The name Light Traveler is very simple ! A photographer travels to find the best light, to make the perfect image. I decided to use the American spelling of the word traveler, just because it looked a lot better on the page ! The blog is to keep you updated with changes and events as well as keep you informed about our Travels around the Uk and the rest of the world. Photography is my passion and a way of life. My real passion in photography has and always will be the black and white image. If you have any questions you want to ask me please e mail me or send me a message, if you want an image that is not on the site just let me know and I will see what I can do for you.
I am back from my two weeks in Scotland, whilst the bulk of the UK was basking in sunshine and warm weather Scotland continued to be wet and stormy, but these conditions make for some dramatic black and white images.
Our trip took us from Ardrossan across to Brodick on Arran then on to Lochranza then over from Claonaig on Kintyre, where these is a short drive to Kennacraig to catch the ferry to Islay, from Islay we went to Oban then from Oban we went to Coll then on to Tiree then back to Oban and on to Applecross from Applecross the went on to Skye and from Sky we got the ferry over to Mallaig.
We always feel that part of the holiday is the ferry journeys! The views from the boats are stunning on a good day, but I guess with a camper the holiday starts when you leave the front door.
I needed to visit a friend on Islay who I could not get to last year due to the ferry being canceled, thanks for the Whisky Philip very nice of you.
One of the highlights of this trip was being able to not just see a Corncrake for the first time but to be able to get a few shots! The Corncrake is very hard to spot and very secretive, hard to flush out and a nightmare to spot even though you can here is day and night with its rasping call. I have been trying to spot one for years but had not luck. On this occasion one flew over my head as I was walking and landed quite close before running in to cover.
I was using the Fuji X100 most of the time on this trip as it was so light and easy to carry and great for most occasions. The only downside to this in Scotland is the unexpected wildlife shots! We were walking along the road in Applecross when an Otter decided to follow us along the shore line coming out to scent mark at various points! Turns out he has lived here for a while and is getting used to people being around. He has been spotted in the village at night! So I might have to get myself another Fuji with interchangeable lenses for these occasions. I missed a little Roe Deer in Oban walking up the side of the hill from the town!
The weather was fine on Islay so we managed to get out to Soldiers Rock, a favorite place for Jane as she loves to walk out to that point and the sea stack. The weather on Coll and Tiree was not the best but the few hours the rain stopped was a very welcome break.
Applecross was stunning! We could not get to Applecross last year due to landslides so we had to go this year, I can only recommend Applecross to everyone to put on their Bucket List, the place it amazing, the seafood is the best we have ever had, the people are very friendly and the views and wildlife are stunning not many places you can see Otters,Seals,Red Deer,Wales,Dolphins,Corncrakes,Pedigree Highald Cows and an abundance of Wildlife all in about a 2 mile radius, with foot paths a cycle tracks to explore for all the family.
I am planning a where is Jane book for later in the year due lots of requests and this one will have words and pictures, but it will not be ready until October / November time. Jane has also taken a few shots of me this time, so there will be a few behind the lens shots from now on.
If anyone wants any information on the route’s of our trips and places to stay let me know, I have just started to use trip advisor so hopefully when I get the hang of it I will include some links in my blog, so watch this space.
Now for some editing and then some more blog updates as I have promised myself more web site time and less facbook time for the rest of the year !
I have just had to shoot a kit list for a blog post for induro, you can see the full post here
This image was shot with my Fuji X100, I was very impressed with the quality of this image considering it was shot indoors just using the little on camera flash.
So here is my basic Kit that goes with me for most Scotland trips, there is a bit more to it than this but this is my must take kit.
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM
Sigma 1.4 Teleconverter EX APO DG
Nikon TC-20E III Teleconverter
Nikon TC-14E Teleconverter
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED
Nikon 14-24mm AFS f/2.8 G ED
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX
Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro-NIKKOR
Nikon MC 30 Release
Lee Big Stopper
Lee Soft Grads
Lee Hard Grads
What can I say! It’s all ready been said! Every one raves about the Fuji X100 and I have been watching and listening all year, trying to make up my mind. Well I did make up my mind, I sold my D7000 and purchased a X100!
What was I expecting? Well not a lot to be honest aggressive marketing these days can confuse people and convince people that just because something looks good it is good, did I say it looks good! It does look stunning and the box it comes in is stunning.
But how does it perform! If you are in my facebook friends list you will know I have not shut up about it for 24 hours!
The only way I know how to test new cameras is take them out of the box and go and shoot, so yesterday I went in to town (Liverpool) I went for three hours to give the X100 a little test and to shake my brain up.
What did I expect! Not a lot.
What did I get? Some amazing images! Did I say amazing! I am shocked, my D7000 was not this good ! Do I even care it has a fixed lens! No
I have put the images in the album #3hoursinliverpool feel free to have a look, I am off out to shoot some more and will report back soon.
The Dilemma is back!
Bigger and stronger than before!
So much so that I brought a D200 from a friend a few months back with a low shutter count, following a service from Nikon I love it even more than some of the new cameras I have had in the past. It’s no secret that I have a love of the D200 and think its one of the best cameras ever made for black and white, it’s heavy clunky and slow ! The screen is small and its outdated but boy does it produce amazing RAW files for black and white!
I have put my D7000 up for sale and am going to buy a Fuji X100, even though I know the X100s is due out soon and it’s supposed to be an amazing camera. I have never been one to chase the technology! So just searching around now to find one for the right price!
I just need a camera for my pocket, I find myself carrying a camera bag around and not using my DSLR ! As soon as you lift a DSLR up in a town or city you get all sorts of reactions from the over excited who want to be in the photo to the rude and aggressive that think you are the press!! I hardly ever take my D3s out in to the street as everyone then thinks you are a pap! I have been trying the D7000 and the D200 in public with just a 50mm or 35mm but its still a DSLR.
I have noticed how people with compacts can just about go unnoticed in a public place and I want to explore street and people shots in my black and white year, so need the right tool for the job !
So as soon as I find one I will start shooting and planning a few days out to test out my new under cover sneaky beaky camera!
I was searching for a new tripod for quite a while before I found the Induro Carbon 8X CT414, not easy to find in the UK but found one in the end in Calumet.
I already have a nice light weight tripod for carrying around in the hills the Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 great little tripod with a nice light ball head the 486RC2 very strong for its size and very sturdy, when you hang your camera bag under it its rock steady even with a D3s and 24-702.8 but anything over that and it’s pushing it.
I have a great aluminum Manfrotto 190XB that combined with the 410Geard Head is an amazing bit of kit for precise Landscape or Macro work but is very heavy and has its limitations.
I spent a long time looking at the Manfrotto range and then spent a long time looking at the Gitzo range and very nearly brought one of the Systematic series Gitzo’s but then came across the Induro Range!
I ended up with the Induro 8X CT414 as it offered everything I was looking in a tripod, the only addition to the tripod was the a short carbon centre column ELC4, so that I can spread the legs out wide to get close to the ground, the CT414 cost about £550 from Calumet but can be found on Amazon now for around £500.
The tripod comes with a tool kit spike feet and a great carrying bag with a strap that can carry the bag to be re attached to the tripod for carrying out of the bag.
I have been using the CT414 for about a year now and it’s the best Tripod I have ever owned, does exactly what I want hand holds a D3s with 600mm f4 with ease!
To be honest it’s over engineered and can hold some serious weight, the maximum load is 25kg or (55lb) now that is some heavy camera and lens!
I am not going to write a very long review as this has been done a few times; this is one of the best reviews so take a look at what Maxis Gamez has to say.
I will just say that every one raves about the Gitzo but they have not used an Induro !!
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