Pics 1-3 are by John Patton:
“Pic 1 Grianan of Aileach: Grianan was a good walk or a demanding cycle in my young days , although the return trip on a bike was a rare and sometimes dangerous thrill, given the condition of some of our carriers and the heady recklessness of youth. this shot was taken on a fine summer’s day nine years ago with a wide angle 12mm lens. I was trying to capture the character and solidity of this ancient fort and its breathtaking environment.
Pic 2 Gannets: The Bass Rock off the East Lothian coast is home in summer to 140 000 gannets. They are magnificent seabirds with long tapered bodies, long neck and pointed beak which allows them to dive and fish from great heights and at speeds approaching 60mph. This picture was staged by throwing fish from the boat into the water. I used a wide angle lens which gives a greater chance of sharpness across the picture. The disadvantage obviously that it is difficult to separate one particular bird. However, I was very happy with this diagonal and the clear impression of speed and power.
Pic 3 Puffin: Lunga is one of the Tresnish Isles of the Inner Hebrides and is just off the coast of Mull. It is home to a colony of puffins, as well as guillemots, shags, kittewakes and various gulls. Puffins are comical little creatures which are extremely easy to photograph as they do not feel threatened. Lungs is a reserve and special permission is required for any planned visit. It is reported that numbers have decreased in recent years, possibly as a result of climate change, although Sammy Wilson may well have another explanation.”