About

Thanks for visiting my online photographic portfolio. I live in Edinburgh, the beautiful capital city of Scotland. Sometimes I make photographs in the Pentland hills which lie just south of the city. The Highlands to the north are another favourite area for making photographs. The various galleries for these and other subjects can be found in the Portfolio section of the website.

Most of the photographs in the Portfolios are available as high quality prints. A selection of such prints are frequently on display at the Swanston Clubhouse, at the foot of the Pentland hills. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

Gear wise I have a preference for either medium format film gear or mirrorless digital, depending on subject and walking distance… For film work this includes a Yashicatmat 124g and Bronica SQ-Ai system. For proper walking and travelling these days though I usually carry something more lightweight, like a Panasonic GH2. Together with some of the superb prime lenses now available for the micro 4/3 system it’s possible to get outstanding image quality from a really compact and lightweight outfit. To this end I’m probably more interested in the optimal carrying system than the actual camera these days. I spend a little too much time trying to streamline this kind of thing for minimal faff, but I’m not sure I’ve quite nailed it yet. Thinktank seem to make some of the best bags at the moment.

When using film, stock is Tri-X, HP5 and Velvia 50. I develop B&W films myself in the bathroom and scan them on an Epson V700. I have a couple of lightweight carbon fibre tripods, the smallest and most used of which is made by Feisol and folds up nice and compact. My tripod head is a cheap and probably inadequate wee FLM ball head, but it seems to do ok for me and is really lightweight.

In case you want to buy me a gift I like single malt Scotch whisky (Clynelish is good). I keep a (very infrequently updated these days) blog, mostly about fly fishing, over at Tamanawis. The word Tamanawis is the name of a fictional river in the book The River Why by David James Duncan.