Or an old-fashioned New England fisherman's rubber overcoat. The yellow ones. NOTHING gets through those.
Originally Posted by Lachlan Young
Except that you can't move in those, or sweat will make you as wet from the inside as you would have been from the outside without it.
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
Wool it is. The lanolin is a mickle fine smirahorrigan deterrent.
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
I live in Edinburgh and am in the Highlands twice a month on photographic trips. Have been working in the Highlands for many years. I'm a newbie to APUG, but hope to get some stuff submitted to the gallery soon, mostly B+W landscapes.
The Highlands are great, but weather is very changeable. This means of course that plans can go awry, but also that the light can be very dramatic. Weather wise, the best idea is to check the climbers forecast
http://www.mwis.org.uk/ and also phone a hotel in the area you plan to go as close as possible to the time you're going to be in that area - they will tell you what it's really doing outside! The general BBC forecast is often wrong, particularly on the west coast.
My favourite times to work are Oct- March: often better dramatic light, hopefully some snow on the hills, and, if you work in colour, the hills are an attractive russet brown rather than the uniform green of summer. And there are no midges! Downsides are (even) more unpredictable weather and short daylight hours.
The best time to go if you don't want the winter is May though. Landscape colours not uniforn green yet, it's statistically the driest month of the year and the midges are not out yet. July and August are often wet and you'll get eaten to death by the midges...!
I've got hundreds of favourite locations, but the far North West is my favourite: try Applecross, Skye, Assynt, Torridon. If anybody wants any more info please email me.
Hope this is useful,
We already had these horrible midges at the beginning of May, according to mild springtime. They really kill you!!! Myriads of them!
That`s the only nasty thing about the Highlands!
Just got back from a stay on the Isle of Lewis where we have a small place. Christmas Day was spent on the local beach, kite flying, taking snaps [Perkeo1] and drinking Gluvine. Nice. Had to [almost ] rope ourselves down to stop us been blown off to Greenland mind you but it was mild. Light at this time of year is fantastic - if it shows itself - which it doesn't that often. 'Moody' is a term that springs to mind in winter.
Funniest moment [thankfully] was when my chum Vic, who was partially marinated at the time, flambe'd the back of head after leaning back too close to a candle. I thought he looked just like a Christmas pud at the time. He wasn't hurt as he didn't have that much hair to burn.
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Lucky you! The Isle of Lewis!
Want to buy a house there, too!
I'll be in Scotland in September. If something were to happen formally (or even informally) that would be cool.
We'll be in Edinburgh a few days, then Aberdeenshire, then up to the highlands and the Western Isles. Exact details still being determined.
We'll also be in London for a little over a week.
Feel free to PM if you're in the area and want to get together. I shoot everything from 35mm to 4x5 but I think airline weight considerations will probably keep me confined to 35mm on this trip.
Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.
Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?