The photos featured in this post are from either the Islands of Skye or Mull. I recently visited Mull and I am desperate to return to Skye sometime this year. People ask me why this country is so special for professional landscape photographers in Scotland and I think there are many reasons. One of them is the feeling/atmosphere of the Highlands in Scotland, the landscape just goes into your soul. If you immerse yourself into the landscape you feel part of the history and this helps your photography. This can also apply to a certain extent with other aspects of the profession, such as corporate and event photography for instance, however it is certainly more relevant for landscape photography. Here are some other reasons why Scotland and particularly the Highlands and Islands is just the business for us photographers:
- Due to the unsettled weather there clouds most of the time, an essential for landscape and infrared photography
- The unsettled weather also brings storms, with black skies and the little but of sun reflecting on the foreground subjects
- There are often old boats and machinery left untouched for decades, again great for the landscape shooter
- There is usually, although not so much nowadays on Skye, more space for photographers, less of these pesky people to get in the way
- Its not a massive country and unlike other vast countries like Canada and Australia, you have fairly short journeys between locations
More on this topic later, hope it puts you in the mood for some landscape photography.