Scotland Through Light calendar makes a return
September 25, 2015
In August this year I was approached by a printing/stationery company to see if I would be interested in any of their products. They produce a wide range of items including cards and calendars. It has been about seven years since I last produced a calendar and I was naturally quite interested in the possibility of bringing back the Scotland Through Light calendar. So after very little persuasion from the printing company, I am pleased to announce the Scotland Through Light calendar 2016.
The calendars arrived today and I’m pretty pleased with the results. The calendar is A4 in size and opens out to A3 with the image on one full page and the calendar boxes on the page below. Continue Reading
Happy New Year!
January 5, 2010
Happy New Year to you all and welcome to my first post of 2010.
I hope you all had a great Christmas.
For me 2009 was quite a year, I finally managed to get a job in Inverness which I started at the end of November which meant I could finally join my wife who had been working up there since February. 2009 also saw me return to using film again with medium format gear.Â A couple of friends who shoot film kindly scanned some of the images for me so I could share the results with you all and make some prints. Due to circumstances I wasn’t able to get to many of the locations I’d planned to visit forÂ photos which meant I wasn’t in a position to produce a 2010 Calendar. Now that I’m living and working in the Highlands things are looking good for the 2010.
I am currently intending to continue to shoot both film and digital although currently the emphasis is going to be on digital as my film camera is needing repaired.
I’m determined that there will be a 2011 calendar and was really disappointed to not be able to produce one for 2010. I’ve got a number of images for the next calendar already and with a bit of luck I’ll get the rest before June in order to have the calendar ready and printed for the Autumn. I think I know which charity I’m going to support, the major hurdle is going to be getting the funding to get the calendar printed, unfortunately its not cheap to print. I’ve been lucky the last few years, hopefully this will continue.
Over the coming months I plan to try and explore the Highlands more and hopefully get images of places I’ve not been to or photographed before. Keep an eye on the gallery for new images.
Back to the present and the snow that we’ve been having. Despite the disruption that it causes, the snow has been absolutely beautiful and I was able to get out between Christmas and Hogmany for some photos. Its been bitterly cold up here but I managed to get some shots out on Dava Moor (between Granton and Forres), Cairngorm and Loch Morlich where temperatures were down at -12 deg c. The picture at the top of this post was the last shot of the day at Loch Morlich. The snow looks like it’s going to continue for a while yet and with a bit of luck I’ll manage to get out for some more photos.
Have you been out to get photos of the snow? What are you planning for the coming year?
In the meantime I’ve posted a few more images of the snow.
End of summer update
September 11, 2009
As the summer draws to a close I’ve been thinking about how things have gone this year. So far its been a year of ups and downs with both my photography and personal life. My wife and I are in the process of relocating to Inverness which is proving to be taking much longer than either of us imagined. Laura got a job in Inverness pretty quickly and so far I’ve had no success, the job market has pretty much dried up especially in the world of IT Support. I’ve had a couple of interviews so far and I’m currently waiting to hear if I’ve been successful with the most recent interview. Laura also took very ill in June and baffled the medical profession for some time, thankfully she seems to be on the mend now. Hopefully she’ll be able to go back to work soon.
My decision to start using film again has proved to be a good one and has yielded some of the best images I’ve ever taken so far. There have been numerous mistakes along the way, partly down to lack of familiarity with the medium format gear I’m using and partly down to me forgetting to check things. Modern digital SLRs are impressive and the results that the latest generations are yielding seem very good, however for me there is something missing from the final image (and no its not the lack of grain!). Its really hard to describe the difference but put simply I feel that the colours and tones you get from film are better. Medium Format digital backs which record in 16-bit colour get pretty close in many respects but the cost of switching to such a system is prohibitive for me.
So the big question is, will I continue to use film or will I simply go back to digital?Â I’ve thought about this for a while now and film is the winner. Ok so there are going to be running costs i.e. film and processing and I won’t get to see the results instantly but for me the quality of the final results are more important than either of those.
Please note that I’m not saying digital photography is bad – I’ve been shooting digital for the last three years! I’ve just reached a point where I find the results from film to be more satisfactory, its a personal thing.
Here are three images that I’ve taken on film this year. The first image was taken on my Mamiya M645J with a 45mm Lens. The last two were taken on a Mamiya RB67 with a 65mm lens. All three were shot on Velvia 50.
The one thing that I’ve not mentioned for a while is my charity calendar. Unfortunately I’m not going to be producing a 2010 calendar as I’ve simply not had the time to get all the images that I wanted. Providing that I manage to get a job in Inverness soon I do hope to be able to start working towards aÂ 2011 calendar, this will also depend on whether I can find a sponsor to cover the printing costs. I will keep you posted on this.
That’s the end of my update, I’ll try and post more regularly to the blog from now on. Until next time… take care!