Olympic Torch

Torch Relay - Scottish leg

The olympic torch is touring the UK ahead of the 2012 games in London. I photographed it passing through the town of Bridge of Allan, just outside Stirling, on Wednesday 13 June.

Some shots below.

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Microsoft TV ad

I recently found out one of my images (below) has been used in the television ad for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.

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If you haven't seen the ad (and I'm not endorsing the product in anyway!) I've posted it to my tumble log, you can see it here - it's the London image @ 0.42secs.

Bank of Scotland poster

I was delighted to learn one of my images was used on a nationwide Christmas campaign for the Bank of Scotland. Whilst I’m very used to seeing my design work in print, its still a novel experience finding my photography in print. Particularly pleased about this one as my wife was the model! The poster was reproduced at A1 the image was licensed through Getty Images.



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The D-Photo Blog

I was very kindly asked to feature some of my landscape photography on The D-Photo Blog. Click on the logo below to view the article.

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A year in images

12 months of photography crammed into just over 5 minutes... Have a look at what I’ve been shooting November to November, 2010-2011

Leuachars Airshow

A gallery of shots from RAF Leuchars airshow 2011 (click on the image below to launch in a separate window)

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Take-a-view LPOTY shortlist

Delighted to have the image below shortlisted in the Take-a-view Landscape Photographer of the Year competition 2011. It’s my first ever time entering a major competition... and this one is widely regarded as the premier competition in the UK.

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Whilst I didn’t make it through to the finals, I’m still absolutely thrilled to have gotten as far. You can see the winning entrants at www.take-a-view.co.uk/

This image is now available as framed, or unframed prints, posters and greeting cards through Redbubble and ImageKind

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Bluebell wood

An evening walk in the blue carpeted woods in late spring, a great time to be outdoors. Mix of wide angle and close up shots, as I was spoilt for choice.

You can view the first two on flickr with a larger preview (click on the images to go there).

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Digital Photo Magazine April 2011

I’m delighted to have 4 images published in the gallery section of the April 2011 issue of Digital Photo Magazine. The chosen images are actually two years old and were from a photo challenge group we had at work. The subject was “Rural Architecture” and I can remember this project as one of the defining moments that turned image making from a hobby into a passion.

The originals can be viewed here (this was back in the day where I did some hefty photoshop work)
1. Project: Rural Architecture 004, 2. Project: Rural Architecture 006, 3. Project: Rural Architecture 005, 4. Project: Rural Architecture 002

The images below are of my daughter reading the article to her teddies, and a couple of the magazine themselves. First one is posted on flickr.

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1. Project: Rural Architecture 004, 2. Project: Rural Architecture 006, 3. Project: Rural Architecture 005, 4. Project: Rural Architecture 002

West Coast

A trip to the west coast on Saturday afternoon... started of at Dunure, but could see the tide was going to be fully out at sunset, so headed on round the coast. I normally prefer the tide to be in a bit when I’m taking photos, however the reflections of the broken clouds in the wet sand looked quite appealing... as far as sunsets go, it was brief with only a little bit of colour on the horizon.

First shot is uploaded to flickr if you would like to see a larger preview (and I really must get my redbubble/imagekind sites up to date (in the off chance anyone would actually like to purchase something ;-) ).

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and some others...

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The following two images are vertical panos, made up of two horizontal frames stitched together in Photoshop to show even more in the frame.
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And a couple of verticals, just to be a trooper ;-)

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Blackness Castle

Really starting to feel like spring now, and such a pleasant change to have blue skies in Scotland again! Stopped by Blackness castle on the Forth estuary, and caught the very last of the sun hitting the castle, before it dropped below the horizon. Near full moon was just to the right, but walking out on the mudflats was a bit treacherous.

First image is available to view on flickr, with a larger preview.

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Times are a changing!

This is definitely not my best ever shot, but it is a very meaningful one... this is the first shot I’ve taken after work since about October! Finally the days are getting a bit longer, and the light is still good by the time I get home. I could see the sky was looking promising on the drive home, but couldn’t get myself to the greatest of locations... however its a start, and hopefully more to come ;-)

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Spring in Scotland?

Spent Sunday on the Tweedsmuir Hills in the Scottish Borders, around Talla reservoir, Talla Linnfoots and Meggat reservoir. One of the first sightings of blue sky for a very long time, and possibly the last of the snow?

Image 1 is posted on flickr.

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Falls

Waterfalls in spate on the River Tweed at Tweedsmuir, 13 March 2011.
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Snowdrops

Some signs of spring? I’ve been trying to do a shot like this since the snowdrops first bloomed in Feb, but just couldn’t get the light I wanted... until last night! And now... they’re under snow... brrr!

Image 1 is posted on flickr, with a larger view if you prefer.

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Getty artist :-)

I’m delighted to have 15 of my images invited to be licensed on Getty Images... As a graphic designer I have used Getty for more years than I care to remember... right back to the days of printed stock books, so it really is a tremendous honour to have my work featured in their gallery.

The requested images are below, you can visit my Getty gallery by clicking the Getty images artist logo, or the individual links below.


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1. Things to do on a rainy day... No.1, 2. Sweet light, 3. Summer memories, 4. Looking back... 1 year on flickr, 5. Autumn Reeds, 6. Twisted., 7. Winter's back!, 8. Autumn mist., 9. Standing amongst giants., 10. Winter marches on..., 11. Morning tree, 12. V, 13. Roaming in the gloaming, 14. The Magic Tree, 15. More snow.

Longing for summer

January and February are always tough months for outdoor photography in Scotland... unless there is significant snowfall the landscape can look a bit drab. By the end of Feb I’m always longing for sunnier days... so much so I’ve been looking back over shots from last summer and reminding myself what the sun looked like!

These shots are all from a fun day at the beach, I kinda forgot I had them. They’re all shot with my longer lens directly into the low sun to get some deliberate flare and light leakage...

Uploading this one to flickr...

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and here are some more from the series... bring me sunshine!

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Photo Pro Magazine

Photo Pro magazine asked me to contribute to an article on the virtues of watermarking images online... I had some images used without my consent before Christmas and was more than happy to help. The magazine is out now, and the article contains the experiences of a few photographers who do watermark, and some who refuse to... it’s obviously a topic capable of stimulating much debate.

Thank you very much to Kat Wiliams for approaching me and for writing the article.


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Signs of Spring

Some early signs of spring colour with these Delft Blue hyacinths... and a chance to try some early season indoor macro photography.

View on flickr

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Snow dog

Some canine fun... by one snow loving dog...

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Digital Photo front cover and feature

I’m really delighted to have some images published on the front cover and main article of this months Digital Photo magazine.

According to ABC Magazine Circulation Digital Photo is no1 in the market in the UK with circulation of 60,792 (ABC, Jan-Dec 2009) and an average issue readership of 398,000 (NRS, Oct 08-Sep 09)... so I really am honoured to feature.

You can view he originals on
my site or on flickr

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Thanks to my son for modelling the mag so well :-)

Prints for sale

It’s got a lot of attention recently, so I’ve finally added it to my redbubble and image gallery sites for purchase.

Available as a Greeting Card, Matted Print, Laminated Print, Mounted Print, Canvas Print, Framed Print and Poster at various sizes.



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A photo year in review....

12 months of photography crammed into 5 minutes... Have a look at what I’ve been shooting November to November, 2009-2010



and if you like that... see what I did in the previous 12 months...

1 year on flickr



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