Any photographer visiting Scotland’s Western Isles will set off with two surefire expectations: rain and wind. They’ll also have in the back of their mind a nugget of hope: exciting light. Of course the latter is largely dictated by the former. It is the constant stream of Atlantic weather fronts which bombard these low-lying islands, that give rise to some of the most dynamic light anywhere.
And so it was with expectation and hope in mind (plus a decent set of waterproofs) that I recently set off for Lewis, Harris and North Uist (in that order). It had been 10 long years since I last visited the Outer Hebrides and apart from re-acquainting myself with some favoured sites, I was charged with the task of capturing the essence of the Hebridean coastline for the 2020VISION project. Now the deal is quite simple in these remote islands: wait for long enough (normally in horizontal sleet) and you’ll get good light. And so I did.
It was windy, in fact at times it was extremely windy and of course it did rain. But between the showers, the light at times was sublime. It’s not always a pretty place; it’s not always comfortable. But when it’s good, it’s very, very good.
And now for the capitalist sting in the tail: did I mention we’re running a tour to the Hebs in 2012? No? Well I’m mentioning it now! If you’d like to join me, view the tour here.
3 thoughts on “The (very) Wild West.”
Tempted to join you next spring…
That first picture is awesome the colour of the water against the sand. I was up that way to summers ago, for about three weeks with my girlfriend. I prepared her for all the rain, blighters, etc. We had one day of rain and one day of midge infestation and that was it. Perfect sun and a very light warm breeze to keep away the midges.
Nice work anyway.
That second shot is very nice (peach of a shot). I have just come back from North Uist myself and have a couple of very nice landscape images too. I did not see any midges – too much strong wind and changeable conditions absolutely ideal for landscape photography.