This is an unpublished sequence of 4 images all taken during the same day at Loch Duich – it was a pretty miserable day but an ethereal moody feel was generated  by the low cloud and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 I have decided on reflection when you add these four unpublished images it may well have been one of my most productive days photography on the basis I hope for one good shot a day.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
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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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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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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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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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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This time generate a mixture of feelings here we are hanging on to the last warmth trying to avoid switching on the central heating - outside still lots of sunshine - darker sky's  and each evening brings an earlier sunset - curtains are getting drawing earlier each evening and autumn is well under way. Perhaps we appreciate the days more because they are shorter, in the next couple of weeks I can get some easy sunrises without having to get up too early so there is losts of promise. Here the crop is at it's peak and ready for a golden harvest

This time of year generates a mixture of feelings, here we are hanging on to the last warmth – trying to avoid switching on the central heating – outside still lots of sunshine – darker sky’s and each evening brings an earlier sunset – curtains are getting drawing earlier and autumn is well under way. Perhaps we appreciate the days more because they are shorter, in the next couple of weeks I can get some easy sunrises without having to get up too early so there is lots of promise. Anyway I have rambled on long enough – this post is a crop at it’s peak and ready for a golden harvest – enjoy

Landscape, Nature, Photography

Harvest Gold

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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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Coast, Freshly Pressed, Landscape, postaday, Travel

Muted Loch Duich

I have been so many locations recently when the sun hasn't even peaked out from the cloud and I have nt had the time to hang around for the light to change. This can leave very flat opportunities - until recently the camera would probably have remained in the bag. But as an amateur with limited time out and about I have to deal with what I can get and lets face it this is the Scotland many people are faced with so your challenge here is to look that bit closer for the light it is there very subtly - these locations and conditions always generate a calm which relaxes me.

I have been so many locations recently when the sun hasn’t even peaked out from the cloud and I haven’t had the time to hang around for the light to change. This can leave very flat opportunities – until recently the camera would probably have remained in the bag. But as an amateur with limited time out and about I have to deal with what I can get and lets face it this is the Scotland many people are faced with. So your challenge here is to look that bit closer for the light, it is there very subtly – these locations and conditions always generate a calm which relaxes me.

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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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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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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 :-)

Coast, Landscape, Photography, Travel

Crash landed a Hunters Moon

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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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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Shape, Travel

I long for Spring

The classic Scottish Golf tease it could be Turnberry to the uninitiated it is in fact a small 9 hole course called Covesea after the lighthouse in the early Spring not that long now the yellow sea of gorse comes alive and we know we are emerging from winters grip.

The classic Scottish Golf tease it could be Turnberry to the uninitiated it is in fact a small 9 hole golf course called Covesea after the lighthouse of the same name. In the early Spring (not that long now) the yellow sea of gorse comes alive and we know we are emerging from winters grip.

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Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Texture, Travel

Converging Texture

Well I was planning to post this image some 3 hours ago but I started messing about with the crop and 3 hours later I still wasn't happy but decided to hit save anyway. It was a lot easier when I posted this on Instagram less to think about. All in all it is about the myriad of colours and light n shade which all converge on the building. Classic harsh winter light

Well I was planning to post this image some 3 hours ago but I started messing about with the crop and 3 hours later I still wasn’t happy but decided to hit save anyway. It was a lot easier when I posted this on Instagram less to think about. All in all it is about the myriad of colours and light n shade which all converge on the building. Classic harsh winter light

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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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Cityscape, Historical, Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, postaday, Travel

Merry Christmas from Elgin Cathedral the ‘Lantern of the North ‘

The Lantern of the North

The Lantern of the North resplendent in it’s winter coat 

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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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Cityscape, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Sunset, Travel

Napoli – Thunderstorm

Another pretty bland view which to be honest I wouldn't give a second glance towards unless I was witnessing this incredible surreal lighting situation where the sun is setting behind me generating this intense backlight against a stormy sky and it was being punctuated by lightening bursts being filtered by the cloud - One of the most dramatic light dances I have ever witnessed.

Another pretty bland view which to be honest I wouldn’t give a second glance towards unless I was witnessing this incredible surreal lighting situation where the sun is setting behind me generating this intense backlight against a stormy sky and it was being punctuated by lightening bursts being filtered by the cloud – One of the most dramatic light dances I have ever witnessed.

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Historical, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Travel

Ballandalloch Gatehouse

Yes this is just the gatehouse – several miles down the road from the Castle – it is located in the heart of Speyside, near to the famed local whisky distilleries of Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas and Glenfiddich. Surrounded by majestic hills, and with the tumbling waters of the Rivers Spey and Avon flowing through the grounds, the setting is truly magnificent.

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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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Landscape, Nature, Photography, Skyscape, Travel

First taste of Winter – Ben Wyvis

Driving towards Inverness this weekend my eyes were drawn by the first dusting of snow on the mountain’s of Easter Ross. I couldn’t resist the temptation of capturing autumn colours contrasted against the snowline. Was even lucky enough to get some good sunshine kindly dance across the peak of Ben Wyvis, Easter Ross. This a long lens landscape taken from the dam at Loch Glascarnoch about 25 miles NW of Inverness.

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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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Nature, Photography, Travel, Wildlife

A Doe a Deer

This was taken on the Rannoch Moor at Kingshouse Hotel right under the gaze of the Buachaille Etive Mòr (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Mòr, meaning “the great herdsman of Etive”) clearly they have some sort of deal with the hotel chef’s :D

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Landscape, Nature, Photography, Sunset, Travel

Hot n Cold

In late Autumn the sun is so low in the sky that it struggles to reach everywhere, resulting in a wonderful contrast between the cool shore and the warm foliage.

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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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Beach, Coast, Gallery, Historical, Landscape, People, Photography, Travel

Moray Showcase (Carousel Gallery)

Gallery
Beach, Coast, Landscape, Photography, Seascape, Skyscape, Sunset, Travel

A little puff of cloud

late autumn sun almost at the death lays artificial warm tones on the rocky eroded coastline of Moray – what you cant sense is how bitterly cold it is as the wind chill bites at me.

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