Scottish Highlands

Owen Perry is a Canadian photographer living in Whistler, British Colombia. As a mountain biker, skier, and surfer, he's been able to visit some amazing places and capture some beautiful scenery with a camera. His online portfolio is sure to make you envious of the outdoor locations available in Canada. His feature includes photos of the Scottish Highlands around Glencoe, Isle of Skye, and the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Owen was chosen by featured photographer Sacha LeClair.

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Tell us about the location in the photos.

All photos were taken during a trip through the Scottish Highlands this past September. Locations include Glencoe, Isle of Skye, and the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The trip exceed my expectations. Beyond the beautiful landscapes, there’s a rich sense of Scotland’s history and culture you feel while travelling in the Highlands. As you walk amongst the mountains of a place like Glencoe, you can’t help but imagine the people and history that took place on that same ground hundreds or even thousands of years prior. It felt foreign, and yet strangely familiar… But that could have been the buzz off the single malt whiskey.

What would I like people to know about the place if they go there? Glencoe is a must – take your time and explore the well-maintained paths. If you can make it out to the Isle of Skye, I’d suggest that too. If you can rent a car and are brave enough to drive it all, even better.

How did you get started in photography?

Back in 2008 I bought a small compact camera to capture images during an internship in Namibia, Africa. The trip was my first foray into taking images, but I didn’t understand nor appreciate how photography actually worked. It wasn’t until 2011 and the purchase of a semi-serious DSLR that I began to understand the fundamentals of exposure. I suppose at that time I also began to look at light differently; things like the colour, direction and intensity of light started to make sense to me.

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

I’m drawn to the nostalgic qualities of vintage National Geographic photographs and early nature documentaries by the NFB and CBC. The analogue colours and imperfections of film, as well as the exploratory ‘Canadian frontier’ narratives seem to captivate my imagination and oftentimes reminds me of fuzzy childhood memories.

The Group of Seven, and more recently the work of Canadian photographers Edward Burtynsky and Roloff Beny, are also strong influences. As are contemporary photographers like Kalle Gustafsson, Reuben Wu, Neil Krug, Tim Navis, and the graphic design work of Scott Hansen / ISO50.

What photography gear do you use?

I use my iPhone for a lot of day-to-day life stuff, but my main camera is a Nikon D600. I usually carry it with a Zeiss 50mm f1.4 or Nikkor 70-200 f4. If weight isn’t a factor, I’ll also bring along either a Zeiss 15mm f2.8, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, or Ziess 85mm f1.4.

I also own and love a Gitzo GT-2531 legs + Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head + Really Right Stuff L-Plate.

Are there any products you swear by?

It’s not photography-specific, but investing in quality footware is key if you plan to do a lot of landscape and nature photography. I recently picked up a pair of Zamberlan backpacking boots and I couldn’t be happier with them. I’ve never owned a pair of boots that actually encouraged me to go on hikes until buying these guys. Keep your feet happy, son!

What is your dream adventure photography location?

The North or South Poles. There’s something epic about the inhabitability and harshness of a landscape set amongst a midnight sun. That, and the Northern Lights…



Name Owen Perry
Location Whistler, British Columbia
Featured In Issue Three - October 2013
Gear & Equipment Cameras: Nikon D600, iPhone Lenses: Zeiss 50mm f1.4, Nikkor 70-200 f4, Zeiss 15mm f2.8, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, Ziess 85mm f1.4
Websites Website, Instagram, Facebook
Chosen By Sacha LeClair

1 Comment

  1. Ben

    Wow! beautiful!

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