Devils Pulpit in Stirling just North of Glasgow is an interesting place to photography. It’s a 100 feet deep gorge and the water looks like it runs red, I think this to something to do with the rock formation there as the water picks it up and gives the look as it’s running a very dark red.
I’ve visited a couple of times now and to get the best shots you really need to wade up through the river. So I would recommend some waders or swimming shoes as the ground is pretty rocky.
There is a large stone set in the middle which is the pulpit which rumour has it was used for sacrificing upon.. animals or people I don’t know, truth or rumour I don’t know.
There is easy parking on the road Drymen on the A809 very close to the small bridge and path that leads to the Devils Pulpit and if your going to photograph the location don’t worry about sunset and sunrise as you are set down within the gorge you won’t benefit from the light. Best time is during the day so it is bright I would recommend an ND filter to slow your shutter speeds down to get some nice flowing long exposure water effects but failing that a small aperture i.e. f22 and lowest ISO would be the way to go.
The location has been used in some TV programmes its a little tricky to get down to the river as its a very steep drop down and some makeshift stairs and rope have been placed there which does help. Sometimes it does get busy here so I would best avoid weekends if the sun is shinning. But well worth a visit.
The Isle of Skye in Scotland is a wonderful location for photography with it’s natural beauty, vast open space, rugged landscapes and abundance of waterfalls. This is our version of Iceland.. you might even catch some northern lights during winter. You could spend many weeks on Skye exploring all the areas but if you only have a few days here these are the top 4 locations to photograph. Be warned it does get very busy as plenty of tourists flock to the Isle of Skye most of whom are photographers as well.
Bring plenty of warm clothes and waterproof clothing, if you visit in the summer months expect rain and if you visit during the winter expect rain 🙂 Best way to get to Skye is by car crossing at the Skye bridge near the Kyle Of Lochalsh.
Skye is extremely remote don’t expect much in the way of shops or late night entertainment. My car broke down previously on Skye, snapped alternator belt. This had to be ordered in by a local garage from the mainland.. you won’t find a Halfords on Skye.
Hotels and B&B’s are expensive but also they tend to be fully booked as there are many tourists that visit Skye and not so many hotels. I would recommend staying at one of the campsites or free camping, the two campsites I know on Skye are Sligachan campsite IV47 8SW Tel: 01478 650204 and Staffin campsite IV51 9JX Tel: 01470 562213. I’ve stayed at the Sligachan campsite which was £7.50 per night/person. Check in advance as they may not be open during winter.
Also at Quiraing you have Trotternish Ridge which is to the right of my photo below. Quiraing is best photographed at sunrise. Car parking is a few minutes from location.
Old man of Storr – Location coordinates 57.49761, -6.15923
I would say the most iconic photo location from Skye. You park at the car park at the bottom of the hill and it’s a good 1h30m walk to the top where you get the best photo. It’s an uphill walk so bring a bottle of water with you. I would suggest doing this one late in the afternoon for sunset. You don’t really want to be going up here in the full sun. The sun will likely be behind the mountain at sunset but you should still get a nice light as the sun sets.
At Sligachan you have the old bridge set against the backdrop of the Cullin mountains. The Cullin mountains are also worth an explore as you will find some nice waterfalls and landscapes. The Sligachan campsite is also here, plus a pub 🙂
The Fairy Pools – Location coordinates 57.25034, -6.27268
This is a little off the beaten track as you need to drive a long a dirt country road to get to the parking at the bottom and then its a a good 40 minute walk up to the top of the fairy pools, just follow the signs and the tourists. Best time is after a few days of heavy rain as the waterfalls will be flowing much faster, not a sunset or sunrise location but if you do this during the day will be very busy with tourists. Winter would look great if you can drive the small road here.
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On my last night on the Isle of Skye on my trip last weekend I stayed at the campsite at Sligachan and met up with some buddies from Facebook who where also staying there. We got up early to do a sunrise shoot at Quiraing and then later in the day they took me to a couple of waterfalls near the campsite by the Cuillins.
This is photo from the second waterfall we went to, quite hard to find without a guide. Photo taken with the SonyA7R, three exposures bracketed and edited in Photoshop.
In the era of film cameras you could say they where finally surpassed with the arrival of the NikonD700. The NikonD700 was a full frame DSLR with 12mp and aimed at the pro market. Shortly after the NikonD700 was released Canon entered the full frame market with their offering the Canon 5d mark ii.
The Canon 5d mark ii body was also a full frame body but boasted a 21.1mp sensor and video quality that changed perspective of what a DSLR was with many film makers opting to use the canon 5d mark ii.
The used photography market is abundant with full frame cameras of the past generation. You can pick up a used Canon 5d mark ii body for under £500 on auction sites these days which makes the canon 5d mark ii a bargain.
The Canon 5d mark ii is still a highly relevant camera now for your primary camera or even as a second body when your travelling and need a backup for those emergencies.