This is going to be a long post, drawing on several disparate areas of experience and interest. Welcome to my mind… Photographic Influence The Highlands are not like 18th-century Venice. On driving around – which you can do around here – the landscape is raw, rugged, elemental, positively harsh on a cold day. We do […]
Continuing the third day of my holiday last November, having been to the Reelig Glen in the morning, with the weather still mostly inclement, I went for a nice long drive up to Tarbat Ness by Portmahomack. The lighthouse – the third-tallest in Scotland – was engineered by Robert Stevenson in 1830, a stripy shapely […]
Back last November I spent a very happy few days staying up North; the first day was spent in Glen Affric (sunrise, trees, water and light). In the few years since I was last up there, there’s been a concerted push to market the road around the far north of Scotland as an “answer to […]
There is a trope that photography involves taking a single RAW image, hunching over the desktop poking sliders in Lightroom, and publishing one JPEG; if you want less noise you buy noise-reduction software; if you want larger images, you buy upscaling software. It’s not the way I work. I prefer to make the most of […]
At the end of November I spent a happy Saturday afternoon driving out to the Black Mount area in Rannoch Moor, with photos in mind. Didn’t help that I left the main camera battery at home in the charger, so was limited to the spare. Well, it makes one think when even turning the camera […]
Happy new year! I saw the year in from Blackford Hill looking at the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle. Watching folks arrive was almost like a scene from Lord of the Rings – this line of torch lights processing along the hillside track, reminiscent of the last march of the Elves.
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, […]
I’ve not wasted time before getting out and about with the new camera. I saw a photo on flickr of the sea stack at Muchalls on the Aberdeenshire coast, near Stonehaven, which prompted a visit to explore the area and drive through lots of scenery. Unfortunately the path down to the beach was too slippy […]
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!
The other day, we had a proponent of “creative landscape photography” presenting at the photographic society. His results were outstanding. I even approved of some of his philosophy, which is saying something. But … some of his decisions in the execution of that philosophy seemed off. It’s great to hear someone ignoring the maxim “get […]