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30 October 2014 My photography workshops are now finished for 2014 but I am compiling an even bigger and better programme for 2015 and will upload the details onto the website over the coming weeks. In the meantime, do feel free to contact me if you would like to be added to my list to be notified of next year's dates or arrange individual tuition.

25 October 2014 Not long now until the Annual Clickimin Craft Fair and, in the run up, a few smaller Christmas craft markets, listed opposite. Keep checking back here or on my Facebook Page for updates.

1 September 2014 I shall again be running occasional aurora photography workshops between now and April, subject to opportunities arising. Check here for a few more details and stay up to date on my Aurora Shetland Facebook Page or contact me to sign up.

12 September 2014 The last Photography Workshop on 24-25 October is now under review. However, a few opportunities still remain for bespoke workshops through the Autumn. Please contact me if you wish to book or discuss a project.

12 September 2014 Getting ready now for Autumn, the Annual Craft Fair and, with any luck, some good shows of aurora borealis over the coming months, summer 2014 is almost over!

6 April 2014 SMUHA and Delting Up Helly-Aa photos now being processed and will be online soon

5 April 2014 The April Photography Workshop concluded today and was a great success with some superb photos taken. With mist in the morning and some late sun in the afternoon conditions were just great for a range of different photography. If you want to join me on a workshop later in the year find out more informnation here 2014 Photography Workshops

28 February 2014 Bressay Up Helly-Aa - pictures here

21 February 2014 Northmavine Up Helly-Aa - pictures here

14 February 2014 Uyeasound Up Helly-Aa - pictures here

7 February 2014 Nesting and Girlsta Up Helly-Aa - pictures here

28 January 2014 Up Helly-Aa (morning procession) Gallery uploaded here

19 January 2014  2014 Photography Workshop dates announced!

12 January 2014 The Fire Festivals are here! Check out my first gallery for 2014 - Scalloway Fire Festival

12 January 2014 I'm finalising the programme for my Photography Workshops now and will have the details online here shortly.

12 January 2014 Despite this being solar maximum the aurora hasn't been very cooperative this winter so far but I still live in hope that I shall again be able to run at least one aurora photography workshops between now and April, subject to opportunities arising. Check here for a few more details and stay up to date on my Aurora Shetland Facebook Page or contact me to sign up.

29 October 2013 My Christmas cards are now available for sale in packs of 5 for 5 at the venues listed opposite under the Diary. There are two different sets to choose from, with a total of 10 different designs. I shall upload the necessary page and scripts to enable online purchase as soon as I can.

29 October 2013 My photography workshops are now finished for 2013 but I am compiling an even bigger and better programme for 2014 and will upload the details onto the website over the coming weeks. In the meantime, do fdeel free to contact me if you would like to be added to my list to be notified of next year's dates or arrange individual tuition.

21 September 2013 The winning images in the Scottish Nature Photography Festival photo competition are here.

14 September 2013 Two of my images were shortlisted in the Scottish Nature Photography Festival photo competition. They are shown above: Mushrooms at Lerwick and Comet PanSTARRS with the Andromeda Galaxy, a satellite and stars over Trondra. I'll update with the winners shortly.

12 September 2013 The final photography workshop scheduled for this year is now FULL but please contact me for for individual workshop availability or individual tuition.

29 August 2013 I shall again be running occasional aurora photography workshops between now and April, subject to opportunities arising. Check here for a few more details and stay up to date on my Aurora Shetland Facebook Page or contact me to sign up.

29 August 2013 I have just 1 remaining place on the last photography workshop scheduled for this year but please contact me for for individual workshop availability or individual tuition.

11 August 2013 NEW! Northern Lights Mugs now available to buy online or in person at craft fairs and shows - see right for dates of forthcoming sales events I'll be attending.

22 July 2013 It's happened! The biggest event of the year - the much-anticipated Glusstonberry Festival on 20-21 July! Were you there? We were and we had a great time, thanks to everybody that made it all possible and a special big thanks to everybody who helped with my stall, especially the marvellous quad drivers! Visit the Glusstonberry Festival Gallery or see the full size Glusstonberry audience photo here - Warning 5MB file!

7 July 2013 Just 2 weeks until the much-anticipated Glusstonberry Festival on 20-21 July! I shall be there with my Austin Taylor Photography trade stand with a full range of mounted photographs for sale and will be happy to discuss your photography requirements, including workshops and commissions with you

7 July 2013 Please note my updated calendar of events for the next few months, including the revised days for the August photography workshop, now Saturday evening and Sunday.

25 June 2013 I am delighted to announce that I will have a trade stand at the much-anticipated Glusstonberry Festival in July! I have updated the calendar of events for the next few months and please note the new date for the July photography workshop. As usual, summer is shaping up to be really busy with events, commissions and projects! Keep up to date with what I'm up to and latest photos over on my Facebook Page.

10 June 2013 I am happy to announce that I will have a trade stand at each of the Shetland Showcase events in Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick, every Monday night from tonight until 12 August inclusive.

24 April 2013 NEW! I have refreshed the viewpoints gallery with some of my most popular panoramas, including some new ones. Take a look!

1 April 2013 Photography Workshops Have you just bought a new camera? Perhaps you're keen to learn more about the camera you've had for some time but were always too busy to find out what it can do? Let me show you how to get more out of your photography and have some fun at the same time! Book one of my Photography Workshops! Update - my first workshop of this year was a great success and summer dates still have availability though the May workshop is FULL!

1 March 2013 Aurora Shetland Facebook and Twitter pages now properly up and running! Launched last year in anticipation of solar maximum, these pages are for sharing news and photos about aurora, mainly in Shetland and further afield, feel free to join in with your own sightings, news and photos! I use both pages for updates on Aurora Photography Workshops when conditions begin to look favourable.
time! Book one of my Photography Workshops!

25 February 2013 Photography Workshops - dates for 2013 announced! Have you just bought a new camera? Perhaps you're keen to learn more about the camera you've had for some time but were always too busy to find out what it can do? Let me show you how to get more out of your photography and have some fun at the same time! Book one of my Photography Workshops!

9 February 2013 I have now uploaded all the galleries of images of the Arden Grange & Siberian Husky Club of GB 30th Anniversary Aviemore Sled Dog Rally 2013 including some general images from around the site at Glenmore Forest Park outside Aviemore. You can find the galleries here.

3 February 2013 A few 2013 Calendars remain and are now offered at half-price online or at sales events. See here or the "Diary", opposite.

2 February 2013 Photos of The World Famous Arden Grange & Siberian Husky Club of GB 30th Anniversary Aviemore Sled Dog Rally 2013 on 26 January 2013 will be available soon. Saturday was a fantastic day of racing on snow, only the 3rd time in 30 years!

16 December 2012 Christmas cards and Calendars now back in stock in limited numbers. See here or at the pop-up shop at Toll Clock Centre in Lerwick, see "Diary", opposite.

4 December 2012 My remaining Christmas cards continue to sell well and they are now (to coin a phrase) "limited stock". Hurry if you want some, either online here or at the pop-up shop at Toll Clock Centre in Lerwick, see "Diary", opposite.

4 December 2012 2013 Calendar now very limited stock. Buy online, for UK and Worldwide delivery here or at the pop-up shop at Toll Clock Centre in Lerwick, see "Diary", opposite.

29 November 2012 Are you interested in joining an Aurora Photography Workshop? Would you like to find out more and be added to my list of participants to come out with me and get some inside knowledge and techy tips on how to take better photos of the Northern Lights? Then contact me and I'll tell you all you need to know to sign up!

24 November 2012 Well done to Living Lerwick and everyone involved in the Christmas Parade and lights switch on! What a fantastic event, with thousands of folk having a great time, especially the bairns.

20 November 2012 Portfolio of my images of Merryn Somerset-Webb (Editor in Chief, Moneyweek) with her family in Shetland in December's Scottish Field, out now!

12 November 2012 Set 2 of my Christmas cards (the bottom row above) now sold out! If you would like to buy set 1 then I have some stocks remaining and you can buy them online here or at the markets listed opposite, under "Diary"

29 October 2012 Annual Shetland Craft Fair at Clickimin is happening soon and the list of exhibitors has now been announced! See the Facebook Page and poster for details

15 October 2012 2013 Calendar now available to buy for UK and Worldwide delivery here

4 October 2012 Video of the Mirrie Dancers illuminations at Mareel now on Vimeo

1 October 2012 Christmas Cards for 2012 Now Available! Cards available in packs of 5 for just 5 or delivered from 6 - that's 15% less than last year! Cards are available for UK and Worldwide delivery here

28 September 2012 Some of my images will form part of the "Postcards from the Line" show at The Line Gallery, Linlithgow, which opens today. Images on display here, more about the exhibition and gallery here:
http://thelineonlinediary.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.thelineonline.co.uk/


14 September 2012 My image of a sea cave at Papa Stour adorns the front cover of Shetland Life

4 September 2012 First big storm of the autumn - images here

29 July 2012 Spectacular Noctilucent Clouds over Lerwick, image here

13 July 2012 Fire spinning at Sands of Sound, images available here

27 June 2012 My first proper sighting of noctilucent clouds this year - photos here

25 June 2012
Thank you to everybody who came to visit me at the Big Crafty Summer Fair at the Museum over the weekend! It was great to see so many friends and visitors and thank you to everyone who bought my phoytographs or placed orders; these aill all be completed in the next few days.

10 June 2012 The Olympic Flame arrived in Shetland today to a rapturous welcome from islanders. About 15 nominated individuals took part in the relay over a 5km route around Lerwick this afternoon that included the flame being rowed across Clickimin Loch on the sixareen the Vaila Mae. I have uploaded a gallery of as many of the torch bearers as I was able to keep up with as well as a few other highlights, including the problem of trying to transfer the flame back into the little lamp that it was transported to an from Shetland in.

14 May 2012 My photography workshop just completed this past weekend was a great success due mostly to the weather, the enthusiasm of the participants and the support of my dear friends Paula and Magnus. I will be arranging another workshop in the coming weeks so please contact me if you are interested in attending.

18 April 2012 New! Photography Training with Austin Taylor - photo weekend now available to book, see here for details: Photography Workshops

16 April 2012 Less than half price Sale of selected Panorama prints continues - Hurry! Only 1 of each available. Following a recent stock take I wish to clear some of my older panorama prints at very keen prices - all are in perfect condition and will be delivered to you securely packaged in a sturdy cardboard tube. All images are on 30" wide heavy gloss paper; some images have a white border and the gallery image will show if that is the case. If you have any questions before placing your order please contact me.

7 April 2012
The puffins have returned to Shetland! A couple of hundred were seen today.

20 March 2012
I am delighted to announce that my lunar eclipse photo from December 2011 has been selected as image of the month in the April edition of BBC Sky at Night magazine. The image is here: http://atpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/07-dsc_0569.jpg

Blog post: http://atpblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/partial-lunar-eclipse/
BBC Sky at Night magazine: http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com

10 March 2012 There have been 3 Risso's dollphins in Catfirth for over a week now and I've been up to see them 3 times. Here is one of my favourite images and some video that shows one of them quite clearly underwater.

1 March 2012 We had some beautiful aurora again tonight in Shetland so here are a few photos. Also known as northern lights, a popular name for them in Shetland is Mirrie Dancers. I hope you like them; if you want to read my blog on the evening go here:
Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars, the Moon and Mirrie Dancers too!

12 February 2012 I am delighted to report that, once again, Austin Taylor Photography has passed Quality Assessment - this assessment is a pre-requisite of Full membership of the Shetland Arts and Crafts Association. For success I must demonstrate an original approach to the styling of the artefact, a thorough understanding and mastery of the materials used, consideration to the presentation of the product to enhance and protect it, and maintain consistency of quality throughout. Full details are on the Shetland Arts and Crafts Association website

12 February 2012 I have now uploaded all the galleries of images of the Arden Grange & Siberian Husky Club of GB Aviemore Sled Dog Rally including the general images from around the site at Glenmore Forest Park outside Aviemore. You can find the galleries here.

4 February 2012 I have now uploaded all the galleries of images of the racing teams in the Arden Grange & Siberian Husky Club of GB Aviemore Sled Dog Rally heats on Saturday at Glenmore Forest Park outside Aviemore. The rest will follow over the next few days. You can find the galleries here. I am now working on the final gallery, which is of general images around the site and the event, mostly taken on the Sunday, and will upload this soon. Updates on Twitter and Facebook

27 January 2012 Back from Aviemore, I am now reviewing all the many photos I took at the Arden Grange & Siberian Husky Club of GB Aviemore Sled Dog Rally heats on Saturday and around the event on Sunday. Just a few of teasers above!

15 January 2012 There has been a massive arrival of Iceland gulls in Shetland, at least 152 according to the count carried out by Shetland Bird Club. For the full story go to the Nature in Shetland blog.

13 January 2012 Scalloway Fire Festival - I have put a few images on my blog and there are a few more by me and Chris Brown on the Shetland News site.

8 January 2012 What a Happy New Year! A fantastic sighting of Killer whales on the first Sunday after the New Year festivities! And what a sighting!  A very big thank you to Karen Hall and Helen Moncrieff for the the early updates - very soon excitement gripped the south Mainland, with, perhaps, hundreds of folk enjoying the spectacle at sites from West Voe, Grutness, Boddam, Tros Wick, Levenwick, Hoswick, Sannick and elsewhere. These photos are from Levenwick, where I managed to get my best views.


24 December 2011 Merry Christmas! And a very big thank you to all my clients, customers, partners and friends for making this such a great year. All of us here wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and rewarding New Year ahead. Please help yourself to my Christmas Wallpaper for your desktop!

12 December 2011
2012 Calendar now sold out! I can still arrange to obtain copies to special order, please contact us for pricing, estimated delivery times and any other details. A few
Economy calendars remain available, again contact us for details.

Final Postings for Christmas!

Website orders can now only be delivered for
items in stock - please contact us prior to placing your order.

We still have limited quantities of our Christmas cards, which come in a set of 5. Orders for all items in stock that are received before 16 December will be despatched in time for delivery before Christmas (UK only).


14 November 2011 Post Craft Fair Special Offers! I have a few large and extra large framed photographs to clear still at the very special prices on offer at the Craft Fair; Items include "Clickimin Broch" and "Silver Sea, Gulberwick" (see below for images). Please contact me if you are interested.

13 November 2011 Well, that's the Shetland Arts and Crafts Association annual Craft Fair over for another year and what a fantastic event it's been again. A big "Thank you!" to all my customers old and new, also to my dedicated helpers during the set up, break down and transport of display and stock. Thanks also to the Committee and everyone else involved in arranging and setting up the show - fantastic effort!
 
11 November 2011
The Shetland Arts and Crafts Association annual Craft Fair in the Clickimin runs from today until Sunday (11-13 November). I will have a stand with many new images, my new luxury A3 Calendar for 2012, a brand new selection of Shetland Christmas cards and the most impressive selection of large framed photographs I have displayed to date. Don't miss it!

12 September 2011
Shetland News publishes article about the Sei Whale largely based on my report and photo

10 September 2011
Sei whale at Firths Voe, Mossbank identified. Dr Tom Jefferson a cetacean scientist with NOAA is 100% certain this is a Sei whale. See full story over on my blog

2 September 2011
"Greens of the Sea" article about seaweed as food by Merryn Somerset Webb published in Financial Times Weekend Magazine with photos by Austin Taylor Photography

1 September 2011
Sei whale at Firths Voe, Mossbank - a first for me and a rare sight in Shetland waters, the only recent record in inshore waters is 27 August 1993 - full story over on my blog

30 August 2011 Gallery of images taken inside
Mareel, Shetland's Cinema, Music and Education Venue uploaded

17 July 2011 Updated stock image gallery 2011 added

16 July 2011 Sail Scalloway Craft Market in Scalloway Hall on now! 16 and 17 July 10-5 Saturday and 12-4 Sunday - a warm up for the Tall Ships craft fair next weekend!

25 June 2011 Check out my new austintaylorphoto tumblr page for images I want to get out onto the net when I don't have time to do a website update or a blog post.

1 June 2011
Half price summer sale of a wide range of mounted prints now on. All images in the gallery are now available at half their previous price,
for a limited period only. Prints are available in all standard sizes (not all images available in more than one size).

31 May 2011 I have added new galleries of Sandsound and the visit of about 20 pilot whales to Lerwick Harbour in March.

17 May 2011
Sadly, the long-finned pilot whale that was apparently escorted, unwell and disorientated into Sullom Voe on about 12 May finally beached itself late on 14 May and died in the early hours of 15 May. The gallery shows its general appearance and how close it was to the shore on the evening of 13 May and some of the crowd that came to see it. Veterinary staff from the Scottish Agricultural College in Inverness travelled north to undertake a post mortem today to attempt to determine its condition, whether it had been feeding and if it had any disease or injury that would have contributed to its demise. See SNH press release for full details.

15 May 2011
To coincide with our visit to the Craft Market and Sunday Teas at Symbister Hall today, I have uploaded a new gallery of images of Whalsay from my visit earlier in the week.

13 May 2011
Very sad news - a long-finned pilot whale appears unwell and disorientated in Garths Voe, at the head of Sullom Voe. Gallery shows its general appearance and how close it is to the shore and some of the crowd that came to see it this evening.

12 May 2011
Shetland Arts and Crafts Association Craft Trail now launched! Around forty craftspeople, artists and related shops and outlets are participating in opening their workshops or studios – sometimes purpose built and professional; sometimes just a corner of a house – to visitors. See the Shetland Arts and Crafts Association's
website for full details and a downloadable version of the leaflet.

30 April 2011 Belmont House officially open for business! See the gallery of images taken at the official opening by Sir Kenneth Calman.

15 April 2011
Very sad news about Mercedes the polar bear having to be put down today at the Highland Wildlife Park. Here she is in happier times.

11 March 2011
Aurora borealis at sites in central Mainland, Shetland. See the gallery here and read our blog for the full story here

1 March 2011
Otters in Breiwick, Lerwick - see video above on YouTube

12 February 2011
Up Helly-Aa galleries now uploaded - see the main Up Helly-Aa 2011 index page

7 February 2011
Changed our Twitter username to austintaylorpho so it's more obvious who is tweeting!

1 February 2011
Sales page now updated to allow online payment for variable amounts via PayPal. This can be useful to enable online payment for goods and services without creating a separate invoice first.

30 January 2011 Photos from our recent visit to the Highland Wildlife Park at Kingcraig are now available to view at this gallery

27 January 2011 We have now uploaded our galleries of the 2011 Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Sled Dog Rally at Aviemore - see the galley index page

24 January 2011
Back from our trip to the 2011 Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Sled Dog Rally at Aviemore and we are now sorting through the many photos we took there. Hope to have images available within a few days. Please visit our
Twitter and Facebook pages for the most up to date news on our progress on this project.

19 January 2011 Now on our way to the 2011 sled dog races and our photo from last year is on the cover of the Visit Cairngorms guide for January!

8 January 2011 2011 Calendar now sold out and only available to special order, please contact us if you would like one.

21 December 2010 Total Lunar Eclipse, as seen from Trondra, Shetland. This was a fantastic event with beautiful views in clear skies. With its snowy landscape and late sunrise, Shetland had some of the best views in the UK. The eclipse vwas visible from start through to totality and about mid-way through totality towards the end before brightening daylight overwhelmed the spectacle.

5 December 2010 We still have a few 2011 calendars left from our most recent shipment - please contact us soon if you would like one. In view of the continuing winter conditions and backlog of mail we cannot guarantee delivery of any further orders before Christmas after this stock is sold. For Shetland customers limited stocks remain at our stockists; Jacky's Cards and Gifts, Bolts Minimarket and Harry's, all in Lerwick.

24 November 2010
Shetland Amenity Trust chairman Brian Gregson presented 8 Shetland Environmental Awards for a wide range of projects and activities in Shetland. Austin Taylor Photography captured the day's events - for a full report see the Shetland News website.

7 November 2010
Last ordering dates for despatch to UK destinations - we will endeavour to get orders completed and to you before Christmas safely and can arrange Special Delivery or post direct to the recipient in urgent cases - please contact us for details or to make arrangements. To have the best prospect of your gift arriving on time, online purchases should be completed by the following dates:

Special Order Prints, Mounted Prints - 5 December
Prints, Mounted Prints in Stock - 12 December
Calendars, Postcards - 12 December

7 November 2010
Last Royal Mail posting dates for Christmas here:
Christmas Posting Dates

7 November 2010
2011 Calendar in high demand but still available to buy online for posting worldwide; please note last posting dates above - go to the
merchandise page to order.

7 November 2010
Luxury 2011 Calendars in stock at Jacky's Cards and Gifts, North Road, Lerwick and will be available to buy at the craft fairs and farmers markets listed in the Diary.

7 November 2010
"Patience of a frog" is now on its way to London for the
100sqft Exhibition at The Old Cholmeley Boys Club, 68 Boleyn Rd, Dalston, London N16 8JG on 27 November. If you are in London at this time it will be well worth a visit.

7 November 2010
A selection of Austin and Paula's images of the Wedding of Neil and Fiona now posted at:
Fiona and Neil

24 October 2010 2011 Calendar now available to buy online for posting worldwide; please go to the
merchandise page to order.

20 October 2010
Luxury 2011 Calendars now available! In stock at Jacky's Cards and Gifts, North Road, Lerwick and will be available to buy at the craft fairs and farmers markets listed in the Diary. They will also be available to buy directly from the website in about a week or so. Will post here when ready.

3 October 2010
We have just updated our gallery of stunning framed images of Shetland at the
New Golden Coach Restaurant and we hope you enjoy them next time you call in for a meal. You can order images from Restaurant staff or, alternatively, pick up a business card or leaflet and contact us directly.

2 October 2010 Last chance! The Open Portrait Exhibition at the
Bonhoga Gallery finishes tomorrow, 3 October and the Islesburgh Photographic Club's Exhibition "Four Seasons in Shetland" at the Lerwick Museum & Archives in Da Gadderie finishes in a week's time - don't miss them!

1 October 2010 "Patience of a frog" - is now on its way to New Orleans to form part of the 100Sqft grid in the
Arts After Dark Exhibition at ArtEgg Studios, 1001 South Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on 23 October. The exhibition returns to London for the 100sqft Exhibition at The Old Cholmeley Boys Club, 68 Boleyn Rd, Dalston, London N16 8JG on 27 November. If you are in either of these cities at these times they will be well worth a visit.

15 September 2010
"Patience of a frog" - this is the image we've chosen for the 100Sqft exhibition travelling to New Orleans (end of October) and then to London (end of November) details to follow.

12 September 2010
Stena Carron - causing light pollution of its own!

11 September 2010
Our photo of Marjolein, above, is currently hanging in
Bonhoga Gallery as part of the Open Exhibition

11 September 2010
Astro photography tools and tutorial talk by Chris Brown at the Shetland Museum was a great success - we even managed to get outside with cameras and tripods!

10 September 14:30
Apparently there's no sign of the humpback whale today despite a search all morning. It's thought the whale has either drowned or broken free and swum off - please let it be the latter. News from BBC News: "Shetland humpback whale rescue search called off" -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-11256881

9 September 2010
A sad whale's tale - some of our record photos of the humpback whale caught in creels in Orra Wick, Lunning - shot in driving rain so poor quality I'm afraid. Thought to be a fairly young animal hopes remain that a rescue plan can be devised to release it from its entanglement, maybe as early as tomorrow (10 September). Here's hoping for good weather.

28 August and 4 September 2010
Unst Show and Farmers Market and Yell Show were all a great success for us our original local scenes proving especially popular. It was great to see so many friends at these events too and the shows are a definite for next year's calendar!

23 August 2010
Now on display at the
New Golden Coach Restaurant - a mini gallery of some of our stunning framed images of Shetland wildlife, landscape and night time views. We hope you enjoy them next time you call in for a meal. You can order any of the images from staff at the Restaurant or, alternatively, pick up a business card or leaflet and contact us directly. We would be delighted to receive feedback if you've seen our show.

20 August 2010
Our
favourite northern lights (aurora borealis) Hay's Dock image is Hotshot of the Month in BBC Sky at Night magazine - www.skyatnightmagazine.com/ - our 2nd Hotshot of the Month winning image!

20 August 2010
  Our full range of postcards is now on sale at
Jacky's Cards and Gifts, 35-37 North Road, Lerwick. The range comprises stunning images of Shetland's landscape and wildlife on beautiful quality laminated postcard board. Check them out - they're almost too good to post!

9 August 2010
  Nice article in last Saturday's
Financial Times weekend magazine about trout fishing in Shetland titled "A whole new angle" by Merryn Somerset Webb (author "Love is not Enough", Editor Moneyweek) following a photo shoot we did of the family going fishing over in Vementry a couple of weeks ago.

14 July 2010
Just uploaded a gallery of images of
The Offenders gig at the Legion, Lerwick in June. Check out The Offenders profile page too.

4 July 2010
Completely updated
stock images gallery launched - many of the old favourites going back to 2004 are still there but we have added many new images from 2009 and the first part of 2010 for the first time. Most of these images are being added to our updated display stock for sale at farmers markets, craft fairs etc and were first shown on Victoria Pier for the Flavour of Shetland where they proved really popular. Check out our new gallery here.

29 June 2010 Finally managed to get our Austin Taylor Photography Blog to feed into this site so check the
Blog page for quick updates and our Twitter feed.

26 June 2010
The 2010 Hamefarin Galley "Siglaheim" was set well and truly alight by the torches of around 450 guizers on the Loch of Clickimin after a spectacular Viking Parade. More images to follow soon!

25 June 2010 We've added a brand new gallery of Noss landscape and wildlife images
here.

17 June 2010
Fantastic range of brand new images go on sale at our Flavour of Shetland stand on Victoria Pier today including some spectacular images of the amazing
aurora over Shetland on 12 April 2010. Our Stock Images gallery will be updated with all the new images soon.

14 June 2010 Our fun image of a certain photographer (!) reading a newspaper at midnight was featured on
Sean Batty's Midnight Sky Project on STV!

6 June 2010 The Shetland Classic Car Show saw a fantastic collection of old cars, motorbikes, steam traction engines, models and other attractions over the weekend and some of our images were published as a collection to accompany the story over on
The Shetland News.

29 April 2010 Well, Shetland Folk Festival is now well and truly underway and we'll have photos on the site soon, probably next week. In the mean time, if you didn't see Baskery today, make it your business to do so soon - they're fantastic! They are three sisters that have incredible vocals, are all highly talented musicians and they make a really loud sound too!

12 April 2010
Just as we were updating the site on 11 April came the news we'd been waiting for - Aurora! We abandoned all further site update work and headed out, in the end for 5 hours - but what a result, with spectacular aurora, both out in the country and in town - despite all the light pollution! We said over on our
blog that it was the best aurora for 2 years but having examined the images and seen all the colours that were present (albeit faintly) we now think it was the best since 2006. We've uploaded a new gallery of the best images taken on the night and are working on some time lapse movies for upload over the next few days.

11 April 2010 This past month or so has been very busy finishing a number of winter projects and looking forward to Spring and Summer. We finished the Mirrie Dancers Winter Illuminations project, managed to bag some winter wildlife, have done the odd portrait session and worked on some astronomical images too. We made another donation to
CAMDA thanks to purchases from our travel photographs in Mongolia in our Ulaan Baatar and Bayan Ulgi Region, western Mongolia collections.

16 March 2010
We are carrying out a minor site upgrade with site search and repositioning social media icons so expect some inconsistency for a little while as we try out possible alternatives - please feel free to let us have any comments on the new buttons and boxes! Also, if there are any problems with sit search we'd be pleased to hear of them. Thanks

15 March 2010
We have uploaded the final galleries of images for the Mirrie Dancers Winter Illuminations project - images at Longfield Chapel, Dunrossness together with updated galleries for both the Burra sites, at Duncansclate and Houss - see the final galleries at Mirrie Dancers Winter Illuminations Galleries. In preparation are our following time-lapse movies at Duncansclate and Longfield as well as a proper DV video taken at Duncansclate.

16 February 2010
At last! We've uploaded the remaining galleries of Husky Photos - Classes E, E2, D, and D2 taken at the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled dog rally at Aviemore. Thanks for your patience!

12 February 2010
There is an unfolding humanitarian disaster in Mongolia, which is suffering its worst dzud (summer drought followed by severe winter) since 2001, when 4 million livestock perished and many nomadic people lost their way of life or their lives. It is estimated that 20 million livestock could be lost this time. Half of aimags (provinces) have been declared disaster areas and loss of life is expected among herding communities. Read more about it here:
http://www.camda.org.uk/ and here: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_52759.html

Austin Taylor Photography visited Mongolia in 2008 and will donate 20% of the profit of all sales of any photos from our Mongolia collections during February and March 2010 to the Cambridge Mongolia Development Appeal (CAMDA).
You can view and buy our Mongolia photos here:
Ulaan Baatar and Bayan Ulgi Region, western Mongolia

10 February 2010
We've uploaded the latest Mirrie Dancers Winter Illuminations at Duncansclate Croft House and Aald Haa, both at Burra to our 
Winter Illuminations Galleries and added the latest timelapse movie of Duncansclate to our YouTube Channel. There's also an update on the austinsphotos blog too!

8 February 2010
We've uploaded the first galleries of Husky Photos - Class A, B, C, C2 and a general collection from around the site of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled dog rally at Aviemore. Remaining galleries of the individual teams organised by class are being finalised for upload over the coming days. Also, check our austinsphotos blog for a short animation and some background to our work on this project.

30 January 2010 Reviewing all the photos we took of the racing teams at the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled dog rally at Aviemore and we hope to have the first images on the website in the first week of February. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on all our projects.

30 January 2010 All Mirrie Dancers Winter Illuminations galleries have been refreshed and new collections added for Reawick and Garthsness. We now have timelapse movies of most of the sites completed so far at our YouTube Channel and stuff on the
austinsphotos blog too!

21 January 2010 Preparing for
husky dog racing at Aviemore this weekend; weather permitting we plan to have photos of the dog teams on this site early in February, after Up Helly-Aa. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on all our January projects

18 January 2010
New Mirrie Dancers Winter Illuminations set up at Reawick and Garths Ness. We have some timelapse images of Reawick at our YouTube Channel and will have still images on the site soon.

31 December 2009
Final Update for this year

We just want to say thank you to everyone that has supported us during 2009 and to wish all visitors and customers a very Happy New Year 2010.

18 December 2009
Christmas Shopping Update

You have one last chance to browse our products at Jacky's Cards and Gifts on Commercial Road, Lerwick before Christmas! Come along and see us on Saturday 19 December 2009 - otherwise, personal callers are welcome to browse and collect until 23 December!

We have a very limited number of 2010 Calendars available for immediate despatch.

All online sales from the galleries on this website will now be fulfilled as soon as practicable so, until the holidays at Christmas and the New Year are over, please allow a little longer than usual for your goods to arrive.

As ever, if you have special requirements or just need something in a hurry, please contact us and we will do our very best to help.

6 December 2009
Photos from the first five Mirrie Dancers Winter Illuminations are now online in a new gallery of images.

5 December 2009
Just a note to say that we've added a blog entry that outlines some projects we hope to bring to the website over the coming weeks.

3 December 2009
First four photoshoots completed for the Mirrie Dancers Winter Illuminations project and the fifth (Tingwall Glasshouses) is underway so we're working on a new gallery of images - check back soon or follow us on Twitter for notification of when the gallery is online.

1 December 2009
Christmas Shopping!

Austin Taylor Photography is delighted to announce that we will have a stand in the special Christmas Craft area at Jacky's Cards and Gifts in the run up to Christmas, for late night shopping Thursdays and Saturdays, on the following dates - 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19 December. Please come and see us!

We will also have stands at the following venues

Tingwall Farmers Market - 5 December
Bixter Farmers Market - 16 December

A range of mounted prints is also on sale at
Oily Muggie craft shop in Hillswick from now until Christmas!

Last ordering dates for Christmas

We will endeavour to get orders completed and to you before Christmas safely and can arrange Special Delivery or post direct to the recipient in urgent cases - please contact us for details or to make arrangements. To have the best prospect of your gift arriving on time, online purchases should be completed by the following dates:


Prints, Mounted Prints 14 December
Calendars, Postcards 18 December

Personal customers are welcome to browse and collect until 23 December!


29 October 2009
Updated list of venues we'll be attending in the run up to Christmas:

    Clickimin Craft Fair - 13-15 November
    Bixter Farmers Market - 31 October, 28 November
    Lerwick Town Hall Christmas Fair - 10 November 2009
    Tingwall Farmers Market - 7 November and 5 December

Look out for our exciting new products and special offers in a range of gifts and remember our new 2010 Luxury A3 Calendar and gloss laminated Postcards are also available to buy online at our new Merchandise page.

26 October 2009
A range of mounted prints will again be on sale at Oily Muggie craft shop in Hillswick when it reopens at weekends from 7 November!

1 October 2009 Remember that you can buy prints, calendars and other goods direct from us online. Additionally, from now until Christmas, for every purchase using PayPal you could win your money back!

25 September 2009 Gearing up for Christmas please note we will have sales stands at the following venues in the run up to Christmas:

    Clickimin Craft Fair 13-15 November
    Tingwall Farmers Market 3 October, 7 November and 5 December
    Vidlin Farmers Market 29 November 

Look out for our exciting new products and special offers in a range of gifts and remember our new 2010 Luxury A3 Calendar and gloss laminated Postcards are also available to buy online at our new Merchandise page.

1 September 2009
We have made it easier to locate and compare images by subject in the new Stock Images Gallery by presenting images by category.

24 August 2009
We have uploaded a new gallery of all stock images with online ordering - find it here.

23 August 2009
Our new 2010 Luxury A3 Calendar and gloss laminated Postcards are now available to buy online at our new Merchandise page.

15 August 2009
 We have carried out a minor upgrade to the site, adding and updating a number of pages and image galleries, improving the look of page headers and titles as well as updating the links page. As well as that the old projects and articles pages have been replaced by a new Blog page, which we will add to over time with longer stories and background information about our photographic projects and interests. Finally, we have now integrated our Twitter page into the site with a number of links and it is now the first place to get advance news about updates to the site and other information about projects we're working on.

14 August 2009
 We have just returned from an exciting trip to China and have posted new galleries of images from Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Leshan, Emei Mountain and Shanghai in the Travel Gallery.

9-27 July 2009
 We will not be updating the site or processing orders for much of July - most of that time we'll be capturing exciting new images to add to the Travel Gallery later in the year. Any new orders will now be processed after our return - please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. You can follow us on Twitter for occasional updates.

7 July-18 August 2009 2 of our images are on display and for sale at the Gilbert Bain Hospital as part of the Islesburgh Photographic Club exhibition. The images are Aurora over Hay's Dock and our new Common Seal at Skippidock image. There are some splendid images by other members of the Club too and a share of the proceeds of any sales supports voluntary work at the hospital.

3 July 2009
 We have added a New Gallery of Tern Photos today and will add more galleries in the coming months.

5 June 2009 My first stall at the Flavour of Shetland event opens today and runs until Sunday 28 June. Call along for a browse and a chat.

25 June 2009 My first 2 submissions to the Wild Wonders of Europe photo competition have made the shortlist! Click the photos below if you want to vote for them.

25 June 2009 We launched the Austin Taylor Photography 2010 Calendar today at the Flavour of Shetland event and it's already a great success. If you can't get to Lerwick don't worry, as soon as the Flavour of Shetland is over and we've tied up the loose ends we will create a page with a grid of all the images, an overall photo and specifications, pricing and an online order facility.

26 May 2009
 Our image collections from the 2009 Shetland Folk Festival are now online.

7 May 2009
I just won the Islesburgh Photographic Club in house competition that included submission of 12 images in 6 themes over the 2008-09 season. Below is my highest scoring image.

3 March 2009
New Gallery with our 20 Best Selling Images is now online in the Favourites gallery

7 February 2009 Lerwick Up Helly Aa 2009 pictures now online.

1 February 2009
Siberian Husky Club of GB Aviemore 2009 Sled Dog Rally photos now uploaded; Aviemore 2008 Sled Dog Rally photos galleries now PayPal enabled

15 January 2009 Calendar Sold Out! - No copies of the Austin Taylor Photography 2009 Shetland Calendar remain available. If you would like to discuss next year's calendar, please contact me by e-mail. To see the images included in the 2009 calendar, please go to this gallery. The Calendar is printed in full colour, A3 landscape on heavy silk paper (150-200gsm) with a silk card front cover (approx 300gsm). It is spiral boumd with a hanger, both on the long edge for landscape presentation.

13 January - 8 February 2009
Bonhoga Gallery Stairwell Presentation Austin's short film of the 1 August 2008 Total Solar Eclipse as he saw it from western Mongolia is now showing at the Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale Mill, Shetland. If you are not able to get to the gallery you can see a high quality version of the film on our YouTube Channel by clicking here.

29 December 2008
"Boxing Day Blowout at the Norscot" a few images now available - not too many because I was enjoying the fun!

30 October 2008 Austin has uploaded a small gallery of images of a Common Seal - and hopes you enjoy it as much as he did photographing it!.

31 October 2008
Austin is delighted to announce that he will have a wide range of photographic products at the Craft Fair at the Clickimin Centre in Lerwick from 14-16 November 2008. He would also be delighted to meet you and discuss your photographic projects and requirements.

13 September 2008

Austin is delighted to announce that he will be displaying a range of products at the Rotary Club of Shetland Showcase Exhibition in the Clickimin Centre over  the weekend of 13-14 September. He would be delighted to meet you to talk photography and show you some of his favourite images.


27 August 2008
Please note that I have just undertaken a major upgrade and reorganisation of the site to provide a cleaner interface and better navigation. This work is almost complete though there remain about 3 or 4 pages to be created or upgraded to the new style. This work should be finished by 3 September; in the meantime, please accept my apologies if you encounter any glitches or missing pages. Thanks!

23 August 2008
I have just added images of Seoul in South Korea, Ulaanbaatar and the Altai Mountain region in Mongolia. Whilst there I captured a spectacular Total Eclipse of the Sun, stunning landscapes, wildlife and colourful people. Take a look!

18 July 2008
Did you see the best display of Noctilucent Clouds in Shetland since last year early this morning? If you missed them I have uploaded a few images so you can see what all the fuss was about.


5 July 2008 was a wonderfully sunny and warm day in Shetland - in fact it was the warmest day of the year so far here so I have celebrated by uploading some photos of Burra where my favourite beach is.

3 July 2008 - I'm delighted to be able to announce that another set of 10 of my photographs are now available to buy online at the Designed In Shetland website, making 20 in all. Also there you'll also find a wide range of Shetland art and craft type goods.

1 June 2008 An exhibition of my photographs is now on display at Islesburgh Community Centre, in Lerwick, Shetland.  This is my first exhibition and it’s quite a big deal for me - by far the most difficult task was selecting which photos to show; and of course mounting and framing took a lot of effort and energy but I'm delighted with the results.  All the photographs were created in Shetland and the exhibition is arranged in 4 mini themes of seals and puffins; landscapes; sky scenes; and things in the landscape.  The exhibition runs from 1-28 June and I would be delighted to receive your feedback.

5 May 2008
I have uploaded an initial group of 2008 Shetland Folk Festival photos. These do not yet have any details of performers attached but I hope to add those details soon.


30 March 2008 I was lucky enough to photograph some astonishing atmospheric optical effects today - a sun halo, tangent arc, sun dogs and a sun pillar. Check out these images!

28 March 2008
There was a wonderful glow of Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) in Shetland last night and I've uploaded a few photos.

14 March 2008 My first entry to this year's Rural Gateway photo competition wasn't a winner but was picked for inclusion in the gallery for the first round.

14 February 2008
I've added many new images to my collection of Shetland Landscapes and captioned all the previously blank images in my general collection of Shetland Wildlife.

9 February 2008
I've uploaded a selection of my Up Helly-Aa 2008 photos. This year I've included a full selection of photos including last minute preparations, both the day and evening processions, shots of the Kirkwall City Pipe Band, the visit to the New Museum as well as the burning of the Galley Breckon and a few shots of the hall festivities. As well as all that I've also added images of the Junior squad and galley as well as their procession and burning. I hope you enjoy them.

7 February 2008
I'm pleased to say that I have now finished uploading images of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain's Aviemore Sled Dog Rally that took place in mid-January 2008 and have created an index page to all the galleries here.

27 January 2008
- I have simplified my pricing structure so that images are now priced as "Small", "Medium" and "Large" - and all these sizes fit standard, shop bought, mounts.  As ever, if you have special requirements or a particular size in mind please contact me and I shall do my best to help.

26 January 2008
- I'm delighted to be able to announce that an initial set of 10 of my photographs are now available to buy online at the Designed In Shetland website, where you'll also find a wide range of Shetland art and craft type goods.

22 January 2008
- I have won the Rural Gateway Photo Competition 2007 with my "Up Helly Aa Light Up" photo!  Needless to say I'm thrilled. This photo was the monthly winner for February that was then entered into the annual competition. As many of you will know, this year's Up Helly-Aa is imminent so I'll be looking to better this photo!  Many thanks to everyone that voted for me.

December 2007 Well, the Shetland Arts and Crafts Fair at the end of November was great fun and I met a lot of people.  Thanks to all of you that bought my photographs and for all the very encouraging comments.  It was very useful indeed to get feedback on what people actually like, as opposed to what I think might be popular!

December 2007 I was very pleased that my noctilucent cloud image has been selected as the July image in the BBC's Sky At Night Magazine Calendar for 2008.  I'm expecting two other images of mine to appear in 2 other calendars in the New Year as well but, as both are still being finalised, you'll have to check back later for news of which ones thay are!

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