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!

N.

Frozen Loch Kinord.   Taken with iPhone.

Frozen Loch Kinord.

Taken with iPhone.

Saturday Hike

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Yesterday, I decided to grab my hiking boots, walking gear, and my camera equipment in my Kata backpack and make for the countryside.

I headed for the hill of 'Bennachie' , just north of Aberdeen, past Inverurie. I arrived at the Back o' Bennachie car park, and checking out the overcast sky, got ready and started off up the path to the 'Mither Tap & Quarry trail'. It's a decent walk, only around 9-10km there & back, but it is pretty steep nearly all of the way, good walking shoes/boots are recommended!

Walking through the lovely wood at the base of the hill, before emerging onto the moorland I saw the other two shorter trails at the location. At a steady pace I climbed up and reached the 'Oxen Craig' peak, which is the highest of the three, at 529m. It was somewhat more windy at the granite peak than below so, shelter in the rocks was found, and a sandwich eaten!

I took some pictures from here of the view across Donside, and over the 'Mither Tap' (518m) peak nearby before walking over the ridge to that peak. Then, I headed back across towards 'Oxen Craig'  and back down the trail to the wood, diverting to join onto another short trail for a different route to the car-park.

All in all a good hike and a nice afternoon out! The weather held and even sunshine eventually broke through later in the day, but unfortunately after I'd left the peaks.

Think I should have a couple of good pictures to show for my exertions, which I'll post if I like them!

Check out: www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

for info on trails! 

N. 

July...

Hi everyone,

I've been pretty busy with lots of things recently, so not too much time to just go shoot... but, I have been out a few times and at least visited some beautiful locations in the lovely weather we've been having here lately!

It's certainly true that the North East of Scotland has some of the most gorgeous scenery and places to visit, and when the weather is great as well.. it's fabulous! I think it's easy to forget when you live around any area day to day, you can tend to stop seeing things for how they really look. I spent a long afternoon down at Glen Esk and Loch Lee, near Edzell, last week on a baking hot summer day which wasn't so great for imagery, but was fantastic to be outside in (with proper sun protection!).

Another evening I visited the RSPB nature reserve, down by Stonehaven, which was interesting.. I've never done that much nature photography, but it was amazing to see thousands of seabirds, including Puffins (which are really cool) & Razorbills, with other animals like seals, at the cliffside. Apparently dolphins are regularly seen there too, but unfortunately I wasn't able to spot any this time. 

On a work note, I've been lucky enough to be asked to provide some new commissioned work for a prominent hotel chain that I've worked with before. I will be providing more artwork for display in their property, and I'm sure it will again lead to some more connections and further work!

Have a good day !

N.

 

Shoot for local Courier firm

Just finished a shoot with local courier/delivery firm, KPD Ltd, who were looking for a small selection of images showing some of their vehicles and branding for their redesigned website, which is launching soon.

The weather wasn't the best at the time of the shoot, being overcast and chilly, but as it wasn't raining either it was still possible to be outdoors to get some images.

I'll post a couple up once I have finished the editing.