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Once again I have several images published in the John Muir Desk diary, a showcase of top nature and landscape photography.
Just finished a successful exhibition at Balbithan House, Aberdeenshire, as part of the North East Open Studios (NEOS) event.
I now have a Facebook page for my Photography business here- Feel free to 'like' it!
I am now the proud owner of a new Epson R3000 printer. I must say it is excellent, with superb print quality.
Had a wonderful week solo cycling and camping on Eigg and Muck in the inner Hebrides Small Isles, concentrating on taking photos. The weather smiled on me, with a great mix of sun and squally showers, perfect for atmospheric images with Rum in the background.
A week's cycle camping from Bonar Bridge north of Inverness,to Cape Wrath in the far NW.
Luck smiled on us and we had a week of sunshine and increasingly hot weather after a dismal start to the month.
We started at at my sister's cafe (the Caley Cafe) at Bonar Bridge and went via Loch Stack (2 nights), Tarbet (a day on Handa Island nature reserve), Sandwood Bay, Cape Wrath, Durness, and Ben Hope.
We also climbed Arkle by Loch Stack, and Ben Hope- the latter on the hottest May day in Scotland since records began- around 27-29C.
Full image set on Flickr
I took advantage of great forecast to go up North with Duncan Smith, where we Drove to Achnasheen and backpacked up to the top of Fionn Bheinn with all the camera gear. There we camped/bivvied on the top, where it got down to about -5C and we had a light show shower upon arrival. Hower, it cleared and we were treated to a glorious sunset over the Fannichs and we were up at 4 am for a gorgeous still dawn over Torridon. For a full set of photos see my Flickr site.
09 November 2011
Had a wonderful day photographing by the river Garry at Soldier's leap by Killiecrankie on Sunday. Beautiful morning light and vibrant autumnal colours showed off the spectacular Killiecrankie viaduct at its best. The first frost of the year (for me) meant lots of fun photographing frosty oak leaves on the worn river rocks.
Recent trips to the Isle of May and the Bass Rock have produced some good Puffin and Gannet shots. I'm especially pleased with my gannet photos, using a 17-40 wide angle lens and pushing the camera right up to the birds on the end of a monopod.
Just back from cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu, with over 2700 photos to sort through!
I was delighted to have several more images selected for the 2012 John Muir Trust Desk Diary and calendar, for the 3rd year running.The diary and calendar are available here and make excellent gifts, while raising money for a very worthwhile cause, protecting our wild lands.
I won first prize in the Environmental Impact category in the Nature of Britain Photo competition with my image of a washed-up shoe on a pristine beach on Tiree. The image went on to feature on the front page of the East Lothian Courier. The prize is a photo trip to the Bass Rock in July with Laurie Campbell. I also won a runner up prize in the Flora category.
Chuffed that several of my images were selected for the prestigious John Muir Trust Desk Diary (2) and Calendar (1), for the second year running, and my image 'Approaching Storm, Glen Etive' still forms the background to the publisher's web site. The diary and calendar are available here and make excellent gifts, while raising money for a very worthwhile cause, protecting our wild lands.
July 26th 2010
Happy that my image 'Approaching Storm, Glen Etive'(the same one as on my book cover illustrated below) was chosen for Calumet's Picture of the week.
April 23rd 2010
Very happy to be told today that I won £500 worth of Canon gear of my choice in the monthly portfolio competition run by DSLR User magazine. This will be accompanied by a published portfolio in the magazine.
February 12th 2010
I was delighted to win the 'Creative Visions of Nature' category in the Nature of Britain Photo competition, as well as a second and third place in Landscape and World-Wide Wildlife respectively. I had 6 images shortlisted and included in the ongoing exhibition at the Scottish Seabird Centre, 5 of which I took in California last summer. For the first prize I get to go on a photographic landing trip to the Bass Rock gannet colony off the East Lothian coast, with nature photographer Laurie Campbell. I did the same trip as a prize 2 years ago and it was great, so I'm looking forward to it.
You can see the pictures on Flickr here and some of the winners on The Scotsman website here
You can see all the 100 short-listed entries here
December 14 2009
Today my book arrived in the post and I must say I am delighted with the quality of it. The pictures are accurate in colour, exposure and saturation, and there are no colour casts on the mono images. The paper is a good weight and with a nice silk sheen. The binding looks good and the printed hard cover has come out well.
December 7 2009
Three of my photographs will be exhibited in the 2010 Hospital Open Show. The exhibition is in the Gallery at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, 15th Jan to 26th March.
November 26 2009
Today my first book is available from the Blurb publishing site. Titled simply 'Landscapes of Scotland' it is a 160 page 12" square coffee table book printed on premium 100g silk finish paper. It will be a few weeks until I receive my copy to check the colours etc, and a few minor errors (typos and a single caption font) have come to light already, so I have now uploaded a revised version. You can preview the whole book here and order it if you wish. Any comments, critiques, error feedback etc welcome!
November 20 2009
Well, it's now three weeks since I broke my wrist taking pictures by Rumbling Bridge near Dollar. A slip on the steep leafy bank caused me to fall heavily on onto the hand carrying the camera and tripod. Thinking it was just a sprain, I carried on taking pictures of the gorgeous orange beech leaves by the river, but an x-ray the following day confirmed the break and I was consigned to plaster for a few weeks. Still, the camera was OK and I was pleased with the pictures I got!
Oct 30 2009
My photograph Winter Sheep is now in the shops as a Christmas card published by Woodmansterne Publications. It has also been published this year as a Christmas card for the charity RSABI for "helping people who have depended on the land"
This picture does also look fantastic at A3+ on fine art paper and has been one of my most popular prints.
Oct 07 2009
Latest images in print: Two images are published in the October 2009 Digital Camera Magazine, featured in the CD tutorial sections.
Also, The John Muir Trust have selected 3 of my images for their 2010 Desk Diary
and one for the 2010 calendar .
I am really chuffed about this, given the high standard of the photographs used in these publications. Now to see if I can get some new images worthy of selection for next years editions!
Oct 02 2009
Well the site is looking better again- I rebuilt all the rather fuzzy resizes so they are now sharp! I am slowly getting more images up again, and they are appearing in web searches again.
I have added a link on the left sidebar at the bottom to a new album of my own personal favourites. This is rather sparse just now, but the aim is to showcase a selection of the very best images on this site.
I was back recently from a great weekend in the Cairngorms camping and hillwalking. Got up for the dawn and was lucky enough to get the fist sun hitting a light shower and producing a full rainbow over the old pine trees and river- magical! You can see one photograph of this in 'Landscapes' and there will be more from that trip in due course.
Sept 10 2009
Well, after a great deal of work, the site is back up and running again after it was hacked, which messed it up to a degree where it was quicker to rebuild it from scratch than continue to try and repair it.
So, sorry if you had registered on the site, your account will have gone. Also some private galleries for previous clients will not be replaced unless there is a particular need to.
The image collection is being uploaded from my Flickr site using a useful import plugin. So if you see some strange keywords or links to my Flickr site, that is why! I still have a lot of images to bring back in, and the selection will be slightly different from before. This site shows a selection of what I consider to be my 'best' images, so for a fuller selection, do visit my Flickr site. Any of my images can be provided as prints or licensed on request.
Sadly, the site was down for almost two weeks, so it has almost dropped out of Google searches. Those links you do find will probably be broken, as they contain image database references that no longer exist. Just search from the search tool and you should find what you are looking for if it is here. If you have a particular requirement, please contact me and I will let you know if I can meet it.