Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Favourite Photo Accessory?

I'm often asked what equipment I use when out & about shooting landscapes, & top of my list is a good pair of Wellington boots! After that it doesn't matter if it's a Canon , Nikon or Leica..... especially if you photograph in Scotland! I love photographing close to the waters edge, & in this example on the left was no exception. 
Taken at Dunure, Ayrshire, this site is normally busy with day trippers & picnickers, but luckily I was there out of the peak tourist season & had the shore all to myself.


Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Chasing Clouds?


While playing around in Lightroom with my images from Arran, I thought I'd have a try of the slideshow module, & this was the result.


Sunday, 3 April 2011

Chasing Light

I'm just back from the Isle of Arran, off the West Coast of Scotland. To say that the weather was challenging for photography would be an understatement! … But like all good things, a little extra effort can reap rewards. The challenge was to be at a predetermined location, when weather, lighting & tides would come together for an image worth capturing.


Saturday, 11 December 2010

Anticipating Changing Light

In late October this year, my fellow camera club member Neil MacGregor & I embarked on a long weekend  photo outing based in Glencoe. Our hope was for splendid autumn colours usually due at this time of year, but due to the strange weather patterns this year autumn was late! Undeterred we looked forward to our little expedition. To add to our woes, the weather forecast was not promising, with more or less constant rain & high wind forecast. In the lead up to this weekend, I had been whetting my appetite for this photo fest by pouring over books by my favourite photographers, David Ward, Joe Cornish & Charlie Waite, & one of the observations that I took from their pictures, which gave me hope for the coming weekend, & that was many of their successful pictures were taken just as the weather turns. With this in mind we concentrated of the weather forecasts & used the great photo tool "the photographers ephemeris" to anticipate the best locations to setup our cameras.
The picture featured here was taken late in day on the shores of Loch Leven looking towards the Pap of Glencoe. I had consulted "the photographers ephemeris " to pre-visualise  the scene for the placement of the late evening light, hoping the setting sun would shine along the length of loch & illuminate the Pap with warm light. As you can see despite the planning, nature had a plan B, just as the sun went down, a bank of cloud to our west, blocked the sunlight reaching the mountain, instead it lit up the heavens above in a glorious pink & golden hue.
So the next time you look out the window & mulling over whether to go brave the elements or not with your camera, remember the best light is not only at sunrise or sunset, but also during the transition between good / bad or visa versa weather, & hone your skills at anticipating the moment & location for that wonder shot.


Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel.

I haven't picked up my camera, to shoot  in earnest for the last few months, since my father past away after a long illness & then a subsequent vacation. In an attempt to motivate myself I was trawling though past images, when I came across this one taken at Loch Tulla in the early autumn. The circumstances where that after a long & rather fruitless photo outing, due to the weather, I could see that there was the possibility that the sun may peek out under the cloud, as it lowers into the west. I new that there would be few obstructions to the sun at this location as the sun sets, with an open expanse of loch, to the left of the shot, I knew if I was correct, I may be in luck.

It was not until after reviewing this shot I realised the similarity of the situation I now find myself in. But clearly there is light at the end of the tunnel.


Thursday, 3 June 2010

Eilean Donan Castle

One of the ironies of photographing landscapes in Scotland, is that, yes it is very photogenic, with “at times” wonderful light, but it is a comparatively small country. So it can be difficult to find a scene or area that has not been captured before. When presented with a subject, photographed numerous times before, by photographers more capable than I. That is were I find the challenge exciting. Trying to find another angle, foreground, background or lighting effect.
Here for example is Eilean Donan Castle, taken on route to Skye, the weather was foul on the journey north from Glasgow. Our party of club photographers decided to take a break at the castle car park. The scene was set, the weather was at best poor, building contractors had descended on the castle approach bridge, suitably attired in their gaudy florescent jackets & helmets, scaffolding erected at various ramparts & parapets  &  oh!.... the tide was out! But I love a challenge. To date all the pictures I have seen of this castle seemed to be taken from a distance, with the dramatic hills made to look larger by the foreshortening effect of  long telephoto lenses, or illuminated by artificial spot lights. Yes all very dramatic, but I wanted something different.
So by using the overcast lighting to emphasize the rock, moss & seaweed on the shore, I found that I had quite a different perspective on the subject, with the gloomy weather conditions adding to the atmosphere. I hope you will agree.


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Kirkintilloch Camera Club

Kirkintilloch Camera Club

My local Camera & Photography club, has a new website
The club has meetings at 34-36 Eastside, Kirkintilloch on Monday evenings.
New syllabus starts after the summer break, September.