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  3. George

    Chance meeting with a Shag

    Here's a close up 100% crop from the first photo, to give you an idea of how much detail is actually in these photos. Love my Fuji gear.
  4. Liz

    Chance meeting with a Shag

    What a fab bird. He looks very noble. Love the detail on his wings. Wonderful structures!
  5. George

    Chance meeting with a Shag

    When you're out and about on coasts, river banks, hills, or anywhere in the countryside, chance close encounters with wildlife present themselves from time to time. Such was the case last week when I met this shag along Brora back shore.
  6. George


    This one came out well. I think I take about 1000 photos of birds in flight for every one like this I keep.
  7. George


    There is no need to climb mountains or swim oceans to get decent photos of birds, your back garden will do just fine. Even sparrows can look amazing in good light, and they're excellent for practice, for getting to know birds and your gear and how to take decent photos.
  8. George


    Love these little birds, but they're difficult to get close to with a camera. This one was in the trees one morning while I was walking through the Big Burn woods at Golspie towards the waterfall. I have another photo of a wren somewhere, but can't find it right now. At least I have one photo! I'm always on the lookout for wrens.
  9. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    You're not hopeless at all. You can see a photo, you just have to learn how to use your camera to capture what it is you see. Most people can't see a photo, but you can.
  10. Liz

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    Great stuff George. I'm hopeless at taking photographs. Keep up the good work! One day I will learn.
  11. Liz


    Love puffins
  12. George


    Handa Island is a nature reserve on the west coast of Scotland managed by the Scottish Wildlife trust. You turn up, and they whisk you over by boat. Amazing island for getting close to birds, especially Puffins, Arctic skuas and Great skuas. The Handa Island skuas you've already met, so here are a few of the puffins.
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  14. George

    Arctic skua

    These birds are beautiful, gorgeous colours. Amazing that they come to Scotland to breed.
  15. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    I've just published this tutorial in the online workshop. It's been a bit of work, but well worth it. I should have kept a copy of the original version I did a year ago. Never mind, it's in the workshop now. http://www.scottishbrochs.com/workshop/workshop11.html
  16. George

    Great Skua

    Good memories from a recent trip over to Handa Island on the West Coast. I’ll be visiting there again.
  17. George

    The Ravens

    Two of the chicks had left the nest a couple of days ago. I went back yesterday and the nest was empty. It was fun watching these dudes grow up. First time I’ve ever spent time with ravens. They’re playful, intelligent, and considerate. I know they’re considerate because the parents recognised me and would thank me for the food I brought. They’ve repaid me with some amazing photographs I’ve waited a long time to get. Here we have the two remaining chicks thinking about leaving, and Paw Raven posing for the camera.
  18. George

    Just call me Mehrtina

  19. George

    Brora Beach Birds

    Brora beach isn’t just an amazing walk, it is an amazing place to see birds. Here are a few I managed to take photos of yesterday. The Arctic terns are here. They’re not nesting yet, but they’re here, enjoying a break from their yearly circumnavigation of planet earth, flying from pole to pole, staying with the daylight. And to think they stop off here in Brora to raise a few chicks. Spotted a couple of Little terns as well. Not sure if they’ll be nesting yet, but I’ll keep an eye on the little fellas. They’re so small I thought they were Sanderlings from a distance. The Ringed plovers are well established and you can usually spot one or two on every walk. This isn’t a very good photo, as he was well offshore, but this is a Great skua. You don’t see these big fellas very often around here. Handa Island would be the place just now I would think for Skuas. I’m not 100% sure if these are Sanderlings or Dunlins. As these birds don’t appear to have dark patches on their chest, I’m going for Sanderlings in summer plumage. And no walk along Brora beach would be complete without an oystercatcher for company. Eider ducks are now well established in Brora. Wasn’t always so. A few decades ago, there were none, they just weren’t here. It’s good to see them.
  20. George

    Song thrush

    Not an especially memorable image of a Song thrush, but it's special to me as it's my first ever Song thrush photo! They are not as common as you might think. Not sure why that should be as Blackbirds are everywhere and they are the same family.
  21. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    15th November This morning it happened. The light was perfect, the sun rose in precisely the right place, the tide was perfect, and the colours were gorgeous. It's been six weeks, and this morning it all came together. Good landscape photography isn't about winding down the car window and pointing your camera at something, it's about hard work, persistence and patience.
  22. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    November 6th The sun wasn't in the right place, but it was a beautiful morning so went for a wander up to the golf course car park to see if there was anything doing up there. While walking past the Marine Hotel, I was presented with this sunrise photo of Brora. This wasn't even on my list of locations. A total accident. They do happen, and it's nice when they do. Yes, that's hard frost on the ground, it was a cold, cold morning.
  23. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    November 5th This morning, while standing around for another hour and trying to stay warm, I wondered if I was actually in the right position. I was in the right place, but was there a different position I could set the camera up? Was landscape even the best orientation? Might portrait orientation be the way to go? Intriguing thoughts. I spent quite some time taking test photos in different spots, all within a few yards of each other, and took both landscape and portrait oriented shots. When I got home, I saw this and that was me settled. All I had to do now was get up every morning, go to the harbour if the light looked half decent, set the camera up on the tripod and wait.
  24. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    November 1st It was raining, and the light wasn't great, but I was up anyway so wandered down to the harbour just to see where the sun was. I didn't want it sneaking past when I wasn't looking. It was still too far left, but it was fun getting these two shots while I was there.
  25. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    October 27th Things were starting to happen. The sun is still too far left of photo at sunrise, but the light is starting to excite me.
  26. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    October 24th As the sun moved with each passing day, I began to spend more time at the harbour. It was beginning to feel right down there. This morning I waited until the sun was well up in the sky just to see what opportunities it presented. After this test shot, I was pretty sure I was in the right place. What I wanted was for the sun to break the horizon exactly where it is in this photo. Another two or three weeks should do it.
  27. George

    Anatomy of a Landscape

    October 18th While thinking things through this morning, I wondered if my Fuji 16-55mm was the best lens. It was time to experiment wide, so I whacked on my 10-24mm and went to all my short listed locations and took wide angled test shots. After looking at them on the computer, I decided they were too wide for my tastes. The sky in this test shot is just too big, and Brora is lost in the distance. The foreground adds absolutely nothing whatsoever to the image either. Okay, so now I was settled on which lens to use - the 16-55mm.
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