Great Scot!

Lewis Macken­zie only has to step out­doors to find in­cred­i­ble land­scapes

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When I was at high school my dad would lend me his Pen­tax 35mm cam­era and started tak­ing me along to his lo­cal cam­era club. That was how my pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy started, but it wasn’t un­til I bought my­self a Nikon D7000 that I be­came hooked on tak­ing pic­tures.

I’m lucky enough to live in the Scot­tish High­lands, so it’s hard to come up with an ex­cuse not to reg­u­larly head out and pho­to­graph land­scapes. The scenery here is so var­ied – we’ve got lochs, rugged coast­lines, busy har­bours, spec­tac­u­lar sea stacks and snowy beaches.

I usu­ally go to the west coast to shoot. I love Gair­loch and Ul­lapool, and the Isle of Skye is an­other favourite shoot­ing spot. When I’m head­ing out to take land­scape im­ages, I al­ways check the weather fore­casts first. The worst con­di­tions to shoot in are ac­tu­ally when there are no clouds in the sky, as I pre­fer to add drama to my shots with dark stormy skies. Luck­ily, bright sunny days aren’t that com­mon in the High­lands!

When I’m off hunt­ing for land­scapes I usu­ally take along a tri­pod, my D7000, my 1224mm lens, an ND400 fil­ter and a re­mote shut­ter re­lease. My se­cret weapon is Long­ex­po­sure, an app for the iPhone that lets you cal­cu­late shut­ter speed times when us­ing an ND fil­ter

01 Old mill Nikon D7000, Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF, 185 secs, f/18, ISO100

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