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07 Nov 2011
Balallan Post Office 1968, isle of lewis

Balallan Post Office – past and present

BALALLAN POST OFFICE Back in August of this year I received an order for a print of my Balallan Post Office photo from Kate Morgan, all the way from Australia. Kate mentioned the post office had previously belonged to her great aunt and uncle, Joan and Angus. A few days ago I received a follow up email from Kate informing me the print had arrived safely. She also included this great photo taken outside the very same building. I love […]

17 Oct 2011
Maico, motorcycle

The Italian Job

THE ITALIAN JOB Earlier this year I was asked to do a moonlit photo session featuring John Neil Mitchell’s championship winning quadcross bike. John recently won the UK title for the third time (more info here). This month (October) was the first opportunity to get the job done – in part due to poor weather in previous months during the full moon period and also timing the shoot to coincide with both us being available. A few days prior to […]

22 Aug 2011
Lance Keimig

US Photographer Lance Keimig Visits Harris

US PHOTOGRAPHER LANCE KEIMIG VISITS HARRIS Back home after an afternoon trekking around the south west corner of Harris with Massachusetts based night photographer, Lance Keimig. Lance is conducting one of his annual tours of the Scottish islands. Since 2004 he’s been alternating visits between Orkney and the Western Isles. This year it’s the turn of Lewis and Harris. I first came into contact with Lance after seeing his amazing night photo of Calainis, taken during his tour of the […]

21 Aug 2011
Night photography beginners guide, part 4

Night Photography Beginners Guide, Part 4: Useful Accessories

The best tool I’ve found so far for lighting my night photographs (apart from the moon!) is the Lenser T7 LED torch (note: torch = flash-light in the US).  For it’s size, the T7 is an incredibly powerful torch. I’m sure there are others capable of getting the job done but having used the T7 for more than a year, I see no need to go in search of anything else. It operates off 4 x triple A batteries and […]

05 Aug 2011
The Devil is in the Detail, poster, exhibition, an lanntair

Anatomy of an Exhibition Poster

Anatomy of an Exhibition Poster How two classic mid 1970s punk albums, a raven’s skull and the lighting techniques of  Phoenix based photographer Joel Grimes provided the inspiration for an exhibition poster… Back in February, An Lanntair, the Western Isles’ premier art gallery hosted an exhibition centred around my involvement with high performance aircooled Volkswagen engines, entitled: ‘Muscle: Anatomy of a Racing Engine‘. The plan, according to exhibition director Roddy Murray, was to attract a new group of people into […]

03 Mar 2011
Cuishader, ness, shieling, red door

Cuishader Shielings, Isle of Lewis

CUISHADER SHIELINGS, ISLE OF LEWIS I was hoping for a break in the weather during last month’s full moon (Feb 2011), so I could travel north to Ness again following the previous month’s visit. The plan was to find the shielings at Cuishader. I’d seen several daytime shots of these great little buildings and was keen to give them my night photo treatment. Thursday 17th, the night before the full moon looked the safest bet for the week. The forecast […]

23 Jan 2011

Night Photography Beginners Guide, Part 3: Essential Accessories

Before venturing out on a long night shoot session, three items I find indispensable… tripod battery grip shutter release cable On my first night shoot, I tried getting by without two of the above but very quickly decided I needed all three before my next attempt. 1. Tripod I already had a budget tripod purchased from Jessops many years earlier. It worked OK for fast exposure snapshot type pics but for long exposures it wasn’t sturdy enough. I needed something […]

06 Jan 2011

Night Photography Beginners Guide, Part 2: Choosing a Lens

Two words: “Go Wide!” No, make that three words: “Go Ultra Wide!” For outdoor night photography, a wide angle lens is my first choice. A wide lens gets more stuff into the picture. You can get up close to your subject and still capture an expansive background, whether it be the sky, trees, hills, whatever. As in this shot: Like most of my night photos as of December 2010, I used a Canon 10-22mm lens set to 10mm. You’ll notice […]

03 Jan 2011

Night Photography Beginners Guide, Part 1: Choosing a Camera

I’m often asked about the techniques and equipment I use to create my night photographs. Most enquirers assume it involves lots of expensive equipment. It doesn’t have to. This first chapter in the series is aimed at the absolute beginner;  the person who possibly doesn’t even own a camera yet. I’m going back to the place I was at in early December 2009; no digital camera,  no experience of night photography, no clue how my attempts would turn out but […]

27 Dec 2010
Future Ruin, scarista, isle of harris

The Flying Monk Blog is launched!

THE FLYING MONK BLOG IS LAUNCHED! Making use of the xmas holiday to create this brand new blog. It’ll take time to fill up the various sections and categories but I had to start somewhere! All the best to everyone for the coming year.