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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Black Rock

Nikon D70 @ 12mm, 1/15 sec, f/16, ISO 200

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Well that's me back from my little weekend away, and I'll be back to work tomorrow. Ah well, it was good while it lasted!

I know I said I was going to Fort William but after a few problems with the accomodation we ended up in Inverness. To cut a long story short - we turned up at the first hotel only to find that it was an absolute shite heap. We tried to cancel our booking but were told that we had to do it through expedia since we had booked through them. They were going to charge us about £100 to cancel and after some arguing we managed to get them to transfer us to a slightly more expensive hotel. The only place they could offer was one in Inverness - about 90 minutes away. We weren't that bothered about the location - we just wanted a nice break somewhere - so off we went. On arrival we were told that expedia hadn't checked availability with the hotel (which seemingly isn't uncommon) and so we could only spend one night there. They then transferred us to a different hotel on the second night where we also stayed for the last night, but in a different room. So 3 nights and 3 different rooms!

It wasn't a disaster by any means though as we quickly discovered that there's not much at all to do in Fort William. Plus, the two hotels we did stay in were very nice, and we ended up in a better room each night.

So, hotel fiasco over, we had a very nice break. The scenery between Fort William and Inverness, as you drive along Loch Ness, is really stunning. That said, I found it incredibly difficult to photograph as the sun was not co-operating with me at all. It was incredibly frustrating being surrounded by spectacular scenery and not being able to capture it. I suppose it was nice just to see it.

The only time I did manage to get a few half decent shots was on the way up, when we passed through Glencoe. I stopped off at a few of my (and everyone elses'!) favourite spots, trying out my new Sigma on the scapes.

This one is the oft photographed Black Rock cottage and I know that it's appeared at least twice on this site already. I tried a different angle for this one and am quite pleased with the results.


Anonymous owen said...

Gorgeous. I can't remember if I've said it before here but Glencoe is one of my favourite places. Funnily though, I've never really had much opportunites to photograph it - the weather was always sh1te when I was there. I love what you've done here. This lens has done wonders with that gate :)

9:37 pm, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous Dougie said...

Nice to see you back John Glad your holiday was alright in the end . Great shot all the same that new lens is working a treat awesome shot .


9:45 pm, February 21, 2006  
Blogger DGAF said...

ummm...WOW. u take that sigma off the camera since you got it? love it

9:52 pm, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Behrooz said...

Wow! You have every reason to be pleased with; it is so magnificent! Btw, why Scotish places have Ness as suffix?

11:41 pm, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Behrooz said...

Me again; I am sorry about that future posting; as you say it seems to be publishing right away with a future date. Sorry again.

11:56 pm, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous Mona said...

Very nice on the eyes. I love the composition and information about the gate to the snow peaks. Tone is excellent, looks very natural and untweaks post production.

12:29 am, February 22, 2006  
Anonymous Neil said...

Superb shot, beautiful colours. I really must visit Scotland one day!

1:02 am, February 22, 2006  
Anonymous Alan Graham said...

John... another great shot from up North. I really ought to get up there more often! The sigma looks excellent however its still the photographer, not the lens, that makes the shots magic.

It's so annoying when you are surrounded by great, but uncapturable, scenery... however I always just enjoy the view anyway, and think about what shots I'll take when the light is more co-operative.

You're right about Fort William too :o) Its a one-night kinda town, I reckon!

6:31 am, February 22, 2006  
Blogger CurlyToes said...

Oh wow!! That's incredible - it really looks like the sorta place I'd like to live :) Agree with Alan, you are superb at these wonderful landscape photos. The lens is doing really well, particularly in your hands.

4:40 pm, February 22, 2006  
Anonymous Jem said...

Awwww look at that snow! I wish that was what we'd seen when we went in December :( Gorgeous shot!

Unlucky with the hotel fiasco, it sounds like a mare :/ I booked with expedia about 4 years ago for a hotel in Edinburgh for my rents and they made a total hash of it. They told me the reservation didn't go through, so I tried again and still got nothing. I called them and they said it still hadn't been booked so I told them to forget it. I then got charged £90 next month for the first booking! I complained and it took them about 18 months to refund me! Bunch of retarded monkeys if you ask me :P

6:15 pm, February 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, i love your site! I came over here from dpreview to check your latest shots with the 10-20 sigma because im on the hunt for a similar lens. Your photos are amazing. You have a great eye for composition and great post processing techniques! Im amazed at some of the sharpness you've been able to get out of your 18-70 kit lens....

Great job!...i'll be checking back here regularly for sure!


7:24 pm, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Drew said...

I was skiing at Glencoe on Sunday.

Thought I recognised a few of your haunts on the way up. Will need to compair notes to see if I'm right.

11:44 pm, February 22, 2006  
Blogger rocketcat said...

What a difference it makes where you live. Smalltown America doesn't offer a whole lot...

10:22 pm, May 07, 2006  

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