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  1. Blighty
    Hiya Ralph,
    Glad you enjoyed your walk. This is my favourite season and the colours of spring are beautiful. From a photographic PoV, distance and elevation don't make much difference, that is unless you're looking for majestic, unspoilt and sweeping vistas. This, however, brings to mind a basic conflict I have about my photography. When I go for a walk in any given place, is the impetus photographic or is it simply 'coz I just want to walk there. In other words, am I a photographer who likes hiking or am I a hiker who just takes a camera with them. It doesn't worry me much and I lose no sleep over it because the images I take (and subsequently print) are meaningful to me. Have you posted any in the gallery? Would like to see your shots. Regards, Niels (blighty).
  2. coigach
    coigach
    Went up Beinn a' Chrulaiste yesterday, from Altnafeadh at the head of Glencoe in the central highlands of Scotland. Compared to it's neighbours, it doesn't look the most exciting of mountains, but the view is incredible, particularly towards Buachaille Etive Mor. Here is a link to a trip report on the Scottish Hills website which gives an idea of the great views:
    http://www.scottishhills.com/html/mo...ewtopic&t=2438

    This is my second photo trip up this hill, the first (hairy!) trip was in the snow last winter, but I didn't get the photo I was after, so I tried again. Enthusiastically (or foolishly!) I carried my Pentax 67II with 75mm lens and my Manfrotto 055CX3 + 468MGRC4 ballhead to the summit - when added to the usual necessary outdoor kit the result was a bl*ody heavy rucsac...! (Will stick to my normal hillwalking combo, Fuji GA645zi + lightweight Velbon carbon tripod next time).

    Views great, was on summit for low light - left summit 8.30pm. Hopefully got my picture this time. Will post anything worthwhile to gallery sometime.

    Cheers,
    Gavin
  3. Blighty
    Blighty
    Good stuff Gavin. I went up Fairfield (in The Lakes) yesterday. Only took a digi with me though, I'm sorry to confess, so that precludes my posting any images here. Shit!!
  4. coigach
    coigach
    The Lakes are lovely - not done too much walking there. Have done Skiddaw, Helvellyn, the High Street ridge and Catbells, all years ago though.

    So many beautiful hills to climb, so little time...!

    Cheers,
    Gavin

    PS - An intersting discussion earlier. I used to be a walker who took some photographs, but now I'm definitely a photographer who walks. No other reason to explain the madness of carting heavy medium format gear up mountains...
  5. coigach
    coigach
    A couple of days ago I went up Sgurr a 'Chaorachain in Applecross in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Was on summit around 9pm ish, again carted my Pentax 67II + 75mm lens + tripod to the top. Fool...!

    Beautiful views over amazing terrraced sandstone ridges, then over to Skye and Torridon. A fab part of the world. No midgies either!

    The Applecross Inn is a great pub with brilliant seafood if you're ever in the area.

    Here's a link to some hillwalking photos and trip reports of this hill to give you an idea of the views:
    http://www.scottishhills.com/html/mo...=area&hill=172

    Cheers,
    Gavin
  6. coigach
    coigach
    Was at Arichonan yesterday, a village in Argyll in the west highlands of Scotland. This is a ruined village, forcibly 'cleared' in 1848 during the Highland Clearances. The 'clearance' was opposed by tenants and is quite well documented, eg:
    http://lettereold.humnet.unipi.it/ai...3_MACINNES.pdf

    The site is beautifully situated high on the hillside, with fine views down to Loch Sween. One of the ruined houses has distinctive triangular stone windows. Here's a photo found on a google image search:
    http://www.pbase.com/crisscross/image/80140671

    I'm in the early stages of a project photographing sites associated with the Highland Clearances.

    Cheers,
    Gavin
  7. Wyno
    Wyno
    Gary (Poisson du Jour), Arthitril, Steve Robb and I will be heading down to the Otway rainforest tomorrow for a little trek in the cold and wet. The Weather Bureau has promised that there will be over 100mm of rain down there this weekend, so we're aiming to get a little bit muddy. And then there are the leeches. Lots of leeches. We're going to Wye River Falls which has no defined track. You have to follow pink ribbons that have been tied to the trees to find your way through dense scrub and trees. One or two of the guys are bringing their partners. I hope they're tough, because it will be very rough and very muddy. Two guys are taking 4x5's and I'm taking the 8x10 and shooting Velvia.
    Hopefully Gary and I will be able to put up some shots from the trip in the next few weeks.
    Mike
  8. SteveR
    SteveR
    It was a good little adventure, not nearly as drenching as we had expected... although, we couldn't get to our last destination because the track had turned into a churning torrent! However, on the up side, I didn't come across a single leech this time!
  9. Wyno
    Wyno
    Well it ended up only being Gary, Steve and myself who got to the Otways,, but it was well worth it. The track from the carpark was blocked by orange webbing and a note from the Parks department saying that it was closed due to falling trees, but we, being the dedicated photographers that we are, ignored it and, burdened with our gear continued on. About halfway there was more orange webbing across the start of a bridge, which had had a tree fall on it. Gary, our lab rat, went across first, because he's the lightest, then Steve and then me with 30 kilos of gear and 90 kilos of me. Not a problem.
    The track, or should I say creek, was continuously uphill, and at times the water flowing down it was 15cms deep. Still after another kilometre and a half we arrived at the falls which were in full flood. There had been around 100mm of rain in the previous 2 days, so it was no wonder. We spent the next 1 1/2 hours taking photos, getting drenched and generally enjoying ourselves. Then we had the trek back to the car, all 3 kilometres of it. We piled into the car and went into Lorne for a bit of lunch and then tried to get to Sheoak Falls but the water level on the track was at waist height on me and I'm 182cm, so we dropped that idea and decided to take some shots of the tesselated pavement on the foreshore instead.
    Last weekend I had a 50th birthday party to go to, 120 kms from home, so I decide to kill two birds with one stone, and went on to Hamilton, a further 150 kms. After all the rain we've had I knew that the falls at Wannon and Nigretta would be flowing well too, so off I toddled with the Tachihara. As you can see from the attached photos on Flickr, it was well worth it.
    Mike

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40218037@N05/
  10. SteveR
    SteveR
    Thinking back on it Mike, we probably should have used our 'lab rat' to properly determine the depth of water over the track at Sheoak Falls too :P
  11. Wyno
    Wyno
    For those who've never seen him, Gary is about 5' 5'' or so. The water level would have been very close to neck level for him. I really don't think he would've enjoyed that.
    Mike
  12. coigach
    coigach
    Another trip to the far northwest highlands of Scotland.

    Trekked into Sandwood Bay, a remote mile-long beach complete with sea stack, reckoned by many to be the finest beach in Britain.
    Walked in for the dusk low tide and got perfect light, will post something to gallery when film processed. Went with my wife, so I took an extra camera as I had a load-sharer - took my Pentax 67II, 75mm lens and my Fotoman 617, 150mm Caltar...!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandwood_Bay

    Also had a trip to Rosal, a village cleared during the Highland Clearances - I'm working on a long-term project photographing clearance sites.
    http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/suthe...athnaver.shtml

    Cheers,
    Gavin
  13. coigach
    coigach
    A trip to wooded Glen Lyon in Perthshire, Scotland for the glorious atumn colours...
  14. coigach
    coigach
    Another trip to Arichonan yesterday, a village in Argyll in the west highlands of Scotland. This is a ruined village, forcibly 'cleared' in 1848 during the Highland Clearances. The 'clearance' was opposed by tenants and is quite well documented, eg:
    http://lettereold.humnet.unipi.it/ai...3_MACINNES.pdf

    The site is beautifully situated high on the hillside, with fine views down to Loch Sween. One of the ruined houses has distinctive triangular stone windows. Here's a photo found on a google image search:
    http://www.pbase.com/crisscross/image/80140671

    This is my second photo trip here, part of a long term project photographing sites associated with the Highland Clearances. Beautiful autumn colours this time.

    Cheers,
    Gavin
  15. coigach
    coigach
    Went up Stac Pollaidh today, a mountain in the northwest highlands of Scotland. Lovely stormy winter light, was lucky enough to get a ribbon of light working across the flank of Suliven with dark heavy sky above. In my opinion Suliven is the finest mountain in Scotland.

    I used my Fotoman 617 panoramic and my Mamiya 7 - when combined with a tripod + the necessary outdoor kit it all made for a heavy rucsac...!

    Cheers,
    Gavin
  16. Markster
    Markster
    Jan 30th I went snow shoeing around Bear Lake (if I recall) that was up about 30mi off of Boulder, Colorado.

    Temperature was PERFECT. On the lake the cold wind seriously whipped into you making you shiver, but for the rest of the hike the sun was out and it was warm enough to unzip the jacket a bit and keep the gloves off.

    Hiked around 6 miles total... Last mile on the way back we were rather beat so some of us took our shoes off and hiked it (following a snow-covered access road) back to the parking lot. I took many pics on my Ektar 100 test roll.

    Had a couple pics taken of me on my sister's digital P&S. Man my face looks fat. I need to lose 15 lbs or so. Lol!

    No photos yes, haven't developed the film yet.
  17. coigach
    coigach
    A trip up Sgurr an Fhidleir, a mountain in the northwest highlands of Scotland. Carried Fotoman 617 + Mamiya 7. Snow top 700ft or so, much windier than the mountain forecast predicted - cloud closed in at summit, wind whipped snow into spindrift, became very difficult to stand or see...!

    Suitably chastened, I made it down hill before nightfall, no photos, but a great (if hairy!) mountain day out. View is incredible from summit when you can stand upright for photos! - have already decided to revisit this mountain and camp near summit for a photo trip in early summer.

    An idea of the mountain here on Scottishills, a hillwalking website I often use:
    http://www.scottishhills.com/html/mo...ewtopic&t=8544
  18. 24x30
    24x30
    Looks great - I should think about going there one day.
  19. Markster
    Markster
    Those shots are awesome coigach! A stunning view all around, but I especially love the shot looking down the nose (nearly straight down!).
  20. coigach
    coigach
    Walked today into the Triple Buttreses of Coire Mhic Fhearcair. This amazing cliff face is underneath Beinn Eighe, a mountain in the northwest highlands of Scotland. Took Fotoman 617 and Mamiya 7, was rewarded with nice brooding light looking to the peaks in the Flowerdale forest. Got soaked on return walk though...! Here's an idea of the terrain:
    http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/torri...earchair.shtml
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