Wonder and reflection

I wonder, sometimes, about the nature of photography and why I spend so much of my time engaged in it. A snapshot, recovered with the use of Photoshop, garners the appreciation of hundreds and hundreds of people, whilst a series which I return to again and again gains less views…

28th February 2012 | Read more »

Parade of Fire

A procession of some serious fire through the narrow streets of Liestal, near Basel, to mark the approaching end of winter.

27th February 2012 | Read more »

The Clootie Well

Travelling, even in my own country, has given me much more interest in the places which many pass by, giving them little thought as they are so familiar. A small Forestry Commission car park at the side of the road not far from Inverness offers a place to stop at one such place: the "Clootie Well" at Munlochy.

20th February 2012 | Read more »

Remembering the floods from 2005

I drove through Brienz this weekend for the first time in a couple of years, and roadworks near the office where I used to work reminded me of the terrible events of August 2005.

19th February 2012 | Read more »

Tiny works of art

18th February 2012 | Read more »

Ten more of the best

Following on from - and inspired by - the feedback I received from my aunt about what she felt to be ten of my best online portraits, my Mum sent me her list recently in comparison. I find the differences interesting and am only glad that so many of my images seem to be so popular; not just amongst family members, but also increasingly amongst a wider public. The choice also reflects personal tastes and shows that some images mean more to one person than another; particularly when there's a memory attached.

15th February 2012 | Read more »

The Way to Green Crag

I don’t usually bother celebrating my birthday in any great fashion, but as I turned forty this year, I decided to make an exception and plan a short break away with Jo, so that I could look back on the arrival of mid-life with some fondness. After some to-ing and…

8th February 2012 | Read more »

Point and shoot (or as near as it gets)

Back at the end of 2010, I began a much-researched hunt for a new camera; the successor to the D80 which had served me well until then. As part of my research, I'd looked at small interchangeable lens cameras like the GF1 and Olympus PEN, but had decided against them due to the (for me) inadequate image quality. I also looked at the Fujifilm X100 at the time and although everything pointed towards it being an excellent camera, and well up to my standards, the combination of a moderately high price tag and fixed lens meant that I couldn't consider purchasing it as a replacement for my "pro" camera.I knew back at the end of 2010 that I wanted to photograph more weddings, so I chose the D7000. Since buying it, I've been extremely happy with the results, but the thought of a high quality "point and shoot" camera remained in the back of my mind. Having put money aside all year, I ended up with the opportunity to look at the X100 again before Christmas and I decided to add it to my camera bag.

8th February 2012 | Read more »

Coniston Water

In all the times I've visited the Cumbrian Lake District in the north of England, I'd only ever been to Coniston Water once before. After all of the dramatic, deep lakes lined with craggy fells and forests, the long, flat, placid body of water didn't inspire me photographically and so I quickly passed on. However, after a rather photographically unfruitful couple of hours in the Langdale valley during our visit this January, I decided to head for where the beams of sunlight seemed to be headed, which turned out to be Coniston.

8th February 2012 | Read more »

Longines Factory, Saint-Imier

Since the early part of the 20th century, Longines has become synonymous with timekeeping in the sports world and for measuring the accuracy of world records.

5th February 2012 | Read more »

Thunersee below zero

When the temperature of the air is markedly lower than the temperature of the water in the lake, mist rises from the surface and creates a truly eerie effect. Such was the case today, when continued winter conditions in Switzerland dropped the air temperature to -16°C. You can see more…

5th February 2012 | Read more »

I miss London

…and I react with a start every time I realize how long it’s been since I was last there.

3rd February 2012 | Read more »

The Glory Days

Alness, on the shores of the Cromarty Firth in northern Scotland, has a heritage of floral displays and the town won many awards between 1997 and 2007. Winter is certainly not the most picturesque time to visit, yet the small town has its charms and is a pleasant place to visit. It's a slight anachronism, though, that a town which was so obviously keen on maintaining a high standard is slowly becoming slightly shabby, with the usual array of chemists, pubs and cheap shops lining the car-laden main street. One wonders why, with so many awards and commendations until 2007, what happened to curtain the town's enthusiasm over the last five years.

2nd February 2012 | Read more »

Dornoch Firth

As the A9 main road winds its way north, along the eastern coast of the north of Scotland, it crosses the Cromarty Firth before winding along to the Dornoch Firth, right at the head of the estuary as the river runs out to the sea. Dark, brooding weather is a…

2nd February 2012 | Read more »