This is the view I encountered on the 21st of December last year, on my way home from a short stay in Campbeltown. This was the late, low-sun view from the beach at Bellachantuy on the Kintyre Peninsula. What made me stop to try this as a mainly portrait guy, was the desire to play with an amazing new toy. I recently bought a Sony NEX 5 as I really want to try a large sensor mirrorless camera as I think they may have real potential for portraits without frightening your subjects in the way that my fairly large Canon 7D can. An interesting feature is that there is a massive third-party industry in adapters for other lenses. Naturally I can’t resist that, and so blew £27 on Ebay for an Olympus OM adapter. My amazing and handsome friend Martin, (who has featured a few times on my blog) has loaned me a few of his Olympus OM1 lenses to try out. Back to the plot: I had the 135mm prime on the NEX 5 body, (manual focus only), and it seemed to really suit this shot straight into the sun and back towards the Mull of Kintyre. I plan to play a lot more with these Olympus Zuiko lenses, but here is my first posting using manual focus, and no “exif” data, so I can’t remember the f-stop or ISO or anything. Hope you like it. Much more soon about this seriously fun toy.
This was a return to my Canon 7D and a wide angle, standard zoom. This was a little further along the peninsula towards Lochgilphead. The view is straight out towards the Paps of Jura. The view from the peninsula is truly magical and I strongly urge you to visit it sometime soon, the view out to eternity is essential to see if you want to explore Scotland.
Stunning image, looks like something from the Arctic. The views to Jura, and sunsets behind the paps, from the road to Campbeltown are something special 😉