Creativity is a funny thing. Sometimes my urge to write and capture images burns brightly for weeks on end. At other times that desire can be as fleeting as a shaft of light on an overcast winter’s day. One thing is certain though – the urge will always return. I couldn’t publish my posts fast enough over the winter months. The ideas were overflowing and I wrote some of my best work to date. It’s springtime now and it feels like the well has dried up slightly over the last month as I’ve been sidetracked with making grand plans for the year ahead.
Long story short – it’s been a month since I last obsessed about getting out and about with my camera. However the theme of this week’s WordPress photographic challenge is ‘landscape‘, meaning that there’s really nowhere for me to hide. So, I’ve loaded up the laptop late at night when I ought to be tucked up in bed, to see what comes out on the keyboard. Given the lack of recent photographs, I’ve decided to look back on a couple of sunrise and sunset images which my recent followers may have missed in a previous post and dig out an old panoramic shot which will be new to all.
As far as photography is concerned, writing about landscapes in isolation is only telling half the story. As you may already know, I’ve felt an affinity with the Scottish scenery since early childhood and that was my inspiration for picking up a camera at a young age. My passion for light, however, evolved many years later. For me, nowadays, landscapes and light go hand-in-hand and there’s nothing more frustrating than having one without the other. Imagine being in beautiful surroundings on a day when the light is flat, or seeing a shaft of light or a rainbow in a less than scenic environment, and you’ll know what I’m getting at. As a landscape photographer, there’s nothing more thrilling than that moment when the light and land combine and something special is recorded on the memory card. It doesn’t happen often enough though. The demands of day-to-day life get in the way and sometimes that elusive ray of light fades away while I’m still setting up the camera, but all the frustrations and failures make the joys and successes even more rewarding.
On the whole, I’ve been fairly lucky with the weather on the west coast over the years but, inevitably, there have been times when I’ve booked my annual leave, travelled a long distance (in Scottish terms), only to arrive at my destination as the sunshine fizzles out and the rain sets in for several days. I’ve only visited the Isle of Eigg twice but I’ve been blessed with sunshine and photogenic light on both occasions. The three images shown in this post were all captured within a mile or so of each other at different times of the day – sunrise, solar noon and sunset. The foregrounds are strikingly different but the dramatic mountainous profile of the Isle of Rum remains constant. I’ll let you judge the photographs for yourself but I think it’s fair to say that the landscape is spectacular in its own right but what really brings it to life is the light.