Tannachy Photography: Blog https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Tannachy Photography [email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u9330743-o638385519-50.jpg Tannachy Photography: Blog https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog 93 120 Autumn Reflection of Canisp https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/10/autumn-reflection-of-canisp Autumn reflection of Cansip.

I first climbed Cansip when I five. It's nice to have a break from studying once in while. First time I've managed to get out west in the 2 months that I've been home. Got pretty lucky with weather, no wind for still water and some sun to light up all the colours. Pity today is just the opposite.

Autumn Reflections of CanispAutumn Reflections of Canisp

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Rogie Falls https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/rogie-falls Rogie FallsRogie Falls

Taking advantage of an early finish at university to get a wee break outdoors down at Rogie Falls on my way home.  I was hoping for some more oranges and yellows but I guess I'll just have to stop in again in a couple weeks.

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Sunset over Grumby https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/sunset-over-grumby I have traveled all over the place to catch the fleeting moments of a good sunrise or sunset, but sometimes the best ones happen right on your own doorstep.  I have probably seen and never really photographed scores of great sunsets in the many years I've been in Rogart, but this time I got the camera out.  I particularly like the colour of the sky reflecting in the river.

 

Grumby SunsetGrumby SunsetA beautiful sunset on my doorstep

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) brora grumby highlands river rogart scotland sunset sutherland https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/sunset-over-grumby Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:15:00 GMT
Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/scottish-landscape-photographer-of-the-year-2018 My speed and consistency of this blog is quite ridiculous.  It's old news now, but I won the winter category of the 2018 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year with an image of a couple of trees on my parents croft.  It got spread about on the internet a little bit which was exciting.  May or may not have been in a couple magazines or newspapers, I never checked.

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year website

Lonely Planet

Daily Mail

 

Two TreesTwo Trees

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) 2018 landscape of photographer scottish slpoty the trees two winter year https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/scottish-landscape-photographer-of-the-year-2018 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:54:33 GMT
Ten for 2017 https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/ten-for-2017 Running a bit late as it is now February but here are my ten favourite images from 2017.  Most of my photography was done in the first few months of the year as football and a broken leg in August limited my chances to get out and about with a camera.  So these are pretty much the only photos I took, including a couple trips up to the Blue Mountains and one up to Port Stephens.  Fingers crossed for a better return for 2018 although with my leg still in recovery I think I'll be restricted to easy access locations. Pulpit RockPulpit RockGovetts Leap, Blue Mountains

 

Echo PointEcho PointFirst light on Mount Solitary and the Jamieson Valley in the Blue Mountains. Opera SunsetOpera SunsetSydney Opera House Mount Tomaree LookoutMount Tomaree Lookout

Govetts LeapGovetts LeapThe most incredible light show in the Blue Mountains at the beautiful Govetts Leap lookout.

 

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/ten-for-2017 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:09:47 GMT
Focus April 2017 Comp: Results https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/focus-april-2017-comp-results Crept in to the top 20 for the April Focus Competition for long exposures, with my image from down at Narooma getting a silver award with a score of 81.

Follow the links below to view the results and the gallery of superb images.

WINNER OF THE FOCUS APRIL 2017 ‘LONG EXPOSURE’ COMPETITION

Top 20 Gallery

 

Kianga PointKianga Point

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/focus-april-2017-comp-results Tue, 30 May 2017 04:49:45 GMT
Opera Sunset https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/opera-sunset Opera SunsetOpera SunsetSydney Opera House

 

The last time I went to the popular Mrs Macquarie's Chair in Sydney for sunset was 7 years back. Having lived about 10 minutes drive from here for the last four years and with the prospect of some colour at sunset I finally headed back. And I got lucky with a late flourish of reds and oranges whilst the opera house had began to light up for the night.  

 

Also featured Our favourite #ausphotomag shots of the week
Read more at http://www.australianphotography.com/news/our-favourite-ausphotomag-shots-of-the-week#WlpvPhXmBk7DjZ1F.99

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/opera-sunset Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:35:30 GMT
Three Sisters Sunrise https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/three-sisters-sunrise I don't normally get up at 4am to drive an hour and half just to take photos. As you all know it's a bit of gamble to say the least, hoping that the conditions play ball. Here I got lucky with some lovely light and this nice pink cloud despite a forecast for no cloud. I think I can now tick off the Three Sisters sunrise off my list now. 

Here are a couple shots, one before the sun rises casting a nice pink on the clouds over the valley and a second just as the light begins to shine on Mount Solitary and the Jamieson Valley.  I'm not sure which of the two I prefer yet.

 

Echo PointEcho PointFirst light on Mount Solitary and the Jamieson Valley in the Blue Mountains.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Australia Echo Point Katoomba Mount Solitary Three Sisters blue mountains sunrise https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/three-sisters-sunrise Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:55:33 GMT
Ten For 2016 https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/ten-for-2016 At the start of the year I wanted to unleash the shackles of work a little bit to try and get out and see some more of New South Wales.  With new kayaks, a National Parks pass was purchased, and quickly value was found visiting Royal National Park and Kuring-gai Chase National Park.  Also fitted in a weekend in Central Otago and three weeks in Scotland to catch up with friends and family after three years in Australia.  From quite an eventful year, here are my favourite ten images at the moment from the four thousand I have taken.

 

1. First up is this shot from an opportunistic trip up to the Blue Mountains to chase waterfalls after a few days of heavy rain.  Normally I'm not a fan of looking down on a waterfall, but I like the misty visibility in the valley created by all the low cloud. Bridal Veil FallsBridal Veil FallsLots of rain in the Blue Mountains equals big flowing waterfalls!

2. Driving back from the north coast of Sutherland and back home via the scenic route.  Since I was driving I was trying to look at this in the mirrors and I knew that I just had to pull over at the first chance I had.  To me this is the stereotypical mountain you draw as  kid, pointy mountain with snow at top.   Ben StackBen Stack

3. Night photography is something I rarely get a chance to try living in Sydney, but I often have a go when I'm out in.  Taken whilst visiting family in New Zealand.  This photo won me a yet to be experienced helicopter ride in Cromwell.

Clear SkiesClear Skies

4. North Curl Curl rockpool offers a plethora of different compositions, especially in high seas.  This was taken on the headland looking down on the recently battered pool. North Curl CurlNorth Curl Curl

5. This is a spot in Sydney that doesn't seem to attract the masses.  I found it quite unexpectedly when I had a early day at work and thought I'd have a wee explore along the coast to possibly find a spot that might be good a future sunrise and I came across this.

Ben BucklerBen BucklerNorth Bondi

6. A weekend away down in Narooma, a planned trip to go swimming with the seals was unfortunately cancelled but the coastline presented plenty photographic opportunities and this headland was only a couple minutes from where we were staying.  

Kianga PointKianga Point

7. Taken at the end of nice walk to the waterfalls on the path up to Slioch.  The weather was quite mixed and this is just before we got back in the car look down towards Loch Maree and Slioch.

Slioch LayersSlioch LayersLooking down the glen from the trail head for Slioch.

8. A really good soaking as the heavens opened up at Plodda Falls.  I had to wade across the water to get down here from the viewpoint on the other side.  Although there must have been a path here once as you can clearly used to be a path as you can still see the broken old hand rails on the right.

Plodda FallsPlodda Falls

9. Camping at Newnes for a few days and I managed to get up Mystery Mountain overlooking the campground for sunrise.

NewnesNewnesWollemi National Park

10. Staying next to Umina Beach made for a quick and easy walk down to the beach for this shot.  I like the layers on the headlands all the way to the Northern Beaches.

Umina BeachUmina BeachLooking across towards Lion Island and Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) 2016 australia new review scotland zealand https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/ten-for-2016 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:06:28 GMT
Lake Eraring https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/lake-eraring Something different for me, a six minute long exposure of Lake Eraring from Dora Creek. Processed in LR and PS and converted to black and white in Silver Efex.

Shot on Pentax K5 with Tamron 17-50mm at 17mm, ISO 80, f11, 371s with Hoya CPL and Hitech 6 stop IRD filters.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Long Exposure black and white jetty power station https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/lake-eraring Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:47:29 GMT
Kianga Point https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/kianga-point Kianga Point Sunset

 

One from the weekend down in Narooma on the stunning Sapphire Coast in New South Wales, Australia.

Kianga PointKianga Point

Shot on Pentax K5 with Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 at 17mm, ISO 80, f11, 2.5 secs with a Hoya Polariser

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Sleeklens Through The Woods Lightroom Preset Review https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/sleeklens-preset-review Introduction

 

I have almost never used presets for processing my images, so when Sleeklens asked me to review their Through the Woods Workflow for Lightroom package, I was initially unsure but thought I'd give it a go to see if really does speed up the post production side of photography.  The majority of my photography is landscapes and shot in RAW, so I always have to process my photos.  My usual workflow after importing to LR is to adjust the global exposure, colour temperature and curves to bring the image to life and then work on areas of the scene locally mostly using the gradient and radial filters.  In saying that I do not usually spend much time on an image and try to keep things as authentic as possible.  

 

First Impressions

 

Installation although not automatic is relatively straightforward.  It just involves unzipping the files and copying them to the relevant Lightroom folders.  A pretty thorough guide walks you through each step and I had no trouble following it all for the presets and brushes.

Sleeklens also provide you with some video tutorials that demonstrate how you can their presets and brushes to help you process your images.  They again are quite easy to follow.    They take you through initially using global presets and then making use of local brushes to add colour and detail.  The local adjustments in the videos look good and they make you aware that you can adjust the sliders on the preset brushes to suit your taste.

 

The Through the Woods collection contains 51 presets and 30 brushes for landscape editing.  The presets are presented in different sets, the first set is All in One which is probably the more traditional preset idea of all the adjustments being done in swift click.  Then the rest go through the different areas of the Lightroom Develop panel, which are stackable and can be mix and matched;  

 

  1. Base - adjusts the contrast and colour temp,etc to set an overall feel for the image

  2. Exposure - adjustments in highlights and shadows

  3. Colour - reduces a colour cast

  4. Tone/Tint - saturation

  5. Polish - adjust extra contrast, clarity, saturation

  6. Vignette - different strengths of black and white vignettes

 

The brushes are also arranged by type

 

  1. Basics - contrast and clarity

  2. Colour - adding tints or colour

  3. Effects - sky and water definition

  4. Haze - reduces colour hazes

  5. Light - dodge and burn plus a couple sunset enhancing brushes

 

The nice thing about the presets is that they can achieve a look quickly and efficiently, but  still can be altered, and are non-destructive to the RAW file.

When you open the develop module you can preview what each preset does first in the navigator panel by hovering the cursor the name of the preset.  Bare in mind though that clicking on each preset to alter your image does have some side effects.  I noticed that going from the  Base High Dyanamic Range to Basic Film, didn't reset the tone curves.  So be sure to undo rather than just clicking on different presets as I've done below. left to right

From left to right; Basic Film, High Dynamic Range, then back to Basic Film.

 

As I played with the presets I quickly realised that you can use the brush presets with the graduated filter and radial filter tools and not just the local adjustment brush.

 

 

Examples

Here are some before an after edits using some of the presets with roughly what I did to each as I've been using them through the past week.

Global adjustments with Presets

  • Base - Dance in the Rain
  • Color Correct - Reduce Reds
  • Tone/Tint - Warm it Up
  • Polish - Add Clarity (which I reduced a little)
  • Polish - Punch it Up (which I reduced the vibrance a lot)

Local Adjustments - Haze- cyan on the sky, desaturated the water, added some contrast and clarity, and warmed up some the the foreground.

 

  • Base - Morning Light
  • Exposure -Darken Shadows
  • Tint/Tone - Cool it Down
  • Polish - Add Clarity ( reduced)
  • Vignette - Medium Black

Local - brightened shadows on rock, add golden sun

  • Base - Extending DR 
  • Exposure - Darken Shadows , Less Highlights
  • Color Correct - Reduce Reds
  • Tone/Tint - Cool it Down

Local - Color Green on the trees, Add warmth, add golden sun, add water detail

  • All in One - Shine into the Sunset
  • Exposure - Less Highlights
  • Polish - Add clarity

Local adjustments - brushed green on the boat, brightened up the foreground foliage. Brushed in some subtle sunset haze into the trees.

  • Base - Dance in the Rain (adjusted blacks and shadows)
  • Colour - Deep Blue Skies (adjusted the positioning of the filter to match my sky and reduced the saturation)
  • Tone/Tint - Warm it up
  • Polish - Add clarity
  • Polish - Sharpen (Adjusted the mask)

Then I fixed the lens corrections, adjusted the colour temp in the lower half of the image using the subtle sunset haze preset with a grad filter.  Also increased the exposure slightly and added a bit of dehaze.

 

Conclusions

 

The Through the Woods Workflow allows me to initially get to a overall starting point in my processing with the presets, whereupon I can continue to enhance the image with the supplied brushes and my own personal adjustments.  Whether or not it was much faster using the global presets to prepare the image I'm not too sure as I would generally have to make slight adjustments usually to tone down the preset to my taste.  But they do help you to visualise what can be done very quickly if you are unsure what direction you want to take you photo.  On the other hand the brushes were very good for local adjustments and I found them quite useful and will continue to use them in my workflow.  In general from start to finish each image took me about 5-10 minutes.

If you haven’t used much image processing software and find opening Lightroom quite daunting with all the panels and adjustment sliders.  Furthermore are unsure what each one does then this is definitely something you will find useful.  It allows you to have a clear standardised workflow using the presets and will deliver consistent results.  There are quite a range of styles in the collection that should appeal to most tastes.  For those of you who are more comfortable with Lightroom there is still plenty to offer especially if you after a new set of presets to work with,  and you'll find the preset brushes are a really useful tool to use. 

 

If you are interested in purchasing the workflow used in this review here are a couple links 

Through the Woods Workflow

or for any of the other in the Sleeklens range check out 

Lightroom Presets

Editing Services

 

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Lightroom Sleeklens collection comparison editing presets processing review the through woods https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/sleeklens-preset-review Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:52:29 GMT
Competition Win https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/competition-win Started yesterday with some exciting news that I had won the Cromwell Photos and Words competition, with an exceptional prize of a 45 minute helicopter ride with Heliview Flights.   So I'll be needing to head back over to NZ to get my prize.

Here's a link to the story

www.cromwell.org.nz/news--feature-stories

And of course my winning photo, taken at my Uncle's vineyard back in February.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) competition cromwell helicopter new zealand https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/competition-win Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:09:51 GMT
North Bondi https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/north-bondi Ben BucklerBen BucklerNorth Bondi

Took advantage of a short day at work to go explore the cliffs north of Bondi.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Australia Bondi Long Exposure Sydney rocks seascape https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/north-bondi Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:47:17 GMT
Potter Point Sunset https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/potter-point-sunset With a bit of time on my hands, a forecast for high cloud around sunset, I drove down to Kamay Botany Bay National Park in Sydney's south.  I also wanted to play with my new Hitech 6 stop ND during the day.  The sandstone cliffs offer a few different interesting compositions as well as interesting patterns in the stone itself.

 

A quick behind the camera snap as I wait for sunset.

A photo posted by Chris Jones (@christannachy) on

Potter Point

 

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Scrub https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/scrub

 

Near the shore of Loch Maree, part of the route to the summit of Slioch.  We were walking to the waterfalls nearby. Despite all the photogenic mountains surrounding the walk, I was drawn to the lines and shapes in these trees.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Loch Maree Scotland trees https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/scrub Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:46:18 GMT
Bow Fiddle Rock https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/bow-fiddle-rock Bow Fiddle RockBow Fiddle RockWintery morning on the Morayshire coast.

Given that I spent 3 weeks back in Scotland in February I have a few new photos to add to the website .  This is of the only morning I braved to get up for a pre sunrise shoot. Located on the Morayshire coast near Portknockie, conviently only 10mins from where we were staying the night in little Portsoy.  Bow Fiddle Rock is a place I've been keen to visit so it was nice to capture it on a moody morning.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Moray Scotland Seascape Rock Black and White moody https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/bow-fiddle-rock Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:09:52 GMT
Bombo Quarry https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/bombo Bombo Quarry

 

 

A nice casual 5.30am sunrise thats about 2 hours from home, is always a fair commitment but to witness the power of the ocean against these basalt columns at this abandoned quarry is a truly special sight.  Ever since I moved to Sydney a visit down to Bombo Quarry, just minutes north of Kiama has always been on my photography wish list, but timing it for a sunrise has always put me off giving its distance from home.  Finally I made the effort to get down with promising conditions of a good swell, around high tide and a cloudy/rainy weather forecast.  I didn't really expect a colourful sunrise, but I got very lucky!  

The coast around Kiama is pretty spectacular for photography, with a host of great locations all within a few minutes of each other.  So to make the most of my time, I stopped off at a couple other spots after sunrise at Cathedral Rocks and Minnamurra.  Maybe I'll get a chance to visit them in better conditions in the future.

 

All moody before sunrise

 

 

Bombo SunriseBombo Sunrise

Basking in the warm light of the rising sun

 

 

Minnamurra Cliffs

 

 

Cathedral Rocks

 

Here is a quick map of the local area on google maps with parking locations and rough routes for anyone who wants to visit these places.

And tide times and swell can be found here.  http://swell.willyweather.com.au/nsw/illawarra/kiama-surf-beach.html

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/bombo Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:59:48 GMT
Visit Scotland Cover https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/visit-scotland-cover Currently have the honour of having Scottish Tourist board using my panorama from Stac Pollaidh as their Facebook cover photo.  Hopefully a few of their 550,000 fans will get to see my photo.

www.facebook.com/visitscotland?fref=ts Stac Pollaidh PanoramaStac Pollaidh PanoramaA view of the encompassing mountains in the North West Highlands

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Landscape facebook mountain panorama scotland tourism https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/visit-scotland-cover Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:24:40 GMT
Fraser Island Shipwreck https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/fraser-island-shipwreck Maheno Shipwreck 
 
Built in Scotland in 1905 and used as an ocean liner between Australia and New Zealand and finally ran aground on Fraser Island in 1935.
 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Maheno

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RSABI Christmas Cards https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/rsabi-christmas-cards RSABI have selected my photo below from my parents croft in Rogart to sell as one of their Bespoke Christmas cards. All money goes to charity.  Having grown up in a rural crofting community I am fully aware of the hardship and the difficulties facing people who live there.  So I hope this little contribution on my behalf helps.  There is a great selection of other cards available too.  

These can be purchased at http://www.rsabi.org.uk/bespoke or http://www.rsabi.org.uk/christmas.


RSABI is a unique Scottish charity dedicated to the relief of hardship and poverty amongst people who have depended for their livelihoods on the land. 

 

 

Winter FlockWinter Flock

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/rsabi-christmas-cards Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:26:06 GMT
Buried In The Sands https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/buried-in-the-sands

Turimetta Beach

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Australia seascape Sydney https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/buried-in-the-sands Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:31:00 GMT
A Day At The Zoo Part 1 https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/a-day-at-the-zoo-part-1 Here are some photos from a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo last weekend.  I like the idea of more intimate portraits to show a more personal side of the animals.  Almost all the shots were taken at the widest aperture my 70-300mm could muster and a shutter speed of 1/1000s.  This left my Pentax K5D to decide the ISO, which was often as high as 5000 and yet the quality was still exceptional.

 

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The Road https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/the-road The RoadThe Road

 

On the way to Gloucester Tops

 

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The Fence https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/the-fence

 

On the road to Gloucester Tops.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/the-fence Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:12:30 GMT
Mona Vale https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/mona-vale Mona Vale Rockshelf

Northern Beaches again, this time somewhere new for me. Got quite wet taking this as the waves broke over the edge.

As usual the day off I get just so happens the day after a good sunrise... but as I try to get out more, I just went. I originally planned to go elsewhere, but last minute in the car I thought I'd hit the coast as there was a fair bit of cloud coverage that I thought might be one of those red mornings. Alas I arrived and it wasn't going to happen. It is my first time at Mona Vale and I knew there was a cool tidal swimming pool there, but not today. It was empty and closed. Next up I wandered around the rock shelf, I didn't really find anything. Then as the sun came up I rushed about and settled with this position. Got fairly wet out there.

These are the shots I got as the Sun came up.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) beaches mona northern seascape sunrise sydney vale https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/mona-vale Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:20:20 GMT
Turimetta Sunrise https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/turimetta-sunrise Turimetta I my opinion is probably the most picturesque beach in Sydney and for this reason happens to be very popular amongst photographers.  Despite this, it gets almost no mention anyway, it doesn't even have a car park.  Which is most definitely a good thing.  I was here last Tuesday and here a few of the images I got.  Sunrise wasn't much to write home about and the tide was probably a wee bit too low to get much flow over the rocks.  I chose to try and include the headland in the frame as I normally look out to sea with seascapes.  Here a some photos as the light evolved as the sun rose up.

Once the sun had come up and was shining a lovely golden light through the breaking waves, so I thought I'd get the telephoto out and try and catch some shots of the couple surfers braving the winter waters.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) seascape sunrise surfing sydney https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/turimetta-sunrise Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:04:22 GMT
Blue & Gold https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/blue-gold

Finished work early today and decided to make the most of it. So quickly decided to go to Bradleys Head just along from the zoo for sunset. It was very windy when I got there, but once the sun slipped away it eased off and made things a little more pleasant. I saw this piece of seaweed to the right of the pier and thought it would make a good foreground along with the light reflecting on the wet sand. I thought I'd push the golden light on the sand more in LR to make a nice contrast with the water.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Australia Bradleys Head Sydney sunset https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/blue-gold Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:31:13 GMT
Ruined Castle https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/ruined-castle

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Castle Ruined adventure australia blue bush hike mountains nsw rocks trek walk https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/ruined-castle Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:13:32 GMT
Blue Mountains https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/blue-mountains After a morning hike out to the Ruined Castle rocks in the Jamieson Valley, I waited around to catch the golden light hit the famous Three Sisters and the Jamieson Valley.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/blue-mountains Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:59:17 GMT
Showcase https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/showcase

So while I was away in NZ one of my images of the Great Wall was featured in Digital SLR Photography Magazine's showcase section. Probably my biggest publication yet!  Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to see it in print, only on the iPad.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Digital SLR Photography Magazine showcase published https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/showcase Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:35:06 GMT
Maroubra https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/maroubra Had a late start to work yesterday , so made the effort to go for a sunrise.  I didn't bother checking the weather as it often gives me an excuse to snooze my alarm in the morning.  So what with not checking the forecast I arrived to a flat cloudless sky...  and a very high tide.  As this was my first time at Mahon's Pool, I spent most of my time trying to find a suitable composition.  I never really got one in the end as possibly where I might have wanted to be was getting smashed by the incoming waves.

I also think I need some variety to my seascapes as here's another rockshelf waterfall.   I cropped to a 2:1 format because I had too much of nothing going on at the bottom of the frame.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/maroubra Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:05:25 GMT
Narrabeen Heads https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/narrabeen-heads Here's a photo from this morning's sunrise at the ever popular Narrabeen Heads where the rocks have this notch that creates these wonderful little cascades over the rocks when the waves crash in.  Since there was not a great deal of colour in the scene I converted it into black and white.  I've also included the original colour photo as a comparison.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/narrabeen-heads Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:15:45 GMT
Natural Bridge https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/natural-bridge DFO_7297 (1280x850)DFO_7297 (1280x850)

Springbrook National Park, Queensland

 

Natural Bridge


The Natural Bridge,Springbrook NP, Queensland  is a naturally formed rock arch over Cave Creek, a tributary of the Nerang River. It was formed from a waterfall which undercut a cave beneath the waterfall and dug a pothole on top, until the two joined and the creek flowed through the cave, leaving an arch across the front.

This was a difficult image to get the exposure right. It is 2 shot pano, with each shot made up of 2 exposures for the highlights of the water and the tree and the shadow of the cave itself.  It's a cool little spot, no swimming though because of the glow worms.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/natural-bridge Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:52:03 GMT
Website Revamp https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/website-revamp The PathThe PathThe Great Wall of China, Jinshanling

The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling

 

 

Once again the website has been updated and I have now added my images from China to my online store.  So now you can pick up prints for as cheap as $5!!!  Ideal for decorating your home or for giving as gifts.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/website-revamp Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:33:31 GMT
Narrabeen Heads Sunrise https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/narrabeen-heads-sunrise Here are four photographs from a sunrise at Narrabeen last week.  The variation of the light over a mere 12 minutes can be seen

 

Taken at 6.14

 

 

‚ÄčTaken at 6.26

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/narrabeen-heads-sunrise Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:51:38 GMT
Turimetta Beach https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/turimetta-beach A few photos from an afternoon visit to Turimetta Beach in Sydney, no sunset but it was nice to go with a camera for the first time a couple of months.  Hopefully I'll get a few more opportunities to improve my seascapes in the coming months.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/turimetta-beach Thu, 08 Aug 2013 04:30:21 GMT
Recent goings on https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/recent-goings-on Not a new photo of Sydney, I took it last time I was here when I was tourist.  I would expect in due course that I will go back a few more times in the coming months now that I live here.  Should hopefully have some more photos up from my jaunt to China soon, although you can view a few images in the gallery.

And finally I got invited to be part of the new Eliza the Gallery site.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/recent-goings-on Fri, 05 Apr 2013 04:46:10 GMT
Home https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/home A few photos from my last two weeks time spent at home before I move to Australia via a 3 week stopover in China.  

 

Stormy Duncansby Stacks

Suilven from the summit of Canisp

Loch Clair

View of Assynt from Sgurr an Fhidhleir

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Highlands Scotland https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/home Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:30:00 GMT
A Before and After https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/a-before-and-after Went for a walk around Loch Clair last week, wondeful reflections were had, but being midday and quite gloomy I had no expectations of any good photos.  But some jiggery pokery on Photoshop seems to have brought something out.

Final Image

Starting RAW

Firstly I created two outputs from the RAW, one for the land and one for the sky and combined both layers using a mask in Photoshop.  This composite was still a rather flat image as there was no real light in the trees which still looked dull.  

 

So my first step was to create a new black and white adjustment layer and set the blending mode of luminosity as circled below.  I played with each colour channel in the panel.  As you can see I sucks the colour out of the image.

 

Next I made a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and brought the universal master saturation back up.  This makes the blues too strong so I individually brought the blue channel saturation down.

 

Finally I created a quick curves adjustment layer to darken the sky a little bit and masked out the land.

 

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Processing Scotland https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/a-before-and-after Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:12:33 GMT
Morocco V - Final Few Days https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-v Frpm Chefchaouen after some recommendations and no other plans I decided to go to Essaouira.  I decided to break the long bus trip up by stopping at El Jidida just to see the water cistern.  I only had 30 minutes before the cistern closed for the day and without a tripod it was a little tricky to get a photo in a dark room.  Luckily I found some steps to rest the camera on.  Apart from that there's an old fortress and a port.  Nothing exciting.

I finally got to Essaouira and it was a very nice seaside town.  

 

And last stop was back to Marrakech where I had a day to explore before flying back home.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Morocco travel https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-v Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:41:42 GMT
Morocco IV - Chefchaouen https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-iv After the claustphobic environment of Fes it was a relief to head out to the provincial town of Chefchaouen which is nestled happily in the Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen with its blue Medina was the prettiest town I visited in Morocco, and the pace of life here seemed a lot slower than the big towns elsewhere.  Although I spent most of my time here walking around the Rif Mountains in Talassemtane national park, I only got one reasonable shot below.

 

Although I did get plenty from the blue medina too.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Morocco travel https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-iv Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:38:13 GMT
Morocco III - Fes https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-iii I decided in the middle of my tour to the desert that I'd rather go straight to Fes from the desert rather than travel back to Marrakech.  This involved a long 10 hour journey on a local bus, which stopped at every town for at least 15 minutes.  When finally we arrived in Fes at 8pm it was raining.  Quite a temperature change from the desert.

The medina in Fes has over 9000 streets and you'll get very lost according to the many unofficial guides I wandered past.  They're right too.  The first day I just wandered the maze and continually got lost.  Only ever having a vague idea where I was.  So on the second day I went on a tour with an official guide which took me to see all the more interesting areas of the city.

 

 

 

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Morocco travel https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-iii Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:33:24 GMT
Morocco II - The Sahara. https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-ii  

I was only here for about 16 hours, with a camel ride in and out with a night sleeping in a 'Berber camp' under the stars.  Although personally I chose to walk after 15 minutes of rocking about on my dromedary so that I could take some photos.  Going out to the dunes was something new for me and despite the 2 days of stifling travelling to get here, it was definitely worth it.  The dunes were a magnificent site to behold.

Our Guide

The Dunes

Shadows

The 'S' Bend

Ripples

Saharan Sunset

Sunset

Tourists waiting for the sunrise

Mono

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Morocco travel https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-ii Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:36:10 GMT
Morocco I - Marrakech to the Desert https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-i I have just returned from two weeks of winter sun in Morocco away from constant winter of Scotland.  I don't think there are many sights to see as such in most Moroccan cities other than the old medieval medinas themselves.  Unfortunately despite the endless interesting people and weathered faces, portraits were difficult to come by due my lack of language skills and the locals unwillingness to be captured on camera.   Despite this I still got a few from portraits here and there.

 

The Streets of Marrakech

Back Streets

Some Architecture 

 

Some People

Waiter

 

Mint tea is very important in Moroccan culture and it is especially a drink of hospitality, commonly served whenever there are guests around who might buy a carpet.

Since I was flying out of Marrakech I opted to move on quickly so signed up to go on a tour to the Sahara which mostly involved sitting in a people carrier while numerous photo opportunties flew passed the window.  On the occasion we did stop it was usually to an uninteresting tourist trap.  Although we did stop at Aït Benhaddou, which is where many movies have been filmed including Gladiator, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Mummy and many, many more.  Here are some of the photos taken on the journey out to the desert.

Looking at the Atlas

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Morocco travel https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/morocco-i Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:41:41 GMT
Where I've Been https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/where-ive-been Now I can add a new country to my map of the world after my 2 weeks in Morocco. This also marks my first venture into the continent of Africa. Photos will be coming soon once I get a chance to sift through them all.

And shortly I'll be adding China into the mix with a 3 week trip there in March.

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) travel https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/where-ive-been Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:02:42 GMT
Glencoe September https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/glencoe-september A quick trip up to Glencoe back in September on a very rainy and cold day. 

Hired a car and went over to Glencoe with the foolish hope that I might catch a sunrise.  As I slept in the car with the rain pelting down, I knew that wasn't going to happen, but I didn't let that deter me too much and although at first I couldn't see anything the clouds did allow glimpses of what lay hidden behind them.  

Lochan N'Achlaise

 

Next stop was to the iconic Buachaille Etive Mòr. Some sunshine broke through even though it was still raining heavily at the well trodden view Buachaille Etive Mor with the peak of Stob Dearg remaining shrouded in the cloud the entire time I was there.  I'd say I'm a little disappointed that this did not turn out as well I thought it would when I was standing there.  Had a few rainbows that came and went that I also missed while trying to dry off my lens.

 

River Etive II

 

A couple shots that involved getting my feet wet crossing this stream so I could get a view looking over towards the mountains.

 

 

 Buachaille Etive Mor

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/glencoe-september Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:17:48 GMT
Skye Trip https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/skye-trip Managed to take this on a wee hike up Ben Venue last weekend.

View over Loch Katrine towards Crianlarich

 

Also here are a few of the photos from the earlier trip up to Skye that have now been processed.

 

Trotternish Penisula

 

The Cuillins

 

The Old Man of Stoer

 

Kilt Rock

 

The Quaraing

 

Sisters of Kintal on the way home

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/skye-trip Sun, 20 May 2012 18:07:41 GMT
Photobook https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/photobook Finally made a photobook of my images from my trip round South East Asia in 2010.  Made on Albelli which Is excellent.

Asia Photobook 2010 on Albelli

 

Also got out for some classic Scotland landscapes shots, only processed one so far though. More to come soon hopefully when I get time.

 

Black Cuillins

The Black Cuillins from Elgol.

 

And a shot from a couple weeks ago that I forgot to post on here. 

 

Diggers

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) asia book elgol scotland skye https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/photobook Sun, 06 May 2012 17:21:15 GMT
Photos from this week https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/photos-from-this-week Just a bunch of photos with no real theme apart from accidently not shooting in RAW.

Red and green leaved plant outside my front door.  I really like the shallow depth of focus at f1.4 on my 50mm

 

The Usher Hall on Lothian Road, ideally I'll get a twilight shot here, but I'm away to work at that time of day at the moment.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/photos-from-this-week Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:45:00 GMT
Dreamy Daffodils https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/dreamy-daffodils Can't go a spring without some daffodils photographs now.  Took advantage of the rare blue skies the other week and tried to create softer focus shots with my 50mm wide open at f1.4 rather than tack sharp images.

 

This one was taken at f4 and is nicely in focus, but doesn't appeal to me so much...

 

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Daffodils flowers spring https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/dreamy-daffodils Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:39:05 GMT
River Almond Falls https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/river-almond-falls

This is actually a late upload from week three, went up to the Cramond walkway but water was still too high so wandered down to the falls on the River Almond.  No photos from last week.

 

 

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/river-almond-falls Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:45:19 GMT
Shops and Victoria St https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/shops Went out for a wander around the old town with a couple of images in mind around the curved Victoria street, but ended up gwalking up to the High Street and quite liked the style of the shop front of the first shop below of the whisky store and went about looking for a couple others.

 

whisky shop

 

 

book shop

 

Cigar store

 

I still took a few shots from the top of Victoria street.  I tried to capture the curve and the upper and lower levels in one frame so just waited until I got people walking in different directions on each part.

Victoria Street

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Edinburgh Scotland fronts old shop town https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/shops Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:00:00 GMT
The Beginning https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/the-beginning  

So here for starters a image of the iconic Forth Bridge.  Went out in hope of a good sunset but it all clouded so ended up with this from earlier.  Quite like the colours of the rock in the foreground, ideally the tide would have been higher around the rocks and going out.  Its a start though.

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[email protected] (Tannachy Photography) Bridge Forth Scotland https://tannachyphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/3/the-beginning Sun, 04 Mar 2012 19:39:04 GMT