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A.M.A.N.D.A. Jan '16

A.M.A.N.D.A. Jan '16

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

This sounds very prissy but it’s usually a young girl on the phone. It often goes something like this: “I’m from the BBC (other Production Companies do exist) and we’re making a programme on red squirrels. I understand from just about everyone that you guys know lots about red squirrels and will put our cameraman straight in front of one. We have no money and just one hour. Can you help?”

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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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The 10 commandments of wildlife photography.

The 10 commandments of wildlife photography.

Posted: Monday, April 11, 2016

What makes a great wildlife image? There are a hundred different answers to that question but we've narrowed it down just a tad. Feel free to digest and agree with our 10 'commandments' or feel equally free to dismiss them and insert your own.

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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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It's all down to light.

It's all down to light.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016

I've always loved backlighting. It doesn't work with everything but with crested tits, it most definitely does. That cheeky little mohican really stands out with late (or early) winter light filtering through the delicate feathers. Setting up our crested tit hide several years ago, we were at pains to ensure a backlit shot was possible

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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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Nature's disco!

Nature's disco!

Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017

The northern lights are one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you’ve never witnessed this other-worldly phenomenon, then find the time and information to do so! Fluorescent green curtains pierce the dark night sky, sometimes accompanied by deep reds; it’s a sight you won’t forget quickly.

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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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