Day Five – Derelicts and Photo Stimulators

Critiques ran long and we got a late start. Our first stop was Tallisker Whiskey Distillery.  I was hoping to take the tour of the facility.  I always love to see a company's operations.  It is fascinating to see how they do things and sometimes get an insight into how they think.  Unfortunately, this day, it was not to be.  The last tour was at 4:00 p.m. and we got there at 4:30 p.m.  Oh, well... I am a teetotaler, so I have very little experience with whiskey.  But, I thought that I would take a taste just to see what all the fuss was about the Scotch Whiskey.  Well, that was until I read the sign on the wall in the tasting room.  They were describing their whiskey as savage and fierce and other masculinity-challenging words, so I backed out.  I don't need to burn my taste buds and bring tears to my eyes to feel like a man! From there we drove to the Fairy Pools.  This was another place where I was just not feeling it.  From the parking lot, you look into a large valley and see a path that runs beside a gulley.  There are mountains in the background.  There are no trees.  The landscape appears somewhat barren. Also, the path does not look that long.  It can't be that far up in there!  But, wait!  There are no trees for scale, so it is hard to judge the distance.  What I thought was a quarter mile, probably turned into more than a mile! But, Annette and I walked up the path to the pools.  The water was a great shade of blue; just beautiful.  And there were many waterfalls.  But I was unable to find an image to inspire me.  Perhaps it was the mid-afternoon light.  Perhaps it was just me.  I took some pictures, but pretty much came back empty handed. Ah, but wait!  As we were driving out of the area we came across some derelict boats stuck in the mud left behind at low tide.  Now, these ugly useless things were inspiring.  (Who knows how the mind works?!?!)  So we started shooting these boats.  And then!  The sun dipped below the clouds at the horizon and shown onto the long-forgotten boats.  That's when the magic happened!  Everyone was clicking away, going "ooh" and "awww" and "wow!" You just gotta love that warm sunset light contrasting with the cool colors of the evening! Here are a couple of my favorite images from that night. Woody's Scotland-9592   Woody's Scotland-9604   As I said, the Fairy Pool was another place where I was not seeing any images.  If you read about the Misty Isles trip on Day 3, you will remember that I wasn't seeing anything there either.  It was not until I got totally bored and then started to look at things in a different way.  On that day I changed from the wide open landscape and sense mode into the much smaller still life mode and was able to make some rock images that I like.  Maybe I need a process for seeing!  Hmmmm... Jim, a fellow participant in the workshop, shared that he sometimes had the same problem.  To overcome it, he created a list of image stimulators.  That's a great idea.  So, I started my list on my cell phone.  Now if my vision is stymied, I can pull out my list and see if that sparks any ideas. My list includes the following;
  • Patterns
  • Details
  • Black and White
  • Abstract
  • Shadows
  • Curves
  • Geometrical
  • Move things to make my own arrangements
What would your list include???