Summers nearly finished...

21st August 2013
....but Autumns nearly here and thats what us landscape photographers like - lots of colour and not mainly green.
Been really busy the last few months - finally made a photographic trip to Scotland - Lochinver in Sutherland - a really long way north and singularly lacking in cars or much else for that matter but thats just what I wanted although with Denise ill and me with a sprained ankle for part of the time our activities were curtailed a little. Tiny place Lochinver but it had two Michelin starred restaurants and an award winning pie shop !!
Photography was very good but it took me a few days to acclimatise - so many locations to photograph - concentrated on Lochinver, Achmelvich beach Loch Assynt and a few other smaller lochans plus a visit to Stoer lighthouse

I also attended a lighting course as I'm quite keen to get into portraiture - there will be a section with samples soon but its hard to find models for practice - even the family are reluctant. I've bought most of the equipment needed - now just need to practice.

I've also become a member of David Noton's F11 club which gives you access to tutorials and other information - he gave a very good one on panoramas - like this

Really getting into this - the images are huge with the D800 but absolutely fantastic when you get it right.

I've now got the necessary number of 'likes' on my Facebook page to get feedback on who and when my images are looked at - fascinating stuff - would like more likes though and it would be nice if my increasing numbers of visitors would be so kind as to leave a comment in my Guestbook - it would be so appreciated.
Went on our first ever cruise - to Norway - tricky photographically (no early mornings or late evenings off the ship) but we did have a great time.
Also completed the Cumbria Way in May with some old friends from NFU Mutual - hard work but loads of fun and I'm working on a photo book of the trip.
My last trip with the camera was a dawn shoot at Curbar Edge in the Peak District - 2 hours of fantastic light - like this-

Hoping to go back later this week if the forecast looks ok.