Inverness Victorian Market & Academy Street Heritage Photography Project

Andrew

This month I took part in two heritage projects here in Inverness, to record parts of the city, namely Inverness Victorian Market and Academy Street.

These are part of a community engagement programme to generate digital content for a mobile website or app focused on Academy Street. This, in turn, is part of an overarching project to regenerate Academy Street.

The first project was to re-create old photographs of Academy Street, to document how things have changed. So we took photos from as close as possible to the original spot at a similar focal length (to try to recreate the same image); we also presented a modern take on the image and then made the image look old/aged like the original.

Below are four of those pictures. My reproductions, taken in June 2017, on the top row, the originals below. This is followed by a gallery of the other photographs I took around Academy Street, which in turn is followed by a gallery of images of the Victorian Market here in Inverness: Read More →

Storm brews over the use of HDR Photography

Andrew

HDR Photography or ‘High Dynamic Range’ is a photographic and imaging technique which causes some controversy, especially amongst ‘purists’.

Here are four variants of a storm scene this weekend over Inverness, all produced using HDR Photography techniques:

HDR photography - storm compilation

Four, differently processed, HDR Photographs

Some purists think HDR as a photographic technique is ‘cheating’ or too unrealistic looking – sometimes it can be! The second pair of images above, in particular, are unrealistic – deliberately so. However, they went down a storm on Facebook!

I make no bones about it – I like HDR Photography – in this article,  I’ll explain why. Read More →

Four Highland Seasons – never a dull moment

Andrew

One of the many things that Di and I love about living here are the distinct four Highland seasons that we get here and the amazing variety of conditions and experiences that this brings.

Here’s a brief snapshot, showing a variety of images I have taken in The Highlands, from Spring through to Winter, showing all Four Highland Seasons:

Four Highland Seasons

A quick snapshot of some of our favourite views and images from the Four Highland Seasons

You can view more of these seasonal Highland images in the gallery below. And below that is a month by month itinerary of some of the amazing cultural, visual and photography-related events that are on offer year-round.  Read More →

A fun weekend in Perthshire

Andrew

Q) How much fun can you have on merely a weekend with Highland Personal Development Photography Tours?

A) THIS MUCH!

All shots taken on a weekend in Perthshire, in the Highlands of Scotland, between Friday morning and Sunday lunchtime. Early start Friday, back home in time for tea on Sunday!

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Infrared Photography experimentation – results

Andrew

So, I finally got out to experiment more with Infrared photography (IR) using my Fuji X100 camera and a special filter. Here’s a couple of examples:

unprocessed waterfall photograph

Unprocessed IR photo of a waterfall

processed waterfall photograph

Processed IR photo of a waterfall

Note: most cameras require a permanent modification to allow them to record an image taken from IR spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. Read More →

Flights to Inverness are on the up

Andrew

In May 2016, flights to Inverness from Heathrow Airport were reinstated and have become a great success.

Flights to Inverness

A lovely view from Inverness Castle viewpoint

Daily flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Inverness Airport (INV) take just 1 hour 35 minutes making getting away to Inverness and the Scottish Highlands easy. British Airways, who relaunched this service said that two-thirds of the 75,000 passengers from the first year operating this route are international inbound visitors connecting from the USA and Europe.

Passenger numbers for flights into Scotland were up 15% for 2016, with Inverness Airport (recently expanded and upgraded) up 23.5%, showing what a popular destination Scotland and The Highlands are becoming. There’s no wonder that flights to Inverness are so popular, given the wonderful scenery like the image to the right. Read More →

A photographers trip to the Highlands isn’t complete… (Ffordes Photographic)

Andrew

A photographer’s trip to the Highlands typically isn’t complete without a trip to Ffordes Photographic.

They are a really friendly and knowledgeable bunch, based on the Inverness side of Beauly. This is yet another stunning part of the Highlands, next to the beautiful Beauly Firth and not far from three fantastic Glens (photos below).

Ffordes Photographic are one of best-stocked photography suppliers in the UK and have the largest stock of pre-used equipment in the UK. Managed by the irrepressible Alister Bowie, he and the team are a lynchpin in the Highland photographic community.

Ffordes work closely with camera manufacturers to bring events, demo and promotional days giving us all the opportunity to try new kit and learn from the experts. Events often involve master-classes from well-known, award-winning photographers from all over the UK, such as: Olympus and Westcott Lighting Ambassador Robert Pugh; Olympus Ambassador Gavin Hoey;  Social & Landscape photographer Margaret Soraya; photo-journalist Gerry McCann; wildlife photographers Andy Howard, Laurie Campbell and Neil McIntyre, to name but a few.

Ffordes prides itself in offering high levels of service and advice and knowledge to amateur and professional photographers, the owner and staff are all enthusiast photographers who are encouraged to share their photographic knowledge and experience with customers. Read More →