I’ve been interested in photography for a long time. Ever since being able to drive, I used to take long drives up Glencoe and the west highlands. Back then I was merely taking snaps and I started sharing my travels on various car forums I was a member of. However, this gave me a working knowledge of Scotland and the routes needed to get to the places I now go for my landscapes.
I took the car over to Europe in a Top Gear inspired grand tour and I came back with, what I thought then, were some fairly reasonable images. I got speaking to someone at the car forum who kindly leant me his DSLR and explained this was what I need to advance from the “bridge camera phase”. I caught the bug and soon after invested in a proper tripod and ultra wide angle lens. I was now finding myself getting up early to catch the golden hours, feverishly watching weather forecasts and plotting where I should be to get the right image. This saw me have several images published in newspapers and life magazines in Scotland and was good encouragement for me starting out.
Naturally I found a photography forum and learned from other members there, soon after I realised I needed the Lee graduated filters to ensure I get the best exposure of the foreground to the sky. I’ve been very active in landscape photography for two years and have been producing top quality images for a year and a half now. In 2012 a local resident of Helensburgh was involved with a charity project for the fire brigades and he used me as his photographer for the Venice and Cardiff pieces he was producing. My images helped him raise over £10,000 for a worthy cause and it got me to Venice. As well as doing landscape photography I am keen on cityscapes and automotive photography.
I hope you enjoy the site as much as I have enjoyed my photographic journey to now.
Stephen Taylor – SFT Photography