When we left Osaka on our way to Lake Biwa, we stopped in Kyoto for the morning to visit a temple.It was a very sunny day but every so often the odd cloud would appear, and I managed to capture this one before the cloud burned up in the heat.
Another image from Japan, these are fishing nets on Lake Biwa.
The first image from my recent trip to Japan with Michael Levin and Benoit Jansen-Reynaud, the well known Torii gate of Shirohige Shrine at Lake Biwa. It's really something to see the gate in person, as Michael said whilst we shot this you really are standing in a photograph!
I had been shooting down at Longniddry in August last year when a huge storm hit, so we packed up and headed towards North Berwick. As we arrived the storm was moving out to sea and a huge rainbow was visible with the Bass Rock perfectly placed underneath. Lots of frantic scrambling for gear ensued to try and capture something before it disappeared. I managed a few short exposures before trying to grab a longer one, however by the time I'd got the tripod and filters sorted it was too late and the rainbow had almost faded.
Bow Fiddle Rock
Another shot of the old shipwreck on Longniddry beach, taken at a slightly lower tide.
St Baldred's Boat
This small island just off the coast at East Lothian is named after an evangelist and hermit, Saint Baldred, who was sent in the 6th Century to spread Christianity to the Lothians. Baldred founded a monastery at Tyninghame and choosing a life of seclusion lived, and died, in a cell on the Bass Rock.
A shot of the old shipwreck on Longniddry beach just outside Edinburgh.
Saddle Rock is a contorted limestone rock in Embleton Bay, Northumberland.
These birds have found theirs.........
One of the many groynes and markers lining the shoreline at Dovercourt in Harwich.
Damme Canal Shadows
Shadows and light
A shot of Black Tusk taken from the top of Whistler mountain in British Columbia.
A shot of the sculpture by Catherine Francois from the beach in Knokke, Belgium.
Herne Bay Huts
An extremely early start last weekend, myself and Mark Littlejohn headed down to Seacliff Beach in East Lothian for a dawn shoot.
St Michael's Mount
I posted a square crop of this shot over on flickr, but a few expressed interest to see the wider shot so thought I'd post that one here.
I've shot this old shipwreck at Longniddry beach a number of times, but never tire of it!
Another shot of the sculpture by Catherine Francois from the beach in Knokke, Belgium.
A shot of Brighton's burnt out West Pier.
The outlet for Shoreham Power Station becomes submerged at high tide, leaving just these poles above the water.
The west breakwater at Brighton Marina.
Posted this shot of Shoreham Harbour as a panoramic over on flickr and Google+, so thought I'd go with the square crop here.
An image I took in Victoria when visiting Vancouver Island earlier in the year.
Thousands of these 13 tonne dolos blocks form the breakwater around the seawall at Torness Nuclear Power Station.
Another architectural image from Vancouver, this is the Shaw Tower near the waterfront at Coal Harbour.
The old shipwreck on Longniddry Beach just outside Edinburgh.
Another foray into architecture photography - this is the 62 storey Shangri-La tower in downtown Vancouver. It is Vancouver's tallest building, with the first 15 floors housing a 5-Star hotel and offices, and apartments on the rest. I'm sure some lucky residents have spectacular views!
We spent 4 nights in Tofino when across on Vancouver Island - such a fantastic place with so many nice beaches.
A shot from within the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.
The much photographed zig-zag breakwater at St Monan's in Fife.
The exterior of the building that houses all the Nordic embassies in Berlin is covered with a 746 ft long wall of copper louvres, some of which are adjustable to control light entering the building.
Florencia Bay Beach, Tofino.
Another image from Berlin, this was taken just off Potsdamer Platz.
Taken under an umbrella on a rainy Monday morning in Scotland.
We never made it to Neist Point on our first trip to Skye, so it was a definite when back again last year. Such an amazing spot, but it was very cold and very windy!
A shot of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, an amazing building designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.
An ICM shot of some trees on Whistler mountain, Canada.
Skye had one of the driest summers on record last year, so when we arrived in September all the rivers and streams were extremely low. When we visited this waterfall at Glen Brittle a few years back, we were lucky to get within about 40 feet of the falls as the intense spray prevented moving closer with the camera. This year we waded right into the pool below the waterfall and shot from about 10 feet away!
Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island on a nice misty morning.
The dark sands of Talisker Bay on Skye. It was so windy that day I had to shield the tripod and camera from both wind and blowing sand - at least it was an offshore wind otherwise I'd have had sea spray to deal with as well!
Taken down at North Berwick on a nice misty day last year, the top of the ladder attached to the side of the old pier starts to appear as the tide goes out.
More from Japan - we visited this spot for both sunrise and sunset whilst in the area.There were thousands of these seaweed nets all over the place, almost too many nice compositions!I really like this one with the small lighthouse in the background.
Also known as 'The Wedded Rocks', shooting here was definately one of the highlights of our trip to Japan.
Yet more from Japan, this is another one from Lake Biwa - I miss that place! On another note, I've been interviewed over at Interesting Photographers. Here's the link if anyone fancies a read - www.interestingphotographers.com/main/en/?p=672 Cheers!
Sticks in the water will keep any long exposure photographer happy for a good few hours, so set aside a good few days if visiting Japan! The section of coastline where this was taken had huge masses of seaweed nets all up and down the shoreline, it's amazing to see.
A very cold and windy morning in Hikone, Japan.
Another image of Meoto Iwa, or the 'Wedded Rocks' - a must see if visiting Japan.
Without a doubt Japan is my favourite place I've been to photograph. Here's another from the endless supply of interesting things to shoot at Lake Biwa.
Another wee break from my Japan images, this is a shot I've been working on for a while of some coastal defences taken on my roadtrip around Scotland last year.
There are lots of these types of structures in the water all over Lake Biwa in Japan. I'm not sure wether they are used for monitoring or perhaps warn of shallow water - either way they are pretty photogenic!
Another image of the Torii gate at the Shirahige Shrine, Lake Biwa.
The old shipwreck at Longniddry beach.
I'd not shot any architecture since visiting Berlin last year, so was keen to get back into it when in Tokyo this April. The weather was not playing ball though, with 30 degree temps and not a cloud to be seen for my first 3 days there! On my last day the blue skies disappeared only to be replaced with haziness. I cannot remember exactly where this building was, but I spotted it out of train window on the way to Odaiba, so jumped straight off at the next station. I grabbed a few shots from further away, before trying to get a bit closer and shoot from right underneath. That's when I noticed signs everywhere around the plaza stating no photography. I'm not sure how enforced this actually is, but it's not easy to hide a large tripod so I thought best to avoid the attention and keep the shots I had already taken!
Stumbled upon this interesting waterfall in Tokyo whilst wandering around Shinjuku looking at architecture.
Another image from Japan for my last upload of this year, some fishing nets close to the shore on Lake Biwa. Hope everyone has a nice Christmas and New Year, see you in 2014!
A lovely misty and murky day at Loch Tay!
Finally got around to spending a bit more time on the images I shot when up in Skye towards the end of 2012. I thought I'd worked on everything that was worth spending time on, but a fresh look over the RAW files over a year on threw up some new ideas on shots I had initially passed over. This is one from a great day spent at Elgol.
Another image of the tidal pool down at North Berwick. There was superb weather that day and the local wildlife was certainly helping me out with each shot!