Liz Bassindale

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Liz was introduced to photography as a teenager by her father, she then picked up a camera again about 10 years ago. Whilst she will have a go at any type of photography she primarily enjoys wildlife and sport. In recent years she has enjoyed using her skills to support her work; capturing images for publications and to accompany grant funding applications. She isn’t keen on spending long on editing photos and tries to achieve the result in camera so that it requires only minimal work on Lightroom.

Granite, sea and sand, the colours of Harris

Not my usual style of photography (I’ll openly admit to not naturally being a creative person) but the strong winds and lack of a tripod meant that I decided to try something different. I followed the movement of the waves and played around with settings to create this image which depicts the distinctive colours of the south west coast of the Isle of Harris.

Hoverfly on Corn Marigold

This spring we dug up a section of our lawn to establish a wildflower area. We selected native annual species with the aim of creating an attractive display and supporting pollinators. Hoverflies visited all summer and made a perfect subject for some quick lunchbreak photography sessions when working from home during lockdown.

Machair grassland on Berneray

This gently sloping valley with the typical Machair grassland species, the monument as a point of interest and the sea as a backdrop caught my eye as we walked back from a visit to a rocky bay on Berneray on holiday this summer. I took the image several times with varying camera settings and felt that this was my preferred result.

Mini splash

A cold and wet visit to Croft racetrack meant challenging conditions for photography, at times the rain came down so hard that the camera had to be put away and hot chocolate purchased! This photo was taken after a heavy shower had passed over when the sun briefly broke through and lit up the spray from the cars. The broken wing mirror shows that it wasn’t only photographers having a tough time in the rain.

Poppy

Vibrant red poppies flowered throughout the summer in our wildflower garden. They attracted pollinators and provided a subject for some ‘at home’ photography during lockdown.

Uist tractor

This tractor was a short walk along the lane from our campsite on North Uist in the RSPB reserve at Balranald. Our daughter enjoyed looking inside it whilst I had a go at photographing the rusted metalwork and lichen growth which contrasted with the surrounding flower-rich grasslands.

RAF Catalina JX273

The wreckage of RAF Catalina IVB JX273 has been left on a hillside on the island of Vatersay, where it crashed during the night on 12th May 1944, in remembrance of the three crew members who lost their lives and the six who survived. I took several photos of larger sections of the plane with the hills and lochs behind, trying to demonstrate the remoteness of the crash site, but this fading poppy wreath amongst one of the twisted metal sections of the plane felt particularly poignant.

Wet downhill race practice

A round of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup takes place on Aonach Mor near Fort William in early June every year. We’ve visited annually for over ten years and it always provides very enjoyable photographic opportunities with riders experiencing everything from hot sunshine to horizontal rain. This training session was a very wet one with bikes throwing up spray and spectators sheltering under colourful umbrellas.