Nacreous clouds

Rainbow clouds filling the sky

At the beginning of February the UK was hit by Storm Henry. On the 2nd of February we woke up to a spectacular view. I have called them rainbow clouds as this is probably the easiest way to describe them. As the day progressed social media exploded with photographs of “Nacreousclouds”. What are “Nacreousclouds” Taken from : http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/learn-about-the-weather/clouds/nacreous Height of base: 68,500 – 100,000 ft Nacreous clouds form in the lower stratosphere over polar regions when the sun is just below the horizon. The clouds are illuminated from below and often glow in vivid colours and will often remain visible for a couple of hours after sunset and through the night […]

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Explore beautiful Scotland with street view

I have blogged previously about the wonders that Google gives us: Explore the Grand Canyon. Heard of Google Seaview? Google Earth timelapses. Well the National Trust for Scotland has teamed up with Google maps and have captured  some of our most magnificent landscapes.  With the Google map technology you can navigate through valleys, follow long paths and see just how beautiful Scotland is. Glencoe St Abb’s Why not head over to http://www.nts.org.uk/treks and explore beautiful Scotland yourself? There are 16 locations include Isle of Mull, Glencoe, Lona…. If you fancy a reminder of Scotland why not buy or treat someone to one of the many amazing Scotland Calendars on Amazon?  

Ullapool

Ullapool – Peaceful retreat with added extras

It all started with the plan of having a road trip to somewhere we’ve never been to.  The destination? We were unsure until we started looking about on the map.  We wanted to stay in Scotland and for some reason Ullapool popped up and after some research we decided that it would be our home for the weekend.  This story goes back some time but we enjoyed our first visit so much we’ve been back and will no doubt visit again in the future. Where is Ullapool? About Ullapool Wikipedia has an excellent page about Ullapool : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ullapool Ullapool is a town of around 1,300 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Despite […]

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Edinburgh Sunrise

Last Sunrise over Edinburgh of 2014

July already where has the time gone?  My photo catalog has expanded massively and while this is a good thing processing them and the time associated to the task just hasn’t been possible.  Not until now.  If you have liked my Facebook page you would have seen a preview of these photographs but this post has unseen additions. Most of the photographs have been slightly processed in LightRoom with the exception of a couple where I have blown the colours up quite a bit.  This is the first time I have started capturing moments with a long exposure which you can see brings a whole new dimension to the photograph […]

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Random Morning – Forth Bridges

Living on the door step to such marvels as the Forth rail and road bridge means opportunity to take photographs presents itself every day.  It’s even better that it’s on my way to and from work so if the weather looks good I always make sure I take my camera bag with me. One morning I decided to leave for work earlier than normal as weather looked perfect and decided to stop at South Queensferry. Mother nature didn’t disappoint and managed to take quite a few pics.   I know South Queensferry fairly well and I could of easily spent all morning there. Not a good idea as I don’t […]

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Cramond HDR – out and about

While I was around Cramond taking the sunrise that can been seen on my previous post Inchkeith sunrise surprise I took a couple looking over the fields.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with them till I saw the colours captured.  I started playing about with a couple of HDR Adobe Lightroom presets and they brought the photographs to life.     To see more please check out my Flickr Album  : https://www.flickr.com/photos/siphilp/sets/72157645069818114/. Any comments/questions welcomed