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Scotland Images Revisited

15 Jan
January 15, 2015

Scotland2The cold winter weather provides lots of time to work indoors on photo projects. It is a great idea to re-visit images printed months or years later to see if they can be improved. So January finds me reviewing my images taken in Scotland – Isle of Iona, Isle of Skye, the Highlands and my favourite part of Scotland – the Orkney Islands. The above images of fishing boats were taken one early morning at Stromness Harbour, Orkney Islands. I wanted to emphasize the ‘painter-like’ qualities of the reflected boats in the water and applied Photoshop Artistic Filters to achieve the effect. I chose to print these digital images on Innova Cold Press Rough Textured Natural White paper and am really happy with the results.
Inverness Panorama 2Like most of my images from Scotland, this panoramic image of the Old Church of Urquhart was converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro2 software and printed on the rough textured Innova Cold Press Paper.Scotland5The Click Mill at Dounby is the last of the horizontal water-mills of Orkney still in use. It has been restored by, and is owned by, Historic Scotland. It’s quite dark inside the textured and weathered dry stone mill structure  – a 30 second exposure was required.Scotland4Image taken in the Scottish Highlands not far from Achnacarry was converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro2 software and printed on the rough textured Innova Cold Press Paper.Scotland3The Cloister at the Iona Abbey was restored in the 1950s and 1960s – the Iona Abbey Church is a must see and along with the chapels and the island itself is worth the visit from Glasgow via Mull.

Scotland Stone

14 Apr
April 14, 2013

Whether left in its natural state or transformed by hands using crude tools or by skilled stonemasons – in neolithic times, the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution and into the 1800’s – Scotland provided some beautiful examples of transformed stone to photograph. These stones contain wonderful colour and texture brought out by light and shadow and you can’t help but reach out to touch and run your hand along the surface. Image of the Horizontal Click Mill, Dounby, Orkney
Brodgar1Ring of Brodgar, Orkney
Ring of BrodgarRing of Brodgar, OrkneyElginWorn Steps, Elgin CathedralEarl's PalaceDry Stone Wall, Earl’s Palace, Birsay, OrkneyBonaweCharcoal Shed, Bonawe Iron Works
Iona GalleryConverted Croft House, Isle of Orkney

Scotland Coastline

19 Mar
March 19, 2013

Okay, there’s been almost 20 cm of snow today here in Ottawa.. enough!  I’m looking back on our Scotland trip. Including the numerous islands, Scotland has over 16,000 km of coastline and. We traveled from the white sand beaches on Iona, Isle of Mull and Skye and through the Highlands to the rugged Orkney Islands. I’m a big fan of ocean views and certainly envy the easy access to photograph the maritime way of life that we saw along the coast of Scotland. Maybe it’s just cabin fever but I’m anxious to pack the photographic equipment and capture more landscapes and seascapes.

Lobster/Prawn Creels, Tobermory

Girl ClaireGirl Claire, Isle of Mull

Iona boatWooden hull of the Iolaire of Iona

StromnessEarly Morning, Stromness, Orkney Islands

Scotland Skyscapes

22 Feb
February 22, 2013

Enjoyed a scenic drive in Scotland, leaving from Glasgow to Oban, Iona, Tobermory, Portree, and then through the Highlands on our way to the Orkney Islands before returning through Inverness, Elgin and Perth. Interesting B&B at the Old Church of Urquhart (1842) with its Gothic design, six-bay buttressed elevation, traceried windows blind in each end bay and built on the high ground known as Gas Hill.  Found one of the nicest hotels in Scotland – the Royal Hotel (1872) – in Tain with canopied beds, lots of dark wood, very quiet rooms and reminiscent of the Victorian era with its French Gothic design.  Stopped near Achncarry to see where commandos trained from 1942 to 1945. Lots of whisky tastings – in Speyside and Tobermory but the Highland Park tour and tasting in Kirkwall was our favourite.

Old Church of Urquhart, ElginScotland HighlandsAchnacarryCRW_4306_2Ruins of Bishop’s House, IonaScotland Highlands 2Achnacarry

Photographed with a Canon 10D, EF 24-85 f3.5-4.5 lensImages converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro2.