Posted by: gaelphotography | January 12, 2011

Message waiting to be delivered

Inverness Cathedral

Posted by: gaelphotography | December 28, 2010

End of the day over Loch Ness

Sundown at Dores


Last light on Loch Ness

Posted by: gaelphotography | December 26, 2010

Dirrie Dawn

Just before sunrise on Dirrie (pronounced Jeerie) Moor
The pink sky is the effect of the sun shining through and lighting up the earths atmosphere before it rises.
Posted by: gaelphotography | December 22, 2010

Snowy day around Forres

Was out with Donnie from Australia today shooting the countryside around his home town of Forres in Moray, Scotland.

The rising sun spreads a golden path of light into the wood

The rising sun shining through the trees

Came across this magnificent old bridge in the middle of the wood

Same bridge but different perspective

Posted by: gaelphotography | December 18, 2010

Italian Chapel in Orkney

The altar inside the chapel

The chapel was built by Italian Prisoners of War who were held on Orkney during World War 2.  It is a nissan hut and the walls are hand painted.  It is so realistic and looks like brick.

Another view of the altar

The lamps hanging from the roof were made out of corned beef tins by the prisoners.  It is a truely remarkable and beautiful place to visit and a must see if you come to Scotland.

Posted by: gaelphotography | July 25, 2010

London Attractions at night

London at night

Festival Pier, the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster and the River Thames at night in this one.  London is an amazing place with so much to see and shoot. 

I tonemapped a single RAW file in Oloneo HDR programme and then into CS3 where I used Topaz Adjust and Topaz De Noise plug ins and then some High Pass Filter Sharpening.  It was taken with my Nikon D80 and Sigma 10 – 20mm lens on a Manfrotto 190 tripod and cable release.

Veiw along the South Bank

Posted by: gaelphotography | July 13, 2010

The Long Road Home

Above Loch Ness

This is one of my favourite roads to travel along.  It is the south side of Loch Ness and not used as much as the main north side road.  You get less traffic and better views this way and this spot is one of my favourite views.  You also have the choice of travelling along side Loch Ness or taking a scenic high level route.  Loch Ness is also seen better from this side and you are lower down.

The road was built by General Wade after the Battle of Culloden (1746) to enable his troops to keep us unruly Highlanders under control!

Posted by: gaelphotography | June 1, 2010

Ring of Brodgar

One of the best stone circles and it is on Orkney

The third largest stone circle in the UK and covers 90,700 square feet.  25 stones remain standing today and it was built between 2,500 bc and 2,000 bc.  It is thought to have contained 60 stones when built and is a perfect circle.  Scotland has these ancient sites scattered all over its countryside and they never fail to amaze and fill you with wonder.  Orkney is a wonderful place to visit and you can see everything from ancient monuments like this to rare wildlife, even killer whale pods.  A must visit to experience the unique island culture and friendliness of the locals.

Nikon D80
Sigma 10 – 20 at 10mm
ISO 100
3 bracketted shots at + and – 2 stops
Mid shot f11 for 1/160s
Manfrotto 190 tripod
Manfrotto 222 head
Cable release
3 RAW files converted to JPG using ACR and CS3
3 JPG’s into photomatix and tonemapped
Back into CS3 and topaz adjust and topaz detail plug ins applied

I had to creat an HDR due to the extreme levels of light

Posted by: gaelphotography | February 19, 2010

Seaforth and Queens Own Highlanders Regimental Chapel Fort George

This Chapel lies in the historic Fort George in Ardersier by Inverness.  It was built after the battle of Culloden to keep us unruly kilted highlanders in check!  It is currently the home of the famous Black Watch battalion who recently did a tour of Afghanistan.  It was also the sad scene of a funeral of one of its brave troops who made the ultimate sacrifice.

It is 3 RAW files into Photomatix and tonemapped.

Posted by: gaelphotography | January 4, 2010

Trip up to Loch Mullardoch

Decided to go up to Mullardoch yesterday (3rd January 2010) to get some shots of the snow and hopefully the deer.  The road was really bad and while some had been removed the passing places had 4 to 5 foot of snow.  Loch Mullardoch lies up at the top of Glen Cannich and is accessed by a one way single track road.  This was difficult yesterday if you met anyone.  A young couple from Yorkshire tried to get up there in a transit van, obviously not used to our roads and conditions, and got stuck about 100 yards from the end where the turning point was.  This meant we had to reverse for a mile to get turned, after we helped to dig them out!

Loch Mullardoch

The trip was well worth the effort as you can see from the picture above it was beautiful up there.  I Also took a portrait version and would like to hear comments on which you prefer and why. 

Loch Mullardoch Portrait version

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