Long Exposure Landscapes Workshop at Seacliff

Yesterday I hosted another MacLean Photographic 'Long Exposure Landscapes' workshop at Seacliff beach, a location I tend to take most of my guests to because of the immense variety of images available in a relatively small location.

Located a couple of miles east of North Berwick, Seacliff features a small sandy beach looking out towards Bass Rock one mile out in the Firth of Forth.  At this time of year the small island is covered in gannets as up to 150,000 birds call this part of Scotland home from March until October.  We were treated to some fantastic diving displays as the birds fished just off the beach for most of the day.

On the headland looking west is the ruins of Tantallon Castle, which is still an imposing sight high on the cliffs across the bay.  Just off the beach is the small working harbour, which is reportedly Scotland's smallest harbour.

On the other side of the bay is St Baldred's Cross, which is the outer marker that indicates to shipping where th…

Anatomy of Photography

Tonight (Tuesday 28 July) at 6pm UK time I will be spending an hour with fellow X Photographer Paul Choy for the final part of a series of interviews with some of the UK X Photographers, talking about the photographs we take and a deep dive into what makes some them special to the photographer who takes them.
Once I have done the interview I will post the images that will be featured on tonights programme (see images below).
The programme can be viewed on the Fujifilm South Africa Facebook page in full HERE
One last thing, Paul is working on a project called Walk Mauritius, which he is working on while the island is in lockdown.  Go and check the website out via the link here - - there is some great images to view.

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Shooting ELMS Driver Interview Videos at Le Castellet

I have just got back from the South of France where I have spent the last week at the official press season test and opening round of the European Le Mans Series at the Circuit Paul Ricard near Le Castellet.

One of the things I have been doing during the Covid19 lockdown it to increase my skill set with regards to video production.  In 2019 I really started to shoot more video content, especially on the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship, so I took a couple of online courses on video editing and production and last week was the first real chance to be able to put what I had learned into practice.

Because the event was held behind closed doors and the number of media attending the event was reduced significantly, one of the goals for communications during the ELMS week was to increase the number of video interviews we produce so that the fans and the media had more behind the scenes content.

One of the focus of the communications plan was the inclusion for the first time of…

Appointed as a Haida Filters Co-Photographer

As you may have seen a few weeks ago that I tested the Haida Filters M10 system and I really liked the quality and the usability of the system.  Since my glowing review Haida asked me if I would like to work with them as a Co-Photographer / Ambassador and I said 'yes'.

So today I am pleased to announce this partnership and HERE is a link to my profile page on the Haida Photo website.

I am currently in France at the Circuit Paul Ricard for the two day pre season test and first round of the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup. I have been using the Haida M10 0.9 (3 Stop) and 1.8 (6 Stop) Neutral Density filters for shooting videos at the track.

Here is a the video interview with the crew of the no50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca that we did yesterday evening and then shot the track footage earlier today.  I used the two Haida ND filters to allow me to use a wider aperture in the sunny conditions here at Paul Ricard. 

The final video was used on the official European L…

First Black and White Landscapes Workshop of 2020

Last week I ran my first Black and White Landscape workshop of the year.  Like many businesses the Covid19 pandemic caused me a bit of a headache and I had to put my photo workshops on hold for three months.  The clients who had already booked workshops were offered a refund but I was happy when they said they would be OK to postpone and wait until I could rearrange the bookings with them. 

The first workshop was a 1-2-1 with a client who was returning for her second one day MacLean Photographic workshop. 

The workshop was held at Barns Ness and Tyningham, demonstrating the techniques on how to 'see' a landscape in black and white and expose the image accordingly. This something I have learnt from experience and I now endeavour to teach my clients during the one day workshop.

The best black and white landscape photography has a strong range of tones. From almost pure white through to deep, rich black and everything in between.  Because we are used to seeing the full spectrum of c…

An Early Start Rewarded

My favourite time of the day to shoot landscapes is dawn, I just love being out in the fresh air and watching the sun rise above the horizon. At this time of year in Scotland sunrise is round 4:25am, which means a very early start to get in position.

Luckily, I have plenty of beautiful locations to visit here in my home town of Dunbar and Barns Ness Lighthouse, which is only five miles from my front door, ranks as one of the very best.

So I checked the weather forecast, set my alarm for 3am and packed my camera gear ready for a very early start.

Luckily the forecast was correct with high clouds and the potential for a fiery sunrise so I got in the car and head out to Barns Ness to set up.

I was trying out a brand new tripod on this photoshoot, a recently purchased 3 Legged Thing Punks Billy carbon fibre tripod.  This was replacing my sturdy, but weighty, Manfrotto 055 aluminium tripod, with an option ball grip head.  The 'Billy' was almost the same height when extended but is hal…