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Ealaghol (Elgol) - Isle of Skye with Loch Skavaig in the foreground.


I'm jumping way forward in my recent Hebrides trip, right to the end in fact. This has to be one of my most favourite places to photograph and its well worth the effort of getting there.


Why am I not posting these in order ? Well I awoke this morning and my wife asked do you want me to wash your green zipper (A North Face Soft Shell jacket I wear when out photographing) - "aye go ahead please"...


I was checking weather forecasts to see if it was worthwhile having an early rise tomorrow, Lee (My good wife) took the dog out for a walk, then it dawned on me, ALL of my images from our recent trip were on a 4GB CF card in an inside pocket of the green zipper. I really felt physically sick, I dashed downstairs as I could hear the washing machine turning over, opened the door relieved to see that the green zipper wasn't in there.


I glanced out of the window and nearly feinted when I saw the zipper hanging on the washing line.


Of course the CF card was still tucked away safely in the inside pocket.


Cut to the end, I dried it off popped it in the reader and thank God/thank Sandisk/thank Persil Automatic the images were all still intact.


This was the last image I shot on that card and the first I saw when I opened them in ACR, I just had to process it immediately as I was so happy to still have the images.


The image itself is approx a 50 second exposure with an NDx1000 filter attached and a Cokin P Series 1 stop ND Grad to try and hold onto a little of the sky. Just before I went away I bought a copy MC36 remote cord and saved about £75 on the RRP. Its a crackin wee bit of kit and for 24 quid can't be beaten for that wee helping hand you need for long exposure shots.


I had been in Stornoway only hours before and quite down due to the bad weather, we had camped near Stornoway and were up at 4 am to get the Ferry to Ullapool. I dont know why but I decided to come down the Wester Ross Coastal route, it was appalling weather there also but at least I have set a few markers on places I will go back to photograph. Anyway I popped out at Plockton, looked over towards Skye and could see the Cuillin shrouded in cloud as usual, BUT I had made a promise to myself that anytime I am near, that I will go back to try and get the shot, it never happened this time again but I shall return again and I'm not too unhappy with this one.


In fact I'm going to have this one printed as a wee minder that my luck is not all bad.

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Taken on August 27, 2008