Walking the Old Military Road

Tentsmuir Forest and Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve are in north east Fife, Scotland. Covering some 50 square miles (130 km2), the forest was originally sand dunes and moorland before acquisition by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s. The forest consists mainly of Scots Pine and Corsican Pine.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Emergence

An image from my archives. This was taken in April 2011. Particularly beautiful skies and silence in the air I remember well. You really do get some beautiful light on the east coast of Scotland.

The Future is Bright…

That would be a nice title, if it wasn’t already being used as a slogan for a well known phone brand.

Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle

Loch Awe (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Obha) is a large body of water in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It has also given its name to a village on its banks, variously known as Loch Awe, or Lochawe.

It is the third largest freshwater loch in Scotland with a surface area of 38.5 square kilometres (14.9 square miles). It is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, measuring 41 kilometres (25.47 miles)from end to end with an average width of 1 kilometre (0.62 miles).

The loch runs approximately south-west to north-east, roughly parallel to the two sea lochs of Loch Etive and Loch Fyne. Via the River Awe and Loch Etive it drains westward from its northern end and thus into the Atlantic Ocean.

At the narrowest section of the loch are North Port (Taychreggan Hotel) and South Port (Portsonachan Hotel). Once used by cattle drovers, a ferry ran between these shores to facilitate crossing to markets beyond. The Transatlantic Cable, which runs through the village of Kilchrenan, was laid across at this point in 1955.

Loch Awe contains several ruined castles on islands, and at the northern end has one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, which in summer may be visited by a short boat trip or by a half mile walk from a small car park just after the bridge over the River Orchy.

Monikie

Some photographs from a wander around the reservoir at Monikie Country Park, Scotland. The last photograph was taken on my mobile using the Instagram app. Came out really nice. I’ve been really impressed with the quality of the camera on my phone. I’ll need to use it more often for spur of the moment photographs like these.

The Law Hill, Rigs and a Sunset

This photograph was taken on Tentsmuir Beach looking towards the city of Dundee. In the distance you can see the legs of one of the jack-up oil rigs currently in the city for maintenance works.

Orange Glow

Almost There

Tentsmuir Beach

The weekend was fantastic so this evening I headed out to Tentsmuir Beach and Forest to have a look around and see what I could find. Gorgeous sunset and deserted beaches.

My First Strobist Experience

I had a couple of friends volunteer to be models for me this weekend for my first time shooting with off camera flash. I consider myself to be pretty comfortable with my photography but at the same time aware that I’ve a lot to learn and it’s a continuous process.

One area that terrifies me is the use of off camera flash… indeed any sort of light that doesn’t come from the sun. As a way to remedy this and to add another option to my workflow I’ve decided to pursue this area pretty aggressively in an effort to get myself up to speed. One thing that I’m always conscious about is that a lot of my landscape photography would be more interesting with people in the frame. So the aim has become two-fold.

I also recently picked up a copy of Syl Arena’s new book Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites. It’s fantastic and proved to be the final push I need to get out and about. I’m still pretty surprised that you can get pretty decent light with a single source balanced with ambient light. I hope things will snowball from here.

Strobist info
580EX2 @ 105mm zoom with varying angles and power settings for the photographs. Bare on the beach and through an umbrella in the forest.
24-70L
5dmk2
Triggered with Pocket Wizards

Must take a notebook with me next time.

And a BIG thanks to my friends who helped out with modelling and holding my strobes for me 🙂 Thanks guys!