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Iceland On Fire

Iceland On Fire

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

As the rain hammered relentlessly on the windscreen and the headlights barely penetrated the gloom, the sense of trepidation and dare I say it, helplessness, was palpable. After a long day of trains, planes and automobiles, this was not the Icelandic welcome our guests had in mind. I made an inadequate attempt to lift the mood but only as the lights of our hotel came into view with safety and sustenance assured, could I sense a collective sigh of relief.

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Autumn Angst

Autumn Angst

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Autumn is a frantic time. Rather than bathing in the splendour of a sensory seasonal overload, I find myself always wanting to be where I’m not. Acutely aware of the susceptibility of Scotland’s fickle autumn colour to frost, wind and in some years even snow, I imagine that no matter how spectacular a scene I’m photographing, there is another which is even better and I should be there photographing it before it withers and dies.

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Winter Iceland: Phew!

Winter Iceland: Phew!

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016

Phew. I’ve said it before but Iceland is a Phew kind of place. Our recent winter landscape tour to the island had a few Phews along the way. Relief Phews (the weather was generally benign), surprise Phews (there had been a lot of snow in the south), desperate Phews (where the hell have all the beached icebergs gone?) and Phews of admiration for what is a landscape beyond comparison.

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Pocahontas Country

Pocahontas Country

Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016

When my son was small we often spent wet Sunday afternoons curled up watching Disney classics: Dumbo, Lion King, Pocahontas – you know the sort of thing. Sam loved Pocahontas. Or rather I did. Putting aside her rather beguiling flowing locks and the fact that it was in fact, just a cartoon, I was captivated by the backdrop of vast forests, aquamarine rivers and snow-capped mountains. The frivolous love story was quaint enough but the landscape was to die for.

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Caledonia Colour

Caledonia Colour

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016

In 18 years of tour guiding it’s never happened before. I never thought it would and now it has, I rather hope it happens again. The prospect of an all-female group held some trepidation if truth be told but in the event, it was a real pleasure. I’m stretching it a bit when I say “all female” because thanks to a late booking (cheers Will), the gender bias on our recent Caledonia Colour tour was balanced just a tad.

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The wheat and the chaff.

The wheat and the chaff.

Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What’s your favourite picture? We’ve all been asked this question by friends, relatives, work colleagues. So what is your favourite picture? My guess is that if pushed, most photographers would tend towards images they’ve taken recently implying that ‘freshness’ equates to ‘quality’.

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Into the Wilds.

Into the Wilds.

Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017

Last month myself and fellow guide Mark Hamblin set off on the arduous journey from Inverness to London to Salt Lake City to Bozeman. Three flights, four airports, two body scanners and several questionable airplane meals later, we were on the fringes of the world’s first National Park.

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What makes a great image?

What makes a great image?

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It’s a tricky question and one that I’ve been pondering for many years. It was only recently however, when I was asked by a tour guest, that I tried to articulate a meaningful answer.

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