Falls of Shin, Ullapool and the Isle of Skye: Trip Notes

Heading for the Isle of Skye today, but made some detours.  “The Falls of Shin” may sound like something out of a Chinese kung-fu movie, but consists of a coule of rapid like waterfalls of brown water.  I tried some slow exposures to smooth out the waterflow, came out OK at 1/4 second.

This area is owned by Mohamed El Fayed, who used to own Harrods, and there is an amazingly lifelike wax dummy of him from Madame Tussauds, dressed in a kilt, in the gift shop there.

The fishing port of Ullapool is really a one street subject. I shot some nice harbour boat images, but nothing special.  On the other hand, the lunch of fish and chips I had at the Seaforth Restaurant was outstanding…

Nowadays you can get to Skye by bridge (it’s free now) and the capital, Portree, is small but quite atmospheric.  Dramatic landscapes, but you really need good light.  We went round the north in the evening, and even in summer we ended up shooting Kilt Rock and the waterfall near it in dim twilight.  Actually, Helen’s D40 produced better colour in the images than the D200 I was using.  In these circumstances, especially when you ae shooting on the run, you have to keep your shutter speeds up, and let your ISO rise to get the shots. I don’t advise it, go out in better light if you have the choice.

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