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InverPolly hills at dusk, NW Scotland, © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2007

 

Below are the most recent images. Images removed from this gallery have either been uploaded to the end of the 'all images' in my portfolio, or deleted.

 

Evening light illuminates part of Glen Clova, Angus.

Evening light illuminates part of Glen Clova, Angus © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2015

The outline of part of the Cuillin ridge in glorious dusk light.

The outline of part of the Cuillin ridge in glorious dusk light © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Panorama of the hills of Beinn a' Ghlo, Perthshire.

Hills of Beinn a' Ghlo, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Loch Coruisk and the Cuillin Ridge from Sgurr na Stri - the light breaking through completely changed the scene, and I was lucky that the light hit part of the loch, and part of the ridge in the distance. This was a magical experience that will live long in my memory.

Cuillin Ridge and Loch Coruisk from Sgurr na Stri © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Cuillins (in the distance) and Sgurr na Stri, with Camasunary bay basking in sunlight.

Cuillins (in the distance) and Sgurr na Stri, with Camasunary bay basking in sunlight © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Fidra lighthouse at dusk.

Fidra lighthouse at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Hills of Black Mount on a chilly evening.

Hills of Black Mount at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

The beautiful Cuillins from Sgurr na Stri. Whilst this view is fabulous (and you may see the golden eagles too), I think it's very difficult indeed to photograph well, because there's so much to take in, possibly too much. To sit up here for 4 hours was a privilege, and a reminder to me just how lucky we are to be surrounded by landscapes (and geology) as truly magnificant as this. I pretty much gave up trying to make a decent image, and watched the light and rain dancing across the hills.

Loch Coruisk and the Black Cuillin from Sgurr na Stri © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

The appropriately named Black Cuillin after heavy rain with Loch Coruisk in the foreground (and a natural jigsaw.....the foreground rock looks like it would fit neatly into the far end of the loch....). This is from Sgurr na Stri.

Loch Coruisk and the Black Cuillin from Sgurr na Stri © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Skye, Scalpay and Raasay at dusk.

Skye, Scalpay and Raasay at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Applecross, Loch Kishorn and Beinn Damh at dusk.

Applecross, Loch Kishorn and Beinn Damh at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Evening light over Sgurr nan Gillean.

Sgurr nan Gillean evening light © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Rain over Rum, late afternoon.

Rain over Rum © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Loch Voil at dusk.

Loch Voil at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Spring flowers in soft light at dusk, Water of Leith (Edinburgh) in the background. Use of tilt has allowed some of the flowers at the top (which are further away than the flowers in the immediate foreground at the bottom) to be in focus too.

Spring flowers in soft light at dusk, Water of Leith (Edinburgh) in the background © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Daffodils in soft light at f1.2, Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

Daffodils in soft light at f1.2, Stockbridge, Edinburgh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Evening light, East Lothian.

Evening light, East Lothian © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

St Abbs lighthouse.

St Abbs lighthouse © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Bass Rock at dusk.

Bass Rock © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Tantallon Castle on a moody evening.

Tantallon Castle © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Seacliff Beach (East Lothian) natural sculpture. This was made with a standard lens and the lens is tilted so that the focal plane starts at the top of the branch and moves away from the viewer.

Seacliff Beach natural sculpture © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Clackmannanshire and Forth Valley from the Ochills as dusk light breaks through after heavy rain.

Clackmannanshire and Forth Valley from the Ochills as dusk light breaks through after heavy rain © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Suilven from Sgorr Tuath. A part of the world that inspires me more than words can convey.

Suilven from Sgorr Tuath © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Panorama of Stac Pollaidh (on the left), Suilven, Cul Mor and Cul Beag, as light bursts through after a heavy shower.

Stac Pollaidh, Suilven and Cul Beag, Inverpolly © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Cul Beag and massive erratic boulders after torrential rain. It was a rush to get the camera set up to capture this moment, and in my haste, I managed to shoot this with the aperture wide open, so the image is a little soft. But then again, the landscape looked soft after the rain.

Cul Beag, Inverpolly © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven from Sgorr Tuath, with the light just about to disappear from the rock pinnacles in the foreground.

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven from Sgorr Tuath © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Panorama of part of Coigach and Assynt after a heavy shower. This is from Sgorr Tuath, a straightforward (though not particularly well known) walk that offers great views. A dark cloud hanging over Stac Pollaidh has made it stand out against the rest of the landscape.

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven from Sgorr Tuath © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven from Sgorr Tuath, just before dusk. The rock pinnacles here are very beautiful (have a look online and you'll see images of slightly mad people standing on them!) and I'd love to know how they have been formed (please contact me if you know). I'm not sure whether it works, but I wanted the central pinnacle to be aligned with the hills on the horizon, and to have both distant hills visible. This was made with a standard lens and careful use of tilt (just enough to keep the foreground sharp, but not to defocus the top of the pinnacle).

Coigach's natural equivalent of the Easter Island Moai?!

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven from Sgorr Tuath © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Light touching the slopes of Stac Pollaidh (seen the lower part of Cioch Beinn an Eoin) after heavy rain.

Stac Pollaidh from the slopes of Cioch Beinn an Eoin © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Kerrera and Mull (far right) from Ardmucknish Bay. You can also see the Cal Mac ferry on the horizon. I liked the subtle tones and colours (which aren't so visible online) which large format captures beautifully.

Kerrera and Mull (far right) from Ardmucknish Bay © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Riverl Tummel Autumn composition.

River Tummel Autumn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Braes of Balquhidder and Loch Voil. I loved the way that the late afternoon light illuminated the foreground grass, making it stand out against the reflective blue of the loch.

Braes of Balquhidder and Loch Voil © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2014

Mist at dusk with the meandering River Forth just visible. On the right in the distance (not visible due to the mist) is Bannockburn. I loved the way that the shape of the mist on the horizon echoes the shape of the river. This scene appeared shortly after sunset, with the mist rapidly floating in from the East. It was an almost theatrical moment - nature bringing down the curtains at the end of a spectacular show of light. A beautful, peaceful and reflective experience that left me in awe of what our landscapes have to offer.

River Forth at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Wallace Monument and River Forth at dusk.

Wallace Monument and River Forth at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Loch Voil before sunrise.

Loch Voil before dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Monachyle Burn, Perthsire, at dusk.

Monachyle Glen, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Red berries near Pitlochry in soft light after heavy rain. In November, in the rain, in certain parts of the country - everywhere you look is beautiful.

Red berries near Pitlochry © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Suilven, with the moon beyond, on a very fine, crisp December dawn; I wish there were more days like this, because they present opportunities for memories and experiences that live long in the mind.

Suilven on a December dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Reflection of a snow capped Ceann na Baintighearna in Loch Voil on a cold, misty November dawn.

Reflection of a snow capped Ceann na Baintighearna in Loch Voil on a cold, misty November dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Rainbow over Killiecrankie.

Rainbow over Killiecrankie © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

The Hills of Beinn a' Ghlo at dawn. This was after heavy rain (hence the cllouds) and the light bursting through was very fortuitous. Watching the dramatic lighting and landscape here as heavy showers swept through, with the dramatic sky, felt like being in an oil painting.

Hills of Beinn a' Ghlo at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Dusk tones, East Lothian.

East Lothian © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Elie, East Lothian.

Elie, East Lothian © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Beinn Alligin, October dusk as the rain clears. Certainly some of the most dramatic light I've experienced.

Beinn Alligin, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Sound of Raasay towards Portree (middle distance) and Trotternish, Isle of Skye, at dusk. A beautiful evening.

Sound of Raasay, Portree and Trotternish, Skye, at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Last light over Stac Pollaidh in beautifully crisp, clear, cold conditions.

Last light over Stac Pollaidh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Loch Sionasgaig, Enard Bay and the Minch with the Outer Hebrides on the horizon. From high up in Inverpolly, this was the view to the Hebrides. It's not the most engaging image, and compositionally it's defunct, but to be here in these conditions was something else. The landsape up here is so rugged, so prehistoric, so beautiful, and so humbling. Whilst this landscape appears permanent, the downward movement of the foreground rocks shows that it is anything but.

Loch Sionasgaig, Enard Bay and the Minch with the Outer Hebrides on the horizon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Geodha an Fhithich and Mangarstadh, Isle of Lewis, at dusk, with heavy rain approaching.

Geodha an Fhithich and Mangarstadh, Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Geodha an Fhithich and Mangarstadh, Isle of Lewis, at dusk.

Geodha an Fhithich and Mangarstadh, Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Edinburgh Castle, Autumn.

Edinburgh Castle© Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Hills of West Lewis, with Mealaisbhal to the right in the distance.

Mealaisbhal and hills of North West Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis, with rain approaching.

Uig Bay, Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Sadly I didn't have the time to wait until dusk and set up the view camera (children come first), but there's so much potential on the Isle of Lewis. The beaches are fabulous, and the landscape appears almost lunar in places.

Isle of Lewis beach © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

No prizes for originality! Loch Maree, with Slioch benhind.

Loch Maree © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Ben Cruachan in the distance, mid Summer dusk on a roasting evening, from Ben Lui. Also visible are the Strath of Orchy, and part of Loch Awe. I didn't have a thermometer, but when I set off at 4pm it was 28 degrees Centigrade in the shade. This was about 9:30pm, and I'd guess the temperature was c.24 degrees Centigrade on the summit!

Ben Cruachan in the distance, mid Summer dusk on a roasting evening, from Ben Lui. Also visible are the Strath of Orchy, and part of Loch Awe © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Colour version of a Central Highlands woodland scene. Rightly or wrongly, Tubular Bells sprung to mind!

Central Highlands woodland scene © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

St Stephen's Church, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, at dusk.

St Stephen's Church, Stockbridge, Edinburgh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Loch Awe at dawn.

Loch Awe at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Allt Taoig rock shapes and flow.

Allt Taoig rock shapes and flow © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

View to Sgurr na h-Ulaidh in the far distance (on West side of Glen Coe) from Stob a Choire Odhair, just as the clouds parted to reveal the view. The ridge in the foreground is part of Stob Ghabhar.

View to Sgurr na h-Ulaidh (West side of Glen Coe) from Stob a Choire Odhair © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Dolphin at dusk.

Dolphin at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Bass Rock at dusk.

Bass rock at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Bass Rock panorama at dusk.

Bass rock at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Into the Atlantic, Isle of lewis. This was made hand held with a small point and shoot camera.

Into the Atlantic, Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Woodland triangle in the rain, Central Highlands.

Woodland, Central Highlands © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Geodha an Fhithich and Mangarstadh, Isle of Lewis, at dusk. The slightly mad colour is reflected light from the red clouds directly above. I suspect that the place to phtograph this location is on the shore, which does not appear to be safely accessible without a boat.

Geodha an Fhithich and Mangarstadh, Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Panoramic version of an image made at dawn earlier this year. Suilven. A beautiful, beautiful mountain.

Suilven at sunrise © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

The Trossachs seen from near the summit of Ben Lui in wonderful light, mid Summer dusk.

The Trossachs at dusk, from Ben Lui, Central Highlands © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Uig sands, Isle of Lewis, well after sunset.

Uig sands, Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Guardians? Geodha an Fhithich, Isle of Lewis, at dusk.

Geodha an Fhithich, Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Reflected light and gentle tones at dusk, Carnish, Isle of Lewis.

Reflected light and gentle tones at dusk, Carnish, Isle of Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Lewisian gneiss at dusk, Isle of (unsurprisingly!) Lewis.

Lewisian gneiss at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

The owl was my favourite one, and appropriately it was almost dark.

Sea stacks at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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