I was sitting editing a wedding on Saturday afternoon when my email beeped... Now, I'm not normally easily distracted when I've got my wediting groove on, but I'm glad I took a peek at this one. It seems that I've been exceptionally fortunate and had a photograph has won the Classic View category of this year's Landscape Photographer of the Year competition!
It's always gratifying when people enjoy your work, but to have been granted an award of this size in a competition judged by some of the most respected landscape photographers in the country is just stunning! My photograph not only topped the Classic View category but was also selected as the Judge's Choice by Steve Watkins from Outdoor Photography magazine. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to buy him a pint at the opening of the exhibition in London in November.
I've spent a long time on the road this year, researching, writing and shooting for the Photographing Scotland guidebook that I'm writing. The book should be finished and with the editors at fotoVUE for fact checking and laying out soon, so opening that email this afternoon has been a huge motivational boost to get out there and finish off the last few locations I want to visit before signing off on the project. If you think you might be interested in the book once it's in print (early spring 2017) then there's a newsletter sign-up below. And of course, should you fancy a print of a photograph that was already close to my heart, that can be arranged too!
Storm Desmond hit the UK over the weekend, bringing with it lots of water. I was up in Sutherland at the end of last week and decided to cut my losses and head home early as the weather turned from merely being bad to being downright epic.
On the way past Loch Stack I saw a huge whirlwind tearing the water from the surface of the loch and lifting it into the air - I've never seen anything quite like it! I reversed into the layby at the end of the loch and set up the camera on the tripod in the bay in the back of the van, framing the shot through the side window... When a particularly violent gust went past, heading directly towards the loch, I popped the door open for a second and hoped for the best. A few seconds later the tiny lull after the gust was gone and the wind whipped the rain back into the open door, soaking the front of the camera. I only got a couple shots off, but this one worked.
A few people have asked for prints, so here it is! Framed prints can be arranged upon request. Send me a wee email and I'll get right on it.
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