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Torridon 2020 trip Days 1 to 3

26/01/2020
‘Loch Torridon’
‘Loch Torridon’
 

Dave and I both left home early Thursday morning to head towards Scotland. For the second year running we decided to stay over in Glencoe for a couple of days to break up the journey before meeting up with Guy Aubertin in Scotland.

We planned to meet at Tulla around lunchtime and we managed to fit in an excellent session playing with the pine trees. I managed to make one respectable image and another composition I will save for better light.

‘Tulla pine’
‘Tulla pine’
 

Day two was spent at Kinlochleven exploring the hillside. I started the session on the beach making another seaweed image for my collection.

‘Seaweed’
‘Seaweed’
 

Then I joined Dave on the hillside. Climbing gradually higher we made a string of images which seemed to work better the higher up we were. I found a nice boulder and an excellent birch tree and was able to pull together this image - it worked better horizontally than vertically.

‘Leven’
‘Leven’
 

The configuration of hills opposite was so appealing and the weather so atmospheric that I made a second image with my Hasselblad 60.

‘Across Loch Leven’
‘Across Loch Leven’
 

After the session, Dave and I popped round to meet up with Tim Parkin who made the move up to Glencoe from Yorkshire a couple of years back. And excellent natter as always and it was good to see him again.

The following day (day three) Dave and I split up - him to pick up Guy from Inverness and me to drive up the west coast. We planned to rejoin at at Torridon village. Whilst I waited for them to arrive we got some amazing light down the loch and I made a couple of images.

The second was my favourite.

‘Loch Torridon’
‘Loch Torridon’
 

The Glencoe stopover has become a helpful decompression chamber that allows me to mentally re-align into a picture making space. As we processed pictures on Saturday evening (once again I learned huge amounts from Dave & Guys tutelage) the weather forcast of snow for Torridon started to get rather 'interesting'...