SCOTLANDLoch Lomond, Scotland

- Find Your Excuse To Go Outside -

My   Name   Is   Mike   and   I’m…  Coffee   Addict

I don’t like to talk about pictures. They should speak for themselves and that’s it. However, I think it is always good to introduce little behind-the-scenes details. It always gives an idea what’s the story behind the photo. And the point is not to complain about how tough photographer’s life is (cause it’s really not that bad) but to bring closer its work. Well, at least mine. So that’s the short explanation how I ended up taking pictures at Loch Lomond shores. Of course, apart from the fact that the entire Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is one of the most picturesque places in Scotland.

Probably the hardest part of landscape photography is to wake up early and go to take pictures. Especially in Scotland when you know it’s going to be windy and rainy almost every time. And there is nothing you can really do about it. You just have to live with that. However, the probability that the weather will be sunny is still higher than a chance you will eat something seasoned and tasty in a Scottish restaurant. And the fact is that I saw the Sun in Scotland about twice says a lot. Once on a postcard from L.A. and the second time here at Loch Lomond. So it really helps when you find a motivation and a good excuse that help you to go outside when the whole world (only in your mind) is against you.

Mine is coffee. An indecent amount of strong coffee. However, the overdose amount of caffeine in my blood is not the only thing that I need every day. I have to drink it somewhere in a place with a stunning view. Where I can get the resolution “a little bit” higher than 4K. Even if I have to drive for 6 hours to get there before the sunrise. Believe me or not but coffees taste changes drastically. Especially during freezing mornings when it lets you to truly appreciate every sip of that warm drink. That’s what gives me a real joy and lets me call it a day. Sounds mad and probably like I’m a member of Zen master club but for me, that’s a great excuse to go outside and to take some pictures.

Anyway, it doesn’t have to be a coffee. Just find your own way to go outside. Maybe you like to do drugs or to make origami while watching a sunrise. Or maybe you like to listen to folk Scottish music in a scenario such as this. Whatever floats your goats. It’s up to you but it’s a good starting point to explore and take some pictures. Anything that keeps you going really.

P.S. If you choose the third option I think you need immediate help.


– Loch Lomond Hills –

– Ben Lomond –

– Robin –

– Sunrise at Milarrochy Bay –

– Last Light That Day –

– Silhouette of Ben Lomond (on the right) –

– Tree, Yes That’s Tree –

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