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