Getting back in the swing
15th November 2015
Photography has had to take a back seat for the last few months, but I am now catching up and should have more time to get out with my camera and to clear my backlog of processing.

In September I was able to travel to Eigg on a trip led by Lee Frost and Duncan McEwan, and some of the images from that trip are now in the Inner Hebrides portfolio. I have also had a couple of days out, to Argyll and to the Trossachs, to photograph autumn colour. Weather permitting, I am venturing across to Harris for four nights later this week. The forecast is mixed, and it looks as though I will be lucky to get the time outside with the camera that I managed at the same time last year, but as long as the rain isn't perpetually horizontal I should have some opportunities for photography.
Slow down the Clyde
22nd June 2015
About a month ago I was able to escape and spend a couple of days at a long exposure workshop on the Northumberland coast run by Lee Frost. I returned itching to put into practice everything I had learned, but once again earning a living intervened. Things have now quietened down and I have been able to start working on an idea that formed during a couple of weeks of tedious tasks.

I live on the Clyde coast and have become interested in the river and its estuary, so when work and the weather permit (the current cool, cloudy weather is ideal) I plan to try out long exposure photography along the River Clyde and around the Firth of Clyde. My only trips to the upper reaches (en route elsewhere) have coincided with bright, cloudless days when long exposures are not possible, but I have been able to photograph further downstream and into the Firth in rather more suitable weather. Some of my early attempts can be seen in the gallery "Slow down the Clyde".
Snow in late April
03rd May 2015
Work and life have meant opportunities for photography have been limited for the last couple of months, but last week's snow tempted me onto Rannoch Moor and down Glen Etive. Unlike my last trip to Rannoch Moor in the snow, I did not see another photographer. The weather was mixed (sometimes nicely moody) and I was lucky to end up only a little damp.

Gathering clouds, Glen Etive
Winter has come
01st February 2015
Winter has finally arrived. I am hobbling around as the result of an ankle injury, but can now venture further than the car park so took advantage of the weather yesterday to enjoy my first real winter trip to Rannoch Moor since moving west. It was teeming with photographers. The Road to the Isles was less busy, but the weather was not conducive to distant scenes.

A bit of snow on the Road to the Isles….
Harris in November
20th November 2014

Sun setting behind Toe Head

I had a lot of good fortune on my trip to Harris: the ferry from Uig ran when the Ullapool sailings were disrupted because of high winds, there was very little rain, and I was able to be out with the camera all day for the three full days I was there. The 16 - 35 mm f4 proved to be very useful, and I had a go at a few stitched panoramas. My only disappointment was that there was no snow anywhere (including on the Cuillin, which were clearly visible from the east coast). On several occasions I had beaches to myself, and a fantastic sunset on the final evening rounded the trip off nicely.
Canon 16 - 35 mm f4
12th November 2014
I recently acquired the Canon 16 - 35 f4 after Lee Frost kindly allowed me to try his lens during a trip to Lochaber and Skye in September. Until now my widest available focal length was 24 mm, and because of vignetting when using a filter holder this was more realistically 28 mm. A work trip to London and some time spent mooching around Duty Free at Heathrow proved to be expensive, but I am enjoying the additional range available to me and the colours from the lens are fantastic. I hope to be able to try it out on a trip to Harris in a few day's time (weather permitting - particularly the weather that determines whether the ferries sail).