The cold, wet summer of 2015 was not one of the best for exploring Northwest Scotland, but when the rain stopped the long drive north suddenly seemed worthwhile. This picture was taken at Camusdarach, a lovely rambling campsite just south of Mallaig, one of the most beautiful places in the British Isles. This beach at Camusdarach (there are two others) faces west towards the "small isles" of Eigg and Rum, which can be seen in the distance here.
This is Garlieston in Galloway, Scotland, taken just before 1am in mid-August 2015. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, there is little light pollution beyond the village itself, as you can see here. There are a few issues with this image, but I am absolutely amazed that I managed to take the picture at all. Thanks to the incredible stabilization on the Olympus OMD EM-1 this one second exposure was taken handheld. I would have preferred a much longer exposure, using a tripod, at ISO100 and f/16 (which would have turned those streetlights into twinkling stars), but you have to play the hand you're given, so this is at ISO1600 and f/2.8. Fair play to the Olympus, though, for making this possible. Click the image to enlarge.