Parallel rocks, such as these ones found on the East Lothian coast, always make for a fascinating subject when shooting seascapes. Conditions during sunrise were ideal for black and white, as the light was soft and diffuse, but the clouds were broody and full of character.
A Neolithic stone near the road to Elgol on the Isle of Skye with the red Hills in the background
Three Sisters of Glen Coe
The Three Sisters of Glen Coe as seen from a snow-covered ledge across the glen.
A lone tree on Rannoch Moor with Meall A'Bhuiridh towering high above the wintry landscape
Frozen Rannoch Moor
A partial reflection of the snow-covered Black Mount hills in Lochan na Stainge
The breakwater at the fishing village of St Monans, Fife. I have a few colour versions of this trip as well, but I thought that the soft light before sunrise was perfect for a black and white conversion.
A twig in Ullswater, Lake District National Park
Streaky patterns as the waves recede at Yellowcraigs beach.
Dragon tooth (Cramond)
Part of the WWII military defences along Cramond causeway
Dawn in Glen Coe
The imposing mountain ranges of Buachaille Etive Beag and Bidean nam Bian at dawn
Receding waves as the tide was rapidly going out at Tyninghame beach.
High water levels on Loch Lomond cause partial submergence of trees on a little island. I find it fascinating that these are able to withstand the elements as a result of the fluctuating water levels.
Overlooking Sail Mhor and Lochan Coire Mhic Fhearchair from Coinneach Mhor, Beinn Eighe (Torridon).
The Longniddry shipwreck near Longniddry Bents as the tide is going out. It was quite foggy, which meant that the shores of Fife across the estuary are not visible, adding to the surreal and minimalist effect I was after.
Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Stob Coire Sgreamhach is part of the Bidean nam Bian massif. This was taken mid spring from the ridge of the Buachaille Etive Beag.
Above the burn
Dramatic clouds above a lone shrub at the foot of the Buachaille Etive Mor near Glencoe. On the right you can see the Southern slopes of the Buachaille Etive Beag.
Wind turbines, Dumfries and Galloway
Wind turbines popping through the inversion in the snow-covered hills of Dumfries and Galloway, seen from Lochcraig Head
A cloud hovering above Sail Mhor, Beinn Eighe, Torridon
Wintry mountain tops, Kintail
Some late May snowfall made the mountains in Kintail look very wintry. This is the view from Sgurr nan Conbhairean and the mountain in the center is Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg with Ciste Dubh on the right behind it.
Bridge to nowhere
The Belhaven Bridge near Dunbar at high tide. The fog created beautiful diffuse light which was perfect for a high-key photograph with subtle shadows.
Castlerigg stone circle (near Keswick)
A burn discharging in the sea, Sango Bay.
Derelict pier. Aberdour
Old wooden pier at Aberdour, Fife. The Pentland hills are visible across the firth of Forth.
I found these rocks just off the shores in between Whitesands and Barns Ness in East Lothian and decided that they were perfect for a composition with a lot of negative space. The very long exposure (alomost 5 minuets) gives this that ethereal surreal look I wanted.
The rugged Berwickshire coast.
A lone heather plant in the snow-covered winter landscape of Rannoch Moor with the outline of Buachaille Etive Beag visible in the clouds
Two pylons which are part of the immense row of pylons which were constructed as a defence aainst submarines in the Second World War
The tree (Three Sisters of Glen Coe)
Tree at the foot of the Three Sisters of Glen Coe after some heavy snowfall
A tranquil scene at Ullswater, Lake District
Long exposure taken at the windy coast near Guincho beach, Portugal.
The submerged causeway leading to St Mary's lighthouse
The steep and appearingly unconquerable slopes of An Teallach
Looking back over Beinn Alligin, Torridon
Tree, Glen Etive
I found this tree just downstream from a waterfall in Glen Etive.
Snow-covered tussocks, Rannoch Moor
Lochan na Stainge with the Black Mount hills as backdrop
Crepescular rays behind An Teallach
Crepescular rays behind An Teallach in Wester Ross, Scotland
A tower, a breakwater
Seafog creates a mystical and ethereal atmosphere at the East Lothian coast, perfect for minimalist black and white seascapes.
Waterstein cliffs seen from Moonen bay, just below Neist point, Isle of Skye. This was during one of the few dry spells on a four day trip to Skye, and a bit of an insurance shot, as I failed to be succesful at all the classic photo locations.
Milarrochy Bay, Loch Lomond
The famous tree at Milarrochy Bay on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond.
Looking down over Glen Coe
The steep climb through deep powdery snow was rewarded by this spectacular view over the Three Sisters of Glen Coe.
Cove harbour, Scottish Borders
Groyne at Portobello beach, Edinburgh. It was drizzling while taking this long exposure, but with a bit of help of an umbrella I managed to keep the filter relatively dry during the exposure.
Lochan Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Reflection of Coinneach Mhor, the Triple Buttress and Sail Mhor in Lochan Coire Mhic Fhearchair. If you look carefully you can see a scree chute going down from the ridge just left of the center, where I descended. My legs were a bit sore from carrying all my wild camping gear up the mountain the previous day, so I was quite glad to have reached the easier terrain around the Lochan.
The shipwreck at Longniddry Bents, east of Edinburgh on the East Lothian coast. I am uncertain about its history, but based on photographs taken only a few years ago, it is decaying rapidly. Despite having recently lost a couple of ribs, it remains a great photographic object.
The Rodel salt marsh on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
Spidean a' Choire Leith (Liathach) behind Carn na Feola sidelit by soft afternoon light
I could not resist to photograph these converging razor-shaped rocks. The clouds prevented sunset from doing its usual colourful thing, but I found that the textures, clouds and soft light screamed black and white.
Belhaven bridge on a foggy day. The Bass rock is normally prominently visible from this angle, but here remains well hidden by the ethereal foggy conditions.
The oak tree
This oak tree near Milarrochy Bay is a true photographers' magnet, and it is easy to see why. I have previously walked past it on several occasions, but I never felt like taking a picture as the conditions were not what I had in mind. Here I quite liked the muted light as a result of the cloudy conditions, and the dusting of snow on the hills across Loch Lomond adds some needed contrast to the composition.
A reflection of a mountain in Rondane national Park (Norway)
Covered, Glen Coe
After a few days of January storms, the knee-deep snow had transformed the landscape, but I found that this little heather plant was the perfect foreground for the Three Sisters of Glen Coe.
Rising tide at Sango bay in the far North of Scotland. I used a relatively shirt exposure time to create white streaks caused by the receding sea.
Dark clouds above Liathach
Liathach, meaning "the grey one" in Gaelic, is on of the three Torridon giants. It looks imposing even in the best sunny weather, let alone on a hazy day with a dark clouds brooding above it.
Seaweed and rocks
Incoming tide at Seacliff beach near North Berwick, Scotland. The waves were very powerful this morning, and as a result the sea had turned soapy white during the long exposure.
Village Bay on Hirta, St Kilda archipelago
At low tide beautiful boulders are visible in Village Bay, St Kilda. The broody sky gave rise to showers not long after taking this photograph.
Elgol, the Isle of Skye
Classic view over Elgol bay towards the Cuillin hills on Skye. Low tide made it hard to get an interesting foreground, but I found these rocks and textures intruiging.
Sgurr Eilde Mor
Sgurr Eilde Mor during a moody pre-dawn
Above the clouds
Inversion in the snow-covered hills of Dumfries and Galloway as seen from Lochcraig head.
Seaweed on the sandy beach at Sango Bay, near Durness. As this was taken during a sort dry spell in between heavy rain showers, the clouds were still very moody.
Bay near St Abbs
Late afternoon near St Abbs, Scottish Borders
Waves crashing over the causeway to St Mary's lighthouse
Macleod's stone, a prehistoric standing stone on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Even though this was taken shortly after noon, the backlight was softened by the haze and the use of a neutral density filter.
Frozen lochan with the contours of a snow-covered Buachaille Etive Beag behind.
A 25m high sea stack on the Berwickshire North Sea coast
Beinn Dearg Bheag
Beinn Dearg Bheag from Ruadh Stac Mor
Sgurr Eilde Mor from Coire an Lochain as clouds shroud its summit in very moody conditions
The Bass Rock
Low tide exposes enormous seaweed beds at Seacliff Beach, East Lothian, Scotland.
Cove harbour, Scottish borders
Behind the harbour at Cove there are some very beautiful rock formations which are worth exploring. At high tide they are mostly hidden, but they are exposed at lower tides.
A faint rainbow can be seen lurking behind the rocks on Sango Bay. The sky was very moody and perfect for black and white, but I did not have too much time to exploit this due to the frequent showers.
Some interesting rocks found on Dunbar East beach, East Lothian.
The cloud maker
Slioch slowly engulfed by snow clouds
Sgurr Mor, Beinn Alligin
Sgurr Mor with the horns of Beinn Alligin extending from it on the right
The pier at Carlingnose point, all that remains from a WW1 submarine station in North Queensferry
One of a pair of concrete blocks, used to moor ships at Torness Nuclear power station.
Stones lie on the beautiful sandy beach of Dail Mor as the tide comes in.
Down below the Three Sisters of Glen Coe
One of the Three Sisters of Glen Coe rising steeply above some snow-covered trees.
Long exposure of the pier at Carlingnose on an overcast day
The two towers
Shags and seagull sitting side by side on two concrete blocks near Torness nuclear power station.
Cove, Scottish Borders