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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.

 

Dusk tones at St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight. I think tones are one of the most beautiful aspects of photography.

St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Frozen plants, Edinburgh.

Frozen plants, Edinburgh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

St. Catherine's lighthouse, Isle of Wight.

St. Catherine's lighthouse, Isle of Wight © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Portobello Beach, Edinburgh, with the Firth of Forth and Fife beyond.

Portobello Beach, Edinburgh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

The beautiful Oronsay Priory with the Atlantic beyond. This is the only building on the island, and what a location it is. The island is accessed by walking or driving across the seabed from Colonsay at low tide. This is a fabulous spot for a family picnic.

Oronsay Priory © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Camasunary, Sgurr na Stri and (in the far distance) the Black Cuillin on a November evening.

Camasunary, Sgurr na Stri and (in the far distance) the black Cuillin on a November evening © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Dubh Artach lighthouse (far distance), West of the Isle of Colonsay, with Atlantic storm approaching at mid Summer dusk.

Dubh Artach lighthouse (far left in distance) from Colonsay © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Full moon over Oronsay well after dusk.

Full moon over Oronsay © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Dawn (and soft tones) at Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight.

Dawn at Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Rocken End, Isle of Wight.

Rocken End, Isle of Wight © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Part of a small stream near Clar Lochan, about 5 hours walk in (and up) land from Ullapool.

Stream near Clar Lochan, Ullapool © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Glen Coe. Made 4 years ago, this transparency has been in the rejects pile until recently. That may be where it belongs, but I haven't quite made up my mind....

Glen Coe © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Glen Lyon.

Glen Lyon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

What a view the inhabitants of the ruined cottage must have had.

Cuillins from Elgol © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

The Auld Reekie on a snowy evening at dusk. I loved the unusual mood of the scene.

The Auld Reekie at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Inverpolly hills at dawn.

Inverpolly Hills at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Fleeting light over the horns of Alligin with Slioch in the distance and Beinn Eighe on the far right.

Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Buchaille Etive Mor at dawn.

Buchaille Etive Mor © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Abandoned boat near Ullapool.

Abandoned boat near Ullapool © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Quinaig (far distance), Suilven and Canisp on a moody September evening at dusk.

Quinaig (far distance), Suilven and Canisp © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Atlantic after dusk, from the Isle of Colonsay.

Atlantic after dusk, from the Isle of Colonsay. © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Family of Scots Pine in Glen Lyon, Perthshire.

Scots Pine, Glen Lyon, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Loch Dunvegan from Healabhal Mor, Skye, with the Outer Hebrides in the far distance. This image was made shortly after having seen a golden eagle take off a few metres away. Quite magical.

Loch Dunvegan from Healabhal Mor, Skye, with the Outer Hebrides in the far distance © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Binnean Beag (Mamores) in the middle distance on the right, with Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg beyond, from Sgurr Eilde Mor. Having enjoyed the gentle stroll up this mountain, I was treated to a short clearing in the cloud on this freezing misty day. Ben Nevis appeared for just a few minutes, and I could clearly see the ruins of the observatory on its summit.

Binnean Beag (Mamores) in the middle distance on the right, with Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg beyond, from Sgurr Eilde Mor © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven through the mist, colour version.

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven through the mist © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Dean Village, Edinburgh, at dusk.

Holy Trinity Church, Dean Village, Edinburgh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Water of Leith, Edinburgh, after dusk.

Water of Leith, Edinburgh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Beinn Eighe and Liathach, Torridon, with a fleeting shaft of light touching the flank of Beinn Dearg. This was as close as I dared go to the edge in the hope that I could include some of the moraine in the corrie below (I mostly failed!). The shape of the clouds seemed to mirror the distant hills, and the shape of the shaft of light offered a counter to the shape of the foreground.

Beinn Eighe and Liathach, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Beinn Dearg, Beinn Eighe and Liathach, Torridon, just after dawn. I was looking at this composition on the groundglass, feeling that something wasn't quite right, when the three clouds in the horizon blew across the scene. It would be nice if nature could be this obliging more often!!

Beinn Dearg, Bein Eighe and Liathach from Beinn Alligin, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

View towards Creag an Tulabhain, Perthshire, in the rain, with the sun just about to burst through from the left, giving some light to the foreground.

Creag an Tulabhain, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Glen Lyon, Perthshire, after heavy rain.

Glen Lyon, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Horns of Alligin, Beinn Dearg, Beinn Eighe and Liathach from Beinn Alligin, Torridon.

Horns of Alligin, Beinn Dearg, Bein Eighe and Liathach from Beinn Alligin, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Another panorama of the Torridon hills at dusk. After a wet and windy day, this was the break in the weather that I had hoped for, and thankfully some of the clouds remained to give the sky some drama. Beinn Dearg is illuminated by the setting sun.

Torridon panorama at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Loch Tay at dusk. The sun has just set to the right, and the moon has just risen on the left, giving the scene an unusual luminousity.

Loch Tay, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

View towards Creag an Tulabhain, Perthshire, at dawn. Very heavy rain cleared just as the sun rose.

Creag an Tulabhain, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

An enchanting area of woodland near Loch Tay, Perthshire. I was hoping to photograph the Autumn colours, so 'green' was definitely not on the agenda, but with the diffuse light, I couldn't resist attempting to make an image of a tree.

Woodland by Loch Tay, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Allt Baile a' Mhuilinn, Perthsire. This is a stream that flows into the River Lyon.

Torridon at dusk. The warm light from the setting sun enhances the late October colours in the glen below.

Torridon at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Torridon panorama at dusk.

Torridon panorama at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Cuillins at dusk.

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven through the mist.

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven through the mist © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Beinn an Eoin, Torridon.

Beinn an Eoin, Torridonl © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Autumn colours by the River Tummel, Pershire.

Autumn colours by the River Tummel © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk.

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

From the left (in the distance): Carn na Feola, Baosbheinn, Beinn an Eoin and Beinn a Chearcaill, Torridon. It took 3 hours of waiting in torrential rain for a small clearing in the weather. I had hoped for dramatic light to appear, but it was not to be, and in the event, I feel that these moody conditions reflect the atmosphere of this wild landscape very well.

Beinn a Chearcaill, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Beinn a Chearcaill, Torridon. This was one of the few moments between rain that sounded (and felt) more like hail, and wind that was too strong to photograph above 600 metres. Such a fabulous part of the world.

Beinn a Chearcaill, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Dusk and approaching front over Cul Beag, Inverpolly.

Cul Beag, Inverpolly, late Summer dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Dusk and approaching front over Cul Beag, Inverpolly.

Cul Beag, Inverpolly, late Summer dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Liathach, Torridon.

Liathach, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Glen Isla.

Glen Isla © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Perthshire stream in spate.

Perthsire stream in spate © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Thistles blowing in the breeze, Perthshire.

Thistles blowing in the breeze, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Perthsire stream in spate.

Perthsire stream in spate © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Edinburgh at dusk.

Edinburgh at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Loch Awe at dawn.

Loch Awe © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Sandstones, Ben Mor Coigach.

Ben Mor Coigach sandstones  © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Ullapool River.

River Ullapool  © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Dusk over Quinaig, Suilven and Canisp.

Late Summer dusk over Suilven  © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Dusk, East Lothian.

Tyninghame beach dusk© Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Late Summer/early Autumn colours and an approaching front over Cul Mor at dusk.

Late Summer dusk over Cul  Mor  © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Very heavy rain created this 'waterfall' (where there is normally no flow of water).

Waterfall near Ullapool  © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

A six hour wait in thick mist was rewarded by a momentary clearing at dusk with the unmistakable shapes of Stac Pollaidh and Suilven appearing like ghosts, only to vanish again.

Beinn an Eoin and Stac Pollaidh  © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Beinn an Eoin and Stac Pollaidh with heavy showers in the distance.

Beinn an Eoin and Stac Pollaidh  © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Paint patterns on an old boat decaying by the shore near Ullapool. There is quite a bit of curvature on the hull (though that is not apparent here) and the lens was very close to it, so swing was used to 'correct' for the curvature and maximise sharpness.

Paint patterns on an old boat © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Tantallon Castle, East Lothian, at dawn.

Tantallon Castle, East Lothian © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Glen Etive.

Glen Etive in the rain © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Glen Etive in the rain. The boulders in the riverbed are fairly recent - the scale is not clear here, but they are enormous, so this stream must have been a raging torrent at some point. Every time I come here the river is in spate, which is a shame as I'm longing to try out the natural waterslide in the foreground!

Glen Etive in the rain © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Oronsay from Colonsay after a passing shower.

Isle of Colonsay, mid Summer dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

North Berwick Law.

Nrth Berwick Law © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Fidra lighthoust at dusk.

Fidra lighthouse © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Mull from Colonsay after dusk.

Isle of Mull from Colonsay, mid Summer dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Isle of Colonsay on the right and in the foreground, Isle of Oronsay on the far left. The road to Oronsay, being the seabed, is underwater at high tide!

Isle of Colonsay, mid Summer dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Isle of Colonsay - mid Summer dusk

Isle of Colonsay, mid Summer dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

From Balnahard Bay, Isle of Colonsay, looking towards Oban.

Balnahard Bay towards the Wet Coast © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

From Balnahard Bay, Isle of Colonsay, looking towards the Isle of Mull

Balnahard Bay towards the Isle of Mull © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Cuillins from Elgol, November dawn.

Cuillins, ISle of Skye, from Elgol © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Mull from Colonsay.

Mull from Colonsay © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

The Paps of Jura catching the last of the evening light, seen from Colonsay.

Mid Summer dusk over Jura © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Kiloran Bay, Colonsay. Spot the whale!

Dusk on Colonsay, looking towards Jura.

Dubh Artach lighthouse, West of the Isle of Colonsay, mid Summer dusk over Jura © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Dubh Artach lighthouse (on left, in distance, and clearly visible on a large print), West of the Isle of Colonsay, with Atlantic storm approaching at mid Summer dusk.

Dubh Artach lighthouse, West of the Isle of Colonsay, mid Summer dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Mid-Summer dusk over part of the Isle of Colonsay

Isle of Colonsay, mid Summer dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

View towards Kintail (you can see the Five Sisters in the middle distance) and Applecross (far left). I thought the foreground rock resembled a Stegosaurus, apt for such a Jurassic landscape.

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk (large format version).

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk.

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Red and Black Cuillins (Bla Bheinn in the right, far distance).

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk.

Red and Black Cuillins at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Loch Torridon at dawn, from the North. The composition here is poor, and the colours almost overpowering relative to the foreground (they have actually been desaturated!), which is why I have sat on this image for some time. However I love this part of Scotland, and the light isn't too bad, so I felt it was worth posting this.

Loch Torridon at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Sgurr a' Mhaim (the snow capped peak), Stob Ban and Steall waterfall from quite a precarious location (below the treacherous five finger gully) on Ben Nevis. I know very little about black and white, but I felt it suited the shapes in the landscape in this image.

Steall waterfall and the Mamores from Ben Nevis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Loch Lochy panorama at dawn; the foreground ripples were caused by raindrops falling from trees on the shore.

Loch Lochy at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Liathach at dawn

Liathach at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Panorama of some of the Torridon hills at dawn, with the sun having risen over Liathach. With Easterly winds gusting over 65mph, this was trickier than it might appear. It sounded like there was a jet flying nearby. Perhaps more interesting than the image is what it took to stay warm: marino wool base layers, cashmere jumper, windproof fleece, thick wooly jumper, down jacket, goretex jacket & trousers, sheepskin hat, buff, 3 pairs of gloves (polartec base gloves, windproof middle, and wooly outers)...and it was still too cold to stay on top for long!! And for good measure, my ice axe was needed to pin my rucksack to the ground - I held on to the tripod.

Torridon panorama at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

Firth of Forth from Earl's Hill, at dawn.

Firth of Forth from Earl's Hill at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2011

 

 

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