Scotland, which places to visit to take awesome pictures?


petrochemist

Link Posted 26/06/2012 - 14:20
I'll be heading up to Knockhill for the bank holiday weekend in August. But I'll be working during the Day so will only have early morning & the evening for photography away from the track. Are there any gems near Dumfermline that I should explore?

It's an 8+ hour drive to get there so I don't often go to Scotland except when working, I've managed to get one trip a year through work for at least the last 5 years, but there's never a chance to hang around. Last time on my own time was ~20 years ago.
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RAB

Link Posted 26/06/2012 - 19:01
tyronet2000 wrote:
If it isn't raining
When you can't see the hill tops it's raining. When you can see the hill tops it's going to rain.

There's no such thing as "bad weather", just "the wrong clothes"
"He's not the Messiah, ..."

tyronet2000

Link Posted 26/06/2012 - 19:31
RAB wrote:
tyronet2000 wrote:
If it isn't raining
When you can't see the hill tops it's raining. When you can see the hill tops it's going to rain.

There's no such thing as "bad weather", just "the wrong clothes"

And wasn't I pleased I'd taken my lightweight "Heavy Weather" gear with me to Aberdeen last weekend
Regards
Stan

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Galoot

Link Posted 27/06/2012 - 20:56
You can get "awesome" pictures anywhere in Scotland, just the same as you can get "awesome" pictures on your own door-step.

You don't arrive at a place where there are "awesome" pictures.

You have to be a photographer that takes, "awesome" pictures, at places you go to.

John.
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 28/06/2012 - 01:50
The grey council estates of Glasgow are a hoot!

but I highly recommend visiting the infamous Castle Arrrrgghhhh!!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/Castle_stalker2.jpg


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greynolds999

Link Posted 28/06/2012 - 09:31
Just to add, the Forth Bridge is now clear of scaffolding. It's hard to take a non-clichéd shot, but get to South Queensferry at dawn and if the weather's right it looks amazing.
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Hullman

Link Posted 28/06/2012 - 10:31
I'm a relative Scotland Newbie (been there twice) but have fallen in love with the scenery. I haven't managed to get further up the west coast than Glencoe, but was blown away by the views.

In my limited experience I would defiantly recommend Ranoch moor (A82 runs straight through it so easy to get to) and if you do travel that way, take a little time to turn off the A82 just before you get to Glencoe and the Three Sisters down a single track road that follows the river Etive (I think it's signposted Geln Etive). The road goes for about 12 miles and ends so you have to come back but, OMG, the photo opportunities are amazing.

I'll upload a few to my Gallery.

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Hullman

Link Posted 28/06/2012 - 10:51
Smeggypants wrote:
The grey council estates of Glasgow are a hoot!

but I highly recommend visiting the infamous Castle Arrrrgghhhh!!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/Castle_stalker2.jpg


It's real name is the Castle Stalker, but those French who fire arrows in the tops of your heads didn't know that

Totally agree with Smeggy...

Castle Arrrgggghhhh!
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The_archaeologist

Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 16:51
I would like to visit Scotland, but I want to see spectacular places where I can take awesome pictures...suggestions? Maybe some photos as well?

I suspect God might possibly have created Scotland with a long term view to the DSLR camera. For a seven day sortie I'd keep it simple, start from Dunoon and then head to a hotel or whatever beside Loch Awe. From there proceed to blow your socks off with what you'll want to photograph in and around Argyll and Bute thereafter.
Over past and numerous visits to Scotland I have shot down the throat of a basking shark, had to stop the car whilst a family of short eared owls played silly buggers in the middle of the road, stumbled upon a Golden eagle sitting on a mound fifteen yards from the side of the road and shot a Sea eagle coming straight at me twenty foot above the waves...amongst many other things. For a dynamic sense of Scotland's very distant past (I'm a student of archaeology so this kind of floats my boat) visit what I've termed as 'the valley of the lithics' from Cairnbaan through Kilmartin on the A816. Here you'll find some 800 ancient stone circles etc all waiting for you to photograph them against suitably dark & brooding Scottish skies

Scotland is full of endless photographic wonders, so just go...and enjoy!

tyronet2000

Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 19:13
The coastline of Scotland, especially the West Coast was undoubtably designed by Slartibartfast, the Award Winning Coastline (Norway ref Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) Designer from Magrathea. Not sure who was responsible for the rest of Scotland
Regards
Stan

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The_archaeologist

Link Posted 02/07/2012 - 20:28
tyronet2000 wrote:
The coastline of Scotland, especially the West Coast was undoubtably designed by Slartibartfast, the Award Winning Coastline (Norway ref Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) Designer from Magrathea. Not sure who was responsible for the rest of Scotland

The concept for the remainder of what would ultimately become known as Scotland was constructed by the Galactic Blim following a successful tender for works issued by Crunthuspian Clattergrip Terrastructures CLC.

...I'm somewhat surprised by the fact that you weren't aware of this eventuality?

chunky

Link Posted 02/07/2012 - 21:52
Well being a resident of Skye I would have to go with Skye being the best place.
But quite honestly I am awestruck wherever I travel in Scotland, outside of the city centres.
Nothing wrong with city centres, I was born and raised in Whitechapel but I just hate cities.
Chunky

Tringa

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 21:32
Scotland is such a marvellous and varied country that listing good locations would crash this forum.

My personal favourites are

generally anywhere north and west of the Great Glen, especially Torridon/Gairloch on the NW coast,

the east coast north of Inverness,

Glen Nevis,

Loch Huorn,

the Outer Hebrides, especially the beaches on Harris,

Ullapool and anywhere north on the west coast,

the north coast,

and Shetland,

oh and I forgot Skye - how could I do that?

Can you let us know when you want to go, where you are travelling from and how, and how long you have to visit?

Dave
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