A significant photo for me as this is my first ever Silver award taking my skills to a new level. This is Glenfinnan, probably now best known as being "that" viaduct the steam train in the Harry Potter films crosses over on its way to Hogwarts.
My second Silver award, pleased with this one, Eilean Lubhard from the South Lochs on the Isle of Lewis
The Kyles of Bute. My first "High Bronze", a new category added in 2019 to help photographers judge how close they came to a silver award.
An image from Finnich Glen taken just before xmas 2017 resulted in my first award in 2018. Taken using my new combination of D500 and Sigma 18 - 35mm F1.8 Art lens
Loch Ard in March 2016, mist forming on the Loch as the sun dips behind Ben Lomond. The award is from the prestigious Guild of Photographers, this was my very first photographic award.
Finnich Glen in Stirlingshire. Known locally as "The Devil's Pulpit" in part because of the colour of the peaty water running over the sandstone giving it a "blood" appearance.
Finnich Glen (2), local lore states it was a meeting place for the local Druids at one time.
Castle Kilchurn shot and got the mist nicely with this one.
Lone tree at Kilchurn Castle. First ever shoot at Loch Awe, early morning and on my own.. bliss!
Finnich Glen. An image I couldn't do justice to when I took this photo, my editing skills have now improved to the stage where I had another go and the judges seemed to like what I did
The Loup Of Fintry, this is the lower set of falls which was a difficult track even though a fairly short one. This was the first time I had used a variable ND filter and to have got an award with my first attempt was very pleasing
Acharn Falls in Perthshire, this image isn't really possible in the summer as the vegetation covers most of this view so happy to have gone early season.
Loch Arklet on a frosty March morning. The stillness only lasted for ten minutes but I managed to capture it and it was another award winner for me.
Finnich Glen. Really pleased to have captured the light with this ( that lasted 30 seconds max ) and to have done it justice
Fort Augustus looking down to the Kintails. I was taken with the road in this one more than the mountains.
Common Lizard taken on site at Flanders Moss NNR, Stirlingshire. An handheld image sees my first award outside of Landscape photography and into Nature Photography. This little chap was very patient with me.
Red Damselfly, taken on the same visit as the Lizard, again handheld at Flanders Moss NNR.
Four spot chaser Dragonfly, handheld again at Flanders Moss NNR in a session that has turned out to be a very good one for me.
First of two from the loup of Fintry. It had been heavily raining for a couple of days when I shot this and this was just as the clouds broke for a brief second,
The Isle of May, I was concentrating on getting a good shot demonstrating the number of birds present and I got lucky with the incoming puffin.
Loch Drunkie in the Trossachs. This area is just stunning and this particular parking area has some outstanding views, as demonstrated here.
Loch Chon, taken around 6.30am before any wind got up, the ripples you see are from my clumsy attempt to stand at the waters edge but fortunately it hasn't detracted from the image.
Loch Drunkie from further down the path, the cloud was now rolling in and around a minute later, I was standing in rain.
Isle of may puffin, just one of those "right place, right time" shots.
Finnich Glen. I loved how the light appeared momentarily with this one.
Loup of Fintry and the scene just as the clouds were beginning to break for a brief period of time.
Shot from the Campsies in early new year, this was my second award of 2018. I was lucky with the lighting conditions, strong sun and fast moving clouds
Neist point on the Isle of Skye around 9.30pm. What the image doesn't show you was the other 80 odd photographers in the area at the time.
Dawn at Elgol, Isle of Skye around 4.30am. Early start for me (though we were holidaying on Skye at the time), this long eposure was designed to show the early light.
Seals at Dunvegan Loch.
Luskentyre beach on the Isle of Harris with dramatic clouds.
The view to Loch Tarff. I saw the shape of the road here and it was around six months before I managed to go back and attempt the shot. Pretty happy with this, taken early morning.
Another Loup of Fintry shot, this time from mid august 2017. It had been raining heavily for a couple of days and a brief break in the clouds allowed the sun to highlight the extremely peaty water flowing.
Stockie Muir in January 2017. This was actually taken around 1.30pm in the afternoon in a cloud inversion.
First of three shots from Glencoe that won awards
Second Glencoe shot
Third Glencoe shot
Stockie Muir, again from the same cloud inversion though a little "warmer" than the other image.
Loch Drunkie, I set out to use two trees as a frame and I'm happy with the outcome of this.
Last Guild award for 2017 and this was a bit of a surprise as it was one of the first images taken when I upgraded from my D7100 to the D500 and I realised my editing techniques were going to need some refining for the D500.
Loch Lubnaig, taken on a still day
Loch Ard and a winter shot
Loch Drunkie, I liked the leading lines with this
Red Damselfly, taken at Flanders moss NNR
Another handheld image of a Red Damselfy, Flanders Moss NNR
Dawn shot from Gartmore around 4am in summer
Loch Ard and the first image where I have used a colour cast and I got an award for it
Loch Drunkie on a summers day
Four spot chaser from Flanders Moss NNR. Handheld shot, pleased with the definition and contrast with this image
One from my Finnich Glen shoot from the previous December. I remember thinking at the time, this log looked like some sort of creature emerging from the burn
Loch Ard morning mist
Red Kite from Argaty. Good lighting with this, unfortunately, blue skies always mean images can lack a little in context, which is backed up with my Puffin images.
Isle of May puffin. This was the ultimate type of shot regarding Puffins for me. The wings beat around 400 beats per minute and they reach upto 55mph.
Capturing the speed
Coming in to land
Probably the closest I physically got to a flying puffin, this was a good test for my recently acquired lens in combination with my D500, it worked better than I dared hoped.
White Tail Eagle (1). One of seven awards I got in Sept 2018 for this shoot from the Isle of Mull in August 2018
White Eagle (2)
White Tail Eagle (3)
White Tail Eagle (4)
White Tail Eagle (5), probably my favourite with the water droplets showing well
White Tail Eagle (6)
White Tail Eagle (7)
The Loup of Fintry again, something different, an experiment with a soft focus that seemed to work well enough for this award
North Third viewpoint. One of the first images I took with my Nikkor 50mm Ai-S F1.2 lens, this one was shot at F1.2 and I love the "painterly" effect this lens produces.
My first award image with a person in it. Loch Ard
Milton of Loch Ard, autumn shot
Another Milton of Loch Ard autumn shot
A different viewpoint from North Third
Loch Arklet with weather moving in.
The first of 2019's awards, this is Loch Ard taken late 2018 with my legacy Nikkor F1.2 lens
The first of four images taken early 2019 at the Campsies with interesting weather and low lying fog in the Glens