And We’re Here!!!

Finally work has finished and it’s holiday time!

I finished work at 4, got home, had some tea and looked out of the window.  I noticed there was a beautiful glow in the sky.  I quickly grabbed the camera, tripod and ran out into the garden.  Yay, more Aurora!  I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing the Aurora.  Hard to explain the amazing feeling you get when you see them.  This is the photograph I took this evening:

aurora brorablog

Can’t wait to get out and about with the camera over the next week and hopefully there will be lots more photographs to share!

If you follow my page on Facebook, you may have already seen the video I have put together.  If you don’t already follow me, please do – here’s the page link: http://www.facebook.com/tinalearphotos

I just wanted to say thank you for all your support during 2014.  I appreciate all the likes I have received and comments too!  Thank you to all the people who have purchased my cards and prints.  It has enabled me to gradually build up the items I have to offer.

Here’s the video and thanks everyone!!! :D

 

Advertisements

Holidays are Coming!

Not long now until the holidays!  I’m hoping there will be some snow and we can get out and about with the cameras.

Thought i’d share a few wintry photographs.

This one was taken just north of Helmsdale.  The sun was starting to set the light was amazing!

blog1

This next photograph was taken at Brora Harbour.  I love the reflection in this photograph.  It even looks great upside down!

blog2

This beautiful stag was just standing there in the snow.  The sun was out and the snow was sparkling:

blog3

This next photograph was taken at Loch Brora.  What a gorgeous blue sky!

blog4

Of course I couldn’t forget the Highland Cow.  I titled this photograph “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Moosic”

blog5

I hope you have enjoyed the blog for this week.  If you live locally, cards are available from Cornucopia in Brora :)

 

Sealia

Hello, George again. Tina will be back very soon as she’s recovered and will be back to work tomorrow.

I spent a wonderful couple of hours yesterday with a young grey seal pup I befriended called Sealia. I was sat on the rocks and she swam over to say hello and stayed a while. This collection of images will soon be available as a box set of 10 print quality blank greetings cards with envelopes. They were all shot with the Fuji X-E1 + 55-200mm. Say hi to Sealia!

Incidentally, Topaz Glow was part of my post on all these images. Pick an effect and dial it back to about 15% opacity and it can enhance your photos with a wonderfully subtle glow.

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Grey seal pup

Topaz Glow from Topaz Labs

250x250-a2x

As Tina is a wee bit under the weather just now and off work, I’m doing the blog today (George). The amazing TopazLabs have released a brand new product, Topaz Glow, and it’s available for a short time at the special introductory price of $49.99, reduced from its regular price of $69.99. Using the code introglow at checkout, you can pick up this fabulous new Topaz plugin at this special price and have some fun. Here’s a before and after of one of my bull grey seals. I think Glow is brilliant.

Bull grey seal

Bull grey seal

For more info, head on over to TopazLabs, and be sure to watch the video below.

Seal Saturday – Foam Party

We headed down to see the seals last Saturday.  It’s great to be able to check on them and make sure all is going well.  I love to sit and watch the seals and learn more about them.

Last Saturday the sea had been rough, there was sea foam everywhere and this is where my story starts………

This beautiful seal pup was laying down minding its own business, when the tide started coming in.  The tide pushed some sea foam into the seal:

blog1 The seal pup was a little alarmed and lifted its head.  Time to investigate:

blog2

The seal thought nothing of it and turned back round.  Then the wind blew and some foam landed on the pup:

blog3

You could almost see the seal pup thinking, what on earth is this on my face:

blog4

The pup was quite relaxed about it though and put its head back down:

blog5

Then the wind blew again and more foam was blown around the seal:

blog6

It looked like it was having fun, and had a quick glance over at me:

blog7

The pup then rolled on its back and looked at me.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  What a sight!

blog8

It then rolled back and looked at the foam again:

blog9

You could tell this was one playful pup:

blog10

Then I think the seal was trying to eat the foam:

blog11

And had another glance at me to check if I was still watching:

blog12

And back to being playful again:

blog13

Happy and playful!

blog14

Then the nose went straight back into the foam again:

blog15

And this was the last photograph I took.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  What a beautiful pup!

blog16

It was such a treat to be able to witness this and to be able to photograph it as well!  It is great to see the seals in their natural habitat.

I never get too close though.  I have a good zoom lens and allow them their space.

More seal photographs can be viewed here: http://gmg.photoshelter.com/gallery/Seals-RF/G0000zWO62DGjugY/

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