landscapes

Mull, Iona, and the Scottish Isles (2018) by Martin Siggers

I've now been out to Mull and Iona three times, which means I've had a good chance to see and photograph a lot of the place. That, and the fact the trip was mostly gifted with weather that was a distinct step down from my previous visits (read: absolutely awful), meant that it was considerably more difficult than before to put together an album I felt was good enough to share.

It's good to challenge yourself artistically though, and in the process I hope I've put together a collection that's perhaps a bit less focused on the obvious shots, and more unconventional and less 'touristy' than before.

In this collection you'll notice I tended towards the ultra-wide 16:9 aspect ratio a lot, which helps to capture the scale of the vast, sweeping landscapes, as well as perhaps a slightly greater tendency towards black-and-white work than before, which helps with mood setting and getting the most out of heavily overcast days.

While I continued to enjoy the portability and convenience of the OM-D E-M1 and accompanying lenses, the poorer conditions and lighting really did make me pine for the resolution and range of a larger sensor camera, and I think if I'm lucky enough to return again I may consider lugging along a D810 and a bunch of weighty lenses. For now though, please enjoy these shots from a slightly damp, but still very beautiful place.

Just One Shot: Deep Roots by Martin Siggers

Water is one of my favourite things to work with when photographing scenery. There are so many ways you can use it to enhance an image or to pop a particular scene. Sometimes though the old tricks are the best and this shot is a nice bit of classic reflection work. As an aside, this was the first time I'd picked up the D600 in a few weeks and I was reminded how lovely it is to work with. This pairing offers super wide angle views with excellent quality in a very portable package.