Wild about the high­lands

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De­spite my love of good com­po­si­tion, some­times the most spon­ta­neous shots are the most fun to take, such as one I took of a sheep giv­ing me a funny look from the top of his hill. Com­ing across wildlife is an added bonus to pho­to­graphic for­ays, and my favourite was prob­a­bly when I spotted a ma­jes­tic stag. He waited while I changed my lens for a Nikon 70200mm and then pulled a lovely pose – a very help­ful model.

My land­scapes aren’t al­ways as idyl­lic as they seem. I love this shot of Loch More in Caith­ness [3], and the colour of the fox­gloves against the sun­set. When I went to take it, though, there were so many midges that I was get­ting bit­ten to pieces. I had to run into po­si­tion, set

I spend ages think­ing about com­po­si­tion. If I’m shoot­ing a clas­sic land­scape, I’ll try to get some­thing of in­ter­est in the fore­ground

up the cam­era, fo­cus, press the re­mote re­lease and then jump up and down like a ma­niac to keep the midges away dur­ing the long ex­po­sure. My wife Sarah sen­si­bly chose to sit in the car and laugh at me through­out.

I al­ways shoot in RAW, as it means I can tweak my shots to my heart’s con­tent. I want to con­tinue shoot­ing land­scapes and ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent tech­niques, and I’m branch­ing out into por­trait and wed­ding work – mainly so I can jus­tify my re­cent pur­chase of a lovely new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

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