Sunday, 30 August 2009

Rockin On

Ooop's missin out the g again... anyway the colour of the rocks in the FG have not been altered that's what caught my eye on such a dull grey evenin. So dull that I had to do some test shots to check the camera was focusin correctly and not kaput... yes things were that bad.

So bad I had given up and was heading home, but for some reason had stopped to check out a location... when ta-da he sun popped through and the rocks caught my eye... just saved the night and no more!

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Tuesday, 25 August 2009


This is the second bigger waterfall I found it took longer to post than I thought! Time where does it go!? This one is so off the beaten track apart form a farmer or two I might be the only one that knows where this one is :)

Monday, 24 August 2009


Another angle from Glen Etive I didn't like this shot to begin with but am growing to like it especially the clouds scudding across the mountains further up into Glencoe. Hard to believe but it was drizzling a wee bit in this shot and I have had to clone out two or three spots off rain that landed on the lens.

Sundays are For

heading out in the wind and rain... kneeling down on one knee... with one leaking wellie in a burn.... what no one else does that!

a return to the first waterfall after and during a day or twa of rain

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Glen Etive bw

Guess what not sure again.... I'm so predictable :) I'll probably leave it like this for a wee bit and try another edit in a few weeks time it will be interesting to see how it develops... or not.

Thee Predictable Tourist Shot with a but

Somewhere about here at the lower falls Glen Nevis there is a hidden dinosaur I wonder if he will be there the next time we visit hmmmmmmmm??

Monday, 17 August 2009

Don't Go Chasing

These the cleg bites are terrible :)

Until now to get a shot off a waterfall I would have had to travel at least thirty forty miles, there are none locally apart from the wee six footer I have posted before.... until now! Although having lived in the area all my life I had never heard tell of any waterfalls! I however was determined there must be and went in search of said on Sunday and found one wooohooo!

It was no easy task let me tell you! A mile cross country through bog, grass to your waist, under gorse bushes, bracken to your shoulders, evading man eating sheep and so on. It might not be much of a waterfall to you but it does me. I have two shots one colour one black and white which is strange! Donnie suggested my Glen Etive shot would look good in B&W something I had not considered (I'll do it soon) so why before his suggestion did it strike my to do a B&W version of this and not the Etive shot? I no know :) Anyway here they are

oh and the good news is so determined was I I went looking again today and found another even bigger but you will have to wait for that one :)

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Glen Etive the compulsory pov

The first thing you notice while trying to shoot in Glencoe is you need a wider lens (hence portrait shot) I doubt however they make a wide enough lens to do the coe justice. I would also have preferred a better composition but it was raining slightly coupled with the lens and time constraints this just has to do..... for now :)

Thursday, 13 August 2009


At the end off the tunnel? Could there be an unnoticed (by me) style coming out of my shots? That's not to say I like what I see, but a semblance of a style. One I did not know about creeping out... except by chance. While monkeying about with the camera I set it to shoot RAW+jpeg and forgot to reset RAW only.

Anyway I went out looking for something to shoot and nothing! The light was terrible and so on... or so I though. I even argued with myself if it was worth getting the camera out the bag things looked so unappealing!! On a whim I gave into that nagging voice saying "auch you might as-well" I set up, fired off a couple of shots and thanks to the camera not having the dynamic range of the eye I liked what I saw on the lcd screen and continued. I'll now keep this very short as it could go on and on...... but it's nearly 1am and I shouldn't be writing as I'll make a bigger mess of it than usual!

Strangely it was the colour in the jpeg I really liked but when it came to editing it I could do nothing with it... it was crap. However the edit off the RAW file I much preferred which is strange when it was the jpeg that initially drew my eye, caught my attention, the colours made me go wow! Now in the final version there is only fine hint off the colour that wowed me in the first place and I can't see what I liked about the Jpeg in the first place go figure???

ps hope this late night drivel makes sense to someone :)))) good niZZZZZ



Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Monday, 10 August 2009

The Dark Pool

Handheld shot

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Thursday, 6 August 2009


At last I'm starting to get a little happier with the work I'm producing from the new camera. I really felt that I had lost my style for a wee bit there. Not to say that it's the same as before just getting a wee bit easier. If I could take this one again I'd try and sort the sun out not to happy with it! One thing all this has certainly has given me a greater appreciation of those that shoot RAW.

Tumble Through Oak and Birch

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Bidean nam Bian in Glencoe

Bidean nam Bian (Gaelic) the highest mountain in the old county of Argyll part off which is the famous three sisters.

Another shot from the trip up to the highlands, most if not all from this trip are just snaps. Between dodging the showers and having the tribe along... it was a case of shoot what you can when you can. Not that I'm complaining!!! After all it wasn't a photo shoot I was on and it's a good thing as it keeps you on your toes. Anyway I was to busy trying to napalm all those fearsome killer highland midges.... okay okay I lie!! Miraculously I escaped with just one bite from them the light breeze kept them away.

This shot is at the north end of Glencoe close to Glencoe village it should enlarge to full size ?? and hopefully it shows that I have gotten (yes gotten is a proper word!!) to grips with the sharpening thingy.. if not please let me know... to much? to little? Anyway it is at this point as far as I'm concerned that you are in the Highlands signified by the wonderful reddish colour of the rocks that start here.

The Nowhere Button