Isle of Skye

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The world famous Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye.

The Isle of Skye is a beautiful island off the North West coast of Scotland. With it’s rugged landscape, dramatic mountains, gorgeous coastline, lochs, and ever changing light –  it’s a mystical and enchanting destination with something for everyone – a utopia for travellers, walkers, climbers, photographers, fishermen (and fisherwomen), bird-watchers, food-lovers, whisky drinkers and lovers of music amongst the many reasons for visiting. 

I visited for the first time this August – I’m Scottish, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get there, but it has. I had heard tales of busy roads, full car-parks and many, many visitors during the busy months of July and August, but I have to say I was truly shocked at the sheer number of tourists, cars and camper-vans on the island. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry to dash round the island in a whistle stop fashion – only stopping for a moment for a group photograph at an iconic viewpoint, before moving onto the next. 

Don’t misunderstand me – my intention in writing this it not too deter anyone heading here. However, many of the roads are single-track – the pace of travel is slow and the essential passing places are not to be used for car-parking or no-one can get anywhere. Sadly – especially around the tourist spots – this was a common problem.With travel grinding to a halt and the grass verges on roads being chewed up with drivers having to struggle to pass each other. A little bit of common sense and respect wouldn’t go amiss.

Please go and appreciate the wonder of Skye – but respect is needed, and maybe July and August is not the time to go….


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Sleeklens Lightroom Presets

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A week or so ago I was contacted by Sleeklens – a company based in Denmark specialising in custom Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions – asking me to review their products. The offer was a free set in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Now, I already have a large number of actions I use regularly, but presets in Lightroom is something I seldom use (apart from my own custom ones for mostly basic stuff) so I plumped for a Lightroom set called ‘Through the Woods Workflow’ to see what they could offer and whether my workflow would benefit from using them. So what can the set from Sleeklens do and was I impressed ? Continue reading “Sleeklens Presets”

AURORA HDR 2017 PRE-ORDER OFFER

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Aurora HDR 2017 software – pre-order offer.

If you know me you’ll have heard my thoughts on HDR photography. You’ll know its something I’m not terribly fond of. With too many HDR enthusiasts over-zealously using this technique, often with poor post-production, saturated colours rarely seen in the real world,  image ghosting and clarity sliders cranked up beyond the pale – the end results can be upsetting to the sensitive eye.

I will sometimes blend sky and foreground elements for my landscape photography and will use HDR for architectural and interior shots when time or necessity won’t allow me to use lighting and the results mostly work well. Subtlety and integrity of the original scene is the key – If the slider goes to 100% it doesn’t mean that’s where you must take it, but that’s only my opinion. Continue reading “AURORA HDR 2017 PRE-ORDER OFFER”

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