As we approach the end of 2019 I thought I would post a selection of my favourite shots from this year. It has been a year of stop-start photography, with much of my time being dedicated to thmy HNC Photography course work as opposed to my own ideas and projects. Therefore, I have taken fewer images than I would normally expect in one year, but I think there are some good ones. Let me know which are your favourites.
I have just been informed that one of my photos, Old House, Suisinish on the Isle of Skye, has just been published in the Landscape Photography Magazine. This is a digital magazine for landscape photographers and the article can be found at https://landscapephotographymagazine.com/2019/old-house-suisinish-isle-of-skye-scotland-by-iain-turnbull/
This is the first time I have had a photo published so I am very pleased. It has proved to be a popular image, captured very recently as part of a study of abandoned dwellings in Skye & Wester Ross.
This is your last chance to order one of my Iain Turnbull Photography 2020 calendars. They would make an excellent Christmas present for those family members who love the Highlands & Islands. There are only about 30 left so if you want one, email me before they go and I'll arrange collection/delivery. The price is £10 plus P&P (which will be kept to a minimum). Please share this post with your friends.
The festive season kicked off last night with an amazing starry night in Lochalsh. After switching on the lights in our big window at the front of the house, and taking the dog for a late walk, I could not resist getitng the camera out to try and capture the amazing stars in the sky last night. These two images are the best, the first being a panorama of two shots taken from the old slipway at the foot of the drive. The second, taken from part-way down the drive through some trees, which I think frame the shot really well. The red light is the navigation light off the point of Skye at the entrance to Kylerhea, which flashes throughout the night to warn ships of the long shallow spit of land that sticks out, under the surface, into Loch Alsh.
Shooting at night like this is not something I have done very much of. I know that to get sharp stars, as opposed to star trails, you need to keep the shutter speed down below 20 seconds. However, given the low level of light this means you need to open up the aperture and bump up the ISO. These images were taken at 3200 ISO, which is pretty high for my Canon 5D Mark II, and there is a lot of noise in these images as a result. This shows the limitations of a camera that is now over ten years old. With a more modern equivalent I would have had no problem shooting at this level of ISO. Oh, well, not sure that would justify the £2,000+ price tag. Stil, it was a great way to end a fabulous November, weather-wise at least.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer (GIS) with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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