The last two nights have provided residents of the north of Scotland with the most amazing Auroras. I missed those on Sunday but spent a couple of hours at the Plock Viewpoint in Kyle of Lochalsh last night and my patience was rewarded with the best aurora display I have ever seen. The above shot is probably my favourite but, as you will see from the collection below, I had a fair few to choose from.
A little earlier in the evening I had the time to try out a few shots of the night sky, as the pale glow from the receding sun disappeared in the west. The shot below was an attempt to capture the faint Milky Way, but the moon was too bright and it was too early in the night. I still like the picture though.
A lovely drive to Gairloch this afternoon didn't yield a great deal in terms of quality images, but there were some interesting colours in the sky on the way home. Patches of blue cloud, interspersed with golden illuminated patches and deep shadow made for some inviting opportunities. Most would not have made convincing compostions, however, and I left the camera in the bag for most of the drive, apart from this shot taken from the road-side by Loch Maree, looking towards Slioch. As I stopped, there was a lovely patch of light on the summit of the mountain, along with the sliver on the lower slopes, but by the time I stopped the car and got my camera, it had passed its best. Still, with the colourful sky, I went ahead and captured a few shots, this being the best in my opinion. Slioch is a very dramatic mountain, rising some 981m above sea-level, which is 3,218 feet in old money, and the loch is actually only c. 10-15m above sea level itself, so at over 950m in less than 2 km from the loch-side it is a steep climb.
I recently joined the Royal Photographic Sciety (RPS) and applied for their Licentiate distinction, based on my HNC qualification and my photography portfolio. Today I received the wonderful news that my application had been approved so I now have another few letters after my name, i.e. LRPS. When you see the quality of the many LRPS members' imagery this distinction means a great deal indeed. I hope to work towards their Associate distinction which requires a well-thought out and delivered photographic project. I have some ideas for this and will be working on it over the next year or two.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer 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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