Olympus Europe Facebook Page Image of the Month

I have previously blogged about my venture in to the world of the Micro Four Thirds camera system with the purchase of an Olympus Pen E-PM1. After purchasing the camera I started following the Olympus Pen & Compact Cameras Europe Facebook page where they have been running a picture of the month competition. The winner of the competition has their winning picture used as the cover photo for the Facebook page.

I had a photo from my holiday in Gairloch that I was particularly happy with and thought it would fit in with the theme that Olympus had set for August – “Enjoy the silence”. The image that I entered is “House by the sea” and can be seen below.

House by the sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo was taken at Melvaig near Gairloch, Wester Ross a short while after sunset and turned out to be the last photo of the evening and indeed holiday!

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New greetings cards available now online and in The Milk Parlour, Findhorn

I had been thinking about creating a series of greetings cards for quite some time, but just couldn’t decide whether it was worth doing or not. After ordering up a set of sample cards, and showing them to family, friends and colleagues, the feedback was very positive and based on that I took the plunge and ordered the first batch of cards.

For these cards, I chose two images from places close to where I live – Findhorn and Hopeman – with two other images from the Western Isles – Harris and St Kilda. The cards are 150mm x 150mm in size; blank inside so that you can write your own message; supplied with an envelope and are sealed in a cellophane wrapper. I’m really pleased with how they have turned out; the card is of a high quality and the colour matching and print quality is excellent.

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Quick update (including what’s happening with my St Kilda Article!)

Its been quite some time since I’ve posted here on my blog, over the last year I’ve mostly been posting quick updates and pictures on my Facebook page. I do hope to start using my blog more over the coming months.

It was almost exactly 12 months ago I went on a photography trip to St Kilda with my friend and photographer Bruce Percy and so far I’ve not posted anything about the trip. I did start writing update about the trip a while ago however I decided to hold off until the films from the trip developed. The films have now been processed and I’m quite glad I waited as there are a few pictures that I would like to get scanned to include in the article alongside one or two digital shots. All I can say for now is that I will have  the full post about the trip online later in the summer.

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St Kilda here we come!

As always…it’s been a while since my last post.

Today is the day that my wee adventure to St Kilda begins. As many of you who follow my blog will know I am heading to St Kilda with my friend and fellow photographer Bruce Percy for a few days. Later this afternoon we will be sailing from Ullapool to Stornoway and then heading down to Harris tomorrow. All things being well with the weather then we shall be sailing from South Harris to St Kilda on Monday. I am a good sailor mostly but I’m not sure what the trip to St Kilda in a wee boat is going to be like, I’ve remembered to pack the Sea Sickness tablets just to be on the safe side.

This whole trip feels like an adventure and its really exciting. Bruce is quite used to adventures like this but for me this is going to be a whole new experience.

To give you an idea of what St Kilda looks like I recommend that you check out this blog by Dougie Cunningham on his website who was there quite recently http://www.leadinglinesphotography.net/blog/st-kilda-a-landscape-photographers-jolly-to-the-edge-of-the-world/

Bruce was also sent a link to a gallery by another photographer Dennis Balibouse who has also been to St Kilda, these images were shot in Black and White and contain quite a lot of atmosphere – http://www.denisbalibouse.ch/index.php?/personnalwork/scotland—st-kilda/

It would be fair to say that there is a huge amount of scope for some wonderful landscape shots and hopefully I will come back with some nice images.

I will post about my experiences on St Kilda when I get back. Until then…take care.

 

Scottish Nature Photography Awards and upcoming trip to St Kilda

Its been a while since my last post, mostly because I’ve not really had any news of note to share with you all.

Late last year I entered the landscape category of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2011 competition and found out a couple of weeks ago that I had made it through to the shortlist. The winners have been announced today and unfortunately I was not placed in the final three places of the Landscape category.  However, all short listed photos in the competition get published in the Portfolio Yearbook 2011. I’m pleased with this, the standard of entries to the competition is very good and to get through to the shortlist was great. Congratulations to the winners in all of the categories.

 

I will post an update later on regarding the Portfolio Book 2011 when I know more about it. The image that was shortlisted is Bass Rock Dusk which some of you may have already seen. It was taken at Seacliffe near North Berwick, East Lothian with my Mamiya 645 Camera on Fuji Velvia 50 film.

Take a look at the winners at the Scottish Nature Photography awards website >>Click Here<<

I am pleased to tell you that I will be visiting St Kilda in May along with my good friend and photographer Bruce Percy. St Kilda is looked after by National Trust for Scotland and Scottish National Heritage and is located about 45 miles west of Lewis. We have been given permission to camp there and all things being well we shall be camping there for a week. Due to the nature of the weather it is possible that our trip may end up being shorter or longer than planned – plenty of supplies will be required on the off chance we end up out there for two weeks!

I am planning on taking both my Mamiya 645 film camera and my Canon digital system with me and with a bit of luck I will come away with some nice images of an island that not many people get to stay on. It would be nice to try out one of the new Canon EOS 5D MkIII cameras on this trip – if anyone has contacts in Canon that could arrange this then that would be great!….I wish 😉

I am really excited about this trip and really hope that the weather doesn’t put a spanner in the works for us. The boat trip takes between 3 and 4 hours each way and I’ll be making sure I take anti sea sickness tablets before we go!

This trip may help kick start a photo project that I had thought about doing some time ago about the Scottish coastline.

I will post more about the upcoming trip to St Kilda later.

Thats all my news for now. Until next time, take care.