At the end of each year, I've made it a habit to publish a selection of images I've captured throughout the previous 12 months. These aren't necessarily my favourite images but, nearly always, they are images that have helped me reinforce decisions I've made regarding what I need to focus on in the future (for example, in 2017, I've resolved to take more close-up / detail shots so I offer clients a wider variety of images to choose from). My thanks goes to everyone who has supported me in 2016. I hope you like the images as much as I've enjoyed taking them. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
In January, I headed to the North-West Highlands of Scotland to shoot Edinburgh-based athlete Joanne Thom on the great ridge of Garbh Choireachan on Ben Mor Coigach. We also shot on the nearby summit of Sgurr an Fhidhleir, with its great views north to Stac Pollaidh, Cul Mor and Suilven. Compressport kindly provided Joanne with lots of new season clothing for the shoot.
Later in the same month, I had the opportunity to photograph Pyranha Kayak-sponsored athlete Mark Mulrain and his friend Dave Martin whitewater kayaking on the River Orchy and River Dochart in Scotland. It's not until afterwards you appreciate how talented people make things look very easy.
In February, I headed to the West Highlands of Scotland to visit a mountain bothy I'd not stayed at before. Gleann Dubh Lighe bothy near Fort William was burnt down in 2011 but, after a lot of hard work by volunteers from the Mountain Bothy Association, is back in use. A friend and I used it as a base for a great 12-hour ‘feet in front of the bothy fire’ to 'feet in front of the bothy fire’ traverse of Streap and another Corbett, Braigh nan Uamhachan.
April saw me in the Mamores south-east of Fort William with another photographer from Edinburgh, Chris Lomas. Our planned winter round of the excellent Ring of Steall was cut short on the apex of the Devil's Ridge due to what we felt were dangerous snow conditions.
A few weeks after wading about with Chris in deep snow on the Mamores, I was paddling in heavy rain off the west coast as we kayaked towards Ladhar Bheinn on the Knoydart peninsula for a sea kayaking / hillwalking assignment for The Great Outdoors magazine (TGO). The main images are embargoed at present but look out for the feature in TGO magazine early next year.
In the past, I've encountered great weather in May on the Isle of Skye. Not this year however, during a location scouting trip, but we still had a great time on the island, which is home to the magnificent Black Cuillin, arguably the UK's best and only Alpine-style mountains.
In June, a friend and I planned to attempt Tranter's Round, a 24-hour running challenge over 16 Munros in the West Highlands of Scotland. Due to injury, we called off at the last minute so I asked if anyone fancied coming out for a photo shoot instead. My friend Naomi Freireich and her fiance Charlie Lees kindly filled the void and we shot a number of my favourite images from the year, of Naomi mountain biking and Charlie running on the Grey Corries.
I booked separate photo shoots in June with Aaron Palain (top) and Vasilis Toxavidis, both endurance athletes from the United States, ahead of an assignment to photograph the Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon. Aaron is the race organiser for a new extreme triathlon, Alaskaman, which premieres in 2017.
Austrian Max Schoiswohl competing in the Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon. You can read a Q&A with Max on my blog.
The last few months of my year it transpired were mountain landscape months. These two images are from trips I made to Glen Coe to capture images for a personal client. They're the result of one of my favourite activities, waking up on top of a mountain summit.