Photographs of the Scottish Landscape, ranging from the Lowlands, through the Central Belt and the Trossachs, to the Highlands and Islands.
Scenic/Architectural Photographs of some of the Cities, Towns and Villages of Scotland.
I’m an award-winning and internationally-published landscape photographer based near Glasgow who has been doing photography of one form or another for the past 40 years or so.
My photographic philosophy is quite simple, and is based upon a quotation from Ansel Adams: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs”. Unlike a number of other photographers, I have no particular reverence for the photographic process and consider it simply as a means to an end: my camera is a tool to give me the result I want and I'll use any and every post-processing tool or technique necessary to achieve that result. This approach, however, does not extend to a radical alteration of the original image: if it isn't in the original, it isn't in the finished product.
Although my portfolio is fairly wide-ranging, my passion is HDRI landscape photography and, in that respect, I’m fortunate to live in one of the most photogenic countries in the world.
For those who might be interested:
My hardware is:
~ Canon EOS 5D Mk III (Superb piece of kit, but very heavy)
~ Canon EOS 7D (One of the best APS-C format cameras around)
~ Canon EF 17-40mm f4 L USM Lens (Good build quality, much lighter than the 24-105)
~ Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM Lens (Good build quality, but heavy)
~ Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L IS II USM Lens (Good build quality, very sharp - but heavy)
~ HiTech ND and Graduated ND filters (Resin, so won't shatter at the slightest excuse!)
~ Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head (Quick and easy to use, but no good for multi-shot panos)
~ Manfrotto 488RC4 Ball Head (Generally OK, but the ball can stick on occasions)
~ Kennett Benbo Tripod (Heavy, but versatile and steady as a rock)
~ Manfrotto 190CX PRO4 Tripod (Marginally less versatile than the Benbo, but very much lighter)
My software is:
~ Adobe Photoshop CS5 [Mac Version] (As good as it gets, but needs plenty of RAM)
~ Photomatix Pro 4.2 [Mac Version] (Nothing else in the same price range even comes close)
~ Digital Photo Professional (Freebie with Canon DSLRs)
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