The Messenger is a fantasy composite featuring the stunning Eilean Donan Castle. I shot the backdrop (castle) image during a recent trip to Skye. The bird, as with most of my artworks has been placed afterwards in Photoshop using my own stock. I like to create stories with my images and turn them into something more than a traditional landscape shot.
For those wondering where the red kite was photographed – there’s a place just north of Inverness where they (and various other wild birds that tag along) are fed. It takes some patience, but it’s worth the wait. You’ll need a decent telephoto lens to catch them though!
Ahh Kinnoull Hill – my favourite place in Perth. Ever since I photographed this tower for the first time on new year’s day this year, I knew I wanted to do *something* a bit fantasy with it.
It’s taken numerous visits to get the right foliage, the right clouds, the right atmosphere, but I finally made it! Never give up on your ideas – just have patience and wait for the right moment and you’ll get there eventually!
The base tower shot was taken with the Sony A7II in combination with the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 (A-Mount + adapter). After a brief edit in Lightroom, the final image was created in Photoshop. Full details on all my photographic equipment can be found on the Gear page if you’d like to know more about my setup.
This image is available as a limited edition (of 30) signed A2 print (framed or unframed). Printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl paper, using Epson Ultra Chrome HD ink, the limited edition print is of a beautiful finish and stunning archival quality. There are also smaller open edition copies available printed on A4 of the same paper. For full details on prints & remaining availability, please contact me.
If you would like to see this print in person, don’t forget I have a gallery exhibition for the entire of September at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, where this will be on display. I will also be participating in Perthshire Open Studios from 2nd-10th September where you’ll be able to see my works up close and I’ll be happy to show you how they are made.
Happiness is: when you’ve spent hours walking through a snowy forest and emerge at a loch to the light doing this. Can it get any more perfect?! I was SO lucky with the light today.
We had near-constant snow all day today. For some parts of my hike the snow was knee deep! It was totally worth adventuring out in though as the dark clouds and snow showers eventually cleared to give this lovely golden glow at the end of the day.
This image was taken with the Sony A7ii & Sony 70-200 f4 handheld. It only required minimal editing in Photoshop to tidy some distractions and add some contrast. Sometimes, nature is pretty much perfect SOOC 🙂
Loch Oire is a small loch just east of Elgin in Scotland. I’ve driven past the signs for it a few times in the past week, so today, I decided to take the turn and see what I’d find.
A few hundred metres from the busy main road and this is what I found!
Isn’t it wonderful?! I love how Scotland has these little hidden gems you could go right past without noticing. It’s a good reminder to sometimes wander off from your route and allow yourself to get a bit lost – you might just find the perfect photo spot!