2016 has been quite a year photographically. I wasn’t able to travel to all the places in Scotland I had hoped to, but I did get to some that I hadn’t thought of or even heard of before the year started! I wanted to start 2017 by having a wee retrospective look at my favourite images that I shot in 2016. Not necessarily those that were most popular on my social media channels, but my favourite images from the year. The images are in no particular order, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did shooting them.
In the 2 years that I’ve been living in Edinburgh, I’ve seen a fair amount of snow on the Pentland Hills, but I’ve also witnessed how quickly that the snow disappears from them! When I saw how much snow fell on them in February last year, I was determined to get in amongst it and shoot a sunset lighting up the snow. Heading up to one of my favourite spots to shoot in the Pentlands I was not disappointed!
The Falls of Bruar are a stunning spot in Perthshire, well visited by photographers. I’ve been there more than a few times, but never really come away with shots I was happy with. I was much happier with my effort when I visited in March, it was a lovely day, but getting towards sunset, which cast the falls into shadow resulting in the lovely cool blue tones.
One of the places I visited for the first time this year was the Loup of Fintry, not far from Stirling. This is a place I’ve wanted to visit for quite a while, I struck lucky with the light on the evening that I visited! Frustratingly, I forgot my midge net and consequently was eaten alive by the thousands of midges plaguing the falls!
One of the challenges I set myself this year was to shoot more landscapes using my telephoto lens. Usually I stick to very wide lenses when shooting landscapes, but I wanted the challenge of trying something new. One night when I camped out overnight in the Pentlands I was spoiled with some amazing light over East Lothian and the perfect opportunity to try that something different.
Although the Forth Bridges are a stunning and iconic locations for photography, yet I’ve only visited them twice this year – I had planned on visiting more, but it just never happened. One of the times I did visit, I shot the rail bridge from South Queensferry harbour for the first time, I was delighted by the view point and that I was able to time one of my shots so that I could capture a sunburst coming through the bridge.
I shot this view of Edinburgh when I was waiting for the Tattoo fireworks to start. I’d looked at this location a few times before, but only shot here for a steam train leaving Waverley.. I had been planning on heading up Calton Hill for the fireworks on this particular evening, but at the last minute decided to head to Regent Road and shoot them with Edinburgh Waverley in the foreground.
Linn Jaw Waterfall is now one of my favourite locations in Central Scotland. Until April I had no idea it even existed! I’ve been back to visit a few times this year, but my favourite time was my autumn visit! The big leave sitting beautifully on the rock just begging to be used as the foreground in a photo – I’m really hoping for a good cold snap so that I can revisit the waterfall with some of the water iced over!
Glencorse Reservoir is a location in the Pentland Hills that I have revisited and revisited, there is often a small fleet of fishing boats sitting on the bank next to the road. When I visited in Autumn and saw them surrounded by autumn leaves I just had to get in amongst them.
The Union Canal runs through Edinburgh and has quite a few little gems along the length of it. The Boathouse at Ashley Terrace is my favourite of these gems. I’ve been wanting to capture it at sunset for quite a while. The evening I managed to capture it was one when I was out with my 3.5 year old son letting him play with my camera – a great night!
This is another one of the locations that I didn’t know existed before the year started, I didn’t even know it existed before October! I discovered Portmore Loch when I was scouting potential locations on an OS map and I noticed that where it sat in relation to the hills near it meant it would be great for an Autumnal sunrise, especially once I discovered the series of small jettys around the edge of the Loch.
The sea defenses next to Torness Power Station are massive, evocative and incredibly photogenic! Again, I’ve wanted to shoot these for a while, I was only there for 30 minutes or so, but I was delighted with the shots I got. I can’t wait to go back, especially later in the year when the sunrise and sunset times will line up to be visible over the water from the defenses.
This shot of a small concrete pier in North Berwick is a shot that I’ve been keen to nail for quite a while, but I’ve just never made it to North Berwick with sunset and the high tide coinciding. I wanted to capture the shot with a slight blur visible in the water, but still capturing the essence of the movement of the waves.
Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these images and that you’ll keep enjoying my photography in 2017!