Original and good

I always remember a favourite quote by Samuel Johnston, the eighteenth century  critic and early travel writer (Journal of a tour to the Hebrides with James Boswell) . Commenting on a manuscript sent to him by an aspiring author he replied “your work is both original and good. Unfortunately the part that is original is not good and the part that is good is not original.”

Making landscape photographs in Scotland can feel like that. You find a great location only to discover a multitude online of the exact same spot all with better light. When you do find an original location a challenge is to be happy with your final image without the validation that lots of others have been there and taken that shot.

So here is one of ours that I think is both original and good. The subject is the Rhum Cuillin and I have not come across many taken from this remote bay on the Ardnamurchun coast.

Orange sky with sunlit mountains in the distance of the island of rum and before that the unlit silhouette of the island of Egg.

The Cuillin of Rhum lit by sunrise over Eigg in the middle. ©Paul Carroll

It is taken from a rocky outcrop, only accessible if the tide is out, from the lovely little bay of Ardtoe. I used a 200mm lens to bring all the elements together. A longer focal length pancakes the foreground, middle and distance. West coast sunsets are legendary but here we were treated to a spectacular sunrise lighting the easterly face of the mountains on Rhum amidst the small isles of the Inner Hebrides.

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About photographicviewscotland

Photographers of Scotland's landscape and remote places and arts and craft makers. Mhairi is also making needle felted animals under the name of the Woof in the Wool. We live in Abernethy in Perthshire, Scotland.
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