Welcome here. I will post random musings and ramblings, mainly about photography, but also assorted nonsense.

To buy or not to buy

December 18, 2014  •  4 Comments

I think it's great that people like my pictures. I think it's even greater that people buy my pictures. However, I often wonder at the ones selling. It happens a lot with readily recognisable view points, such as Storr, Fairy Pools, Sligachan, Quiraing. Which is understandable, when you think of Skye, certain scenes spring to mind. What puzzles me are the kind of pictures selling. Some of my personal favourites are very low in sales, completely trounced by a bog standard view of Quiraing, taken on a clear midday (see example). For me, there is no distinguishing feature, it's completely vanilla. But it is clearly what people want, so it is sometimes tempting just to take "boring" pictures, because it's an easy turnover. However, the risk is then that you compete with not just hundreds of other photographers, but also with anybody who has a smartphone and has driven past this location. That's why I will continue to take pictures I find challenging and interesting, if maybe not so mass market. But then, maybe I'm just a snob?

 


Wasted Journey or New Adventure?

December 04, 2014  •  5 Comments

So, I went up the probably most magnificent peak on Skye (Sgurr nan Gillean), in the hope of snowy and intermittent mist conditions. Along with a sunset, this would be the perfect conditions. It didn't quite work out. There was some snow, I certainly felt it while waiting around for the picture opportunity. The mist didn't quite work out, it was just a big layer of cloud. The sunset did turn up, but was nearly overpowered by the cloud. Picture wise, it was a bit disappointing, after the effort of lugging all the stuff up, and it got very cold standing on the same location for two hours, waiting for the conditions to improve. However, as I descended in darkness, I was glad of the adventure aspect of the day. First snow on the Cuillin, I had to be there! Fire and Ice


Electrifying Elgol

November 23, 2014  •  4 Comments

Elgol may be at the end of the road, far, far away. Yet, it is one of the locations I most often visit, as the spectacular scenery probably is the best on Skye. Mountains, sea, cottages, sheep, cliffs, skerries, boats. You can find all of these things many other places on Skye, but it's somehow even more magic at this location. As the picture here shows, even on a completely overcast day, magic can happen. So, if you visit nowhere else on Skye, at least go to Elgol. Under CoverUnder CoverThe clouds obscured parts of the Cuillin range, but still offered enough visibility for an atmospheric mood


Trip to Sicily

October 27, 2014  •  2 Comments

As you may have seen by now, I'm not very good at updating blogs. And promises to increase postings will most likely be forgotten. But hey, here's an entry. Just back from Sicily, which was stunningly beautiful, as long as you got away from the main roads. It was, however, far too warm for comfort, which is why I was delighted to come back to rain, gales and single figure temperatures. Nevertheless, have a look through my new Sicily Gallery, with a recommendation to visit.


Umbrellas

August 26, 2014  •  3 Comments

See, I love rain. I find it refreshing, impressive and cosy. Not to mention that it significantly improves waterfalls. However, when taking pictures of said waterfalls, keeping the lens free of rain drops is a mammoth task. Especially when you don't have an umbrella. So, today I contrived to make a rain shelter out of a plastic bag, and two duck breasts. An umbrella would have been easier....

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