Tarbat Ness - a great place to visit in almost any weather. The forecast for the day was sunny spells, showers and a bracing Force 4 to 5 so a morning trip was definitely in order.Tarbat Ness has a number of distinctions. The meeting point of the Moray Firth and the Dornoch Firth, the lighthouse warns shipping of the headland. Built is 1830, the lighthouse is a Stevenson lighthouse and, at 53m high, is the third tallest lighthouse in the UK. Tarbat Ness also has the claim to being the driest place in Scotland, whilst just down the road, Inver is one of the few (the only?) east coast beach to face west.A selection of photographs from the morning are presented below demonstrating the power of the sea and the quality of the light.
School half term and a family holiday in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife saw us exploring a number of the local sights. One of the great finds for a particularly wet day was St Andrews Botanic Garden. Originally part of the University, the gardens are now run by a charitable trust and make for a great day out. The highlight for 2016 is the new "Tropical Butterfly Experience" in one of the glasshouses, where visitors can enjoy the interaction with tropical butterflies including Swallowtails, Moon moths, Tailed Jays, Zebra Wings and many others.The collection of images below are a game of two halves. From the ornate Bird of Paradise flower, the temperate plants and the delicate colours and forms of butterflies, I also enjoyed the patterns and forms of nature in the cactus plants in the succulents glasshouse.Enjoy the photographs - many of the butterfly images were captured on my smartphone as my SLR decided to steam up on entering the humidity of the Butterfly Experience!
Loch Gu Loch is an endurance swimrun event now in its second year.Starting from Urquhart Castle, the swimmers cross Loch Ness at first light, heading for Fort Augustus via the south side of Loch Ness. With 13 swim sections totalling 8km of swimming and 47km of running in between, this is a real feat of endurance.For the last few years I have been part of the safety team providing cover for swimmers for events such as this. Sea kayaks can provide close cover safety and this year I was stationed at Loch Duntelchaig and Loch Tarf.
The selection of photographs below were taken from my sea kayak and give a flavour of the event from the kayakers point of view!
"....Angus Mackie and Gordon Brown laid on calm reflective seas and warm sunshine as they taught us about kayaking photography. Superb days with lots of fun and learning.
My gear is all dried and put away and I have now had a chance to reflect on our 3 days. I really enjoyed our time together and I felt I learnt a lot about photographing kayaking and scenery from a kayak. Angus and Gordon were such entertaining and instructive coaches and everyone was such good company. I think I will need to renew my acquaintance with Kyle Rhea sometime soon to see if I can master a low brace turn without requiring a snorkel! I am itching to to try some of Angus's suggested editing techniques and maybe even a stitched panorama...."
Richard BottJust one of the comments from this year's Scotland360° / Skyak Adventures sea kayaking photography course. To see more of the photography, discover some of the secrets behind successful photography from a sea kayak and enjoy the highlights from the three days, please read on....
This year saw the second Scotland360° sea kayaking photography course run for SSKEG, based at Benderloch and Appin. Building on the success of last year, this course was once again designed to allow everyone to produce great results from their cameras whilst sea kayaking and to get the best out of their own photography.
Continuing with the castles theme from 2015, I chose the wonderfully scenic venue of Castle Stalker in Port Appin which provided a focal point of interest as well as a landing spot on the neighbouring island. This allowed time on shore as well as in kayaks, to cover composition, lighting, action shots, technical use of the camera as well as making time to review the output.