Rob Bruce Photography 2021
Magical Landscape from 2021
Throughout 2021, I continued to give photography enough time to practice the art and improve. Doing something creative, particularly when it is also technical, requires putting in the hours. Camera in hand, you stand and wait for the light to shift, and later, at the computer screen, you experiment with different versions. The main area where I have increased my skill is editing – being able to accentuate aspects of a shot without turning the knobs up too hard and losing authenticity. Here is a selection of my favourite photos from the year. For my ten of my favourite photos from 2020 please see
The boathouse on the pier at Diabaig, under a coppery winter sky - late December 2020. If you look closely, and you have a good screen, then you will see tiny splashes of bright green to the left of the pier. I've no idea where they came from - I did not put them in!
A glaikit Highland coo in the snow? Swanston, the Pentlands. February 2021
It'll be worth it when he comes down! A cyclist on the pushing up the Pentlands. February 2021
The haunch of Turnhouse Hill in the snow from the north, in the Pentlands. February 2021
Strathclyde University campus in the centre of Glasgow. Spring 2021
Fancy panorama of 24mm vertical images of Beinn Alligin and Liathach from the bay between Torridon House and it's Boathouse. Power lines painted out in the sky but not the sea!
A rainbow over Sgorr Ruadh (skorr roo-ah) in the Coulin Hills, South Torridon, May 2021
Some will pass this by but I found something visually compelling about this view. It's the Big Burn walk in Golspie (starting at the Golspie Inn, Caithness). June 2021
My climbing partner and I were making our way from Kilt Rock over to Neist Point - across the road pass over the Trotternish Ridge - when this sheep asked to be photographed. July 2021
Not many know how to descent to this point on the Coire Burn by the Alligin car park. A friend showed me. The burnished rock and purple rhododendron petals stood out for me. Early summer 2021
This is an iPhone pic. Snatched on a midgy motorbike ride back from Poolewe. the fading light (about 10am) caught the top half of a Scots pine on the shores of Loch Maree. the distinctively square profile of Slioch in the background. July 2021.
A funny thing is going on with shadows with this fiery sunset over Skye. Taken from Bealaich a Gaoithe (goo-yah meaning pass of the wind) on the final road to Diabaig in August 2021
Snowy Loch Torridon with Eilean Chasgaig in the foreground and Beinn Alligin's famous Eag Dubh (black cleft) on the left and Sgorr a' Chadail on the western reaches of Liathach right. After the first snow, November 2021
I saw this swan on Loch Lubnaig when driving south from a hill walk near Oban in the late spring of 2021, and couldn't resist pulling over and parking badly. I hope the other drivers would think it was worth it.
A team on Meall Dearg (jareg) is a subsidiary Top on Liathach. After an adventurous ascent of steep grass and rocks we passed over this summit to the Northern Pinnacles, which lead up to Mullach an Rathain (moollach-an-rhine). There are two words for ‘red’ in Gaelic, dearg is scarlet and rua is an orangey-red
Pink-footed geese flying back from the seaside after breakfast (at the sanctuary in Aberlady) towards the Moorfoots. Early 2021.
Torridon village below snow-capped summit Mullach and Rathain on Liathach (pronounced lee-a-gach, the grey one). November 2021
Snowdrops and a low tree, deep in the woods of Midlothian - perhaps it's a fairie den? Spring 2021
Panorama of Beinn Eighe from Loch Clair on the Coulin Estate - South Torridon in January 2021. I wasn't meant to be there. It was very cold but I persevered with a series of vertical ultra-wideangle shots, which ended up being difficult to stitch and fill.
Favourite photos from 2020