• Tuesday , 21 May 2019

Landscape and Wildlife Photography in the Cairngorms

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We travel to the Cairngorms in Scotland for an adventure in some stunning wintery snow conditions to capture some wildlife and landscape photography.

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Last week I missed uploading a video for the first time in two and half years and it’s good to be back. I head up to Scotland to visit the Cairngorms with my very good friend Lyle McCalmont, to capture some landscape photography and wildlife photography. Lyle is an expert wildlife photographer and is my sole inspiration to go out and capture our animal friends. In this video he takes me deep into the Cairngorm woods to photograph the Crestie, known locally as the ‘Crestie’. A small and interesting bird that moves incredibly quickly and is pretty shy compared to the other locals.

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The day did not go exactly according to plan. Every time I travel to Scotland I am overwhelmed by the scale of the place. I am often associated with the Lake District, it is truly an incredible place and dear to my heart but Scotland takes things to a whole other level. The mountains are taller and the lochs are bigger than the lakes, but the highlands are so very huge and isolated in a way that will humble any person. The scale of the place is so very impressive but it makes it difficult to capture your best landscape photography. When you do not know a place, photographing it is a real challenge. Travelling to a new location and trying to find a good composition can be frustrating when you know something amazing could be round the next corner but you just can’t see it.

I did my best to overcome this and find some nice shots. I succeeded in one sense but failed in another when I could not make a picture out of the incredible trees that were on offer. It was very good fun capturing some wildlife photography though. I am not always a big fan but I do enjoy the challenge of a bit of bird capture. The crestie turned out to be very shy but I still managed to grab a couple of decent snaps of the bird that only shows itself in the Cairngorms.

The snowy and wintery landscape provided some superb opportunities for some top draw drone footage that was immensely enjoyable. The frozen water of Loch Morlich was also an incredible sight to witness. I feel incredibly privileged and it will be something I never forget.

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29 Comments

  1. eXplorer
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Great clip!

  2. Carol Coggins
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Great video, I would love to travel to Scotland. Beautiful country

  3. Harvey B.
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Very nice sharp photos. You mention the lens is a 400mm f5.6. I’m finally going on a safari in Africa and need a good long lens, maybe one of the lower priced newer ones but have to decide soon. Could you please tell me exactly which lens you used on this shoot and maybe which lens you would recommend in addition to this one. Thanks.

  4. Joseph Otto
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Please could you do more videos like this. Please

  5. pete draper
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    The view from the balcony in the opening sequence was stunning. Was it a hotel or your mate's house? Good shots of the birds. For me it's wildlife all the way: I doubt I could produce a good landscape to save my life. When I owned Canon kit the 400mm f5.6L was the only lens I could not get on with. I think it was the lack of image stabilisation.

  6. Rafa Vera
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Stunning video Adam! How lucky to be able to enjoy such wonderful landscapes, in Scotland.

  7. Wayne Robertson Photography
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Loved the video Adam and your panorama of Loch Morlich. The drone footage was great, gave me a different view of an area I've been to a lot.

  8. Mac McMillen
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Great bird shots. I love wildlife photography. Hope you do more in the future.

  9. PhotoNinja
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Loved it adam👍🏻 wildlife looks very addictive but frustrating lol

  10. cjp8101
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Great video Adam with some cracking bird shots. The Loch Garden RSPB centre is one of my favourite photography spots and I always visit there when I am in the Aviemore area.

  11. Roy Tarbox
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Great Photography love the wildlife shots awesome

  12. monkeyking67
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    great video,what kind of drone did you use for the aerial shots? Thank you

  13. eXplorer
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Great video! I love observing nature, explore and decompress…

  14. Glen Domulevicz
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Even a dedicated landscape photographer can shoot wildlife.  Nicely done.  I like the aerial footage.

  15. Gerard Ferry
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    super

  16. José D. Díaz
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    how can you see people, who do not like something like that ? …bitter of life.

  17. Gavin J McGrath
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Stunning scenery, Adam, splendidly captured! Well done!

  18. Brent Hall
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Great video Adam, and beautiful B-Roll footage!

  19. Stephan Makintaya
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Hi Adam
    I don't know if I've ever commented before… but I have been watching your videos for the better part of a year now. Your videos and your photography are always a treat for me. I always look forward the next video. I enjoy your videos like I enjoy a movie… I don't watch them in haste. I wait until I have some down time at home and then I watch your videos when things are peaceful and calm. Thank you for what you do! You never fail to make my day better. Your work is beautiful and I love your demeanor. You're positive and your love for your craft shines through! I find that inspiring.

    I spent a little time in the Cairngorms a few years ago, but since I was traveling internationally, I didn't get to carry much equipment. I could easily have spent a week there! It was summer, so it was warm. The hiking was gorgeous. It was a pleasant surprise that you were there for this video… it made me feel a little connected to you and your work!

    Thanks again and keep up the great work! You are a delight to watch!
    Be well!

    P.S. Your patience paid off… the photos of the cresties were spot on! Beautiful!

  20. owen john
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    I have to say I am not a big fan of wildlife photography however you have captured some fantastic images!, loving the drone footage as well!

  21. Mads Peter Iversen
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Really nice bird shots 🙂
    Would love to see more of the mountains around Cairngorms!
    Do you use a service for your music or how do you find it? 🙂

  22. Dave Zuuring
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    enjoyed the scenery and your energy you put in it…. I definitely need to go there…

  23. John Summerfield
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    I enjoyed your video.

    You do some studio photography. Why not have one or two of those ready to go for those times you might not have time to prepare your usual weekly? It would make easier scheduling around Xmas and other holidays, birthdays and other important anniversaries and so on.

  24. geographer ix
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Makes me wanna travel to Scotland again soon. The Cairngorms, Aviemore and surroundings are just full of photo opportunities. As is most of Scotland.

  25. martin hogarth
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Stunning Bird photographs, would it be possible to shoot with a mirror lens instead of a 400mm

  26. Peter Rennison
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Hi Adam, can I ask a couple of questions?
    When using a tripod and shooting using the timer should I have the lens vibration reduction turned off?
    And using live view+timer should the view finder be covered over?
    Thanks for any advice very much appreciated.

  27. Henry Brening
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    Great video Adam! Really enjoyed another awesome video!

  28. James Lane
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    I loved your drone footage, your bird photos (not the first one so much, watch those highlights in the background!) And loved the panorama too!

  29. Arghyadip Sen
    March 11, 2019 at 09:17

    I love this guy… and his way of talking.. !

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