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Category : Long Exposure

09 Dec 2015

MOONLIGHTING: buy the book

MOONLIGHTING: BUY THE BOOK Following recent TV appearances, I’ve been asked by a number of people if there’s a photo book of my work. Officially, the answer has been ‘no’. However, I did put together a collection of long exposure night photographs in 2011. The book contains 40 of my favourite night photos taken over a two year period (2009 to 2011). I used Blurb, a self-publishing company, to produce a 25cm x 20cm full colour photo book, primarily to […]

22 Nov 2015
As Seen on TV, grand tours of the scottish islands, paul murton, landward, bbc alba

As Seen On TV

AS SEEN ON TV… The knock-on effect of the Leaving Home exhibition continues… in recent months I’ve appeared on three BBC TV programmes, revisiting some of the houses I’ve been photographing over the past five years. 1. Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands The first to be broadcast was Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands. I collect hitch-hiking presenter Paul Murton in a 1967 Volkswagen; rented for the day from Harris Classic Campers. Following a brief tour of the island, […]

21 Dec 2013
Photo Professional, magazine, interview, article

Photo Professional – Magazine Feature

PHOTO PROFESSIONAL – MAGAZINE FEATURE The latest issue of Photo Professional has a six page article showcasing a selection of photographs I’ve taken over the past four years, along with an interview discussing influences, technique and some of the equipment I use. Terry Hope, editor of the magazine also asks about the Leaving Home exhibition and the role crowd funding website Kickstarter played in financing the project. Also available in pdf (0.5MB)   Photo Professional Issue 88, is on sale […]

16 Sep 2013
Pairc Cairn

Pairc Cairn

PAIRC CAIRN The Islands Book Trust publish a new book this month.Ā Recovering from the Clearances features my photo of the Pairc Cairn on the front cover. The memorial was commissioned in 1994 and erected in memory of the Pairc Deer Raiders, a group of local crofters who in 1887 killed some of the local laird’s deer in an effort to draw attention to their own poverty and deprivation. The so-called ‘deer raiders’ were put on trial, but acquitted of rioting, […]

23 Mar 2013
earth mover, digger, borve, isle of harris

Diggaz with Attitude

EARTH MOVER Following my last moonlight outing in February, I realised I’ve been accumulating a collection of digger pics over the past few years. Not sure why… it must be a ‘man’ thing šŸ˜‰ The first of the bunch dates back to March 2010. It was my first attempt at a star trail shot and by a very convoluted route has a tenuous royal connection:   My comments that accompanied the resulting image (as posted on Flickr at the time): […]

23 Feb 2013
Jimmy Bullar's Tea Hut, 1947 Bedford

Jimmy Bullar’s Tea Hut

JIMMY BULLAR’S TEA HUT This strange contraption is living out the remainder of its days in the middle of a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. I stumbled across it (almost literally), in February 2011 during a full moon night photography trek to the shielings of Cuishader. When bad weather cut my outing short, depriving me of a decent shot of this weird vehicle, I knew I’d have to return to complete unfinished business. In the meantime I dug […]

12 Feb 2013
salston sea, mecca beach. southern california

“A Beautifully Awful Paradise”

“A BEAUTIFULLY AWFUL PARADISE” Salton Sea: a 21st century Twilight Zone – the place where the American Dream died, along with millions of Tilapia. Salton Sea was a thriving waterside resort in the 1950s and 1960s – a playground for aspirational post war fun seekers. But in 1976 the dream transformed into a desert wasteland, when Tropical Storm Kathleen swept through Imperial Valley, followed by Tropical Storm Doreen in 1977. Above average rainfall for the next seven years, along with […]

24 Apr 2012
Fishing boat, Goat Island, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Proceed to Goat Island

PROCEED TO GOAT ISLAND Shot yesterday on Goat Island – the industrial boatyard section of Stornoway. This old fishing boat, ‘Proceed’, caught my eye. The sky and cloud combination was looking good for a long exposure shot: brilliant blue sky with a smattering of fluffy clouds, plus a gentle breeze to guarantee some cloud movement during the exposure. Camera tech stuff: I composed the image with the camera mounted on a tripod. With the camera in Manual mode I set […]

26 Dec 2010

Long exposures during daylight hours

LONG EXPOSURES DURING DAYTIME Cloud andĀ  water movement are transformed when using a neutral density filter, allowing you to take long exposure photographs in bright sunlight without the risk of blowing out the highlights. The technique takes a little effort but once you figure it out, you’ve added another useful photo technique to your skill set. As this category takes shape I’ll explain the theory, technique and practicalities of shooting dramatic long exposure photographs.