the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

March 20, 2011

Lower, nearer, harder… Scotland

Filed under: photography, snow — Tags: , — danmilner @ 8:43 pm

Right let’s get one thing straight. The Scots are hard. Hard as nails.

a little bit of everything served in big helpings: Scotland the brave.

Well that’s my opinion having just returned from 9 days in the Scottish Highlands shooting a story for USA’s Transworld Snowboarding magazine. You’d think I’d be braced for pretty much anything the weather can throw at me by now with 15 years of pro shooting in remote corners of the world tucked under my belt, but hey ho, Scotland was playing its joker when it came to photographer-bashing last week.

Blizzards? Tick. 100 mph winds? Tick. -20C windchill? Tick. Headbutted by a stag? tick.

A 9 day romp around one of the most beautiful parts of the world (I kid you not) in the company of Olympic bronze medalist Markku Koski, X-games winner Hampus Mosseson and British champ Aimee Fuller tested collective patience and motivation to the max, but with a little perseverance and the thankful help of the great people who run Cairngorm, The Lecht and Glencoe resorts the story was in the bag…eventually. It has to be said it was helped on its way by several curries, many pints of Cairngorm ale and a couple of visits to the chippy.

While a flutter of good light bathed Glencoe in its marvelous glory (this is one of the most stunning valleys in the world, period) a change of flights to extend my stay meant scoring a single day of sunshine, ironically just after my crew had departed for European X-games  glory, leaving Cairngorm’s 20m kicker in the capable hands of local rippers instead. They did it justice.

I used to think being stuck in a tent through a ten day blizzard was hard core. Until I came to snowboard in Scotland.

Oh yeah, the stag reference? Have a look at this. The lens made it through.. probably the toughest test for an optic coating ever…. amazing.



  1. “3 years of vegetarian came to a FINNISH!!” hahahaha…. made me ROFL.. 😀

    Comment by tigerclaws — June 24, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  2. “3 years of vegetarian came to a FINISH!!” hahahaha…. made me ROFL.. 😀

    Comment by tigerclaws — June 24, 2011 @ 10:12 am

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