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.
Larger versions of the images are available in Gallery 1 above.
A late January snow fall and the radio spits out those magical words: “Snow gates closed at the Spittal of Glenshee”. Early morning start for the 90 minute drive up to Dunkeld and then on up the A93. It’s been a wet, windy and mild winter yet again so it was nice to see some real winter weather at last. Thanks Joe for the company and driving the last bit.
The magic of snow is the simplification it brings to the form of the landscape. Individual trees and rocks suddenly have a presence and place that would otherwise be drowned out by the background of similar colours and shapes. I am constantly looking for that visual rhythm and visual Haiku that arrests the eye and the imagination. In the images taken with a long lens over the brow of the hills the lack of any discernible detail and the almost, but not quite, identical tone of white in the snow and the sky gives a sense of endless space. I didn’t go out with any expectations but came back with a lot to think about.
Autumn has definitely taken hold down at Milton Pond this morning. Very still conditions with mirror perfect reflections on the water and the rising sun lighting up the mist. Camerawork:5D3, 1/60th”@ f/8, ISO400. 2 stop soft ND grad on the sky.
After a relaxing day out at Glen Orchy and Glen Etive with a couple of landscape photography buddies we headed home as the light faded. Joe was keen to check out this chap who has been installed at one end of Loch Earn. Looks a bit like an alien who has come to visit us from across the galaxy somewhere.
Stormy conditions but the soft light had the usual Harris effect of turning everything into pastel shades. The stormy conditions first thing in the morning meant we had this corner of paradise all to ourselves.
On most days this stand of trees is hard to make out against the conifers on the hill behind. One of the great benefits of the Scottish weather is the frequency of mist and rain that throws a soft blanket over the distant forest making the whole scene “pop”. Nature’s own Photoshop.
Tech: camera 5DMk2, Lens: 20-200L at 150mm, ISO100, 1/10 sec at f/8.