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About photoscot.co.uk - David Palmar Photography

What is the site about?

This site contains over 15,000 photos of wildlife and scenery from all over Scotland, based on about 20 years of photography by David, and several decades (1940s to 1980s) by his father, but with contributions from website helpers more recently. It shows the kind of wildlife which you can actually expect to see in Scotland, (without "twitching" or getting up at 3 in the morning too often), but by making a bit of an effort to find the wildlife. The site is searchable by keyword and by clicking on a dot on the map. The four galleries at the foot of the main page allow a search by clicking on a thumbnail image (still in progress).

David has been a volunteer conservation photographer for RSPB Scotland since 2013, especially at the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, RSPB Loch Lomond and most recently at the Garnock Connections project.

Based in the west end of Glasgow, and having taken photographs for many years, he started his (very part-time) photography business in 2004, when it occurred to him that he had skills and photographs which can help people while offsetting some of his costs.
Because he was a teacher, (formerly at Jordanhill School teaching Computing before he retired in 2010), he has not put contact details other than email address on the site, although if you order something, you will be informed of that as part of the process.

Unless he is on a photographic expedition or out of signal, you should normally get a reply to an email to info@photoscot.co.uk in a day or two, and frequently the same day.

Over the years he has sometimes used his skills, time and equipment to help in the conservation effort for various species e.g. hen harrier and black grouse, where necessary under licence, and these have been used by the conservationist who assisted him in finding suitable places to take them without disturbance to the birds.

He started this website in March 2006, feeling that his photographs and techniques should be for sharing, not just for sitting on a hard disc!

One of the latest developments is a project called "Behind the Naturalist's Lens" (see blue dots on the map), involving the scanning and uploading of hundreds of images taken by his father between 1947 and 1986.

Services

Amongst services on offer (see services and prices page) are:

Please contact David on info@photoscot.co.uk to discuss any requirements

Customers for stock photograph sales so far include Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Ministry of Defence Police, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and Argaty Red Kites.

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The Photoscotcreations Etsy shop has a stock of greetings cards which can be ordered online.

Conditions:

If you are purchasing photos:

UK Copyright law applies to all materials on this site.

Digital images may be published once per purchase, and acknowledgement is required. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements if you are unsure.

Carriage:

If you have ordered large items (e.g. more than 50 greetings cards, or you have asked for lots of heavy glass slides to be scanned, which require to be posted), carriage will be charged at cost. This will normally be discussed with you by email before proceeding with an order. For physical orders, sales are to the UK only.

For scanning:

For scanning of your own photos, since you own the copyright, you can ignore the copyright paragraph above.

If you are delivering and collecting your negatives or slides, reduce the amount you owe by £3, since a £3 handling charge will be applied automatically.

PayPal:

You do not need a PayPal account to checkout. You can use a credit or debit card.

The transaction below is between you and PayPal. Photoscot does not store customer payment information.

Technical Details of Images

All the pictures on the site are from SLR digital camera files, or are scanned from film, and of very good quality and suitable for printing at A4 or A3. The pictures all have a zoomed view (switchable on or off via "Show Zoom" or "Hide Zoom") of part of the picture, so that the level of detail is apparent. Some of the pictures are cropped, so there is a wider area than is shown round some of them. Many of the landscape format images would also be suitable for using in portrait format, and vice versa.

The photos on the site are jpgs made from Adobe RGB scanned tifs, or are converted from Canon or Nikon SLR raw files, from cameras ranging from the Canon D60 (6 megapixels) which we started with in 2003, to the 30 megapixel 5D Mark IV and mirrorless EOS-R cameras.
Most were taken with Canon L lenses such as the 24-105 f4 for scenery shots, 70-200 f2.8 for low light shots, 100-400 f4.5-5.6 for flight shots, and many distant shots with prime telephoto lenses - 400mm or 500mm Canon L lens, sometimes with a 1.4x extender, to avoid disturbance.
Only images sharp enough to be enlarged to create large files suitable for publication appear on the site.
The EOS R allows autofocus at F11, so it is now possible to put a 2x extender on a 100-400mm lens, and get autofocus at f11 at 800mm!
Provided the sun is out (even in Scotland in winter!) and with a reasonable ISO setting (e.g. 800 or even 1600) this gives a fast enough shutter speed to stop most movement.
The latest cameras also make it possible to use a 70-200mm f4 lens with a 2x extender, and have a very lightweight SLR kit suitable for bird photography, (even lighter with the EOS-R).
In duller light or for flight shots, the 1.4x instead of the 2x extender is better. A 1.4x extender allows you to follow bird movement more easily than the 2x, and autofocus is faster.

Most of the plant and insect shots are taken hand held with an image stabilised Canon 100mm macro lens and a ring flash, to fill in any shadows which would otherwise be produced by having the lens close to the subject.

The images scanned from film are grainier than the digital images, and more contrasty, but should still be acceptable for most purposes. Digital is now superior in quality to film, and David is glad he made the switch in 2003. He didn't use his EOS3 film camera for several months after that, then finally sold it after it had become virtually worthless!

His father's photographs have been scanned mostly from 6cm x 6cm Ektachrome transparencies, some from large black and white negatives, some from 35mm slides and some from 10" x 8" prints, where that was all he could find. All these files are of good quality. Many of the colour scans (from 6x6cm transparencies) are 45 to 50Mbytes.

6 megapixel jpgs of 3072 x 2048 or similar size, which should easily print to A4, are available immediately of all images on the site. Images can be provided as sRGB or Adobe RGB tifs, jpgs, or as unmounted or mounted prints as needed.

Work proceeds as time is available to add to the site's content. There are many photos still to be edited and added, so please ask if you can't see what you want.

The Photoscot Team:

Major help is gratefully acknowledged from the following:
  • Spotter: Janet Palmar (sees things he misses!)
  • Programmer: Douglas Lindsay
  • Site design: Catriona Lindsay, with more recent redesign ideas by Robyn Haggard
  • Assistant photo and website editors: Heather Forrest (work experience then helper 2015-16), Emma Martinelli (nee Wilcock) (2016), Joanna Lindsay (2017 and 2019), Eleanor Barr, Melissa Shaw, Hannah Riley and Claudia Caporusso (all 2018-19), Rita Basto (2019-20), Ash-Lynn Tavener (2019-20) and Shona Jessiman (2019-20)
  • Sabattical leave helper 2019: Jenny Tweedie (RSPB)
  • Remote help with quality control during Covid-19 lockdown: Ash-Lynn Tavener (Plants gallery), Rita Basto (Stories in numbered order), Gemma Woodford (Animals), Eleanor Barr (Invertebrates) and Mirran Trimble (birds).
  • Photo editors 2020-2021: Rebecca Dickson and Gemma Woodford.
  • "Behind the Naturalist's Lens" project assistant editors: Ruth Olden (2016), Fiona Torrance (2016-17), Ami Kirkbright (2017), Alan Hill (2018), Lizzy Cairns(2018) and Louise Smith (2018-19).
  • Social media and Photoscotcreations Etsy shop manager and assistant photographer: Lorna Beattie (2017-19)
  • Social media: Ash-Lynn Tavener (2020) and Gemma Woodford (2020-21).
  • Bird galleries editor: Claudia Caporusso (2018-19)
  • Plant galleries editor: - a huge work started by Melissa Shaw (2018-19) and completed by Shona Jessiman (2019-20).
  • Beast galleries editors: Claudia Caporusso, Hannah Riley, Ash-Lynn Tavener and Shona Jessiman.
  • Scenes galleries editor: Shona Jessiman.
  • Photos on the site are largely by David Palmar, with additional photos by Charles Eric Palmar, Lorna Beattie, Joanna Lindsay, Claudia Caporusso, Sarah Longrigg, Stephen Inglis, Shona Jessiman, Rita Basto, Pat Thomson, Rebecca Dickson and Gemma Woodford.

Assistance with the site:

The assistance is acknowledged of the following in providing training, information, identification or photoshoot opportunities, which have contributed to the content and accuracy of material on this website:
Ben Darvill (BTO), Paula Baker (RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond), Allison Leonard (RSPB Scotland Inner Forth Reserves) and many other RSPB staff, the late John Knowler (former butterfly recorder), David Hill and Anthony McCluskey (Butterfly Conservation), Richard Weddle (GNHS - Moth identification), Chris McInerny (GNHS - photo opportunities), Sergeant John Simpson (MOD Police) - photo opportunities, Alison Moss (GNHS) and Faith Anstey (BSBI) - plant identification, several staff and trainers working with IFLI (the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative) including Allison Leonard and David Anderson, Suzanne Burgess (Buglife) and Scott Shanks (RSPB) - invertebrate identification), Helen Dickinson (Bumblebee Conservation Trust), David Jardine (Argyll Bird Club and SOC), many members of the RSPB Glasgow Local Group, in particular Alan and Karen Hill, Agnes and Billy Gunn and Jim Coyle, many members of the SWT Glasgow Local Group, in particular Moira Wadsworth and the late Ruth Llewelyn, and Sarah Fenn of Aberdeen University for providing information on colour-ringed Choughs on Islay.

Behind the Naturalist's Lens:

For information relating to the "Behind the Naturalist's Lens" project which involved digitising many photographs taken by his father Charles Eric Palmar (see blue dots on the map):
former Glasgow Museums curator Richard Sutcliffe and former Glasgow Museums taxidermist John Murray and former employees Fred Woodward, Alistair Gunning and Stuart Coulter, the late John Mitchell,(former Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve officer), Eddie Idle (retired Nature Conservancy Council officer), Ivan Draper and David Clugston(SOC), Chris Rollie (RSPB), the late Adam Watson, Stuart Rae, Peter Maitland (Glasgow University), David Lampard, Rev Peter Youngson, David Merrie (Argyll Bird Club and SOC), and the late Charles Millican.
Last but not least, grateful thanks are due to the Glasgow Natural History Society BLB Fund for a grant supporting the assistant editors on the "Behind the Naturalist's Lens" project, and to Ruth Olden for writing the successful grant application.