I was born in Scotland in the sixties and have been resident here all my life staying in a number of areas. I am very proud to be Scottish. In my mind it is the most stunning country I can think of.
Scotland is beautiful with a wide variety of landscapes ranging from city life, rural countryside, majestic islands and the stunning mountain scenery of the Highlands – all of which offer up great photographic opportunities. Even underwater is pretty spectacular with interesting sealife and wrecks if that’s your bag.
My first experience with a camera probably comes from early childhood when I first picked up a Polaroid Instamatic camera. To watch a photo magically appear before your eyes is something else.
During my late teens I then got hold of an Olympus OM2 which shot 35mm film. From this point my interest in photography started to take hold. It’s not like todays cameras where you can just keep taking pictures. You had to think about what you were photographing. Getting your correct ISO’s, apertures, exposures etc. Get it wrong and it could be an expensive trip to the developers with nothing to show for it. Remember the anticipation of walking into your local chemists to pick up your pictures?
I had my first foray into the digital age with the purchase of my friends second-hand Nikon Coolpix 8700. This was a revelation. With the use of memory cards it was now inexpensive to experiment and take lots of pictures.
Now that I have moved up to the Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR I am able take my photography a stage further and try different techniques that weren’t possible with older cameras.
When asked what I enjoy most about photography, surprisingly the first thing that springs to mind isn’t taking pictures. It’s that it makes you more aware of your surroundings. You’re not aimlessly walking down a street or in the countryside. Whether you have the camera with you or not you are always framing and looking for that perfect scene. This makes you more alert. More aware of what’s around you. It makes everything you do more gratifying and if you can get a good photo then all the better. But It’s also not all about getting that perfect shot. Photos are a recollection of your experiences. They are a record of your life. You can look back at the holiday, or that wedding, or that night out when you maybe had one too many. Photos can help make you what you are today.
These are just some of my photographs taken with the Canon EOS 70D or earlier with my Nikon Coolpix 8700 or whatever version of iPhone I have !!!
If you like any of the photos here and would like to use them in a professional or personal capacity, please get in touch and I can provide higher resolution versions.
Hope you like what you see…………………………….