Posts tagged “Scotland

Of Castles, Jugglers, Mountains and Mist

This is a further collection of photographs taken on my recent trip to Inverness.  Having taken pictures at Eilean Donan castle, we drove over the bridge to the Isle of skye.  In the 8th picture, with the Old Man of Storr in the background, you’ll notice a boat, halfway up a mountain.  It seemed incongruous, as did the man who appeared as I was taking pictures and started a very impressive display of juggling in his garden.  Click on the images for a clearer sharper view of the photographs!  :-)

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On Reflection..

The warm, sunny and calm conditions on my recent trip to Inverness allowed for some great opporunities to photograph reflections in the many lochs that you’ll find in this area of Scotland.  The castle is Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie where three lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh.

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Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

On Thursday, I took a last-minute, budget airline flight to Inverness.  Limiting myself to hand luggage only to make the most of the amazingly cheap fare on offer, I had to leave my Nikon D800e with assorted lenses at home, presenting me with the ideal opportunity to put a new kid on the block, a Sony A7R with 35mm prime lens, through its paces.  It’s been incredibly liberating to be out taking photographs with this little mirrorless compact camera and with the same 35 megapixel sensor as the D800, I was looking forward to seeing how the camera performed.

The SLR camera has been with us a long time, it’s a tried and tested design and makes a lot of sense for film photography but given that digital photography is just that, digital, why not set up a shot by seeing what the sensor sees by way of an electronic viewfinder?  Seems to make sense to me and indeed it did.  I have been seriously impressed with the results from this camera and whilst I’m not ready to list my D800e on eBay, as an option when the amount of kit you can carry becomes a real consideration, you could do a helluva lot worse than a Sony A7R.

The photograph below is of Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. As one of Scotland’s most iconic castles, this is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time.  I wasn’t disappointed.

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