Along Loch Tay

It’s a classic viewpoint – at the head of Loch Tay standing on the shores at Kenmore, looking down the length of the loch past the Crannog and island to mountains in the distance. Even without dramatic contrasty sunlight, it didn’t disappoint. For the record, these were both 8-second exposures, around f/4.5 and ISO 400 […]

The Least Amount of Landscape

Just to disprove the idea of deterministic landscape photography, as I was driving back from Acharn through Grandtully along Strathtay, the sky took on a most beautiful glowing cobalt-blue colour of dusk combined with the icy diamond clarity of sub-zero late autumn temperatures in the Highlands. One of those scenes where it took a little […]

The Falls of Acharn

Today’s random philosophical question: is landscape photography actually deterministic? Research maps. Check weather forecast. Think about time and location and the maximization of opportunity. Take camera and go. Point it at things. Come back, process to some degree of satisfaction. The process is certainly repeatable and it takes an incredible amount of luck to sway […]

Loch Lomond: At Inversnaid

There’s a couple of picturesque views to be had just below the hotel at Inversnaid harbour – the waterfall cascading down amongst the rocks one way, and opposite, a line of boulders leading toward the Arrochar Alps across Loch Lomond. Can’t complain. I don’t often use the Pattanaik algorithm in LuminanceHDR, especially for colour results, […]

Late Night Mist

Late Saturday evening, I was driving back from Argyll to Perthshire; got as far as a country lane outside Braco a few miles from home and saw this beautiful fog swirling around a copse of trees with the Ochils in the background, all in the silvery moonlight. ¬† Olympus Pen-F, Pentax 50mm f/1.7, 3 frames […]

Around Loch Rannoch

It remains one of my favourite parts of Highland Perthshire – with walks in Caledonian Forest to enjoy, beautiful landscape around Loch Rannoch, and this most recent discovery – as I was driving I saw a little round fuzzy grey/black creature trundling along the verge; when I realised it was a badger, well, the car […]

Falls of Bruar Revisited

With a couple of hours to spare on Sunday afternoon, I revisited the Falls of Bruar. Even¬† on a grotty wet day there were plenty of opportunities, around the lower bridge. It’s at least the 8th time I’ve been there – but the geology is impressive as always with the natural arch formed by the […]

Aurora, March 2016

Arguably an even more impressive display of the Aurora this evening than the one over New Year. I took the Pen-F out for its first attempt at night photography. What a way to test its capabilities!

Hunting Kelpies

Situated right beside the M9, the Kelpies are a bit of a tourist trap, but it had to be done… Rather stupidly, I set out with intentions of making long exposure photos of the kelpies – and then found after a few miles down the road that I’d left all my filters in the other […]