So back to reality, Honeymoon over back to the day job, gorgeous traditional fisherman’s cottage with a modern twist – and after that hardship I had to struggle around this mundane coastline seeking some appealing location shots – simply cant think why Madonna and Guy Ritchie choose to get married near here. :-)
I have decided to present this simple image as a solo blog on the basis it was my favorite image of the trip – I saw the boat coming from quiet a distance the contrast with the back drop struck me straight away. I assume the slight blur in the water is on the basis we are passing each other at 15kts.
Anyway a simple sky, stunning backdrop and a red boat a photographic trilogy – enjoy
So Mandy and I have returned safely after rounding the North Cape and parking the ship right up on the border with Russia. We choose this trip primarily to see the Lofoten Islands and hopefully see the Northern Lights. Hurtigruten are so confident you will see the Aurora on these trips – that they offer a free weeks cruise if you fail to view the lights with them. Rather than post a whole gallery of shots, I thought I would post a few individual images to give you a feel for Norway and wrap it all up with a gallery post. Hurtigruten are the Postal and freight boats which steam the Norwegian coast daily some 13 boats in total. In other words it is not run as a cruise more like a working ferry dropping mail and freight as they go – this first shot is to give you a feel for the kind of 2 dimensional scenery you get sailing beyond the Arctic Circle (around 6 days of the trip is within the Arctic Circle). This first shot Norge Post is taken during the Polar Night (where the sun does not rise above the horizon during a 24 hour period) polar nights create a very ethereal light, also note how calm the water is (it was not always this calm) but that is a story for another day.
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This was so close to a great sunset but before the light got sexy, it had dropped over hills, however I moved down to Onich and caught some light heading down Loch Linnhe demonstrating that if you plan in the highlands you can chase the light quiet successfully. That said this is a lovely tranquil scene – in fact I also got a nice mono off to the left here with the slate which you can see covering the beach. Enjoy
Well I was out on a job this week in Aberdeenshire and the sea haar was thick and pretty un-photogenic returning along the coast the sun was burning off the fog – as I was passing Pennan the light was fighting to kill the fog and generate some subtle soft light – you may just get a taste of what I am talking about, by looking at the light on the field above the cliffs on the left of the image, where the light is electrifying the field over the rest of the flat neutral tones. Anyway I turned off in to the steep decent and caught this view. Pennan famous of course for the film Local Hero is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it. Endless Scottish beaches wonderful light humour and a magnificent Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Soundtrack. Enjoy
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Well its about time you were exposed to another Scottish Lighthouse – I trust it will guide our country to make the right choice this week as Scotland goes to the polls for the biggest decision in the last 300 years
certainly the biggest decision in my lifetime. Don’t worry I don’t intend to engage you in politics – people need to make their choices based on their beliefs and hopes.
I love my country passionately and will be living here no matter what happens on Thursday
I have started in earnest to capture all the Scottish Mainland Lighthouses and I am up to about 15 or so currently – I will start with the mainland and move on to the Islands and finish with those off shore that require boat trips – I fully expect to photograph them all several times – I am not limiting myself to creating a record but more an artistic diary maybe even eventually a seasonal shot for each lighthouse – so this not so much a big project – but a huge one – more than likely a lifetime project – keep watching. I have of course photographed Covesea (my home lighthouse) many many times. I have shots of Covesea in every light I have witnessed and loads of different angles. However you can always find a new angle and this was a real scorcher of a day (perhaps to bright). Enjoy