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Day Four Torridon

After two epic and exhilarating days of photography, day four was warm, wet, quiet and probably my most successful days of photography on the trip.

These were ideal conditions for my kind of photography and I spent several wonderful hours working the shore of Loch Torridon as the tide fell. This first image played with a theme of two interconnected colours of seaweed. The colour rendition of the GFX film modes are a marvel of engineering and so film like in their response to light that I no longer miss my favoured TK and Velvia 5x4 combination.

'Seaweed Study'
'Seaweed Study'


The second image was inspired by reading Paul Wakefield’s recent book again the night before. He regularly makes horizontal inner landscape images on 5x4, something I have historically avoided preferring the upright 5x4 shape. However I decided before the holiday started to challenge myself to make start making a series of horizontal inner landscape images and the potential of this composition jumped out at me. An interesting example of how forced constraints can play an important role in driving creativity. My best effort on this theme so far I think.

'Seaweed Study'
'Seaweed Study'


Guy and I worked the shore close to Torridon village some more and we both set up on some seaweed before my composition was destroyed by a sudden gust of wind. It must have been providence for I packed down and returned to an area that had caught my attention earlier. The black and red colour in the rocks was amazing but I felt it lacked an ingredient that could transcend the image beyond the straightforward. I hunted for a while longer and found this section where the red and black rocks had been invaded by lovely spikey green seaweed. I made a third image in a very productive 90 minute period.

'Torridon Rocks and Seaweed’
'Torridon Rocks and Seaweed’


An interesting lesson that is that I need to make sure we make more time for this kind of photography in the right location and right conditions on our trips. Chasing dramatic light is fun and all very well but time for quiet, contemplative photography is important.

With a rain shower coming in, Guy and I decided to visit a spot we had scouted on day one hoping the wet conditions would be perfect. It was good and between the rain showers I made this image.

'Tree and Grasses'
'Tree and Grasses'


Meeting up with David and Mark we worked an area David had scouted earlier in the week and I made a good old fashioned view camera image sitting down. Because the tripod height is often very low for many images shot with a view camera that use tilt to blend foreground detail with the mid-ground and background, it is often possible to engineer a composition where there is a convenient seat in position like a rock to utilise whilst the image is being made. Such compositions are rarely found outside cameras that have movements like tilts because when positioned so low down it is almost impossible to get the foreground and background simultaneously in focus.

'Birch trees on Loch Torridon'
'Birch trees on Loch Torridon'


Yet another wonderful day of photography. Surely the streak would end sometime?