I recently spent a week in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland.
Iâ€™ve been to this part of Scotland precisely one time before. That was a much briefer stay, and understandably I couldnâ€™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 wasnâ€™t the case at all.
The second â€“ sixth day was glorious sun, some days with nary a cloud in the sky, and what cloud there was certainly wasnâ€™t overhead, it was sticking to the horizon line.
Now donâ€™t get me wrong, clear blue skies and blazing sun made for very difficult photographic conditions ï¿½ thereâ€™s a reason photographers love a mean â€˜nâ€™ moody cloudy sky.
The bright sun produces harsh lighting conditions, very high-contrast areas between light and dark â€“ 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 youâ€™ll see a minimising of the amount of clear blue sky I included, but this wasnâ€™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.