GJB7430_2016-07-13_06-03-Edit-Edit-Edit-1-2.jpgimgmax2000

Incoming

If you look carefully you might be able to see the two people standing atop the crazy rock outcropping. I like this image image 'cause it creates a neat analogy between the persons, the incoming storm, which yup.. i got wet for, and the light house which is the apparent destination.. They were probably walking back from the lighthouse, since it was getting rather late (9pm-ish) but I won't let that get in the way of a good image-story :)

I hope ya'all finding the right path to your light house :)

GJB7229_2016-07-12_01-34-rework-1.jpgimgmax2000

Glennfinnan House

When you say Glennfinnan Scotland, most will associate this place with the Monument and the Harry Potter bridge / viaduct – both items which I did not take a picture of :) hence why I probably have a picture of the house instead. That and you had to pay to go and look at the monument up close, not that am opposed to paying, just that when you are only stopping for 5 minutes it does not make sense.

Anyways, a short walk up the hill to look out over the loch and gain a viewpoint of the Harry Potter viaduct and monument and I noticed this cool scene unfold as a cloud of rain came through, no surprise for Scotland :) and I got wet ..

3 shot panorama (landscape orientation) – really should have gotten that shutter speed a bit high here
D750 coupled with Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 @ 150mm Aperture: f4 Shutter Speed: 1/100s
ISO: 200
Out front: house and loch

GJB7888_2016-07-15_23-36-Edit-1-3.jpgimgmax2000

Braemer Woods

Just outside of a little town called Braemer in Scotland there is the Braemer Castle and just near that are some very cool woods, this is kinda in the spot between the two feuding families one of which held the Braemer Castle. I did not need too much imagination to conjure images of Robin hood style bands of dudes lurking thru this area a few centuries ago.

But what was so cool was the luminous green ground cover which contrasted with the start grey of the pines, I did kinda mess this up, it was raining and quite dark, i focused on the trees in front and was using quite a wide aperture and consequently alot in the background was pretty soft and out of focus,to make things worse one frame (its a pretty wide pano using vertical orientation shots) a few shots focused in the background meaning there is some funky layering in there :)

13 shot panorama (vertical orientation)
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 70mm Aperture: f8 Shutter Speed: 1/25s
ISO: 500
Out front: crazy woods

GJB7710_2016-07-14_22-48-Edit-1.jpgimgmax2000

Guinness makes you Jolly

So we stopped at this little 'ol place called Dornie, there is a rather large old castle there, but the more important thing was that we went to the local pub for lunch where I learnt two things..

1) fish and chups is not really like our fish and chips back home and they seem to have an aversion to using sauce bottles and hence have micro sized sauce satchels instead.. thats all well and good, but you gotta use 219 of them to actually get any useful amount of source out, this did have a positive outcome tho.. kinda.. it meant the crazy kids could only eat so much sauce.. they were limited to how fast they could open these wee satchels… hence tickles aka 'would you like a chip with your sauce' went a bit hungry and frustrated :)

2) I should really down multiple Guinness before heading off to work – so I am there ordering myself and the girls a real manly round of apple juice and diet coke when at the end of the bar I notice.. well it was a bit hard not to notice, a local scottish gentleman (and I mean that in the true sense) at the end of the bar with a pint of Guinness in his hand. Now that in it sense may not seem strange, however he was decked out in a full kilt and knocking this beer back at a pretty impressive rate, the barperson (note i use the non sex biased version ;) ) had just finished topping up the second pint and placed it in front of him, at which I thought 'sh$t.. respect to these dudes in scotland' and headed back to my table with my manly apple juice and diet coke :)

After lunch and leaving a pile of sauce satchels 3 kms high we went and visited this castle, stuffed if I can remember the name of it.. Eleanor i think .. and during the visit in the Grand Trophy room who should be there! the dude from the pub.. and I'll tell ya what, he was pretty darn jolly and gave us a great little tour of the spot.. so good onya mate and onto the moral of the ramblings… drink Guinness before doing anything to ensure jolliness :)

GJB7172_2016-07-11_19-52-Edita-Edit-2-Edit-1.jpgimgmax2000

Split

I really like the dinky little waterfall off to the right – forging ahead on a path of its own, not content with being one to follow the rest :)

Thats enough wannabe inspirational/motivational quote text for a friday :)

3 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 5s
ISO: 100
out front: just another sweet Scottish Creek/waterfall

GJB7284_2016-07-12_06-24-Edit-1.jpgimgmax2000

Morar

Ya know when you see those posts and people are talking, like, the light was epic man and it all came together. Well, this not one of those :) The light was ordinary and flat when I walked out here, it must have been about 9ish at night and I really wanted to see what Scotland had to offer in terms of seascapes, particularly since this the first night at a spot near the ocean and all. I walked past here and took a bunch of shots and thought, that looks really cool with those buildings over there, but the light is pretty crap, so I kept walking around and along the Morar River towards the exit of it into the sea. I did not really see much of any interest but did find some cool sheep and neat hills which I climbed :) That brings me to another point.. how the hell can the very top of a darn hill be boggy and wet ? it seems everywhere you walk in Scotland its either rock or boggy! I mean my shoes were soaked anyway, but to add insult to injury, i stood atop a hill, and sunk up to my ankle in tasty bog water :)

I digress, so after all this and jumping the occasional barbed wire fence (lucky I am tall or else I coulda had some problems if ya know what I mean) I walked back to this spot and the sun was almost about to go behind the clouds on the horizon for the evening and for a brief 10 minutes of so the sun found a gap and lit up the little town of Morar with some nice light (note .. thats not epic light.. just nice light :) ) So, the key message, the light is often a slow burn from crap to nice :) but also on the flipside sometimes just continuously crap :)

So there you have it, a nice little panorama of a cute little town on the seaside / river side, if you look closely up in the right side you can see a large cross on the hill, dunno what that is about but still neat :) Its a 4 shout panorama image, stitched in PS via Lightroom and its Thursday one more day to the weekend :)

D750 coupled with Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8 @ 120mm Aperture: f5 and Shutter Speed: 1/125s
ISO: 400
out front: neat little town of Morar

GJB7387_2016-07-13_03-40-Edit-1-2.jpgimgmax2000

Sheep

of the other kind – i thought i would not climb up there.. but i did eventually :) pretty nice view and certainly a sheer drop off the edge :)

3 shot panorama
D750 coupled with Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8 @ 200mm Aperture: f8 and Shutter Speed: 1/200s seconds
ISO: 100
out front: just another Scottish cliff :)

Neist-lighthouse-Panorama2e-1-5.jpgimgmax2000

Neist Lighthouse

This is one very cool lighthouse, with a darkside :)
From a distance, the lighthouse and buildings seem in good condition and well maintained, however closer inspection reveals that only the main lighthouse is being maintained, ie painted. Looking in the windows of the other buildings reveals quite a strange sight, guest rooms with beds still made, fake flowers in vases, a kitchen with food containers and cutlery still there – but, in in a state of derelict, paint peeling, some vandalism, plaster coming away, and in teh kitchen / dining room a eerie condensation on the windows…

So a little google search revels that when the lighthouse was automated the cottage and buildings were sold to a private buyer and turned into a B&B guest house. Something then must have gone strangely amiss 'cause it looks like they all just got up and left. Very odd.

Anyway, when I walked around there it was just me, a few startled cliff-hanging sheep and a few birds and those freakin eerie windows with condensation :(

This place gets 500 tourists a day in summer, surely you could get a B&B to work here, or at the very least a coffee joint – man you make a killing with a decent aussie barista and some good coffee (I gave up coffee when in scotland it was that bad :) no offense scotland, ya whiskey is much better :) )

From a distance, the lighthouse and buildings seem in good condition and well maintained, however closer inspection reveals that only the main lighthouse is being maintained, ie painted. Looking in the windows of the other buildings reveals quite a strange sight, guest rooms with beds still made, fake flowers in vases, a kitchen with food containers and cutlery still there – but, in in a state of derelict, paint peeling, some vandalism, plaster coming away, and in the kitchen / dining room a eerie condensation on the windows…

Onto the imagery :) I did hang out for sunset, which was not very forthcoming, not in the place I wanted it anyway, however waiting around until stupid o'clock and the light house turns on and hence this was one of the last shots from the evening..

I spent alot time on this picture, 3 shots stitched into a pano, but am still not overly happy with it, anyone wanna shout me a PS course :)

GJB7445_2016-07-13_06-45-cs-1.jpgimgmax2000

Death Defying Sheep

Apparently the Scots reintroduced the native huge Sea Eagle to the Isle of Skye, the same species as is found in Norway apparently, however they now occasionally grab a lamp of two each season – if this occurs, apparently the farmers are re-reimbursed for the cost of the lamb ?!!

They are worried about a few lambs missing from an endangered eagle, but not concerned with them falling off cliffs ? :) and they gotta fall off these cliffs, this sheep and its lamb were right on the edge, basically if that lamb stepped backwards it was off the cliff and seal food – this was the closest (to the edge not the sheep :) ) that i was game to get to :)

All those little white specks up there on the da grass… they are sheep too – thats Neist Lighthouse over there too btw :) very cool one at that.

Herbusta-isle-skye_Panorama1a-1-2.jpgimgmax2000

Herbusta, Isle of Skye

We stopped at the Museum of Skye which is a collection of original style buildings each set out as it would have been back in the day, it was actually a very cool place and the entry fee to get in very very reasonable – this is important when travelling with kids, since you may only stay for a very short time, we ditched a few castles since its not worth shelling out 50 bucks just to get in and only spend 20 minutes chasing kids around :)

Anyway, another neat feature of this place, is that it sits up on hill off the A855 overlooking some very very cool rocks out in the ocean, there are plenty of these kinda of rocks around the isle of Skye and I really wanted get a shot of one of them, a long exposure image was what I was after, but time and kids would not permit that, hence a few long shots at 280mm stitched into a pano would do. (thanks to +Cameron Fong for the loan of the lens too, much appreciated – i whacked the 1.4x on it for this one).

Its pretty easy to see why traversing these waters by ship would be dangerous – the number of rocks like this and moreso ones which are just above/below the surface would have surely brought many a ship unsuck..

ya gotta see this full res too.

3 shot panorama, each shot in the landscape orientation
D750 coupled with Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8 (with a 1.4x converter) @ 280mm Aperture: f8 and Shutter Speed: 1/500s
ISO: 100
out front: epic rocks in da ocean :)

ben-nevis-little-waterfall_Panorama1-1-2.jpgimgmax2000

Ben Nevis Waterfall

After camping overnight at this spot myself and my best photographic buddy for the holiday, aka chaos, walked the 20 seconds from our campsite to this little stream, which by the way was an excellent watersource, never tasted such pure fresh water in all my life.

We both clambered over the rocks and made our various compositions and I was particularly proud with chaos for chasing down those different views, I can't wait to see her images from the trip :)

6 shot panorama, each shot in the landscape orientation
D750 coupled with Nikkor 16-35 mm f4 @ 16mm Aperture: f16 and Shutter Speed: 5s
ISO: 100
out front: pure mountain water stream

morar_Panorama1-bw-1.jpgimgmax2000

Morar

Beachside in Scotland

So its summer in Europe at the moment apparently, however I think our friends on that side of the equator kinda need to have a think about what that really means, we spent our last day in Edinburgh where the summer temperature was.. 13 degrees, we flew back to sydney to the heart of our winter and it was 16 degrees… :)

Anyways onot those beaches, yes in Oz we have some awesome beaches and we take it for granted, however we did find a place (thanks +John G Moore ) on the west coast called Morar which had sand which was an excellent excuse for a beach :) truth be told it was quite nice and we (particularly the kids) were pleasantly surprised.
Anyways, i went for a stroll after chaos and tickles were asleep and checked out the surrounding area for a seascape or two, not finding much ringing my bell, i headed up into the hills to see what was there, not much either, but I did find some sheep, lots of wet boggy pastures and some other crazy nuts out trying to get a photo, hence this shot :)

Its a 6 shot pano, which had some nice colour in it, however I could not quite get it to represent what I saw on the day, and it seems the BW brings out the nice texture of the clouds anyway..

6 shot panorama, each shot in the landscape orientation
D750 coupled with Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8 @ 120mm Aperture: f5 and Shutter Speed: 1/500s
ISO: 100
out front: boggy hills and some crazies :).