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I'm a part-time freelance sports photographer covering Caithness and the North of Scotland.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

More Halkirk snow scenes

Some more local snow scenes just before the thaw started.

Boxing day sunrise

The Boxing Day sunrise caught on camera from my neighbour's driveway.  I played about with the white balance setting to get the rich colours.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Dip with a Nip

Some were braver than others!

"Team Lovely" aim to raise £2,000 for Clic Sargent.

Three of the many Thurso Baywatch Babes who found the water a bit colder than California

The paint was proper emulsion!

The childrens cancer charity "Clic Sargent" organised the first ever Boxing Day dip in the sea at Thurso Beach, called "Dip with a nip".  The nip refers to the whisky donated by Old Pulteney and not the cold weather!

Over 100 hardy souls  braved the sub zero air temperature. The water was actually warmer! There was a large crowd of around 500 cheering everyone on.

Didn't get too many pics as everyone dashed out of the water to get warm and dry.  The whole event only lasted a few minutes as nobody was keen to stay in the water.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Halkirk snow scenes

Some Halkirk snow scenes from Sunday morning (when light was dull and flat) and Monday evening.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Magazine feature

The Jan 2011 issue of Photoplus (Canon edition) magazine has one of my pics as the readers "shot of the month".  It is my lineout pic taken at the Scotland vs England RBS Six Nations match last March.

The only comment was to make the background crowd less prominent by slightly desaturating them.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

SWPP & BPPA awards for Nov

Upgraded from silver to gold - Scotland vs England at Murrayfield in March 2010

Upgraded from silver to gold - Caithness Cycling Club Racing weekend in May 2010

silver award - Swallow Falls near Betws-y-Coed, Wales

silver award - O'Neill Cold Water Classic international surfing event at Thurso in April 2010
 The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) and the British Professional Photographers Associates (BPPA) announced their awards for November and I received 2 silvers and 2 gold upgrades.

I was also informed that my two gold upgrades have been shortlisted for the Photographer of the Year awards, due to be held in London in January (http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/awards_night.htm). Only the best three pics in each of the three sports categories (ball, general and motors) are selected for the finals.  The Societies have thousands of members from all over the world, so I'm totally chuffed at being chosen.

The rugby pic is also being shown in a national projected image exhibition after gaining a merit award in the Dingwall Camera Club annual competition. Only 27 pics out of around 2,500 entries from all over the UK gained merits.

Thursday, 9 December 2010


Sky the whippet is very young and would not stand still when indoors and was nearly too fast when outdoors!

Haggis is our Jack Russell.