with some cracking late winter sunshine generating some fantastic shadows and offering real detail in the stonework. Anyway I am really pleased by the shot – I think it punches you with colour – enjoy

Historical, Landscape, Travel

Chapter House – Elgin Cathedral

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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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Now I want you to sing along boys and girls and then we will do some colouring in...  The wonderful thing about tiggers Is tiggers are wonderful things! Their tops are made out of rubber Their bottoms are made out of springs! They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one  Tiggers are cuddly fellas Tiggers are awfully sweet Ev'ryone el-us is jealous That's why I repeat... and repeat  The wonderful thing about tiggers Is tiggers are marvelous claps! They're loaded with vim and vigor They love to leap in your laps! They're jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one I-I-I'm , the only... oof! Ouch! Right I can see you have some Spring in your tail - so lets get colouring in "Hopeman Huts" - enjoy

                                             Now I want you to sing along boys and girls and then we will do some colouring in…                                                                         
The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are wonderful things!
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs!
They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I’m the only one
Tiggers are cuddly fellas
Tiggers are awfully sweet
Ev’ryone el-us is jealous
That’s why I repeat… and repeat
The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are marvelous claps!
They’re loaded with vim and vigor
They love to leap in your laps!
They’re jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I’m the only one
I-I-I’m , the only… oof!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Right I can see you have some Spring in your tail – so lets get colouring in “Hopeman Huts” – enjoy

 

 

Beach, Digital Art, Landscape

Sing-along then my “Colouring Book”

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Well I am proud to say this is my first cover - I have had several things published in the past but this was the first cover shot - all the home in Lossiemouth had the "Lossie Local Magazine" lying on their hall carpets with my cover picture staring at them - Very happy and feeling very positive - have a great day :-)

Well I am proud to say this is my first cover – I have had several things published in the past but this was the first cover shot – all the homes in Lossiemouth had the “Lossie Local Magazine” lying on their hall carpets with my cover picture staring at them – Very happy and feeling very positive – have a great day :-)

Advertising, Digital Art

Very Proud – My First Magazine Cover

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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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The colour grey being both motionless and emotionless, grey is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, relief from a chaotic world.  On a more positive note  The color gray is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite.

The colour grey being both motionless and emotionless, grey is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, relief from a chaotic world. The colour grey is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite. On a more positive note – Rattray Head Lighthouse is much sharper than my previous attempt – progress :-)

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Grey Calm after the Storm

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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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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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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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