Alison Wins

a manfrottoi90xprob tripod with an 056 3-way head, worth £137

This classic 3-section tripod features quick-release leg locks, adjustable leg angles and a unique centre column that can quickly be swung round to a horizontal position for low-angle work. It comes supplied with a 3-way head. Send us your best pictures and you, too, could win a Manfrotto tripod. See page 130 for details

ABOVE: Oh So Cute

Taken at Donna Nook in Lincolnshire on a freezing cold November day. The winter sunshine created a mirror reflection of the newly born seal pup. I was fortunate to capture the pup in such perfect conditions. MSOOsec @ VS. 6, ISO 200

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FROM: Aberdeen, Scotland www.caitlinphotography.net

The stunning scenery and wilderness of rural Scotland is the subject of Colin's gaze these days, though this hasn't always been the case...

My love of photography began over 30 years ago with an old Praktica camera that I carried around with me in its shiny hard case. Of course, it was film back then and the cost of processing for a 15-year-old was prohibitive, and so the amount of actual photographs I could take was always limited by this fact. Growing up on a farm on the shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, the landscapes and changing seasons were something I took for granted at the time, but now feature strongly in my work.

It would be about 15 years later that my interest in photography was re-awakened, although it wasnt until I'd bought my first digital camera - a Fuji Finepix 7000-that I really got back into it. I learned a lot from my first digital camera and since then I have also used the Canon 350D and, more recently, a Canon 40D. I wasn't convinced about the live view option on the 40D at first, but have since realised that it's great when you're shooting at awkward angles.

Lens-wise I tend to carry a 50mm prime and 100mm macro lens with me when out, the latter of which is great for capturing those small details in a landscape on an overcast day. The 17-85mm kit lens is fine for when I'm travelling to and from a shoot, however my Sigma 10-20mm lens is the one I use most, combined with a set of Cokin ND and ND grad filters. I also use a Manfrotto 550 tripod, which is great for getting down low to the ground to find a point of foreground interest when composing landscape shots.

Scotland is an ideal location for landscape photography. The light, the weather, the colour and the geography present many challenges, but also fantastic opportunities for dramatic images. My favourite locations are the beautiful glens of Affric and Strathfarrar, but most of my shots are concentrated around the small village of Kiltarlity just a few miles north of Inverness, where the passing seasons offer such diverse scenery.

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E^l Launched in 2007 and still available to buy new, the 10MP 40D was the first double-digit Canon DSLR to sport Live View and dust reduction technology.

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E^l Launched in 2007 and still available to buy new, the 10MP 40D was the first double-digit Canon DSLR to sport Live View and dust reduction technology.

OPPOSITE PAGE: Winter Road, Scotland

Out for a walk on a New Year's Eve - the morning wore on and the weak winter sun began to break the mist. This road and fence offered some great lead-in lines and a soft reflective glow coming of the wet surface. 1/125sec @ f/16, ISO 200

ABOVE LEFT: Winter Glow 2, Scotland

I was hoping for the slightest of shadows from the tree to add to the image but it wasn't to be However, the strength of the tree's silhouette and the brightening sun gives this shot an 'other worldly' feel. A colour temperature which is overly-cool really helps this effect. WOsec @ f/2.9, ISO 200

ABOVE RIGHT: Standing Stones, Scotland

I know that the standing stones are pretty hard to see (just below the middle trees if you look carefully) but this shot was taken not far from where I grew up at Dores on Loch Ness side. A mainly dull overcast day but there had been heavy rain for days and I was keen to have a walk around my old playgrounds. The reflections captured my interest first of all and there was enough variation in the sky to make it interesting. 1/50sec @ f/16, ISO 200

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