Scotland – land of the castle. This image is of the famous Castle Stalker. I have shot this castle at different times of the day and with different tides. This image was made late afternoon at low tide.
There is no place with more finicky weather than Scotland and Ireland. when it is nasty it is just plain nasty but when it is nice you get the light that dreams are made of. This was made during a wonderful week of photography in Scotland. I am leading a workshop there this November with Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish who I consider to be some of the best landscape photographers there is. Stop on over to Luminous-landscape.com and check the Scotland and other workshops out.
Now I have no reason why they call this the Black Cottage but it is one of the more photographed locations in Scotland. I did this shot while leading a Scotland workshop two years ago. Visited this spot a couple of times and each time was different weather and light. I’ll be doing another Scotland workshop this Auguts. Visit luminous-landscape.com for more information.
I can’t get enough of this amazing location. Here is an image of Castle Stalker in Scotland at sunset.
While my friend Steve Gosling and I toured the Isle Of Skye area in Scotland we came upon a small visiting pier and village. we both went off in different directions. This one shot I made of a boat on the beck. It looked best cropped square (thanks Steve). Shot with an Olympus OMD 5.
One thing I loved about Scotland is the castles. They were everywhere. Seems back in the olden days you had to make sure you could defend your home from nasty neighbors. This castle sits on an island and can only e reached by boat at high tide. Otherwise it is just mud at low tide. There was a small road that became visible at low tide leading to the castle. We lucked out though as we photographed here twice and spectacular sunsets each time. The hard part is keeping detail in the castle while not burning out the sky. I’ll teach you how that is done if you attend one of or LuLa workshops.
This is one of those iconic images of Scotland. It’s the famous Black Cottage. There is always a photographer or two there shooting this little cottage. They key is getting it at the right time of say with light and clouds. And, as was the norm for this trip to Scotland everything fell into place on the third try. This is a hrs place to shoot and requires a bit of post processing work to balance foreground and background and make it all look good. I have a large print of this and it is stunning. Shot on a Phase One IQ180 it has amazing detail.
So, as you can see I have been working on my Scotland images this past week. I’ll be doing another trip to Scotland in the fall of 2014 to lead a workshop to Skye. This was actually shot in Scotland and is of a side of a fishing shack that my friend Steve Gosling and I stumbled upon. There was peeling paint, moss, and rust. All the ingredients that I need to satisfy my photographic desires. Sometimes something simple like this just works.
It’s not too often when you see a movie that you expect that you will actually one day photograph something that was in the movie. This image is of the Hogwarts Train shot in Loch Shiel, Scotland. The bridge is known as Glenfinnan Viaduct. This was made with a Phase One IQ180 digital back on an ALPA STC camera. The detail in the large image I have made is astounding.
Well I am off on another adventure. This time I’ll be starting in Salvbard, Norway and shooting landscapes, wildlife and hopefully Polar Bears.
This adventure Starts on August 22nd and I’ll be back home September 5th. For the most part I’ll be out of Internet coverage and cell phone coverage, Most likely I’ll have email, cell phone withdrawal issues and hopefully this can be treated with some good therapy on board the shipI’ll be on. I should come back with lots of good photos. A few days after my return I head to the italian side of the Swiss Alps for the Dolomites PODAS workshop. Should have internet there though so I should be able to post images.
Stay Tuned for more. I’ll soon be announcing a whole series of Photo Workshops around the world in 2014.
On my trip to Scotland a year ago I shot many great landscapes. I also with my friend Steve Gosling found a fisherman’s storage shed. It was a work of art and we spent a lot of time shooting it. This was from the side of building and is kind of an abstract of one of my favorite subjects RUST. You’ll see more from this series soon.