Shetland: My Photos Have Been Included in a Beautiful Book!
Sunday Musings: Shetland, by Ann Cleeves
One of the fun things about blogging is the surprises it can bring your way.
When I was happily snapping my way around Shetland in the summer I had absolutely no idea that come Autumn I would be seeing some of those photographs on the pages of a beautiful book by renowned author Ann Cleeves!
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Walking into a bookstore and seeing the book piled up on the new release table sent my heart skipping, knowing that I would find some of my images within: it was so exciting!
The book –’Shetland’ – follows a Shetland year, season by season and it’s jam-packed with photographs to beautifully illustrate these spectacular islands: twenty-three of which I took!
Come, have a look through it with me!
I would like to thank Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary who told us about this stunning location after we met up with her earlier in the day, we would never have found otherwise.
As I took a walk up from our parked up spot (Thundertruck is just out of the frame of this pic) in the sublime evening light I turned and took this picture, I can remember taking it, it was such a special evening.
While I have worked as a pro photographer doing stuff like charity calendars (hello naked Hotties Helping Heroes!) and a few weddings/events, this is the first time I’ve had my work published in a book, and I can tell you it is super exciting – have I said that before?
I’m so proud of it!
Look how gorgeous it is!
There’s something rather wonderful about having your travel memories in a proper published book too!
So, how did this all come about?
Well, it came from blogging!
After posting my first week’s diary post from Shetland, I was contacted – through my blog comments below the post – with a request to have a couple of my images from the post licensed for use in a book.
Yes, it was my obsession with experiencing Shetland’s famous Sunday Teas that got me the gig!
I’m not sure exactly what brought Dan (of Perfect Bound) to my blog but we entered into an email dialogue and eventually twenty-three images – including a few of the Sunday Teas – were chosen and a price was agreed.
This required me to go back over them: the quick edit for my blog needed a more thorough approach for sending as high-res images to be printed!
I’m obviously very proud of all of the photos, but I’m particularly pleased that a couple of my wildlife shots have been included, especially my favourite puffin picture!
As I spend a lot of time with wildlife photographers I often feel a little left out as it’s not really my forte: with my little Fuji mirrorless camera and short lenses I feel very inadequate at it alongside my fella and friends who have mahoosive wildlife lenses!
Shetland nature is so abundant and at such close range even I could have a go at being a wildlife photographer, and get those photos published in a book!
This was also reassuring: I switched from a full frame professional DSLR Camera (Canon 5d II) to my now much loved Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera – because I’d become to hate the weight of the big camera – at the beginning of the year and I’m over the moon with the quality of the photos, proof of how versatile this little camera is!
The main reason we had gone to Shetland in the first place was because I wanted to experience midsummer at the most northern point I could reach.
Our loosely planned road trip to Scandinavia was postponed for a year and Shetland became the most northern destination within reach.
Waking up at sunrise on Midsummer morning, peeking out of the truck camper window to see the dramatic clouds rolling in off the North Sea from our wild pitch near the top of the island of Unst was a magical highlight of the trip: I wrapped up, grabbed my camera and took a few photos of the sunrise from just outside the van.
I’m so happy to have this moment recorded in this book, it was certainly worth getting up at 3.30 am!
I had the pleasure of meeting the Ann, the author, this week as she was doing a book signing in Waterstone’s Dundee.
Ann signed my copy, I’d love to say we had a lovely in-depth conversation about Shetland but I get a trifle tongue-tied in situations like this – I wish my conversational skills matched my writing skills!
It’s a good job I can let my pictures do all the talking!
I’m so thrilled that my little blog led to having my photographs included in this book, it really is the icing on the cake from that incredible four-week summer trip to Shetland.
Pin it for later:
Try these posts:
12 Ways Shetland Will Amaze You Glorious photos and animated puffin gifs aplenty!
Midsummer in Shetland, Diary for week 2 Wild on Unst!
Hufsie Cake A Shetland specialty, a delicious fruit loaf cake.
Sunday Musings: Snow Vanlife! Living in a camper van over Scottish winters.
Sunday Musings: Speaking French Realising my high school French lessons had not been in vain, in Grenoble.
or check out this guest post I contributed on Heart My Backpack blog about why you should visit Shetland!
You can find out more about the book, and Ann Cleeves the author here: anncleeves.com
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