The Isle of Arran is a large island off the coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde. It is often referred to as “Scotland in miniature” since it has both highland and lowland terrain (and a sole distillery!). Brodick is an important village in Arran as it is the ferry terminal and the main access to the island.
The photograph above shows Brodick Bay with Goat Fell mountain in the distance. At over 874m high, it is the highest point on the island and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. This picture is a HDR composite of 3 bracketed shots at -2, 0 and +2 eV, processed in Photomatix Pro and Adobe Lightroom. Click on the photo to see a high resolution version on Flickr.
Probably the best known edifice in Rome, instantly recognizable and photographed thousands of times every hour by the millions who visit this every year. Construction of this amphitheater was begun in 72AD under the reign of Emperor Vespasian and finished in 80AD under Emperor Titus.
Cambridge is an old city and both co-exist in reasonable harmony. Walk down the old streets around the colleges and you will come upon signs of modernity in an older setting. This photograph is from Queen’s Lane in Cambridge with Queens’ College (1448 AD) on the left, St. Catharine’s College (1473 AD) on the right and the Webb’s building (Part of King’s College)(1441AD).
Shot as 3-shot bracketed exposures with a Nikon D750. Processed in Photomatix Pro and Color Efex Pro.
The Fens are ancient marshlands in the east of England that comprise of land that is low lying (usually no more than a few metres above mean sea level). Over the years the Fens were drained to make way for long tracts of peat-rich soils crisscrossed by man-made drainage channels and canals. The photo below is of one such man made channel known as the Reach ford near the Wicken Fen Nature reserve that is managed by the National Trust. Wicken Fen is one the oldest of National Trusts nature reserve and is at the forefront in the preservation and maintenance of this ancient landscape.
Shot as a 3-exposure bracketed at -2, 0 and +2. Post processed in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom Classic. Nikon D750 with a 28-300mm Nikon Lens.
Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and the seventh largest in Scotland. The King’s Caves are a series of natural caves on the western shores of Arran and are associated with Robert the Bruce of Scotland. Legend has it that he took refuge in these caves while on the run and had his famous encounter with the spider. For more on this legend see here.
The following photograph was taken on a hike to the King’s caves and shows the Doon in the distance. The Doon is a geological formation known as sill – which is formed when magma extrudes through older rocks and solidifies. The Doon seen in this picture is formed of sheer vertical columns of rock.
The Machrie Moor stone circles are a collection of 6 stone circles that date back to the neolithic and bronze age in the island of Arran in Scotland. A short walk (1 mile) through a footpath through a working farm gets you to the moor where these stone circles can be found. The photos below are of Machrie Moor stone circle 1, which is formed of 6 granite boulders and alternating 4 sandstone slabs.
The scenery around the moor is breathtaking and it was one of the high points of my visit to Arran.
Shot with a Nikon D750 with a 28-300 Nikon Lens. All photographs are from 3-bracketed exposures and processed in Photomatix Pro.
This photograph of the iconic Manhattan skyline comes from a rocking ferry returning from the Statue of Liberty. 3-shot bracketed HDR at -2, 0, 2 processed in Photomatix Pro. Slightly overblown highlights but the sky was dull and overcast and I had to increase brightness and luminance to get anything useful out of the picture.