Peter Bargh

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June 1st, 2012

A week in Isle of Skye

I took a week’s holiday and spent it on the Isle of Skye.

It’s the first time I’ve been to the island and I was expecting typical bad (but hopefully atmospheric) weather. It turned out to be a really unusual week – sun most days while much of  England was on flood warning!

We set off Saturday morning at 4am and the first stop was Scotch Corner for a coffee then on to the first photo stop at Glencoe.

blackrock cottage

I did the usual tripod hole shots of Backrock cottage but also aimed to get some slightly different viewpoints and also in infrared. Here’s one of those

Buachaille Etive MorThe next stop was just a short distance up the road – another classic shot – this time of Buachaille Etive Mor taken from a low angle on the river. I was disappointed to find the flow of water was limited so there were no really interesting cascades.

I’d gone to shoot the famous three cascade shot with a small tree in frame and the mountain in the background. I couldn’t see the particular falls so took a shot from here. I later (on the return home) found that this was the spot the shot is taken from (although slightly more to the left).

I really missed it on this first visit due to the lack of water and not realising that the large tree in the distance was actually the small tree in everyone’s photo.

The weather was also too clean for this shot. It needs more atmosphere to make the shot dramatic.

Quite interesting to see people wandering around with black nets over their faces. I’d yet to encounter the famous midge!

There was also what looked to be a tutorial group of photographers wandering around.

Next stop was the Glencoe war memorial which I also shot in infrared. And then on for a quick stop at Eilean Donan castle where a wedding was being held. The visitor centre was closed by the time we got there but we were able to wander around and even go over the bridge. I liked the shot from the right of the bridge as the sun was low in the sky and lighting this side.

Eilean Donan


We arrived at our destination Pier House Apartment around 9pm just before sunset and I quickly unpacked and rushed down to catch the last glimpses as it set behind the Cuillins.

I wandered around until about midnight and enjoyed the warm June weather and light conditions.

elgol boat and pier

elgol beach

On day two we hung around Elgol to rest from the previous day’s drive and soak in the location. Elgol is a beautifully peaceful village with some stunning coastline and views over to the Cuillins.

Coruisk House menu

On the last day we decided to eat at Elgol’s local restaurant at Coruisk House. What a good move that was.

The hosts were wonderful and the food exquisite. I had Samphire for the first time. It was served with Hake and I think it’s the slowest I’ve ever eaten a meal. Superb food.

And followed by a weird Ice Cream combination…salty caramel.

January 29th, 2012

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Headed off up to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for some photography and it rained!

The weather was dismal – drab grey sky and rain.

First stop was the YSP cafe for home cooked chips and a hummus & olive wrap, followed by scones with cream & jam…yummy!

I used my infrared converted Pentax *ist D and a 28mm f/2.8 lens for today’s photography. No tripod, flash or filters. I was lucky enough to catch the back end of the exhibition by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. A few of his statues were still on display in the grounds, sadly I missed the indoor exhibition as that closed on the 22nd.

October 25th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 298 – Autumn sunlight

Its low in the sky and despite the time of year still quite warm – I’m talking about the sun. And this shot is direct into the sun with a leaf in the foreground photographed using the infrared converted Pentax *ist D and 16-45mm zoom. I processed in lightroom to convert the red tone to brown – the flare is natural.