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Summer on Syke

Cat Burton Photography - www.catburton.co.uk

Cat Burton Photography - www.catburton.co.uk

It’s been quite a long time since I visited Syke. It’s always so beautiful in summer, with the heather and lush green landscape. However summer also brings two things I’m not so fond of: midges, and huge crowds of tourists.

There’s been quite a lot of talk about how the crowds are affecting Skye. I’m sure the local businesses are enjoying the increased footfall, but there is concern that overcrowding is ruining some of the popular scenic spots.

I’d like to return to Skye this year once the peak tourist season is over. I think winter could be a lovely time to visit and gives me a good excuse to dust off my winter hiking gear again!

Have you been to Skye this summer? I do wonder what views like this would be like after the very warm few months. I hope the pretty heather has survived.

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Tech Specs: Sony A7ii, Zeiss 16-35mm f4 @ 17mm, 1/125sec at f10. Edited only in Lightroom, and going for a rare square crop for a change.

P.S it’s quite rare I use my 16-35mm, so you don’t see many shots like this from me! If you’d like to know more about my gear setup, you can find that on the Gear page.

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P.P.S: It’s still Perthshire Open Studios! My studio is open again until 7pm today, and then tomorrow is my final day (10am-7pm) before I pack up all my prints and head to Aberdeen Art Fair.

If you’d like to attend the fair (Open Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen), send me a message and I’ll be able to give you a voucher for free entry! :)

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Spring Rabbit

Cat Burton Photography - www.catburton.co.uk

Cat Burton Photography - www.catburton.co.uk

I just learned that today is National Wildlife Day! Which means today’s photo had to be of something adorable from the Scottish Highlands.

I encountered a few of these beautiful tiny rabbits at the edge of a small woodland near Loch Ness a few months ago.

I spent a good hour with them (and the blackbirds), watching them, photographing them and enjoying the moment. A sheer moment of blissful happiness.

It was this encounter which made me realise how much I’d missed photographing wildlife and which spurred my daily-photo project!

Thanks bunny! <3

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Dunnottar Castle In December

Cat Burton - www.catburton.co.uk

Cat Burton - www.catburton.co.uk

Dunnottar Castle on a chilly December day.
 
Since it’s Open Studios this week, I can’t go out taking new photos, which means I’m digging through the murky depths of my Lightroom catalog for old favourites to re-edit and share with you! Amidst the dust and cobwebs there are a few gems!
 
I took this shot of Dunnottar Castle three years ago on a photo adventure with my friend Stu. This was shot pre-Sony-switch in 2015, with my old beloved 50mm f1.4. I still miss that lens!
 
I am due to visit this way again on Friday for the Aberdeen Art Fair. I might well pack my camera gear just incase I magic up enough energy to do a little shoot before/after the event each day!
 
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P.S Perthshire Open Studios continues today and you’re welcome to visit my home studio up until 7pm. 👍 See https://www.perthshireopenstudios.com/ for details!
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The Cabin Of Loch Oire

Cat Burton - www.catburton.co.uk

Cat Burton - www.catburton.co.uk

Today’s image is one I shot a few years ago, near the Moray Coast of Scotland.

I recently went back to this spot to see what the scene was like and the little cabin has since given-way quite a lot. Also, since it was summer, the scene was incredibly lush and green.

I definitely preferred this view. It was actually shot in winter, January to be precise. Even though it looks autumnal, from the colour of the golden grasses and foliage, it was very much a wintery day – just minus the telltale frost!

Photographed with my old Sony 70-200 f4 on the Sony A7ii (I’ve since upgraded to the 100-400mm). For those wanting the technicals: 171mm at f/10, 0.8sec, ISO 50.

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WORKSHOPS

I’ve now launched my 2018-2019 workshops. This year I’ve decided to make them fully customisable. You can build your own workshop! You tell me what you want to focus on (landscapes/wildlife/camera skills/macro…pretty much anything – there’s a big list!) and we’ll work together to figure out the best date/location.

Just head on over to my Workshops page for more details!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Perthshire Open Studios (open 1st-6th September)

It’s currently Perthshire Open Studios week here! The event runs until 9th September (my studio is open until 6th) and you can visit 100 or so amazing artists at their studios to see how they work and buy their wonderful creations.

My studio is open 10-7 every day until Thursday 6th.

For more information, see the Perthshire Open Studios Website at https://www.perthshireopenstudios.com/.

Aberdeen Art Fair (7th-9th September)

From 7th-9th September I will be exhibiting at the Aberdeen Art Fair. This will be my first time exhibiting in Aberdeen and I can’t wait to meet more people from that area!

For information on the venue, tickets and opening hours, see the Aberdeen Art Fair website at: http://www.aberdeenartfair.co.uk/.

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Perthshire Open Studios 2018 is GO!

Nature and fine art photography by Cat Burton. www.catburton.co.uk

Nature and fine art photography by Cat Burton. www.catburton.co.uk

Hi everyone!

Today was the first day of Perthshire Open Studios 2018 and I’m just about to close up for the day.

Huge thanks to those who visited today. Everyone was so lovely and I really enjoyed chatting with you all.

And special thanks to my friend Tim who brought delicious homemade vegetarian food for a quick end-of-day dinner! Much appreciated!

My studio is open again tomorrow, 10am-7pm! Do pop by if you can!

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The Folly On The Hill

Cat Burton - www.catburton.co.uk

Cat Burton - www.catburton.co.uk

Somewhere in the woods beneath the tower of Kinnoull Hill is a cave known as The Dragon Hole. Local legend tells of it being home to, obviously, a dragon, but that it also used to be a hiding spot for William Wallace and the site of pagan rituals.

These days the cave is apparently quite hidden and blocked by large stones, but in times gone by, it could fit a dozen people.

I love that legends and myths like this are all around us if we look close enough. I’ve still not gone to find the cave – part of me enjoys the mystery of not knowing where in these trees it is.

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For those visiting my home studio during Perthshire Open Studios this coming week (Sat 1st to Thursday 6th September), I’ll have a small number of prints of this image available which are currently not available on the website!

If you’d like one, pop into the studio or contact me. If there are any left after my September events, I’ll pop them on the web store then.

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A Spring Blackbird

Nature and fine art photography by Cat Burton. www.catburton.co.uk

Nature and fine art photography by Cat Burton. www.catburton.co.uk

This photo of a lovely little blackbird was taken a couple of months ago in parkland near Loch Ness.

I was visiting the area as a friend had commissioned me to create 3 photographs to illustrate their short story.

During my walk, I took a bit of a detour through some woodland and when I popped out the far side, I was in this large garden area by the loch, surrounded by birds and rabbits! It felt so magical.

I spent quite a lot of time here, amongst the animals, having the time of my life and getting back to basics. Moments like these are where my passion for photography initially began. :)