I was recently once again contacted by Ernest Journal Magazine with a request to head up to Scotland, take on a few assignments and see some incredible sights, all for the feature and cover of their second issue. Of course I said yes.
I had 4 goals on my trip and a few places to visit, in short these were;
-Meet a prawn fisherman, head out on his boat and get some photos of him fishing. This was a great job to have, very interesting but also rather difficult to balance on a small boat, while taking photos.
-Visit an oyster farm, great seeing how oysters are farmed, met some really nice people and was given a seafood platter fit for a party of 4, needless to say I tried some awesome food.
-Travel to the Isle of Skye, meet some weavers who use a bicycle powered loom to make all sorts of things, very interesting and such a welcoming couple.
-Covershoot, during my whole time in Scotland I was aiming to get a good selection of images for the magazine to choose their covershoot, in the end they went for one shot at Sligachan on the Isle of Skye.
I took with me the Fuji XE2 and various lenses, this was the first major outing of the 56mm lens and was really pleased with the results. The one body got a bit of a battering on the fishermans boat but lasted through, been without weather sealing these cameras can resist a bit of water.
The trip wasn't without it's setback, high winds foxed me to stay on the mainland for a few hours while Skye was in sight but I couldn't get there, this meant I had less time to explore the island overall but due to this timing I got to the bridge which is on the cover when I did which was about the only time of day there was any good light, so it's not all bad.
Overall the trip was incredible, the sights and people amazing, I'll be heading back up to Scotland and the Isle of Skye again for sure, hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder but as with my Iceland I like to portray an honest view of the places I visit, so who cares about the weather.
The magazine is now out so head over to the Ernest Journal website to grab yourself a copy.