January 2015 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all. This year I have decided to make my photography work so ….

I’m starting the New Year with a new collection – The Coasters Collection. Sets of 4 professionally produced glass coasters are now available for £25 including postage in the UK. I hope you like them! There are six designs and they are available from my website http://www.tinalearphotography.co.uk/featured.html



A Great Week Exploring!

My father was visiting for the week, so we had lots planned.  Below are a few highlights of the week!

We went for a great drive and stopped at many places.  First stop was Dunbeath.  We went down to the harbour, but it was raining, so we decided to move on.  We then stopped and had a cup of tea at a lovely tea room.  Next was Latheronwheel.  Again, just a quick stop here, then we moved on.  We then stopped at Lybster.  We had a look around the Visitor Centre and enjoyed a tub of ice cream, then off to Wick.

Next was a trip to Camster Cairns.  Have driven past before, but never stopped there.


Due to the rain, the Cairns were rather flooded.  I decided to have a quick look inside and was surprised at how large it was. The tunnel was small and narrow (being petite has it’s advantages!)  I took a photo from the inside of the Cairn looking back at my dad:


Spotted this cute lamb eating:


On the way back we also stopped off at Berriedale.  Lots of Kittiwakes there:


That was a fun packed day!

A few days later we had planned to go on a boat trip from John O’Groats.  Here’s my dad at John O’Groats:


We boarded the John O’Groats Ferry and off we went on our adventure around Stroma Island. The ferry we went on is the same ferry I photographed from Stroma Island a few weeks ago!


Below is the newly renovated John O’Groats Hotel:


Spotted this Cormorant:


The sea was calm.  It was a little windy, but it wasn’t cold.  Here’s an arty shot of a boat on Stroma Island:IMG_3159

We sailed around to the lighthouse.  The sea was a little rougher around here, but all good fun!  I love the colour of the water.


The scenery was just stunning!


A seal was looking at me.  The boat was moving around quite a lot when I took this photograph! :)


Here’s a photograph of the Mausoleum.  Can you spot the seal on the rock?


The trip around Stroma Island was fantastic and I can highly recommend it.  A great week was had by all.  I hope you enjoyed my blog! :)

Countryfile Photographic Competition 2014

My blog for this week is about the Countryfile Photographic Competition.

I have recently entered a couple of competitions and have just sent off three entries for the Countryfile Photographic Competition.

They will pick 12 photographs for their 2015 calendar.  It took a while to whittle it down to three photographs, but below are the three I have chosen.  What do you think?  It would be great if they show them on tv :)  I can imagine there will be thousands of entries!

This is my favourite photograph.  I have a 36 inch canvas of this on my wall and you can even see the reflection of the sun and sea in the seal pup’s eyes.


As most of you who follow my Facebook photography page will know, I love highland cows.  Countryfile have allowed farm animals in their competition, so this one just had to be entered.


For my final photograph I chose another seal pup.  Another one where you can see a beautiful reflection in the eye.


The theme of the competition is “Animal Magic”.  I’m hoping they’ll spot something they like in my photographs! ;)