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Always look for a different viewpoint

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When I was at college, there was one piece of advice we were given when it came to photography: Always look around you and try to get a different viewpoint. If I hadn’t followed the advice I’d been given as a student, I’d have missed this coastal landscape.

Isle of Arran, Scottish landscape, ship
A ship heads towards the port on the Isle of Arran in Scotland

This is another image taken on our recent holiday on the Isle of Arran in Scotland (I did warn readers I took many images). With the rest of the family pre-occupied doing other things, I took myself off for a short drive around the island with my camera.

For all intents and purposes, there are only two main roads on Arran: The 55-mile long A841 which circumnavigates the island and the String Road, which cuts across the island. While driving along the String Road, I stopped at a convenient viewpoint to take some landscape shots. It was a pretty wild, foreboding area dominated by high hills and valleys so very photogenic. It was stunning and I was very pre-occupied with what was in front of me.

The view I captured in the photograph was behind me and I’m very glad I looked over my shoulder. The ship, I think, is heading towards the main port at Brodick. If you look very closely you’ll see some amazing detail in this image, including wind turbines over on the Scottish mainland.

I made one other amusing observation on my drive. Every now and again along the String Road were lay-bys for parking your car. Each and every lay-by happened to be at a viewpoint offering a superb photo opportunity. I can only assume the locals got sick of photographers like myself pulling over and damaging the verge so put proper lay-bys in place to accommodate us and our DSLR cameras!

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16 thoughts on “Always look for a different viewpoint”

  1. It’s amazing when you think about what you may miss. I love the idea of little laybys for the photographers. I’m always self conscious of being in the way when I start taking photos. That is one beautiful view, I’m so glad you turned around.

    1. Haha, yes, the lay-bys were very strategically placed! Luckily the road is not busy (Arran isn’t big enough) so it was easy to pull over and take images. I may share a pic or two of me looking in the other direction at some point too!

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