Luskentyre beach, on the west side of the Isle of Harris, is considered one of the best beaches in the UK, and for good reason – it was truly spectacular. That said, it was the high, grassy sand dunes at the northern end of the beach, looking out to the hills of Taransay and North Harris, that really caught my attention.
Aerial photography on a scheduled commercial flight must be one of the most frustrating photographic pursuits. You have no control over the subject, the time of day, or the perspective, shooting though tiny panes of thick, dirty plastic at a target that is constantly moving underneath you… when you think about it, getting any decent pictures at all is an indication of just how amazing our planet really is, when viewed from 30,000ft.
Here’s another picture from one of New York’s parks – this time of the stark winter trees and winding paths of Central Park. Though you can see the Manhattan skyline peeking through the bare branches, with the lamppost in the foreground the scene reminds me of Narnia – an impression probably helped by the freezing weather!
The common definition of the word ‘macro’ is ‘large scale’, but in the world of photography, its taken on the opposite meaning – extreme close ups of very small things. It seemed a suitable title for this picture – it may be a large-scale aerial photo, taken from ~ 30,000ft up in the air (about as large-scale as I can manage), but at the same time, it reminds me of a close-up of a rock, piece of wood, or some exotic living organism. Two meanings for the price of one!
The Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis rival the better-known Stonehenge for sheer impressiveness, and definitely have them beaten when it comes to the remote beauty of their location, high in the stunning Outer Hebrides.
This picture of the lake in St James’s Park, central London, was taken early on a freezing, foggy morning while waiting to check into my hotel after flying in from Australia. Looking back at the pictures I took that morning, all of them seem to have a slightly strange, dreamlike feeling – rather suitable for pictures taken under the influence of jet lag!
The Bow Bridge, made of cast iron and completed in 1862, is one of the must-sees for photographers visiting in Central Park. My first few pictures of this bridge were rather ordinary, but then I got lucky, with this couple pausing briefly on the bridge and providing the central point of focus to bring this picture together.