TGOC-2014: 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.

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Improving weather – Loch Calavie. Five minutes after I took this, it was pouring rain.
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Into the Monadliaths
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Textbook erosion – Allt Mhor. See Robin Evans’s blog for a colour version of this picture .
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Camping in Glen Mazeran
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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.
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The Devil’s Point. A great pitch across the river from the Corrour bothy.
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Fallen pine near Mar Lodge. I tried a slightly different treatment here to highlight the texture of the tree.
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Morrone birchwoods between Mar Lodge and Braemar. This is another example of where the monochrome captures the light much better than its colour equivalent.
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River North Esk, downriver from Tarfside. A dull day.
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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).

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