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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.

Intense Autumn colours near Killiecrankie in heavy rain and low light, which required a reasonably long exposure.

Autumn colours at Killiecrankie © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Summer sunset from the summit of Ben Lui, Central Highlands, looking North East.

Dusk view from Ben Lui © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Suilven in October. I liked the feeling of movement in the sky, and the grass.

Suilven in Autumn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Stormy dusk, Isle of Wight.

Stormy dusk, Isle of Wight © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Suilven, Quinaig and Canisp before sunrise on a decidedly chilly dawn.

Suilven and Canisp before sunrise © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

The Trossachs at dusk in a gentle breeze (Ben Lomond is on the far left in the distance) seen from the North, late July. The moon was nearly full, so I was able to walk back to the car without using the headtorch.

The Trossachs at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

The Trossachs at dusk (Ben Lomond is on the far left in the distance) seen from the North.

The Trossachs at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

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

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

Summer dusk from the summit of Ben Lui with the unmistakable shape of Ben Nevis in the far distance (just over 27 miles as the crow flies). Getting up here was extremely hard work - I took the large format kit plus 3 lenses. The temperature when I set off at 4pm was 28 degrees centigrade in the shade. I've never experienced anything like it in Scotland, and had it not been for a wonderful, crisp, clear spring I found at 700 metres, there's no way I could have safely made it up. Even after the sun had set and with a breeze, it was still very warm on top. Unbelievable!

Alpenglow over Ben Ledi © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Alpenglow over Ben Ledi at dawn.

Alpenglow over Ben Ledi © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

The Bass Rock (in the distance), East Lothian.

Bass Rock, East Lothian © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

I liked the energy of the foreground, and the line of rocks. East Lothian, at dusk.

East Lothian tranquil beach at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Tranquil dusk tones, East Lothian. Beautiful soft light after the sun had set, and just as the full moon was rising.

East Lothian tranquil beach at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Cul Mor and Stac Pollaidh at dusk. I liked the way the tussock of grass mirrored the shape of Stac Pollaidh.

Moonrise over Cul Mor and Stac Pollaidh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Moonrise over Cul Mor.

Moonrise over Cul Mor © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Looking North West towards Suilven, just as the sun is appearing over the horizon.

Suilven at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Panorama of Forth rail bridge at dawn.

Forth rail bridge panorama at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Last light near Ventnor.

Seacliff Beach, Ventnor, Isle of Wight © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Mist covered mountains at dusk from Sgurr an Fhidhleir.

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven from Sgurr an Fhidhleir © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Stormy Atlantic dusk, Isle of Colonsay.

Isle of Colonsay © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Unusual light after dusk, Isle of Colonsay.

Isle of Colonsay © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Cul Beag, Ben More Coigach, Sgurr an Fhidhleir and Stac Pollaidh.

Ben More Coigach, Sgurr an Fhidhleir and Stac Pollaidh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Ben More Coigach, Sgurr an Fhidhleir and Stac Pollaidh amidst (an unresolved!) jumble of rocks.

Ben More Coigach, Sgurr an Fhidhleir and Stac Pollaidh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Panorama of Stac Pollaidh, Loch Sionasgaig and the Outer Hebrides on a stunningly clear, cold day.

Panorama of Stac Pollaidh, Loch Sionasgaig and the Outer Hebrides © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Hills of Assynt with sandstone slabs in the foreground.

Suilven © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Suilven and Quinaig at dawn. This was made with a standard lens and a reasonable amount of tilt, and stitching 3 images together.

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

Cul Mor and Stac Pollaidh at moonrise.

Cul Mor and Stac Pollaidh at moonrise © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Panorama of part of Assynt, with Fionn Loch (far left), Loch Veyatie (main loch in the foreground, which is connected to Fionn Loch), Suilven, Quinaig and Canisp. This was made on a bitterly cold day (largely due to the stronger than forecast East wind) just as the sun began to appear over the horizon.

Panorama of part of Assynt, with Fionn Loch (far left), Loch Veyatie (main loch in the foreground, which is connected to Fionn Loch), Suilven, Quinaig and Canisp © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Loch Lurgainn and Sgorr Tuath, Coigach, after dusk.

Loch Lurgainn and Sgorr Tuath, Coigach © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Quinaig, Suilven and Canisp at dusk.

Quinaig, Suilven and Canisp panorama at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Nothing more than a pretty picture of Suilven, Quinaig, Ben More Assynt (parts of!) and Canisp on the right.

Suilven winter panorama © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Loch Lurgainn, Coigach, well after dusk. The colours and tones that mother nature provided on this evening were wonderful.

Loch Lurgainn, Coigach © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Stac Pollaidh, with the Summer Isles just beyond, and in the far distance, the Isles of Harris and Lewis.

Stac Pollaidh, with the Summer Isles just beyond, and in the far distance, the Isles of Harris and Lewis © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Water of Leith, Edinburgh, as the last light fades.

Water of Leith, Edinburgh © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Beinn Eighe, Torridon.

Beinn Eighe, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Suilven on a freezing dawn, with Quinaig and Canisp in the distance.

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

River by Beinn Eighe at dusk. This place was inspiring - so full of character - of soul, almost.

River by Beinn Eighe after dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Slioch and Loch Maree from the slopes of Beinn Eighe, late afternoon. I love these 'atmospheric' conditions.

Slioch and Loch Maree from the slopes of Beinn Eighe © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Loch Maree well before sunrise (not that the sun appeared, as it was raining). And no midges!

Loch Maree before dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Liathach, Torridon, from the slopes of Beinn Eighe just after (and before!) lashing rain.

Liathach from Beinn Eighe © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2013

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven on a cloudy evening - this image was made after spending quite a few hours on top in the mist, which suddenly cleared at dusk. I have to admit to feeling slightly uncomfortable about this image, as I have seen these rocks photographed before (not in precisely the same way, I should add, and much better than this). I've posted it because it's far too beautiful a view to sit permanently on a hard drive.

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Beinn Alligin after the sun has gone down. Such a beautiful time of day to see a place like this.

Beinn Alligin © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Dusk.

Atlantic dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Dawn near Bridge of Allan.

Dawn near Bridge of Allan © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

By Loch Garry in glorious light at dawn, just as the mist evaporated.

By Loch Garry in glorious light at dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

River Garry in the rain.

River Garry © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Scots pine in soft light at dusk, Perthshire.

Scots pine, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Rain at dusk.

Rain at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Bails, Fife, at dusk.

Bails at dusk, Fife © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

The beautiful Summer Isles just after moonrise, from Ben More Coigach.

Summer Isles just after moonrise, from Ben More Coigach © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven from Ben More Coigach, after sunset.

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven from Ben More Coigach © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

By Loch Garry in glorious light at dawn.

Loch Garry © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Ardnish and Arisaig at dusk.

Ardnish and Arisaig © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

River Garry study 1.

River Garry © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

River Garry study 2.

River Garry © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

River Garry in the rain.

River Garry © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Suilven.

Suilven © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Soft light at dawn, with a layer of mist behind the tree, near Bridge of Allan.

Tree at dawn, Central Highlands © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Lovely soft light at dawn, Bass Rock, East Lothian.

Bass Rock, East Lothian © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

The horns of Beinn Alligin and (beyond) Beinn Dearg, Slioch and Beinn Eighe are visible. This was at dawn on a very wild day and this intense light lasted just a minute or so. A part of the world that appears timeless, though a cursory glance at the landscape reveals plenty of evidence of relatively rapid change during the recent ice age.

Beinn Alligin, Torridon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

A snow capped Ben Lomond (in the distance) at dawn.

Ben Lomond in the snow © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Old stone wall, Perthshire. The heavy rain and soft light help to bring out the colours. I'm yet to find a solution to the challenges of composing using a ground glass in very wet and misty conditions - one breath and the ground glass, loupe (and if you're not careful, the lens) are covered in condensation!

Old stone wall, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Lone tree and alpenglow before dawn - the snow capped peak to the right of centre is Stuc a' Chroin (Central Highlands)

Ben Ledi (Central Highlands) on a cold misty dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Panorama of mossy woodland in heavy rain, Perthshire. This was made with a standard lens and the branches were very close, and too chaotic to benefit from lens tilt, so this image is not sharp throughout.

Mossy woodland, Perthshire © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Suilven and Canisp appearing through the mist, from Cul Mor; a layer of mist has dampened the colours of the light on the slopes of Suilven in the distance.

Suilven and Canisp appearing through the mist, from Cul Mor © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Forth rail bridge as the moon sets, and well before dawn.

Forth rail bridge before dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Ben Ledi (Central Highlands) on a cold misty dawn.

Ben Ledi (Central Highlands) on a cold misty dawn © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

An unoriginal image of Queen's View.....but I loved the gentle tones after dusk, and the wisps of mist that appeared.

Queen's View, Perthshire, after dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Bla Bheinn from the slopes of Sgurr na Stri.

Bla Bheinn from the slopes of Sgurr na Stri © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

View towards Loch Torridon from Beinn Dearg.

Loch Torridon from Beinn Dearg © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

A rock on Beinn Alligin, and some soft sidelight.

Beinn Alligin © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

River Runie towards Beinn Ghobhlach. This image was made in the rain as the tail end of a front passed at dusk.

River Runie towards Beinn Ghobhlach© Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

An old image from a day on the Cuillin Ridge with Mike Lates from Skye Guides. Mike is a fantastic guide, and we'd planned to do the whole ridge in a day. He laid down the ground rules - minimal kit, and strictly no cameras above point and shoot size. Despite torrential rain, we set of at the North end of the ridge and shot up the pinnacles of Sgurr nan Gillean in what was one of the most exhilirating experiences I've had. We had to abort plans (before the Inaccessible Pinnacle) to do the whole ridge as the wind made it hard to stand up. I felt that was an opportune moment to show Mike that I had managed to smuggle a camera and 2 lenses into my rucksack, and take a few photos without him noticing. He saw the funny side! This is looking towards Sligachan which (most unusually!) is hidden by the mist. I think this is from Bruach na Frithe.

Cuillin Ridge © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Wintry scene not long before dusk, Glen Lyon. This is similar to the image below, though made using a wider lens and from a slightly different point, and it was about 15 minutes later. This set of images illustrates how quickly the conditions can change and what an impact this has on the mood of the landscape.

Wintry scene not long before dusk, Glen Lyon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Moody, wintry scene not long before dusk, Glen Lyon.

Moody, wintry scene not long before dusk, Glen Lyon © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Isle of Skye at dusk.

Isle of Skye at dusk © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Kiloran beach, Isle of Colonsay.

Kiloran beach, Isle of Colonsay © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Water droplets catching the soft light in the rain, by the River Garry, portrait version.

Water droplets by the River Garry © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Looking East from Cul Mor towards Glen Oykel.

Looking East from Cul Mor towards Glen Oykel © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Dusk tones over the Eastern hills of Glen Coe from the summit of Sgurr Eilde Mor in the Mamores.

Dusk tones over the Eastern hills of Glen Cow from the summit of Sgurr Eilde Mor in the Mamores © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Shadows at dusk at the Quiraing, Isle of Skye, with Staffin Bay in the distance.

Shadows at dusk at the Quiraing, Isle of Skye © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Water droplets catching the soft light in the rain, by the River Garry.

Water droplets by the River Garry © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Autumn medley.

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Autumn medley © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

River Garry, in the rain.

River Garry flowing in the rain © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Veins, River Garry, in the rain.

River Garry veins © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

The River Garry flowing in the rain - perfect conditions to capture the Autumnal colours.

River Garry flowing in the rain © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Draping branches over the River Garry in heavy rain. This was made with a good pocket camera (the rain was just too heavy to use a tripod). Memo to self - next Autumn - wait for persistent lashing rain, and go out with a tiny point and shoot (and keep fingers crossed that it doesn't pack in)!

River Garry Autumn colours © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Autumn colours by the River Garry. I was captivated by the way the foreground tree glistened in the rain - enough so to stand in the rain for quitre a while faffing around changing the bellows and putting on a longer lens.

River Garry Autumn colours © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Autumn colours by the River Garry in the rain. This was a long exposure just before dusk.

River Garry Autumn colours © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

Autumn colours by the River Garry in the rain, which gives the tree in the foreground its 'sheen'.

River Garry Autumn colours © Copyright Michael Stirling-Aird 2012

 

 

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