Saturday - Loch Kinord photography

It was a bright, crisp and clear day yesterday, and I took a trip out to Loch Kinord, by Dinnet, to check out the scenery.

As it happens it was a bit more than 'crisp' by the loch. It was almost completely frozen over, with ice thick enough to stand on in places! This put paid to my plans for the photographs I had in mind unfortunately, but I walked the loop round the loch, enjoyed the scenery and did take a few other shots.

There was very little movement in the air, with no clouds overhead, except over the mountains further away occasionally diffusing the sun as it set. I was there to catch 'golden hour' - the time just before and after sunset (Or sunrise)  when the light can be at its best - though with the thick clouds on the mountains and their height there was only brief moments before the sun dipped fully. I suppose you can't get the weather you want all the time!

Have a good weekend!


Frozen Loch Kinord.   Taken with iPhone.

Frozen Loch Kinord.

Taken with iPhone.

Coastal Sunset

I was out shooting some coastal seascapes yesterday evening, catching the sunset, after a nice sunny day here in the north-east.

Ventured just a little bit south of Stonehaven, and set up in the location I'd scouted on Google Earth, ahead of the hour prior to sunset so I could catch the best of the light. There are some great cliffs and rock formations along the coast here, some are just a little more tricky than others to get to.

Here's a little iPhone pic showing my camera set-up in place for a shot. It's busy taking a long exposure shot so I had around 120 seconds to relax (and try to not slip on the rocks and fall in the sea), in between pressing the shutter and seeing the result !

There wasn't too much spray from the waves, which was lucky, but still had to wipe down the lens and filters a few times. (Yay for Nikon weather sealing !)

As usual the D800 was great to use, with super clean images coming back and lots of dynamic range to play with in the RAW files.

Quite probably a couple of new images to come to the website from this outing soon!