Featured: 'Scotland, England and Wales - Photos and travel diary' by Matt Everglade

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  1. Matt Everglade

    Matt Everglade SC Regular

    110
    Mar 5, 2014
    Germany
    Hello,

    I am back from a trip through the UK and I would like to show you some of my photos and give some hints about good places for photos. Our predefined route was: Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Lake District, Snowdonia NP, Pembrokeshire Coast NP.

    Day 1/2: Edinburgh
    I've been in EDI before, so we just walked around for recreation and tried to get some good photos on our way. We tried to explore some more natural spots and found Dean Gardens, which were pretty nice. You can enter them via Mackenzie Pl or Miller Row. Dont try to enter the other side of the creek, it's all private. :eek:
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    Old Edinburgh - Miller Row (Rev. II) by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Squirrel by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    We also walked up Holyrood Park and Calton Hill, the well known spots for tourists.
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    Holyrood Park by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Sunset over the castle by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 3: Edinburg -> Isle of Skye
    We drove from Edinburgh to the Isly of Skye. Nothing really spectacular on our way, just had a short break here...
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    Having a break... (I) by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 4: Isle of Skye
    We explored the "Fairy Pools", which is a nice sport for photographers and that said, there were so many of them that you had people in the frame quite often... :rolleyes:

    On our way to the walk...
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    SAM_0333 by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    SAM_0350 by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Fairy Pools Waterfall II by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Fairy Pools Waterfall I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Hidden pool by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    We also camped there and had some fun with the stars at night... ;)
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    Morning Stars... by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 5: Isle of Skye
    We walked up all the way to the Old man of Storr and beyond... ;) There have been thousands of really good photos on the web showing the Old Man of Storr and our light was not the best, so just to be complete. ;)
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    Old Man of Storr by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    In the evening we tried a short walk on a peninsula. We were not expecting much, but it was a really great (and easy) walk and there was a good place for our tent, too! 15400180281_c4391fa068_o.
    An Aird, Braes (III) by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    An Aird, Braes (I) by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    A photo set showing Scotland without a sheep? Impossible. :D
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    Sheep @ An Aird, Braes by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    And this was the view from our tent:
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    Stars @ An Aird, Braes by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Sunset @ An Aird, Braes by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Spectacular moon shine over the beach...
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    Moonshine @ An Aird, Braes by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    And the morning of day 6 was a highlight, too. :)
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    Sunrise @ An Aird, Braes by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 6/7: Isle of Skye
    I was a bit 'ill' and relaxed a bit on those days, but in the evenings I needed some excercise, so there are some shots, too.
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    Kyleakin Boathouse by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Cementary II by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Eilean Donan Castle was a highlight, too...
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    Eilean Donan Castle I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Eilean Donan Castle II by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 8: Isle of Skye -> Glen Coe -> Loch Lomond
    That was a long ride again, but we made several stops. Glen Coe was a good place to stop due to spectacular mountains.
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    Glen Coe I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Glen Coe III by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Butterfly @ Glen Coe by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Loch Lomond, where we spent the night...
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    The last light.... by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 9: Loch Lomond -> Lake District
    After arriving in the Lake District we made a "short and easy" walk. Yeah... that was totally wrong... it was a long and hard walk, but nevertheless, the landscape was quite nice, but not as spectacular as the next day. :cool: I can't remember the name/place, sorry, but the streets were very narrow and hard to drive, so you shoudl be a "good" driver anyway. :biggrin: :redface:
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    'Easy' Walk - Landscape at Summit by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    'Easy' Walk - Sunrays by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Before we reached our destination for the next two nights (Grasmere), we saw a nice sunset.
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    Thorney How Sunset II by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 10: Lake District
    We decided to do the near by walk up the Seat Sandal. It's quite steep in the end, but I highly recommend to hike up till the end, you get spectacular views:
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    Clouds by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Panorama:
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    Grasmere Panorama by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    On the moon? by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    In the evening I explored the small city Grasmere:
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    Grasmere - Village I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 11: Lake District -> Snowdonia NP
    Another day in the car, but in the afternoon we reached Betws-y-Coed, a small town featuring the "Bridges Walk". Actually we got lost a little bit and went to far, but that was quite good as there were some really nice places! So, I highly recommend to "get lost" on the Bridges walk. :biggrin::biggrin:

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    Bridges Walk I (HDR) by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Bridges Walk II by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Oakfield I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Betws-y-Coed Forest by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    In the evening we drove up the Pen-y-Pass for this night's accommodation. On our way we had another nice sunset:
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    Sunset near Pen-y-Pass by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 12: Snowdonia NP
    Our challenge for the day was to walk up to the Snowdon summit. We decided not to take the train, but to hike up the Rhyd Ddu Path, which was described to have the "most striking mountain scenery".
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    Snowdon III by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Snowdon I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Snowdon II by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Flying.... by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    (to be continued in the next post...)
     
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  2. Matt Everglade

    Matt Everglade SC Regular

    110
    Mar 5, 2014
    Germany
    Day 13: Snowdonia NP
    We slept at the Cadair Idris, but both of us already climbed it so we were just there for the night and took some photos in the morning.
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    Cadair Idris I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Afterwards we drove to a place called Dolgoch Gorge or Dolgoch Falls. We haven't expected much, but we found some really beatuiful woodland scenery (felt like in Lord of the Rings ;) - but I had problems to capture this feeling with the camera :( ) and a waterfall and creek in a stunning surrounding. If you are nearby forget your plans and make a stop here!
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    Dolgoch Gorge VII by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Dolgoch Gorge IX by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Autumnal creek after Dolgoch Falls by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Dolgoch Gorge III by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    We spent the afternoon with the "Torrent walk", which is more or less mandatory for every holiday in Snowdonia. ;)
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    Torrent Walk I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Torrent Walk IV by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Torrent Walk V by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Day 14/15/16: Pembrokeshire Coast NP
    Well, we spent the last days with relatives of the friend I was travelling with, so there are not so many photos of those days for the web, but anyway... :)
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    :) by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

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    Goodbye Wales by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

    Bye bye Wales, this is the end of my journey. :) Hope you enjoyed what you read and saw. Feedback, critique, questions, ... are more than welcome!

    Sorry for this huge set of images, but this is already a subset of images. I uploaded some more pictures to my flickr page.

    Kind regards,
    Matt
     
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  3. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    Beautifully done, amazing shots...
     
  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Very nice series with some absolutely killer skies!

    Cheers, Jock
     
  5. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Fabulous, Matt. My wife is an ethnic Scot and a trip to Scotland is on our bucket list.
     
  6. damianmkv

    damianmkv SC Regular

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    Apr 26, 2014
    What a lovely set :bravo-009:
     
  7. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    Wonderful set of pictures, they certainly put the Great in Britain.
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    epic
     
  9. Matt Everglade

    Matt Everglade SC Regular

    110
    Mar 5, 2014
    Germany
    Thank you everybody for all your positive comments. :redface:

    That's for everybody who claims Samsung could only produce capable fridges. :tongue:
     
  10. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Wonderful post. Thanks.
    Very impressive images.
     
  11. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    So many wonderful shots in just 2 weeks... Well done! :thumbup:
    If I may offer one bit of criticism, or perhaps better described as surprise... Of all the things I could think of to put in the black image frame on the top and bottom, the exif data would be very near the bottom of my list. To me personally, it detracts from the magic of the images.
     
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  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Do you have these anywhere I can view them as a slideshow. I just want to keep soaking in them.
     
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  13. Matt Everglade

    Matt Everglade SC Regular

    110
    Mar 5, 2014
    Germany
    Hey guys,

    thanks again for your feedback.

    @bartjeej
    You are right, but let me explain the reasons: I don't want my images without any "copyright" in the web so in the beginning I added those "beautiful" watermarks over my images. They were really disturbing so I started to add it to a border, but only the name on the border looked bad so I added the EXIF data, too, as stating them was a requirement on another forum. I am mostly looking at my images with a black background, like here and in this environment I think it is not that distracting. Here on this lighter background you are right, it is a bit distracting, but it's better than any watermark on the image itself and gives some additional information. ;)

    @Luke
    It's not really a slideshow, but you can watch them on flickr using the lightbox:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/matteverglade/15390945772/in/set-72157648663048946/lightbox/

    Cheers,
    Matt
     
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  14. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I see, makes sense! And I agree about the watermark; I used to have a fairly unobtrusive one, but even that bothers me now when I look back at my old photos.
     
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  15. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Wonderful set Matt. Some fantastic images there. The west side of Britain is definitely far more scenic IMHO. I guess some "big skies" fans will have a different opinion!
     
  16. Matt Everglade

    Matt Everglade SC Regular

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    Mar 5, 2014
    Germany
    Thank you Martin.
    What do you mean with "big skies"?
    Travelling down the west coast is hard to beat anyway... ;)
     
  17. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    The east side is a lot flatter, especially in East Anglia, but people there say they like the big skies. No scenery in the way I suppose!
     
  18. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Incredible images, and not a dud among them. I'm jealous. Looks like there might be sensor dust on one of them, Snowdon II I think it was called? It was shot at f11 and it looks a whole lot like my XT-1's sensor dust blobs... I've been doing a lot of aperture priority shooting lately. :)
     
  19. Matt Everglade

    Matt Everglade SC Regular

    110
    Mar 5, 2014
    Germany
    Thanks Martin for the explanation. :)

    Thank you. Yeah, there was dust on the sensor. I removed that in PP, but uploaded the old/wrong photo to flickr. =/

    Cheers
    Matt
     
  20. Pim

    Pim SC Regular

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    Apr 21, 2012
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Pim
    Great shots Matt, thanks for posting! looks like a wonderful trip and holiday destination, need to add that to my list of things to do and see...:)
     
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