Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year: Winning image in seascape category

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.

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Cows at Laig Bay, Isle of Eigg

Cows at Laig Bay, Isle of Eigg

Glenshee in the Snow

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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.

Mirror Man

mirror man, Loch Earn, St Fillans.

mirror man, Loch Earn, St Fillans.

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.

Taransay from Beinn Dhubh

Taransay from Beinn Dhubh

Taransay from Beinn Dhubh, Isle of Harris. Hazy but beautiful light. Moderate wind and swell. Canon 5D3, f/8, 1/30th”, 17-40lens at 24mm, ISO100. 1 stop hard grad ND filter on the sky.

Troon Sunset and Concrete

Two shots from the Troon a beach town on the west coast of Scotland. West coast sunsets can be a grey dull thud or an all singing, all dancing affair of light and colour.

I need to get a bit more decisive. Normal exposure or long exposure? I keep dithering between the two.

Tech: 5D3, 24-70 lens, 2 stop hard grad on the sky and a 6 stop ND for the long exposure.

Conditions: Very still, moderate visibility. Broken cloud.

Troon sunset with concrete.

Troon sunset with concrete.

Troon sunset with concrete. Long exposure.

Troon sunset with concrete. Long exposure.