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The Impossible Row!


As a professional photographer you get to meet and photograph some amazing people, yesterday was one of those days when I met Jamie Douglas-Hamilton who plans to row from Cape Horn in South America to mainland Antarctica across Drake Passage, considered the most dangerous ocean crossing in the world.

Noel Cowards Mad Dogs and Englishmen comes to mind!

The Impossible Row,  no one has rowed this far South before and crossed the Drake Passage by human power alone. Not only can seas reach up to 80 foot in the Southern Ocean but the crew will be rowing against the current. Jamie is the only British member of a team of six who will row in 90-minute shifts around the clock, with little to no sleep for 24 hours a day for around three weeks in cold to freezing conditions.

And over Christmas so no roast potatoes for Jamie!

As Jamie said “should be fun” …All the best to him and the rest of the team.

The expedition is being recorded by the Discovery Channel, which is sending the aptly named Braveheart vessel to follow the journey, however the boat will offer no support or supplies to the athletes. The expedition can be followed online with updates on Twitter at @actiphwater and @discovery.

Ian Rankin in a phone box!


Quirky new tourist attraction in Edinburgh.

In my job you get to photograph lots of interesting things as well as some decently nice people, I’ve photographed Ian Rankin (him of Rebus fame) many time over the years and he’s one of the nicest chaps you could work with.

Great shoot for my client which made the front page of The Scotsman as well five other papers.

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So on to “Gilbert” a refurbished phone box by bespoke tailors, Stewart Christie & Co on behalf of Save the Children…

What you do is you go in to Stewart Christie & Co ask for the key make a donation and then take a selfie in the phone box, kitted out as an old Victorian box with some lovely vintage touches.

All the donations got to Save the Children…have fun and contribute to a great charity all in one.

3D Art…


I’ve never photographer 3D art before, so I was very intrigued by it, as any I’ve seen look amazing.

And this one by created by 3D Joe & Max for Auchentoshan was fantastic, just a matter of the right lens and the right angle to get the best possible 3D effect (which you don’t really get with the naked eye).

The artwork can be seen at Edinburgh Airport for the next two weeks…

 

 

National Selfie Day


Its National Selfie Day…yes really its a thing!

Love them or hate them their here to stay, I was recently asked to by a client to write a short brief on how to shoot the perfect selfie in a lift for  #nationalselfieday.

With the help of model @iamrebeccadonaldson at @apexhotels who was a great sport and in typical selfie fashion I shot lots of pix to get the right one!

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Capturing the perfect shot of yourself in a lift is big business  there’s 400,000 tagged posts alone on Instagram, With #liftselfie, so the brief was to shoot in a lift @apexhotels.

Here’s my tips on how to elevate your selfie (#elevatorselfie ) …

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1…Make sure your eyes are in focus, this makes such a difference when viewing your   selfie, smile like you mean it!

2…hold your Smartphone above, (chin down camera up) this gives you a more flattering look and defines the jaw line, try lots of different poses and angles to find your best look…practice makes perfect!

3…Light is everything in photography! Try to shoot in diffused natural light, no direct as this will throw unflattering shadows on your face and don’t use the flash as this is to harsh for a nice selfie. The “golden hour” (during sunset and sunrise) is best for outdoors when the light is at it’s most beautiful.

4…Be mindful of your background, the best selfies have really interesting ones or a nice plain simple one and watch out for photo-bombers!

5…Get to know your camera, try using the self timer for a more professional looking portrait and find a good app like snapseed or lightroom and don’t over edit!!

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Best of September


It’s been a very busy month, with lots of early start and late nights sometimes on the same day…

I’ve put together a few of my favorite images from September, I’ve picked them for various reasons, for the technical challenges to weather, being in the right place and some just because I had a such a nice time on the shoot.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them…
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Lunch with an Old Bag!


This is my sixth year photographing Lunch with an Old Bag and it just gets bigger and better!

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LWOB is an annual charity fundraiser on behalf of the Prince’s Trust Scotland at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh courtesy of owner James Thomson OBE and  raised a whopping £706,593!

The event was attended by a host of stars, including disco legends Sister Sledge, who doesn’t remember dancing to “we are family” and “lost in music” still sounded as good today and brought back some great memories from when I was a teenager at the local disco!

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Great to see the gorgeous Clare Grogan from Gregory’s Girl.

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Hosted by Des Clark who does an amazing job every year.

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I missed out on seeing comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli at the Fringe so this was a great surprise and he didn’t disappoint!

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Shadows of War Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea


A great exhibition focusing exclusively on Roger Fenton’s pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew’s to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and Turkey as allies against Russia.  Arriving several months after the major battles were fought in 1854, Fenton focused on creating moving portraits of the troops, as well as capturing the stark, empty battlefields on which so many lost their lives.

 

At The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse until November, well worth a visit.

The Queen’s Garden Party


One day I’ll get a real job!

Those of you who are regulars to my blog will know how much I love my job, and this is one of the reasons why!

I was commissioned to cover The Queen’s Garden Party at The Palace of HolyroodHouse.

I’ve photographed the Royal Family on many an occasion over the years but this is my first garden party.

What a great day and not even a typical Scottish summers day dampened the occasion, everyone I spoke to and photographed were loving it, from the ladies of the woman’s institute to serving and ex members of our amazing armed forces.

 

 

Classic motorcycles


**Images taken on my iphone**
Since my jobs have been canceled today due to the weather (really the first day of spring in a few days!)
It has given me time to post a few images from last weeks Scottish Motorcycle show at Ingliston.
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Great looking (one of my favorite all time bikes) 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120, with the American spec tank.

Great day out with some fantastic bikes old and new on show, got myself and nice new helmet for when summer arrives!
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Bikes made they way they should be, Norton circa 1929

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This just goes to show what you can do with a 70’s BMW R75

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Big boys 70’s two-stroke, Suzuki GT750

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I love the detail on this Scottish made 1914 Victoria Motor & Cycle Co Ltd, Victoria Works, Dennistoun, Glasgow with a Villiers 269cc two-stroke.

Merry Christmas to all…


Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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