Stick to the Rules
Absolutely perfect seascape, photography conditions is how I would describe this day. The seas were hugely active and the sky was full of drama. We took a wander down to Mangersta Beach after visiting the stacks and were not disappointed. This beach was exciting to photograph but you had to keep your wits about you as it is a long break and within seconds, you could be surrounded by knee deep, strong water. Always know your escape route, keep any gear you aren't using on your back and never turn away from the waves. This beach is on the western coastline of the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.
The Mangersta Stacks on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. What more is there to say!? I will let them speak for themselves. Needless to say, I have recorded a vlog which I will edit and upload soon...
Edit: Vlog now uploaded. View it here https://youtu.be/bY9GHbtIyDU
Calm Before the Storm
The tide bell just off the beach at Bosta on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's OuterHebrides. The bell is part of a large installation conceived by Marcus Vergette and is actually a musical instrument as such. One of twelve bells around the coast of Great Britain, the tide and waves create a constantly varying musical pattern. When I was there earlier that day at high tide, it certainly did add to the wonderful atmosphere of this wonderful location. It was just me, the waves, the bell... and a cow.
We finally made it to the Isle of Lewis. This is a part of Scotland that I have not ever been to before and it is amazing to be here. This is actually on Bernera on the north west coast of Lewis and there is very little here other than an abundance of amazing scenary to photograph. We have a whole week to explore Lewis and Harris and I cannot wait. There are numerous compostions like this to be had within spitting distance of our cottage for the week. I should have brought more memory cards...!
Very strong westerly winds are currently battering the Moray Firth. This made keeping the camera steady for 90 seconds a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, the Benro Mach 3 is a sturdy tripod and with a little extra weight on it, I managed to get an image without any motion blur. The low stormy light and fast moving clouds helped to create a really amazing atmosphere on the coast. Just the sort of conditions in which I love to work!
Whale of a Time
It's been a long time since I went out with my camera. Sorry for being so absent but work has been exceptionally busy. Today is the first day of my holidays though and despite really feeling like staying in my warm, comfortable bed, I decided to get up and go out. I crossed my fingers for a good sunrise but the clouds overhead didn't make it seem likely. However, my patience and effort paid off when all of a sudden, the sky blew up into this amazing colour and light show. What a way to get back into the swing of things! This is the Whale's Moo near Portknockie and Cullen in Morayshire, Scotland.
This image of the rocks in Cullen Bay in Morayshire, Scotland, was taken yesterday just before the incredible burn of the sky at sunrise. The colours were stunning and seemed to last forever. This is my favourite time of year. All the elements just seem to play ball and can create wonderfully atmospheric images. Sunset this evening is supposed to be looking good so fingers crossed.
The Lobster Pot
I'm very glad I ventured out yesterday before the rains came. Conditions were perfect when I stumbled across this composition which got me very excited indeed. The pool, which is called the Lobster Pot by the locals, was very still but occasionally a big wave splashed up and over the rocks, creating quite a dramatic scene. There was also still some good detail in the clouds before it all went dull and grey. The fisherman set the whole composition off and stood still for me at the perfect moment. I shall return to this location in different conditions. I feel sunrise is in order here. This was taken near Portsoy in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
I woke up early this morning and got ready to go out. When I got to the cliff tops, I noticed it was low tide and about to start raining heavily. I made the decision not to head down to the rocks because I knew they would be treacherous on a day like this. Instead, I got in the car with Fara and headed down to Sandend in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This was a great decision as the stormy light was creating an amazing mood over the rocks on the beach. I almost went back indoors when I saw the conditions but I am very glad I didn't!
Just as I was about to pack up and leave this location yesterday, I turned around and saw that the waves were rushing around and spilling over these rocks, creating a really interesting composition that I had disregarded earlier. Sometimes a great shot can present itself to you when you aren't looking for one. I love moments like these and it tends to sum up landscape and seascape photography for me. Things are always changing and you just need to be ready. Taken at Tronach Head near Portknockie in Morayshire, Scotland.
This is a location that I have wanted to revisit for ages in the right conditions. I got lucky today I think. Sunrise didn't look like it was going to amount to much but at the very last second, some beautiful colour started to appear in the sky. Also, the waves were playing ball. Very active seas made things interesting and challenging but my adventurousness was rewarded with long wave trails and no rain. It's not often that everything comes together as well as this so I am really pleased to have made the effort this morning! Taken at Tronach Head near Portknockie in Morayshire, Scotland.
A Different Take
A slightly different take on a similar image to one I posted a couple of weeks ago. This time with a much longer shutter speed. I love the result of the quicker shutter speed on the other image but there's something that really appeals to me when a much longer exposure is used on a very active sea. The somewhat chaotic scene can appear so peaceful. This is the coastline of Portsoy in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
A simple image of driftwood, washed up on the beach at Cullen in Morayshire, Scotland. I almost walked past this without photographing it, as I was in a world of my own. Glad I took the time though.
Tricky conditions at Neist Point on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Passing squalls and strong back lighting from the sun made this a tricky shoot, but certainly worth the effort.
Talisker on the Rocks
Talisker Bay didn't disappoint but conditions were tricky. This is to be expected though on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
Waves crashing past the Otter's Cave on the shores of Portknockie in Morayshire, Scotland.
Just a Moment
Sunset over the Moray Firth from the rocks on the shores of Portknockie in Scotland.
Fire and Ice
Sunrise over Bow Fiddle Rock near Portknockie on Scotland's Moray Firth.
Another stunning, spring sunrise over the Moray Firth from the cliff tops of Portknockie in Scotland.
Spotlight on the Rocks
Sunset over the Moray Firth from a beach in between Portknockie and Findochty in Scotland.
A long exposure, landscape image of waves swirling around the rocks on the shores of Portknockie in Morayshire, Scotland.
Falls in the Rift
Öxarárfoss which flows over and through the continental rift at Þingvellir in Iceland.
Ripples in the Sand
Vestrahorn at Stokksnes in Iceland's South-East.
Misty Morning Stacks
The sea stacks just off shore at Vik in Southern Iceland on a misty and cold morning.
My father standing in front of the mighty Skógafoss in Iceland.