Freelance Photographer
Durham, UK

Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Edinburgh

Monday, November 5th, 2012

One of the reasons things have been quiet on the blog lately is that we have had some fairly disruptive building work done at home.  As well as limiting the amount I’ve been able to post we also didn’t have a full holiday.  Instead, we had a few days in Edinburgh once the critical work was completed – photographic details inside… (more…)

Final Trossachs Round-Up

Monday, January 9th, 2012

In this final post of the series on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs (for now), I’ll be rounding up the “odds and ends” – the extra locations and shot ideas that I think are worth mentioning but didn’t make it into a post of their own.  This might be a bit long, so brace yourself and dive in… (more…)

Doon Hill

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Doon Hill is a small wooded rise near Aberfoyle, nothing like the scale of Craigmore.  It makes a great walk for most abilities and has plenty of opportunities for photos.  Add in a fairy story and you’ve got a winner for the whole family.  Details after the jump… (more…)

Loch Ard

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Loch Ard lies in a valley to the west of Aberfoyle in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.  And it’s photographic heaven!  There are plenty of locations to explore so there should be something here for any landscape photographer.  More details after the jump… (more…)

Duke’s Pass

Monday, October 10th, 2011

This is the latest post in my series of photo locations in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland.  The details are inside… (more…)

Craigmore

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The next in my Trossachs series and following on from the Falls of the Little Fawn, this location is very close by.

Craigmore is the large lump of a hill that stands guard over Aberfoyle to its north-west.  It’s the end of the tail of high ground that stretches down from Ben Venue before reaching the Duke’s Pass.  For all that it looks intimidating from the village, it’s only about 350m up to the summit.  That height makes it a fantastic viewpoint that is well worth the effort of climbing it.  More after the jump…

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Falls of the Little Fawn

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

I’m starting my Loch Lomond and the Trossachs series with a very popular subject, the Falls of the Little Fawn (aka Little Fawn Falls).  Their popularity is probably mostly due to being close to Aberfoyle and within an easy walk from a much-visited forest centre.  Even though they’ve been photographed many times, there is always scope for personal interpretation of the subject so they are worth a visit.  The details are after the jump. (more…)

The Trossachs, Scotland

Monday, September 19th, 2011

For the last four years, I have spent my main annual holiday in The Trossachs, Scotland.  Although this has been family time, I’ve managed to squeeze in a certain amount of photography (thanks to their understanding and tolerance!) and we’ve also explored quite a lot of the area.  This post marks the start of a series in which I’ll share what I’ve discovered for the landscape photographer visiting the area around Aberfoyle.  My experience has centred around the summer months, so you’ll need to factor in any adjustments for differences in the weather, sunrise / sunset times and positions etc at other times of year.

And for those who can’t wait, have a look at my earlier post on Ben A’an.

New PC for Photo Processing

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Sorry I’ve been short on posts lately, my attention’s been divided between some building work (and the resulting decorating) at home and the arrival of a new PC.  I previously talked about adding life to my old PC by clearing out shots that I didn’t need to keep and that certainly spun it out for a few months.  But lately Windows XP has developed a problem with one of the processes that’s caused it to grind to a halt on too many occasions.  It may well be repairable by reinstalling XP, but I came to the conclusion that the computer’s had a good life (about 8 or 9 years) and any investment of time and/or money in trying to keep it going any longer was probably going to just suck up valuable resources without any significant long-term benefit and that it was time to bite the bullet and order a new one.

The new machine is well-stocked, with a 15.6 inch B+RGLED screen, Inte Core i5 processor, 6GB RAM, 750GB 7,200rpm hard disk, Windows 7 and plenty of connectivity including HDMI and USB 3.0.  No matter how good a computer is, there’s always an amount of setting up you need to do to get it how you want it – installing software (“Now, where did I put that licence key? Oh yes, carefully filed with all the others…”) and transferring data (“I didn’t realise I had that much in there”).  Of  course, when you’ve got a new toy to play with you just want to get on with it and dive in!  But I’ve been good, I’ve been restrained and I’ve got everything set up how I want it first.  Well, more or less ;-)

Yesterday I processed my first set of pictures which were ones from the Trossachs, hopefully to be included on some websites of the area soon.  I was really impressed with how blisteringly fast the new machine is!  I’m also enjoying exploring the features of Capture One v6 Pro which is a significant upgrade from the previous version I was using.

As well as adding a few more images to the galleries from recent shoots, I’m hoping to get some shots from a session in the Lake District in a couple of weeks.  My biggest hope is that we get decent weather on the fells and the chance of some sunset / sunrise pics.  More to come…

Scottish Fellwalk – post processing workflow

Friday, October 8th, 2010

In an earlier post, I wrote about a shoot I did in August on Ben A’an in the Trossachs.  In this post I’m going to walk through my processing workflow on the Ben Ledi image which I showed you.  Details after the jump…

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