Beach Walk and the Fantastic Seals

We had our new Leki anti-shock walking poles and were ready for a walk along the beach!

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We walked about two miles.  The tide was fully in, so it was quite hard going, walking on the large stones.  The walking poles were absolutely fantastic and helped a great deal. There were a few seals relaxing on the rocks, but we could see many more in the distance!

We gradually got closer and closer.  The seals were curious and didn’t seem bothered by us being there.  A few of them went to go back into the sea, but then decided to stay put!  There was a mix of grey seals and common seals.

I took this group photo and the grey seals seemed happy to pose.  I couldn’t help but wonder if I had seen some of these grey seals when they were pups.  They just seemed so relaxed.

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Below is an arty shot of one of the grey seals

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Below is a common seal.  It seemed really relaxed as well.

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Photographing seals is such a rewarding experience.  To be able to be close to wildlife is amazing.  I never get too close though and respect their space.

George took this photograph of me photographing the seals.  I’m wearing my Lowepro Slingshot backpack, which is fantastic for carrying my camera in.  Can also fit my lunch in there too!

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I hope you have enjoyed the blog! :D

 

Topaz Impression

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Topaz have released a brand new photo editing plugin. Now you can capture the essence of your photos without being constrained by rigid detail. Topaz Impression helps you create authentic art masterpieces like a true painter would: by intelligently applying real brushstrokes to canvas.

Impressionism NOUN · an artistic style that seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction.

The old masters like Monet, Van Gogh, and Cezanne concerned themselves with feeling and emotion in their art. Even though they were absolutely capable of faithfully reproducing their subject like a photograph, they didn’t want to. No, they wanted to show the subject like they felt it, not as it objectively appeared. And that’s why it’s so easy to tell the difference between a Monet, Van Gogh, and a Cezanne – because they made their paintings a reflection of themselves.

“Real painters do not paint things as they are. They paint them as they feel.” — VAN GOGH

Impression helps make your photos more expressive by authentically turning them into art, the way a real artist would. Rigidly realistic photos sometimes leave less room for emotion, personal feeling, and story. Instead of just showing reality, take your viewers on a story by using Impression to capture emotion and feeling rather than details. This can make your work both more powerful and more personal.

You can get the new plugin for $74.99 instead of $99.99 (around £45), that’s 25% off until the end of September! Please visit the Topaz Impression Webpage for more information.

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impression5And here is a photo art image by George created with Impression. See it at the Galleries!Common seal on a rock

Brora Beach Walk

Last weekend we decided to take a stroll along Brora Beach.  Brora beach is just beautiful and if you haven’t been there yet, it’s well worth a visit!  The weather was gorgeous on Sunday morning and below is a photograph of the beach on a busy day:

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I took the photograph below facing the sun and I really like the contrast.

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We had a good chat to a few people on the beach and I made friends with a dog who constantly wanted to play fetch!  I then thought i’d photograph some footprints in the sand – where do they go, where do they end, who knows?

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I then started spotting lots of interesting shapes in the sand.  I love the sand ripples in the photograph below:

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So many textures and the sun was reflecting off of the sand:

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On our way back, I stopped and looked behind me.  Just look at the view:

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Then looking ahead towards the harbour.  I thought this one deserved to be in black and white.  Maybe a thought of the years gone by:

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Hope you have enjoyed the blog for this week! :)

Time For Sunrise

Well it’s getting towards that time of year again when we see the gorgeous sunrises.

This morning I photographed the stunning sunrise below: Taken with my 40mm lens

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The rays coming through the clouds had turned the sea into a beautiful golden colour.

Here’s one taken with my telephoto lens:

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The photograph below was taken over a year ago:

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And the last photograph is a very colourful sunrise, taken a while ago:

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Hoping for many more beautiful sunrises soon!

A Week in Photography

What a busy week it is turning into!

Last Sunday I spent the day putting some prints into mounts.  It is something I have wanted to do for quite some time and am really happy with the results.  The prints are 6×4 and are in a 10×8 antique white mount, selling at £12 each plus postage and packing.  I have had a great response from posting photographs of the mounts on Facebook.

If you are not following my Facebook page, the link to it is: https://www.facebook.com/tinalearphotos  Here are my completed prints:

Highland Cow

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Aurora at the Mound, Golspie

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Roe Deer at Balblair Woods, Golspie

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Strathy Point

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Brora Beach

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Highland Cows

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Pheasant

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Smiling Seal Pup

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Puffin

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Highland Cow & Aurora Borealis

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Seal Pup, Sutherland

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Big Burn, Golspie

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Heilan’ Coo

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Loch Brora

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George has been working hard on the joint website.  The website is fully responsive which means that it can be viewed on desktop computers, laptops, ipads, kindles and mobile phones.  The website can be found here: http://www.gmggalleries.com/

Many thanks for reading this weeks blog!

Tina