Little things

It should come as no surprise that I love trees, especially photographing them. If you’re like me, then I’m always scanning the landscape, towns and cities for trees that have a story to tell, and this is one of my favourites. Saplings, amaze me at the best of times but every now and again, I … Read more

To thank or not to thank

Like many photographers, I thought that world had moved on from preaching “thou shalt” stuff, but it seems that some never read the memo. Being somewhat busy with the competition launch, I’ve missed most of it but I’ve caught up a bit and read one blog that seems to have raised a few hackles. In … Read more

Owning the view

I read a couple of things on social media recently that struck a chord with me.  The first was by an amateur photographer who posted one of their images online, but was concerned it had been an inadvertant capture of another photographer’s work. The second, was by writer who was put off writing articles on photography … Read more

Intimate landscapes

 – holy grail or just pretentious waffle?

There’s a load of talk of late about something called the “intimate landscape”. It’s being epitomised by some “famous” photographer types and being hailed as the most difficult field to master. I’ve certainly met a few photographers recently who are talking about it as if it’s a holy grail and one well known photographer I’ve … Read more

Infinity road – Urlar Moor, Highland Perthshire

I like puzzles and intrigue whenever I look at something and seeing the world in black and white allows me to build that puzzle and create the intrigue. Colour images that bristle with detail and vibrancy (for me at least) fail to achieve that aim and for that reason it seems that they fail to … Read more

Cost of digital vs film

Very often when I’m out and about shooting with my film cameras, passers by of all ages will come up to me and ask about my cameras. I’m always happy to talk about them and those that ask are always fascinated by the gear I’m using – especially by my large format of panoramic cameras. … Read more

Firecrest – The world’s best ND Grad filter?

If you follow me at all then you will know that I use filters in my photography over using photoshop because I believe in getting it right in camera. Filters are great for digital photography but problematic for film – especially slide film like Provia & Velvia. I have used many types over the years … Read more

Intentional camera what?

When I do workshops or one-to-ones, I always ask the clients if there are any techniques they want me to teach. I’ve always thought that I knew most techniques, and I’d at least tried all the techniques you could possibly think of, but I was stumped recently when I was asked to teach something called … Read more

Dear Fujifilm…

…for more than 30 years I’ve been a loyal customer of yours. I’ve bought your film, I’ve bought your film cameras and when digital came along I bought your digital cameras. I’ve owned everything from your rangefinders and 617 to your bridge and x-cameras. Do your respect photographers like me who have been loyal for … Read more

Photography Ninjas and Masters of the Universe

When it comes to the photography community, I’ve never been one to follow what goes on and I really haven’t got a clue who’s who in the current photography world. I’ve been a landscape photographer for over 30 years but until recently, I’d only ever owned one photographer’s book, but I have bought lots of … Read more

The trials and tribulations of launching the SLPOTY

[I recently did an interview for the Herald Magazine about the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. In this blog post I expand on the article.] I’m not a famous photographer, and I’ve never sought the limelight, but since launching the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition I’ve found myself kind of thrown … Read more