Extra Chapters

A long and ever growing list, of Free, 'Fine Art', Landscape Photography guides, tours and tips for Scotland..!

All these additional 'Extra Chapters' to the 'Photographer’s Guide to the Isle of Skye and the North West of Scotland' I will be posting below, use a different layout to the 79 chapters in my Guide Book, as all those chapters were specifically designed to fit into a 270 page 6 x 9 book format, using large scale maps with individual route and way point indicators, GPS coordinates and local area Post Codes etc. Whereas these accompanying and additional chapters, are being designed specifically for this web site and where I can then use direct links to online maps and street views etc. Also these 'Extra Chapters' will not be laid out in any particular route order like in the book, as the area of the rest Scotland I now intend to cover in these pages, is far too big to do that. So instead, I will simply add them to this site in the order that I come to write them. Enjoy!

Please Note - all the chapters on this web site have been written in what I would like to think is an informative but light hearted style, where I not only discuss some of the many other hidden away locations that I enjoy taking photographs in Scotland, but where I have done so in a way that I hope you will find entertaining. My book on the other hand is a much more serious work, that discusses hundreds of other photographic locations across the North West of Scotland not covered on this web site. But that also drills down into great detail, about how to substantially increase your skills as a Fine Art Landscape Photographer, as well as how to use all of my easy to use but unique advanced image post processing techniques. And which have then been combined into a "Virtual, Two Week In-Depth Fine Art Landscape Photographic Workshop" for only £24.95.
 
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4 locations, over 4 hours, across a 14 mile mini tour around Fort William  
If you are on your way up to Skye, you will probably drive through Fort William after visiting Glen Coe. So here is small photographic detour, that is certainly worth taking on your way
 
     
From a shipwreck through to a waterfall A shipwreck, a 'Pepper pot' Lighthouse, a rarely shot view of the Nevis range and a waterfall  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 and A7R3 with Metabones 4 Adapters, cable release and tripod
Lenses - EF70-200/2.8L, EF24-105 f/4.0L IS, 16-35L f/2.8 and screw-in 10 and 3 stop NDs
 

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St Monan's Village (Part 1 of 2) and the
surrounding Eastern coastal area
 
Probably the most photogenic location you could ever wish to visit, packed full of photo opportunities and unusually for the East coast of Scotland, a fantastic sunset location too
 
     
Seascapes, an old bendy pier and a windmill A photogenic 'wonky' pier, a windmill, a lighthouse and an old church and so much more  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 and A7R3 with Metabones 4 Adapters, cable release and tripod
Lenses - EF70-200/2.8L, 24-105 f/4.0L IS, 16-35L f/2.8, using 3 and 10 stop ND filters
 

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Elie Village (Part 2 of 2) and the
surrounding Eastern coastal area
 
Yet another fantastic location on the East coast of Scotland, with lots of great photo opportunities associated with it, as well as a highly scandalous period in Scottish history
 
     
A lighthouse and a coastal Gothic Tower A small lighthouse, a semi ruined gothic tower, the 'Chair of Refuge' and a beautiful beach  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 and A7R3 with Metabones 4 Adapters, cable release and tripod
Lenses - EF70-200/2.8L, 24-105 f/4.0L IS, 16-35L f/2.8, 2x converter, 3 and 10 stop NDs
 

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Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Glen Sheil  
A roadside location that will blow your socks off, for both the photo opportunities you will find there, as well as being one of the best places to see wild otters, porpoise and seals
 
     
Wildlife, Mountains, Seascapes Views from a sea level vantage point across Loch Duich, to the 5 Sisters Mountain Range  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - EF70-200/2.8L and a 10 stop screw-in ND filter
 

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The Rhu Peninsula
Highland and Moray (Part 1 of 3)
 
A secluded peninsula that might just be, one of the best sunset locations to be found anywhere in the North West of Scotland, that I know you will definitely want to photograph
 
     
Mountains, Seascapes and Sunsets The Rhu Peninsula, with views across to the islands of Eigg, Rum, Canna and Skye  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - EF70-200/2.8L, EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Tioram Castle
Highland and Moray (Part 2 of 3)
 
A fantastically located ruined castle, that sits on the very edge of a wide sweeping sandy bay, that in spring time, becomes surrounded by bright yellow flowering gauze bushes.
 
     
A Castle Ruin, Surrounded by Flowers Tioram Castle, sits on top of the tidal island of Eilean Tioram, at the head of Loch Moidart  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - EF70-200/2.8L, EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Ardtoe Bay
Highland and Moray (Part 3 of 3)
 
A very remote sandy bay, with lots of polished rocks that have been scultped by the last ice age and that faces due West, so has the potential for being an amazing sunset location
 
     
Remote, Peacful, Rocky and West Facing Ardtoe Bay is located near to Acharacle and sits on the very edge of Loch Ceann Traigh  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lens - EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Sutherland and the North, North West
regions of Scotland (Part 1 of 4)
 
Wild, remote, rugged and windswept, but most importantly of all, breathtakingly beautiful in almost any direction you look and quite rarely photographed
 
     
Mountains, Rivers and Secluded Sandy Bays Loch Cul Dromannan, Stac Pollaidh, the Speicein Coinnich peak and Achnahaird Bay  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - EF70-200/2.8L and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Sutherland and the North, North West
regions of Scotland (Part 2 of 4)
 
Yet more wild, windswept and stunningly beautiful areas of the North West of Scotland, that you really need to visit and photograph at least once in your life
 
     
Peaks, Wild Lochs and an Abandoned Bothy Kylesku Bridge , Ben Stack viewpoint, Loch Stack and the Loch Stack Bothy  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - EF70-200/2.8L, EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Sutherland and the North, North West
regions of Scotland (Part 3 of 4)
 
A tiny hidden away sunset cove, that only the locals seem to know about and visit, as well as a dark mysterious cave with a large internal waterfall, that will keep you busy for hours
 
     
A Hidden Sunset Cove and a Photogenic Cave Sheigra Bay, Smoo Cave and the Oldshoremore Beach (cows and bulls permitting!!!)  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8 and a 10 stop screw-in ND filter
 

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Sutherland and the North, North West
regions of Scotland (Part 4 of 4)
 
An almost completely uninhabited wilderness, with mile after mile of untouched beaches and the largest pristine peat bog area in Europe, at just over 4,000 square kilometres
 
     
Remote Scotland and The Flow Country Ceannabeinne Beach, Portnancon, Heilam Lairg and the Flow Country  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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The River Moriston Falls (Part 1 of 2)  
Where an old Bridge crosses the River Moriston Falls and where Salmon leap in Autumn
 
     
Upper and Lower Falls Area (UPDATED) The River Moriston as it runs through the tiny village of Invermoriston  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lens - Canon EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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The River Moriston Falls (Part 2 of 2)  
A hidden away photographic gem of a location, that hasn't been photographed before
 
     
Upper and Lower Falls Area (EXTENDED) The River Moriston further North, as it runs from Loch Dundreggan towards Loch Ness  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF16-35L f/2.8, EF70-200/2.8L IS USM and 1.4x extender
 

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Glen Affric   A beautiful, untouched, wilderness area of Scotland, that not many tourists seem to know about or visit and where it said, to be the dwelling place of the most evil witch in the world, who constantly flies through the forest looking for her next victim.  
   
The most beautiful Glen in Scotland Glen Affric, Loch Affric and the Affric Falls  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF70-200/2.8L IS USM, EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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The Cairngorms/Braemar (Part 1 of 2)   A five day tour through the Cairngorms from Braemar, with its 300 year old stone bridges, snow capped mountains, magnificent waterfalls, overflowing rocky edged rivers, standing stones, old abandoned buildings, castles, forests, wildlife and the list goes on..  
   
Snow capped mountains and gushing falls The Cairngorms and the Braemar skiing area and a whole lot more.  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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The Cairngorms/Braemar (Part 2 of 2)   A five day tour through the Cairngorms from Braemar, with its 300 year old stone bridges, snow capped mountains, magnificent waterfalls, overflowing rocky edged rivers, standing stones, old abandoned buildings, castles, forests, wildlife and the list goes on..  
   
Snow capped mountains and gushing falls The Linn of Dee, The Muir of Dee and Burn O'Vat and the Tomnaverie Stone Circle  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Plodda Falls   A beautiful long drop waterfall and series of cascades, hidden away in the middle of a large old growth forest.  
   
Amazing views and fantastic photo location One of the tallest waterfalls in Scotland, that is also very easy to get to and photograph  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF70-200/2.8L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Morar and the Hogwart's Express   A magical place, where Mermaids live and where a huge sea monster is said to emerge from the Loch each night, to roam across the land looking for people to terrorise and where the Hogwart's Express, can still be seen steaming its way through glen four times a day.  
   
An amazing coastline area of Scotland Seascapes, islands and one of the best all year round sunset locations in Scotland  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF70-200/2.8L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Falkirk - The Kelpies and the Wheel   Two beautiful modern engineering monuments and works of art, that are both easily accessible and sit within a 5 miles radius of each other, in the East coast town of Falkirk.  
   
When engineering becomes art Also how to maximise your travel kit, yet still maintain the biggest bang for your buck  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF70-200/2.8L IS USM and EF16-35L f/2.8
 
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Smailholm Tower  
A large, multi floored vertically flat walled dwelling and stronghold, constructed in the 1500's and being very similar to a single corner turret of a castle and which all the ruling families across the Scottish/English borders had to live in, if they wished to survive.
 
   
Trying to stay alive and thrive on the Borders Troubling yet prosperous times, along the Scottish/English borders near to Kelso  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lens - Canon EF70-200/2.8L IS USM
 
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Guide Book Chapter 18 - Extension  
A hidden away series of waterfalls and cascades similar to the world famous 'Fairy Pools', but in miniature and with an even more amazing backdrop, yet that very few photographers seem to know about or photograph, even though they begin almost right next to the road.
 
   
Yet another hidden away location on Skye See chapter 18 starting on page 58 of my Guide Book, for instructions how to get here  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lens - Canon EF16-35L f/2.8
 
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The Outer Hebrides (Part 1 of 3)  
An enchanting archipelago of islands and where time itself seems to have no relevance.
 
   
The Island Chain from the top The Isle of Harris and Luskentyre Beach  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Canon 5D MkII with Canon cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM, EF70-200/2.8L IS USM and EF100-400 f/4.5 - 5.6.0L IS USM
 
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The Outer Hebrides (Part 2 of 3)  
A beautiful and remote string of islands, that were first settled around 8,000 years ago.
 
   
The Island Chain from the middle The Isle of Lewis and the Standing Stones of Callanish  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Canon 5D MkII with Canon cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM, EF70-200/2.8L IS USM and TS-E24mm f/3.5L II
 
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The Outer Hebrides (Part 3 of 3)  
The third and final step in a photographic journey across a remote string of Scottish islands
 
   
The Island Chain down to the bottom The Isles of North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Canon 5D MkII with Canon cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM, EF70-200/2.8L IS USM and TS-E24mm f/3.5L II
 
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Glen Garry and the River Garry  
A great location for photography right beside the main A87, but that no one other than local dog walkers seem to know about or visit
 
   
A remote location at the side of the main road Glen Garry and the River Garry area, is a worthy photo stop on your way further North  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - EF70-200L f/2.8 IS, Canon EF16-35L f/2.8 and Canon EF24-105mm f/4L

 
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Loch Maree and Slioch (Part 1 of 2)  
Where there is a loch with an enchanted island in it, that has a loch within that island, that has an island within that loch and is where the Fairy Queen of Scotland is said to live
 
   
A wonderful, wild and remote Scottish location Loch Maree, a relatively unknown Landscape Photographer's paradise  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lens - EF70-200L f/2.8 IS and a 10 stop screw-in filter
 
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Loch Maree and Slioch (Part 2 of 2)  
Yet another beautiful, wild and very remote location in Scotland, that has been able to remain relatively untouched by the hand of man, or even walked upon for that matter
 
   
A wonderful, wild and remote Scottish location Loch Maree, a relatively unknown Landscape Photographer's paradise (continued)  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF70-200L f/2.8 IS and Canon EF16-35L f/2.8 and a 10 stop screw-in filter
 

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Allt na Subh (Contre Jour)  
A beautiful but hidden away sea loch in the North West of Scotland, that not many other landscape photographers seem to know about or photograph but me and maybe now you
 
   
A sheltered Loch that usually has reflections Loch Long (although there are many Loch Longs in Scotland, I think this one is the best)  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lens - Canon EF70-200L f/2.8 IS
 

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Moray Firth  
An easy to get to, yet amazing rocky location situated on the East coast of Scotland. Where you are pretty much guaranteed, to get at least one portfolio grade image
 
   
Bow Fiddle Rock Portknockie  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF24-105mm f/4L and Canon EF16-35L f/2.8 and a 10 stop screw-in filter
 

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Ullapool and Beyond (Part 1 of 2)  
A very atmospheric location seemingly in the middle of nowhere, yet easily accessible from right beside the road and which according to legend was built by the Devil himself
 
   
Ardvreck Castle Ruins Loch Assynt  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lens - Canon EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Autumn in the Glens  
Showcasing just a few of the many photographic opportunities that can be found in Scotland during autumn if you know where to to look
 
   
Various Images of Autumn in Scotland Various Locations  
The equipment used at these locations: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF70-200L f/2.8 IS, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L and Canon EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Ullapool and Beyond (Part 2 of 2)  
Heading further North to the coastal fishing town of Ullapool and beyond
 
   
Stac Pollaidh Lochinver  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF70-200L f/2.8 IS and Canon EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Dispelling a Few Myths about Scotland   Dispelling a Few Myths About the Problems You'll Face When Photographing in Scotland  
     
Various Locations from the N. W. of Scotland See chapter contents for Map and Street View links  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports, Canon EF16-35L f/2.8 and EF70-200L f/2.8 IS and a 10 stop screw-in filter
 

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Little Garve - (Part 1 of 2)   Wade's Bridge and the Black Water River (Allt a' Gharbh Bhaid) and the Upper Falls area.  
   
The Upper Falls Area A835, Little Garve, Highland, Scotland, IV23 2PU
The equipment used at this location:

Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF16-35L f/2.8 and EF70-200L f/2.8 IS and a 10 stop screw-in filter


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Little Garve - (Part 2 of 2)   Silver Bridge and the Black Water River (Allt a' Gharbh Bhaid) and the Lower Falls area.  
   
The Lower Falls Area A835, Little Garve, Highland, Scotland, IV23 2PU
The equipment used at this location:

Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF16-35L f/2.8 and EF70-200L f/2.8 IS and a 10 stop screw-in filter


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Here are a few online videos that I have found and enjoyed watching and which will give you a good sense of what Scotland is all about and what it has to offer. So if you are interested in finding out more about Scotland and have a little time to spare, just click on any of the links to the right, then sit back and enjoy!  
Scotland From Above - (Video)
 
Grand Tours of Scotland - (Video) ----Click on any of these links
Scotland's Islands - (Video)

Warning
These music links may have an emotional effect on you and so may require the use of a hankie!

Scottish Myths and Legends - (Video)
Highland Cathedral - (Music)
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - (Music)

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Loch Buie, Isle of Mull - (Part 1 of 2)  
A tiny atmospheric chapel with several very old an very interesting stained glass windows, that sits directly next to a beautiful boulder strew beach created during the last ice age
 
   
St Kilda's Chapel Lochbuie (the village) next to Loch Buie (the sea loch)  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lenses - Canon EF24-105mm f/4L and Canon EF16-35L f/2.8
 

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Loch Buie, Isle of Mull - (Part 2 of 2)  
A very old and very photogenic partially ruined Castle, sat right on the edge of a sweeping boulder strewn bay, with a backdrop of interestingly shaped low lying hills
 
   
Castle Moy Lochbuie (the village) next to Loch Buie (the sea loch)  
The equipment used at this location: Camera - Sony A7R2 with a Metabones 4 Adapter, Sony cable release and tripod mounted
Lens - Canon EF16-35L f/2.8
 


If you would like to find the exact GPS coordinates for your Satnav or phone, for each of the locations in any of the free guides listed below, then after clicking on the "Street View" link associated with each picture, you will then see in the address bar at the top left of your browser, a long line of link text that looks something like this:

https://www.google.com/maps/@58.5502251,-4.6817787,3a,30.3y,43.63h,85.05t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSrA1ZbjXhKz2qXtPKaDs4g!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

which includes the geographical coordinates for that location embedded within it, for both the Lat(itude) and the Lon(gitude). Which in the example above, are shown as:

@58.5502251,-4.6817787 and which directly equates to the GPS coordinates Lat 58.5502251 Lon -4.6817787

If you then take note of these Lat and Lon details and enter them into your satnav or phone app, your device will then direct you all the way from your current location anywhere within the UK, to the exact location of where I was, when I took each and every photograph shown throughout these FREE Guides.


If you have enjoyed reading these 'Extra' chapters to my Guide Book and think you might also enjoy reading 79 more chapters across 270 pages, that also includes more than 340 Fine Art quality images, along with detailed descriptions and large scale maps to guide you to the exact location of where I took each and every one of them and which then goes onto discuss the techniques and tools I used to process them, but where everything is written in plain easy to understand English? Then please consider buying the Book.