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About - David Palmar Photography

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Based in the west end of Glasgow, and having taken photographs for many years, I started my photography business in 2004, when it occurred to me that I have skills and photographs which can help people while offsetting some of my costs.
Because I have been a teacher, (formerly at Jordanhill School teaching Computing before I retired in 2010), I have not put my 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 we are on a photographic expedition, you should normally get a reply to an email to in a day or two, and frequently the same day.

I use my 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 me in finding suitable places to take them without disturbance to the birds.
I have 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.

I started this website in March 2006, feeling that my own photographs and techniques should be for sharing, not just for sitting on my 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 many images taken by my father in the second half of the 20th Century up till about 1986.

Amongst services I can offer (see services and prices page) are:

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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Purchasing does not imply unlimited reproduction rights. Digital images may be published once per purchase, and acknowledgement is required. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements if you are unsure.

Technical Details of Images

All my 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, I use the 1.4x instead of the 2x extender.

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 I'm glad I made the switch in 2003. I didn't use my EOS3 film camera for several months after that, then finally sold it after it had become virtually worthless!

My 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 I could find. All these files are of good quality. Most colour scans 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 I miss!)
  • Programmer: Douglas Lindsay
  • Site design: Catriona Lindsay
  • Assistant photo and website editors: Heather Forrest (2015-16), Emma Martinelli (Wilcock) (2016), Joanna Lindsay (2017 and 2019), Eleanor Barr, Melissa Shaw and Hannah Riley (all 2018-19)
  • "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)
  • Bird galleries assistant editor: Claudia Caporusso
  • Plant galleries assistant editor: Melissa Shaw - a huge work still in progress behind the scenes!
  • Beasts galleries assistant editor: Hannah Riley
  • Photos on the site are largely by David Palmar, with additional photos by Charles Eric Palmar, Lorna Beattie, Joanna Lindsay, Claudia Caporusso and Heather Forrest

The assistance is acknowledged of the following in providing training, information, identification or photoshoot opportunities, which has 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), Suzanne Burgess (Buglife - 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 Ruth Llewelyn, and Sarah Fenn of Aberdeen University for providing information on colour-ringed Choughs on Islay.

For information relating to the "Behind the Naturalist's Lens" project which involved digitising many photographs taken by my father Charles Eric Palmar (see blue dots on the map):
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 (former Nature Conservancy Council officer), Ivan Draper and David Clugston(SOC), Chris Rollie (RSPB), the late Adam Watson, Stuart Rae, Charles Millican, Peter Maitland (Glasgow University), David Lampard, Rev Peter Youngson, David Merrie (Argyll Bird Club and SOC)
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.