To Scotland!

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Cederic, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 14, 2012
    Full gallery (of 87 shots) including full-size versions, but in here I'll focus on some key highlights.

    The weather in England was fun. Heavy snow, TV publicising 15 foot drifts, roads closed... people told us we'd never get to Scotland. Indeed, on the way we found Hadrian's Wall looking very white:


    However, by the time we'd reached Stirling we were mocking our friends digging out their cars in England. Robert the Bruce overlooking the William Wallace monument (sorry, cliche tourist shot):


    From there, things just got pretty. Somewhere just west from Pitlochry:


    The natives were friendly enough:


    We had to stop at the loch named when some Scottish king asked his three year old, "What should we call this loch?" Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Loch Lochy:


    Reaching Eilean Donan at sunset made it impossible to take a bad photograph. I tried anyway:


    There were tourists taking photographs there. I hate tourists taking photographs:


    Still, he'd spotted a good shot:


    Come back in another thread for The Isle of Skye.
  2. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Nice shots, thanks for sharing.

  3. guzziknight

    guzziknight Mu-43 Veteran

    May 18, 2011
    Nice shots! I was there last June for my honeymoon. I went to some of the same places, including Loch Lochy. I was wondering why it had that name, lol.

  4. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 14, 2012
    I'm not sure myself. I may have made up the bit about the 3yo. It did seem the only reasonable explanation though :)
  5. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
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    As a Scot would say: "See you, Cederic, you're pure dead magic, so you are"
  6. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Very nice set. I'd like to see the Eilean Donan shot in HDR. :cool:
  7. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 14, 2012
    Aye, I used Lightroom to mess with the highlights and shadows to get that pseudo-hdr feel, but it's all from a single image. I'm not equipped for multi-image HDR (in so many ways). :)

    The most obvious downside is a purple line down the edge of the castle; the original image didn't have that. I just prefer the detail in the brickwork and sky to the blandness and shadows the out-of-camera picture had.
  8. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    Nice work. I really like Scotland.
  9. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
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  10. OpenCS

    OpenCS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Since there was some debate, it's called Loch Lochy because of ignorant English-speakers who can't be bothered to learn/pronounce the original Gaelic (which is Lochaidh, pronounced somewhat but not entirely like "Loch-ee"). Not a dig at anybody on here, obviously, but nobody should be entirely surprised that English renderings of a foreign language are sometimes woefully inadequate.. the Highlands are full of stupidly and needlessly Anglicised versions of beautiful Gaelic words, sadly.
  11. poisson rouge

    poisson rouge Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 13, 2013
    Thank you. I LOVE your photos from Scotland!
  12. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
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    WOW! -Thanks for posting. I need to visit the land of my ancestors.