Sixty-Plus Landscapes from Autumn in the Highlands

Autumn is starting to come to a close here in the Cairngorms. Most of the trees have now been stripped of their leaves. The hills are dusted in snow every other day. I find my days are busy as I work on plans and projects for next year, but it’s always nice to take aContinue reading “Sixty-Plus Landscapes from Autumn in the Highlands”

Rime Ice (A Mountain Poem)

Heading home I saw the hillsFrom the North the Cairngorms display their true size. From other angles pretending at being small. Vast, precipitous, and they beckon. Lairigs draw breath The great spaces of The Interior, my heart with it.Golden birch trees flashed by.A streak of white across the high places.Shining silver layered on slopes ofContinue reading “Rime Ice (A Mountain Poem)”

Woods, Rain and Water – A Perfect Waterfall Photography Workshop

A Plan Suitable for the Weather This last Saturday was my final scheduled photography workshop of the autumn. The original plan for the day was to head to Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. There we would walk up to the beautiful loch overlooked by the impressive cliffs of Coire Ardair. However, a few days beforeContinue reading “Woods, Rain and Water – A Perfect Waterfall Photography Workshop”

Woods, Mountains and Rainbows – A Great Day Out for Photography

Last Saturday was the day of the long anticipated Torridon and Loch Maree workshop, which I had been especially looking forward to. Autumn is arguably the best time of year in the Highlands, and the hills, woods and lochs of Wester Ross look particularly superb at this time of year. I did feel a fewContinue reading “Woods, Mountains and Rainbows – A Great Day Out for Photography”

Navigational Awareness – Don’t Get Lost on the Hills

The recent case of a man lost in the Cairngorms for two nights is just the latest incident for the busy Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team. It won’t be the last (Spoiler: it wasn’t). Fortunately there was a happy outcome on this occasion. When these incidents happen, it really hammers home the importance of good navigationContinue reading “Navigational Awareness – Don’t Get Lost on the Hills”

The Most Beautiful Loch in Scotland? – A Hike across Cairngorm to Stunning Loch Avon

Starting Out A few days after my photography mission to Braeriach it seemed that the warm settled weather had no intention of leaving the Highlands. The Cairngorms were bathing in sunlight day after day. So, after letting my legs recover for a few days, I headed back to the hills to visit a very specialContinue reading “The Most Beautiful Loch in Scotland? – A Hike across Cairngorm to Stunning Loch Avon”

Autumn Photography Workshops in the Scottish Highlands

Autumn Photography Workshops I’m pleased to announce that I will be running a series of one-day landscape photography workshops this Autumn. Each workshop will be taking place in a different location across the Highlands, visiting some of the very finest landscapes Scotland has to offer for us to enjoy while we learn. Who’s It For?Continue reading “Autumn Photography Workshops in the Scottish Highlands”

How to Read a Histogram and Why It’s Vital to Good Photography

In digital photography there are these things called histograms. They look a little bit like this: As you can see, it’s a kind of graph with lots of peaks and troughs. Most cameras have an option to display these when you review the image. On some, you can see a live histogram that changes asContinue reading “How to Read a Histogram and Why It’s Vital to Good Photography”

Why Is the Sky White In My Photos?

We’ve all experienced the disappointment of photographing a gorgeous scene, only for the photo to come out looking horrible. One of the most common problems encountered is the White Sky. Like in the image above, all the detail and colour is completely lost. So why does this happen? And how can we deal with theContinue reading “Why Is the Sky White In My Photos?”