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Category : Night Photography

11 Jan 2013
yes and snow, snp, christmas card, scarista, isle of harris

Yes and Snow!

YES AND SNOW! Yes Scotland, the campaign group for an independent Scotland contacted me in November 2012, enquiring if I had a night photo suitable for their official Christmas card. Rummaging through my files I found a few images I thought might convey a suitably festive mood i.e. snow! Above is the original version of the one they opted for. After a bit of (spin?) doctoring, which consisted of adding the ‘Yes’ campaign logo subtly written in the stars and […]

17 Dec 2012
no job too small, handyman, derelict, abandoned, house, home

Torn trousers and moaning about the weather

TORN TROUSERS AND MOANING ABOUT THEE WEATHER Slim pickings from last month’s full moon period. All told, 2012 hasn’t been a great year in terms of favourable weather conditions for full moon night photography in the Outer Hebrides. I got a few shots in February but January, March and April were complete write-offs due to heavy cloud and rain. May, June and July are always a no-show due to the long summer days we see at our northerly latitude i.e. […]

18 Nov 2012
Blacksheep House, grand designs, strond, harris

Blacksheep House

BLACKSHEEP HOUSE Blacksheep House is a renovated black house on the Isle of Harris. In 2008 it won Channel 4’s Grand Designs Home of the Year award. I’ve photographed Blacksheep House a few times. Back in November 2010, Pete and Christine Hope, the couple responsible for transforming the roofless ruins of a former traditional black house into 5 star luxury accommodation, mentioned they had a rare week in their letting schedule where the house would be empty during the full […]

03 Aug 2012
Harris Tweed Truck, kenneth mackenzie, mill, stornoway

On the road again?

ON THE ROAD AGAIN? Another piece of Hebridean history disappeared from view recently. Unlike some of the decaying subjects I’ve shot that are no longer with us, this one could be set to reappear. This 1957 aluminium bodied Albion truck was ordered by Kenneth Mackenzie Ltd of Stornoway, the islands’ largest Harris Tweed mill. It was delivered to the Isle of Lewis in 1957. A photo of it being winched off the ferry ‘Loch Seaforth’ made the front page of […]

18 May 2012
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Ness, Isle of Lewis

20 Incredible Photos of Lighthouses

20 INCREDIBLE PHOTOS OF LIGHTHOUSES My night photo of the Butt of Lewis lighthouse, as featured in EnvironmentalGraffiti.com’s latest travel article: 20 Incredible Photos of Lighthouses Illuminating the Night   “This unpainted, redbrick lighthouse with yellow on its window and door accents is unusual for Scotland. The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides has been helping ships navigate the rough and stormy sea around the Isle of Lewis’s northernmost point since 1862. The structure is much needed, it […]

16 May 2012
Troy Paiva Night Photography eBook, tutorials

Essential Reading for Night Photographers

Light painting and night photography specialist Troy Paiva (AKA Lost America) has finally written a “How To” book. It explains in full detail his easy to learn techniques for creating elaborate studio-style lighting effects with a few simple flashlights and a single, pocket-sized strobe. The book demystifies LP/NP, so even a novice can create amazing images.

22 Apr 2012
seilebost school, west harris

Three Score Years and Ten

THREE SCORE YEARS AND TEN Seilebost school, on the west coast of Harris, celebrated its 70th anniversary earlier this month. Prior to their platinum birthday bash I’d been contacted by the school head, asking if they might use my night photo of the school (above) on a batch of commemorative mugs they were having made for their reunion get together, which would be attended by seven decades worth of pupils and staff. A photo on a tea mug probably isn’t […]

21 Jan 2012
North West Autopoint, eilbheas, bbc alba

Elvis visits the Outer Hebrides (again!)

The spirit of Elvis Presley is alive and well on the Isle of Lewis, as he sings “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!” to disinterested locals on the bus to Grimshader.

19 Jan 2012
earth mover, digger, borve, isle of harris

Stargazing

STARGAZING The BBC have been running a live TV programme over the past three nights called ‘Stargazing Live‘. I got a message via facebook suggesting I contribute a few of my night photos. I checked the web link and discovered the BBC have set up a dedicated flickr page: BBC Sky at Night and Stargazing LIVE, inviting contributions from anyone wishing to share their pics of the moon, stars, planets and the night sky. I had a quick dig through […]

02 Dec 2011
Shieling at Cuishader, Ness, Isle of Lewis

Grinneas nan Eilean

GRINNEAS NAN EILEAN & GRASSHOPPERS HOTEL An Lanntair’s annual open art exhibition, Grinneas nan Eilean, opens tomorrow (Saturday December 3rd) and runs until January 29th 2012. Grinneas is held annually and hosts work by sculptors, photographers and artists from around the Outer Hebrides. My contribution to this year’s exhibition consists of four limited edition prints, all shot at night during 2011. Three of the prints feature shielings at Cuishader, Isle of Lewis. The fourth is of a ruined stone house […]