Join me for part 2 of my adventure to Tarbat Ness Lighthouse in Easter Ross. In this episode I shoot the lighthouse at golden hour and give you some motivational tips on why getting out in the summer evenings with your camera is very rewarding and therapeutic.
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hello and welcome back to terabit ness lighthouse in the north-east courts of Scotland if you never saw the last episode feel free to check it out because it sort of runs up to where we are right now and right now we are at golden hour and I wasn't sure whether anything was gonna happen here and I'm still not 100% sure either but we're starting to get some nice light over here which is starting to hit the lighthouse and we're starting to get some interesting potential anyway for some interesting photographs I'm just taking a shot here of off the gateway with the lighthouse behind it just to give us some perspective of where we are quite like it I've got another image idea in my head which I'm now going to shoot from this angle here and hopefully we'll get some nice it's a battered light as air the hour or so progresses but even though even if we don't get some stunning something-something light it's so beautiful here tonight and I'm pretty much the only person here which makes it even more special [Laughter] and for those of you who watch my channel regularly you will know that I sometimes like to mess around for my images and put myself in them to give the image some perspective or some scale or just to add some human element to that image so what I've just been doing is as this is a third tallest lighthouse in Scotland I need to find out which of the two above it that would be quite cool to go and visit them but because it's a third tallest in Scotland I've just been taking some images of me at the bottom pointing up to the lighthouse to really give it some scale and I wasn't expecting the scale to look as good as it does because I am literally tiny at the bottom the frame pointing out to the lighthouse and it really shows how tall this lighthouse is because although I'm standing here right now and looking up at it I can tell that it is really tall you really don't get a sense for that really until you put something in the image to scale against it and having me in the image against the wall with a lighthouse you can really see how tall it is and a tip and a hint that I've given many times in this channel but just to add something more interesting and to add scale to your image do not be afraid to use yourself you don't have to do a selfie I bet you really do selfies it's all about putting your ball your full body in the frame to give it some scale and if it's a back of you I'm just gonna see your face just you know after this photographers would like to be behind the camera but putting ourselves in the frame and looking away and just having our body to a scale it can just it's just something can just add something a bit more special and it gives you a personal mentor as well to take home from your trip that's why I think anyway enjoy this image because I really really like it I've now come down to these rocks that are sort of at the bottom of the lighthouse on the officer end to where I was earlier and there's more opportunities here than where there wasn't in the last video but I'm still struggling to find a really good foreground a very good composition and a really good leading Lane but I have found some interests and these rocks here I'm just been running around pretty much put my tripod in different positions different areas trying to find a really nice leading Lane or something of some interest that just captures this image and makes it pop it's not been easy tonight as you will have seen in the last video there's the lights not turned out to be as good as I hoped it would be the tide is out meaning that a lot of the long exposure images I'd hope to create aren't possible and I'm really just struggling to find some foreground interests and like leading lines like I says but this is what is so great about this in many ways and what's so great about landscape photography is this idea that you never know what you're gonna be greeted with and it's nights like these that the most challenging nights that you often learn the most and that you often find yourself actually sitting quite a bit and just staring and admiring the view what you can't see right now is obviously because it's gorgeous light hurts behind me but what you can't see is I'm sitting here right now overlooking this the stunning sea and listening to it laughing around me listen to the waves crashing in oh it's a pretty still night despite the fact that very windy today but it seems to have come don't know but just listening to that the water and the waves and it's just so peaceful and relaxing but as I've always said and as I will always keep saying I would not be here right now and I would not be enjoying this if it wasn't for landscape photography and it's so peaceful what's not to love about this seriously outdoors beautiful scenery stunning sounds your senses are just ignited just hear things you see things that you wouldn't normally it's just stunning so so beautiful I suppose you get back to the photography and try and get this image that I'm picturing in my head and try and make it a reality I think of possibly struck gold with this next image unfortunately we are pretty much it's sunset now and there's nothing happening nothing happening which is a real real shame because the forecast for tonight looked very promising I mean there might still be an afterglow or whatnot but I'm not gonna banker and I'm not gonna rely on it and that's where I'm really excited about this image that I've just taken I've not looked at yeah cameras there I've just taken the image but what I've done is I find this pool of water here which has got you know the lighthouse reflecting on it lighthouse above their portrait mode again Jame it seems to all be about portraits which is really good actually because a unique I think satyr for photography that not many people do when it comes to landscapes but you can really add something interesting to your images by using portrait mode from time to time but what what I'm doing here is obvious I've got the reflection on here off of the lighthouse unfortunately the water is very you know browning and murky as you can see but by putting my polarizing filter on and not turning it completely round I don't want to completely get rid of the reflections but turning it and after to get rid of some of it means that some of this horrible and this horrible brown colors disappeared a little bit which is really good and I've also put on my tan sort of filter to you know give me a long exposure image of about 25 seconds and I've also put on a soft edge neutral density filter as well just because the sky is quite a bit lighter than the rest of the image and through doing this I hope that I've struck gold and I've created an image that's going to be atmospheric interesting and something that a little bit different let me have a look at it now it's a bit too dark I'm gonna have to retake it but I think this is gonna be a winner there was enough light to pick that image over 25 to 30 seconds as I'd hoped so I've ended up having to put it on bulb more than taking a full two over two minutes and this is the first time I've done a photograph over about 40 50 seconds long for a long time and I am loving it I am really liking this image and I think is amazing tonight because I think what's you know and it's so refreshing tonight because this is the second video I filmed this evening from this location now she won't know if you watched the first one and this is the first time in ages I've been out with my camera and I've really been happy with I've taken I mean that may change when I get home I'm sure you all know that sometimes images look great in camera and rubbish on the computer or vice versa but I really hope and pray these images tonight are as good on the computer and it's good on the screens for you guys right now as they are to the eye in the camera because I'm over the moon with these images tonight it's the first time in a long time that I've had the time to come out on my own and just shoot away for hours on end without having to be anywhere else a time to care about anything else and just immersing myself fully in our landscape and fully in a location and that's what's been so great about tonight I got here three hours before sunset normally I'm I get to a location with an hour before sunset we've been hour and a half sometimes but having that time tonight just to sit and immerse myself and in the atmosphere in the environment and just enjoy it it's so so refreshing you know if you go out with your camera especially in the in the summer evenings finish work get out there you can be out for hours before the Sun sets and even once the Sun sets it's stunning like last night I was out until half past midnight doing wildlife surveys and stuff with Ed and after we've done the wildlife survey we ended up staying out for ages because we had a bat detector on us and we were looking and healing for bats but while we're doing that these clouds appeared now I can't remember how you pronounce it it begins when I put it on the screen now but you only get these clouds it light in like June and it only happens if the weather is a certain way and they were beautiful now I've seen photographs of these on line for years but I've never seen them with my own eyes or I have but I haven't known what they were until last night and it was such a great experience but it made a great video but you know I wasn't out of a video I was just out to enjoy nature and do some survey work but you know the point I'm trying to make here is and these long summer summer evenings if you if you're off work the next day or if you don't start worked or later get out as soon as you've had your tea and spend hours in a location spend hours immersing yourself in that location watching the light change and even once the Sun is set it was a nice calm evening just stay out because you don't know what you're gonna see the stars will appear these clouds might appear there's nature all around you and it is so peaceful and so tranquil and if you're in somewhere that's rural or somewhere that's you know got a lot of trees or a lot of nature around you some of the noises you can hear in the evening like deer and foxes and you know birds and bats it's just it's a time of the day when so many others are tucked up in beds but you're out there and it's just it's very eye-opening and it's very beautiful to enjoy but enough about that I just wanted to add that into this video with a little thought for you all let's show you this two-minute image that I've just taken here and hopefully it's turned out stunning on a computer as it looks in camera before I completely pack up my gear and head back to to Terrell farmhouse where I'm staying tonight which by the way beautiful B&B all they've been operating for three months but it's owned by a lovely lovely young Australian couple so many personal touches and it's like very secluded middle the country it's stunning I just wanted to come admire this view and as always just say to you a huge thank you for watching really really appreciate it I hope you've enjoyed this episode I hope you've liked the photograph as much as I've enjoyed taking them hopefully see you all again next time