It was a delight to be back to the place that always will feel like home to me. Lewis was where I grew up and the landscape of moors, lochs, cliffs and beaches is always a tonic for me. Even more important than the place are the people. Warm, genuine and down to earth. I always leave feeling refreshed and happy. Thanks to everyone who passed time with me and with my family these last 2 months.
Conditions: Very windy with a moderate swell. Sheltered here by the dunes.
Camera work: Canon 5D3, 25-70L lens at 30mm, 2 stopND hard grad on the sky. 4″ at f/11, iso 100.
The Highlands of Scotland are, in many ways a subarctic environment. Our weather is moderated and made utterly unpredictable by our position at the junction of 6 great air masses. There has always been variability over long and short cycles but, to my mind, the evidence of climate change potentiation by the gasification of fossilised carbon seems strong. To be in Glencoe in mid January with the ice melting before my eyes does make me reflect on my part in this change.
Melting ice in a small tributary of Loch Bà on Rannoch Moor.
A very atmospheric early morning in Glencoe. Big thanks to David Mould for location advice and Niall and Joe for the company.
Looking for rhythm and conjunctions in the landscape. Sometimes where the natural and the manufactured come together and sometimes where the elements of the wild landscape meet to give a satisfying sense of order. Making order out of the chaos and danger of our surroundings seems, I think, to be a universal human desire.
Please check out the Formatt-Hitech website for details. Those cow’s are getting around a bit.
Up coming exhibitions:
SLPOTY exhibition starting at Castle Stalker View. Already up and going. Please see the SLPOTY website for further venues in the tour.
GDPU exhibition at The Peoples Palace, Glasgow Green. Also in progress.
Print: Amateur Photography Magazine
Web based: lanscapephotographymagazine.com
Upcoming images from Assynt.
All best, Omer.
The scourge of digital photography is the “costlessness”of pressing the shutter release. Excuse the invention of a new word for this. This is a case in point. I took about 10 images of the same scene. I like them all. They are all my babies. Then I have to pick a favourite. Film was easier (…is easier if you’re Bruce Percy…) I guess as you had a single chance and that was it. Perhaps film was harder as you had to be sure of your intention and timing. After much pacing around and squinting at the 10 this was the one that won out… For today.
For the large version please click on the image in gallery page 2.
I had been informed by the Outdoor Photographer of the Year team that one of my images had been selected for the portfolio and was delighted when the portfolio book arrived today. The image of the beach at Sgarasta (Scarista), Isle of Harris has been used as the title page.
I was delighted that my image of cows having fun on the beach at Laig Bay, Isle of Eigg, has been selected as the seascape category winner in this years SLPOTY competition. It’s the first time I have entered a competition like this for a few years and I am thrilled that this image was appreciated in this way. I understand from the administrator of the competition that there is a blind judging process (to avoid bias towards photographers with an established reputation) with a few hurdles to cross before the winning image is awarded. I am humbled to see so many photographers I already admire on the commended list and the portfolios of images by the overall winner and runner up are just stunning. Check out SLPOTY.co.uk.
For a larger version see gallery page 1.