discovered the joy of photography as a teenager, shooting reels
of Kodak Tri-X B&W film and spending hours in school darkrooms
instead of studying. My pursuit of photography was (partially) interrupted by a career in the legal profession, but I left the courtroom (and other people's divorces) behind in 2002 when I moved with my family to Ullapool, a beautiful village on the northern
coast of Wester Ross - the perfect base to combine my love for the Highlands and my passion for landscape
With some regrets, I have left behind the world of developing drums
and caustic chemicals, having embraced the digital age with enthusiasm.
My weapon of choice is a Canon 5DS DSLR (Canon 16-35mm and 70-200mm, along with a 50mm prime). I'm entirely self-taught and so don't have any letters to quote after my name, apart from BALS (Bachelor of Arts Legal Studies) which I tend not to use very often!
I make no apology for specialising in images of the landscape within 40 miles or so of Ullapool. I'm happy to leave Glen Coe, Rannoch Moor etc to the thousands of other photographers who flock there. Since I'm local, it enables me to make the most of the best weather conditions in Wester Ross and Sutherland. The light in the northern Highlands from September to April can be superb, and my favourite time is when the days are shortest and coldest - the mountains, glens and lochs come alive in the snow and frost, especially at dawn and dusk.
I don't use on-camera filters, except Lee solid
neutral density (to slow things down) and graduated neutral density (to balance the exposure for the sky) and occasionally a polariser (to avoid water reflection).
I use Adobe Lightroom + Photoshop (and plug-ins) to post-process the images.
Black and White was my first love, and I return to this medium whenever possible. I use the Nik Silver Effex Pro Photoshop plug-in, which does a good job in simulating B&W film contrast and grain (eg Ilford FP4 and Kodak Tri-X) and even Pinhole camera effects.
My photographic joy is the landscape around Ullapool, and it is my delight to share it. I run photographic holidays in association with Waterfront Cottage in Ullapool - come and stay in one of Ullapool's finest self-catering cottages for a week and be guided by me to some great locations. An unforgettable experience!
Until she died in 2016, Connie the Cairn Terrier, was often my companion on winter landscape assignments. Her successor, Terra, is usually with me now...