Lewis Mackenzie only has to step outdoors to find incredible landscapes
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