I recently spent a week in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland.
I’ve been to this part of Scotland precisely one time before. That was a much briefer stay, and understandably I couldn’t discover much photographically in that time.
This stay, however, afforded me much more time to really get to visit some great locations.
I have some images below, but before we get to those, let me just say a few words about the weather during this trip; in short it was absolutely phenomenal, and not at all what I was expecting.
The first day was cloudy and promised the sort of climate I was expecting, wet wet and wet, but that wasn’t the case at all.
The second – sixth day was glorious sun, some days with nary a cloud in the sky, and what cloud there was certainly wasn’t overhead, it was sticking to the horizon line.
Now don’t get me wrong, clear blue skies and blazing sun made for very difficult photographic conditions � there’s a reason photographers love a mean ‘n’ moody cloudy sky.
The bright sun produces harsh lighting conditions, very high-contrast areas between light and dark – such as between shadows and patches of sunlight, so the choice of subject has to be selected very carefully to try and minimise these problematic areas, so in a lot of the images below you’ll see a minimising of the amount of clear blue sky I included, but this wasn’t always possible, and in those circumstances I either had to select different compositions or get creative with the compositions I wanted to photograph.
Despite the above, I still think I managed to capture some really good images.