Yesnaby Castle

One of the highlights of Orkney was this cracking Sea-Stack called Yesnaby Castle. The

blow hole in the bottom left combined with the fact it is made of Old Red Sandstone means the stack wont be like this for ever so worth a trip if you can. I have been a little heavy on the post processing as it was such a bland day – also as I was on honeymoon thought I would be pushing it to hang around for the light to improve – enjoy

Landscape, Orkney, Scotland

Yesnaby Castle – Sea Stack – Orkney

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Orkney ~ Broch of Gurness

To truly appreciate this wonder it has to be an aerial perspective

Archaeological excavations in the early 20th century showed that the village began between 500 and 200BC
(Historical detail copyright Historic Scotland)

Brochs are unique to Scotland. There are over 500 of them, the vast majority spread throughout the northern and western Highlands and the islands. Many of these tall circular towers stood alone, but in Orkney they were generally surrounded by sizeable villages. The broch village at Gurness is one of the most impressive. It has also been archaeologically excavated, thus providing a more vivid impression of life in the Scottish Iron Age than other comparable sites.
(Historical detail copyright Historic Scotland)

architecture, Historical, Scotland

Orkney ~ Broch of Gurness

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Embo Beach near Dornoch

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. :-)

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Embo Beach nr Dornoch

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Au naturel Loch Linnhe

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So I returned to posting more recognizable posts of my home land this was taken en-route to a Job in Fort William and we used it in the property schedule – one of the reasons I enjoy property work – I get to travel they pay the petrol :-)

Landscape, Photography, Scotland

Au Naturel – Loch Linnhe

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A final wrap up of our Norway Trip published for our fellow passengers to browse and enjoy we had a cracking trip and felt completely relaxed at the end which is the whole point – Scotland posts will resume shortly thanks for watching – I can taste Spring David :-)

Landscape, Norway, Photography

Norge the Gallery

Gallery

Red Boat WM

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

Coast, Landscape, Norway, Uncategorized

Norge – The Red Boat

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Clearly we were seeking more than relaxation and expensive wine. The whole point of our little adventure was to witness the Aurora first hand. As I said previously Hurtigruten are so confident you will see the Aurora – they offer a weeks free holiday if you fail to see it. The weather in the early part of the trip was cloudy and frustrating, I was closely monitoring the weather and had convinced myself we were going to miss our chance. Then as we approached Havoysund Port on a clear starry night I got my first indication that tonight was going to be different. The temp was around Ms 8 minus windchill. As we sat in port bang the sky went mad, out came the tripod, ISO was set for 3200 and a 15 sec exposure at F4. After my first couple of shots I realised the only chance of capturing the aurora effectively was to be on land as the long exposure not only caught the wonderful colours but drew seagulls with stars from the ship movement (no matter how calm the sea). The first shot you see is what we saw in Havoysund, it was snatch shot as the Captain decide to depart port just as I was getting the hang of it (something to do with a schedule to keep). The challenges were obvious, loads of ambient light and movement, but I know you get the idea. I have not tweaked the colours at all in fact I had to reduce the highlights & clone out the wobbly stars.

First Light

We took lots more shots that night but from the deck of a moving ship – disappointment – that said we had both been told it’s not about capturing just absorb and value the chance to see the lights this freely. We had 3 straight nights of Aurora lasting about 2 hours each. We had learnt a huge amount about what settings to use; so I was ready when at midnight the following evening we sailed in to Tromso. I knew we would have 3 hours in port on a steady-ish platform. We had a view of the Arctic Cathedral which was going to be an excellent subject for some night photography. Anyway we docked up I hit the office and the light show begun – the next shots were my best auroras of the trip.

Tromso Artic Cathedral Lightshow

One final Aurora was taken using the relative steadiness of the lifeboat (moving in unison lol) – anyway I will return to Norway with this experience under my belt fly and drive next time so I ensure a steady shooting platform but either way it was a wonderful experience for Mandy and I.

Lifeboat Aurora

My Norway blogging is not complete – so keep watching :-)

Cityscape, Landscape, Norway

Norge ~ Finding the Light (Aurora Borealis)

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