Introducing the 2012 calendar

20 10 2011

For the past four years I have been producing a calendar for family and friends and during this year I have gone all out to capture images that have a general theme of landscapes. I am really pleased with the images I have captured and I’m now at the stage where I have produced a calendar which this year I am offering for general sale. There are three calendars available, all using the same set of images;

Option A – A3 Wall Calendar (40cm x 30cm) – Cost £25 – features spiral bound black pages, double side printed on high quality 250 gsm card.

Option B – A4 Wall Calendar (28cm x 21cm) – Cost £22 –  features spiral bound black pages, double side printed on high quality 250 gsm card.

Option C – Desk Calendar (24cm x – Cost £18 – features spiral bound black pages, double side printed on high quality 250 gsm card.

If you are interested in purchasing a calendar from me, simply send an e-mail to stating the numbers you require of each calendar and where you would like them to be delivered to and make a payment to my Paypal account for the correct amount.

These high-quality calendars will make a superb christmas present or  simply fantastic for you to view 13 great images throughout the year.


A 2011 offer for 2012

1 01 2011

About this time last year, I made an offer to photograph people in the studio and they would get jpeg images that they could have printed. Unfortunately the take up wasn’t as great as I would have hoped. I’ll still leave this offer open for this year so contact me if you would like some portrait images taking, there are some examples on my website,

Image of Arthur's Seat at sunset on 1st January

Arthur's Seat

However, this year, I would like to make an offer to a worthy cause. For the past four years I have produced a calendar for my family and each year I think I am taking better and better photos. For this year, I would like to donate 13 images to a charity who would use them to produce a calendar of Scotland images. I intend to visit a different location each month and by the first weekend of December you can have the images to print into a calendar just in time for the Christmas period.

There is really no catch, I would just like my images to be put to a great cause that can help other people, all I would ask is that the calendar features a link to my website and has my name on the cover.

Please e-mail me on if you would like your charity to be the recipient of some marvellous images.

Super-flyer me

11 08 2010

OK, this is my first blog for ages and I must have my wrists slapped for not being here for a while. So, I am going to come back and hit a controversial subject with a little project I am going to run during the month of August.

Firstly, I LOVE the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s a photographers pleasure with performers lining the High Street willing to do whatever a photographer asks of them. However, (and here is the controversial bit) the amount of paper used to advertise the various shows must have destroyed a good chunk of rain-forest. It’s not just the paper, I am sure it is generally recycled paper, but also the environmental damage used to create the flyers in printing and distribution. Whilst not part of my project, it would be really interesting to understand the carbon offset required to stage the entire Fringe – if you think of the miles travelled by the performers, the electricity used to light the stages – it’s mind-boggling to think about the environmental damage caused by this fantastic event. (see I really, really do love the fringe and wouldn’t want mamby pamby liberal types jumping on the environmental band-wagon to ban the event).

This brings me to my personal challenge that has been influenced by the film Super-size Me. You will remember the films main character decided he would eat MacDonald’s every day for a month and if he was asked by the server if he wanted to be ‘super-sized’ he would accept the grossly sized portion. My project is similar in that if I am offered a flyer by one of the shows I will accept it, if another member of the cast two seconds later also offers me a flyer I’ll take that one too! The end result will be a tower of flyers showing how much paper is wasted by the advertising of shows at the fringe.

I’ll also throw in a little competition to win a photo-shoot and 5 edited images to the person who guesses closest the number of flyers I will have in my tower by the end of the Fringe. Guess below in the comments please.

Unfortunately, the show below never offered me this particularly inventive flyer! There is a serious point to this for all the creative social media types. By next year, there must be a solution that can at least reduce the number of flyers?

It’s all about size..

29 03 2010

Warning! This blog does contain a rant towards the end, so please be prepared (and hopefully I can avoid legal action by not mentioning the name of the particular venue).

March 28th 2010 appears to have been a day when Edinburgh’s oft criticised music scene can stand up and say “actually Glasgow, you aren’t the only place that can put on a show”. The Haddow Fest brought around 50 bands, including headline acts like The Dykeenies and Idlewild, from all over the UK to play in various venues around Edinburgh.

The first couple of hours looked as if it was going to be a disaster with two or three bands pulling out of Cabaret Voltaire’s Speakeasy and The Bongo Club having a false start, allegedly, due to licensing issues. However, at 4:20 in the afternoon, I got to hear my first band of the day, much to the pleasure of the staff at Cab Vol.  Stirling’s Two Stripe hit the stage with their blend of Indie-pop which got a fairly full room dancing along.

Next up on stage were a more alternative and ethereal band, My Latest Novel, a five-piece band from Glasgow who played a far more chilled set which was more fitting to the dreich weather outside.

Lost in Audio, an Edinburgh based band came next up and lead singer, Joe Hendry, who had staked his academic future on playing Haddow Fest instead of working on his dissertation. Joe’s playful style with crowd started to get the venue rocking with their energetic show.

The next band on were the fantastic Pose Victorious, again an Edinburgh based band, and one who are really starting to make things happen after being taken under the wing of Oasis producer Owen Morris and have just released their first EP. The band raised the bar in tightness and crowd reaction and by now there was a huge buzz going around Cab Vol.

The penultimate band at Cab Vol now had something to live up to and three piece Healthy Minds Collapse were up to the challenge. Based in Fife and one of last years T Break performers at T in the Park, the band came screaming on to the stage driven by the superb drumming of Colin Malcolm.

By now Cab Vol was full to the rafters and ready for the headline act The Dykeenies. It’s so easy to understand how this band has become so successful with their slick performance and witty banter and their half hour set brought the Cab Vol contribution to Haddow Fest to a very special end.

And now, it is nearly rant time. With Cab Vol closing for the Festival I moved on to venues that were still playing. The main event was at Edinburgh’s largest indie venue which shall remain nameless but perhaps could have been a cinema in the past before it gained sponsorship from a major record label and distributor (no names mentioned!). This large venue had two bands remaining and I managed to squeeze my way to the front of the venue for The 10:04’s, I believe the organisers of the entire festival. With it being such a large venue  the crowd were bouncing and the cups of whatever liquid were flying into the audience and onto the stage. Ideal opportunity for some great photos and by the end of the first song I had one or two great shots.

That was until the Supervisor of the venue came over to me and asked to see my photo-pass. When I told him that I didn’t have one I was asked to put the camera away and stop taking photos. Now I do understand that artists or venues want to protect themselves against professional quality images being taken for profit without permission, however, it is presuming that just because you have a professional looking DSLR that you are the only people who can take professional images. My photos were all taken with a Canon 24-105L lens and so the Optical Zoom is 4.375, admittedly, the sensor is full frame and likely to produce good images in low light. Next to me were several people all using very good quality Compact Cameras, probably with 10x optical zooms and certainly with HD Quality video. These compact cameras (it would appear) do not do the same job as a DSLR and are considered acceptable for the venue supervisor. Equally, they assume that the quality wouldn’t be good enough for print (with the quality of high end compacts now this is certainly not the case).

I really don’t mind being subject to a policy as long as it is maintained consistently. So my challenge to the venue is to either stop everyone using digital cameras or have a policy that allows non-commercial use of DSLR’s.

Am I being unreasonable?


10 12 2009

It’s been my second full day in the Applecross Peninsula and I have to say that the rumours photographers pass around that landscape photography is so tiring because the ‘golden hours’ are at the start and end of the day have been well and truly dispelled. This far north the days are really short, sunrise is about 7:30am and sunset is usually around 3:30 – now to me that feels like a normal days work and to be honest there is a good five hours during the day when it’s tools down and enjoy some fantastic walks.

The walk today was assisted by Lulu, dog of the owner of the B&B I am staying at whilst visiting Applecross. I can’t recommend this B&B enough, 5 star hotel service in a B&B which includes fluffy dressing gowns, slippers, under-floor heating, chocolates on the bed at night and the most amazing breakfasts (book at

Anyway, today’s photography consisted of a few shots looking down the road that travels from north to south along the peninsula, one or two waterfall shots and then I ended the day by spending the evening golden hour (the time of the day when the light is at it’s best and casts a golden glow across the sky) taking some time-lapse images. When I get back to Edinburgh I’ll be posting a short clip of the 349 images taken over an hour that will show the setting of the sun over the Cullin Hills in Skye. However, as a little teaser, here is one of the frames from the clip to show the amazing colours on display this evening.

Every day teaches you a new lesson, and today’s lesson was that when taking time-lapse images over the course of an hour when sitting on wet grass in the middle of the winter, it is probably better to take something to sit on. Thankfully, the heated seats in the car helped but I was fearing an electric shock from the dampness of my butt!

Off to bed for my last full day in Applecross and then back to Edinburgh on Saturday.