Here is a collection of images I photographed recently on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This is my third trip to Skye and I spent a week there with my son who is a producer for a news channel and also an avid photographer. We rented a cabin that turned out to be in the middle of no where…actually if you go to “no where” and drive for a few more miles that’s where we were based. The weather was dodgy all week with frequent rain and periods of overcast. But on Skye the weather can change dramatically in a matter of minutes so we were only truly rained out once while attempting to shoot the lighthouse at Neist point. (we later returned on a better evening and while the light was good, we were met with winds of 45mph+ while standing atop the cliffs.) In all I think the weather was a plus as it provided much drama to the sky and interesting lighting. We flew into Inverness from London but still managed to drive over 1100 miles. Had one punctured tire, and countless near misses with sheep, cows, and misc. wildlife that inhabit the island. Met some great people and can’t wait to return in winter.
All in all a very productive trip although we did work our asses off for these images! Lugging a 28 pound backpack filled with digital and film gear as well as a 10lb tripod up the Old man of Stor is no picnic. Next time I’ll pare down the kit…live and learn. Oh yeah..did I mention the midges? At times these were beyond annoying…li’l buggers are everywhere. Even had one make his way onto the sensor of my Sony. Lens changes were frequent so thankfully he escaped before too many images required post work to remove his likeness…hope he enjoyed the sonic sensor cleaning ride as the Sony really shakes that thing.
I shot a mix of digital (Sony A7rII) and film (Horseman 985 6×9 camera with Ektar 100 film). Both cameras performed well in some rather bad conditions at times, wet, windy, muddy etc. The Horseman is a tank! The 6×9 negative scans are incredible. As always the Sony A7rII exceeded my expectations. Lenses used on the Sony: Olympus OM primes, 18mm, 24, 100, 200mm as well as Zeiss 55mm, 24-70 and 70-200. for the Horseman, 65mm, 105mm and 150mm Topcor lenses.