I have been fortunate to spend most of my life living and working in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by what many people consider the finest landscapes in the country. This is a part of Scotland particularly rich in inspiration for anyone who enjoys landscape and nature photography, and I have spent many years climbing, walking and photographing amongst the hills.
I have been taking photographs on a semi-professional basis now for over 25 years, and my images have been used in advertising, books, calendars, magazines and a wide range of other publications throughout this period. A calendar of my large format panoramic images, the Scottish Mountains Calendar, was published between 2002 and 2010, and a book of my mountain images, also called The Scottish Mountains and with accompanying text by Hamish Brown, was published in 2008.
When I started taking photography seriously I used Olympus OM cameras, and still think of them with affection; my OM2 and OM4 put up with what was probably an entirely unreasonable amount of abuse, and still lasted for 20 years before I finally moved to digital. Larger format cameras included Pentax 67 and Fuji 690sw medium format, and Fuji GX617 large format panoramic. These were all very satisfying cameras to use successfully; I particularly enjoyed using the GX617 as I found the 3 x 1 panoramic format to be a very natural way of looking at a landscape. This is a large lump of kit to carry up a hill (2.5kg for the camera, another 4 - 5kg for a sufficiently robust tripod, filters, meters, spare film and so on), but somehow it never felt this heavy and the methodical way of working which was required to get the best quality of image out of it always gave a good excuse for a rest.
I moved to digital in 2006 with a Nikon D2X, usually taking Nikon 17-35, 35PC and 70-200 lenses with me on trips, but continued to use film as the occasion demanded for another two or three years. I now use a Nikon D800 although, as the years go by, I feel less inclined to carry heavy zoom lenses up the hills, and mostly take just three manual focus primes (25mm, 35mm and 90mm from Zeiss and Voigtländer). Although this may sound restricting to some I find it suits my way of working very well.
This then is a representative selection of images under a rather arbitrary set of headings. I hope you enjoy them. If you have any comments on the site or the images I would be very pleased to hear from you.