TGOC 14: Photographic impressions

I guess that most Challengers take photos of their walk and there are some great landscape photos on Challenger blogs.  I’ve been learning about digital photo manipulation recently so I thought that instead of the usual colour pictures, I’d present a more impressionistic view of my Challenge, in monochrome. Some of these I’m pleased with and I think they capture the atmosphere well; others, I’m not so sure. I’d like to know what others think (please be candid). Click on a photo to see a larger version.

Improving weather - Loch Calavie. Five minutes after I took this, it was pouring rain.
Improving weather – Loch Calavie. Five minutes after I took this, it was pouring rain.

Into the Monadliaths
Into the Monadliaths

Textbook erosion - Allt Mhor. See Robin Evans's blog for a colour version of this (http://blogpackinglight.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/tgo-challenge-2014-day-5/)
Textbook erosion – Allt Mhor. See Robin Evans’s blog for a colour version of this (http://blogpackinglight.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/tgo-challenge-2014-day-5/)

Glen Mazeran-mono-1
Camping in Glen Mazeran

The Lairig Ghru. This is my favourite shot as I think it captures the bleak beauty of the Lairig much better than a 'prettier' colour shot
The Lairig Ghru. This is my favourite shot as I think it captures the bleak beauty of the Lairig much better than a ‘prettier’ colour shot

The Devil's Point. A great pitch across the river from the Corrour bothy.
The Devil’s Point. A great pitch across the river from the Corrour bothy.

Fallen pine near Mar Lodge. I tried a slightly different treatment here to highlight the texture of the tree.
Fallen pine near Mar Lodge. I tried a slightly different treatment here to highlight the texture of the tree.

Morrone birchwoods between Mar Lodge and Braemar. This is another example of where the monochrome captures the light much better than its colour equivalent
Morrone birchwoods between Mar Lodge and Braemar. This is another example of where the monochrome captures the light much better than its colour equivalent

River North Esk, downriver from Tarfside. A dull day.
River North Esk, downriver from Tarfside. A dull day.

Dreaming of St Cyrus. I tried to achieve a slightly ethereal quality in this picture from the cliffs at St Cyrus.
Dreaming of St Cyrus. I tried to achieve a slightly ethereal quality in this picture from the cliffs at St Cyrus.

A note on equipment. After reading Chris Townsend’s blog post (and a bunch of other stuff) I bought a Sony mirrorless camera a couple of years ago to replace an ageing DSLR. I agree with Chris that it’s an excellent camera for walking and backpacking and I haven’t regretted this decision at all.

I took it on the Challenge last year but this year decided to take a compact camera as I found I didn’t really like carrying a separate camera case and it was a pain to get it in and out of my rucksack. My compact camera is a Sony RX-100 and I’m delighted with the quality for a pocket camera. It lived in my trouser pocket and got a few knocks without any problems. I’d certainly take it again and recommend it as a great quality:weight trade-off.

If you are interested in landscape photography, you might like this article ‘Digital Landscape Photography – Yes, But is it Art’, which critiques the technically perfect approach to landscape photography by people like Colin Prior. While I think that discussions on what is and isn’t art are completely pointless, I can see what this guy is getting at – sometimes imperfect images convey the essence of a scene far more effectively. (thanks to Chris Townsend’s tweet for the link)

5 thoughts on “TGOC 14: Photographic impressions

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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    To my mind B&W is still a fantastic medium for photos.
    Loved it… 🙂

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  • June 2, 2014 at 8:43 am
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    Some good pictures there. B&W can be excellent for landscapes. Ansel Adams 🙂

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  • June 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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    Some lovely shots, Ian.
    For me, the stand-out pictures are Loch Calavie and St Cyrus. I think this because both are instantly pleasing to the eye (laziness on my part, perhaps?) and I really like the composition of each.

    My favourite is St Cyrus – but this may well be coloured by the fact that I’ve finished my Challenges there over a dozen times and for me it sums up the wonderful feeling of a fleeting moment of being alone with your thoughts after two weeks of Challenging conditions.

    Thank you.
    🙂

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  • June 5, 2014 at 11:04 pm
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    As follow up, I like them all, but The Esk is a superb photo.

    Just off to convert some of mine to Monochrome 🙂

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