Results for category "Photography"

Motorsport – The Snowman Rally 2018

Andrew

Below is a gallery of my favourite shots from Stage 5 of this year’s Snowman Rally in and around Inverness. These shots are from the stage that takes place on Forestry Commission land in Contin, which is a Ross-shire village and civil parish between Strathpeffer and Garve in the Highlands.

Like many photographic opportunities, it is best to plan and scope out the best locations in advance, if you can.Alas, I did not, at least not as much as I could. i dis arrive early and walked up and down a few hundreds yards that was marked out for spectating. Due to safety concerns, the areas from which you can spectate and photography are limited. There are six rally stages to choose from. In 2015, I went and photographed from stage one, so this year I wanted to try a different stage.

I’m not a big petrol-head. I went for the photography. To be honest, I’m one of those armchair sports fans who’d generally prefer to watch my sport (unless photographing it) from the comfort of my home, with the benefit of the multiple vantage points that TV channels typically have with their cranes, multiple cameras, helicopters and drones etc. I know tat several of my photography friends and acquaintances really enjoyed watching and experiencing the motorsport action first hand.

The challenge is that from one limited viewing perspective, your photos can all end up looking quite similar. So it pays to think out different kinds of shots and perspectives. One classic type of view, that can be very effective is to take a panned shot from a side perspective; with the right shutterspeed and with a little practise, you can get a nice sharp image of your sports subject against a blurred background. Here’s an example from the Snowman Rally Stage One in 2015:

The Snowman Rally

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Flying Squirrels

Andrew

The guys I share the local hide with have done a great job setting up some jumps for the local squirrels to ‘work for’ their treats. This has resulted in flying squirrels.

They are cheeky, brave little lads and lasses, inquisitive and entertaining.

Here’s the latest shots of the flying squirrels, plus a robin and a very cheeky squirrel.

Flying Squirrels

My favourite photos taken 2017

Andrew

Hi folks. As is the tradition, I have compiled my favourite shots taken in 2017.

Here is a montage of some of them (click on the image to enlarge). You can see the full set on my Flickr pages in this album: http://bit.ly/Andys-2017-favs

Most of these have been taken with my Canon EOS 7D mkii using a variety of lenses. Some have been taken with the Fuji X100 mirrorless camera and a few with the Panasonic FZ330 bridge camera.

2017 favourites montage

Winter in the Highlands – Wonderland!

Andrew

We’ve has our first snow, not just any snow, but huge fluffy flakes that wafted down like feathers, settling like an eider down duvet. Winter in the Highlands is simply wonderful!

This time of year is a great time for travel and sightseeing in the Highlands. Whilst some places may start to get a little inaccessible and start to close down for the winter, there is still a great deal to see and do right on our doorstep. Snow-capped mountains, winter wildlife, Christmas fairs, winter sports – all provide a great atmosphere and a great deal of interest for your tour and photography. Read More →

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 →