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Scotland, mighty landscapes and little ferries

by Mike

11 February 2017 • Scotland is one of my paradises. As a pro photographer I am crazy about the sea, I love mountains and I am passionate about passenger ships. Scotland has it all.

My first Scottish photo and ferry expedition was back in November 2011, and all credit goes to my good friend Bruce Peter who organized a very complete itinerary. We have been lucky too: the light conditions were simply stunning, after a week of rain.

In short: the aim was to capture the several Caledonian MacBrayne ferries in the amazing Scottish landscapes. I cannot remember how many ferries we took. It was for sure one of the best ferry photo trips ever.

Enjoy the pictures. Captions refer to the name of the ports or islands.

Colintraive - RhubodachPortavadie - TarbertKennacraigKennacraigPort Askaig and JuraPort Askaig and JuraObanMallaigMallaig - ArmadaleArmadaleUigUigUllapoolUllapoolUllapool

In 2013 Véronique and I were briefly in Scotland again, on the way from Portugal to Iceland with Ponant's LE SOLEAL. (see previous report here )

Other places, other month. In fact it was in July, and the temperatures were reaching the 30°C. Different light conditions, but still very attractive.

IonaCoincidence: Irish President Michael D Higgins visiting Iona to mark the 1,450th anniversary of St Columba's arrival on the island, on the very day we were there.

And then in 2016 we were back in Scotland again, to celebrate Bruce's and Elspeth's wedding...on board a CalMac ferry. Have you missed this? You can find it here.

Two pictures from this unique day:

IonaIsle of ArranArdrossan

Some information about the photographic gear. All pictures (except those on the wedding day) have been taken with a medium format camera, a Mamiya 645AF-DIII with a Phase One P25 digital back, and processed with Capture One software.

Me waiting for the ferry in Uig.Priceless guide and friend, Bruce Peter, in his natural habitat: a Scottish ferry.

Text and photos: Mike