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A new Mull & Iona Flickr group

Just discovered another photo group specialising in images of this part of the world on the website Flickr. Called, appropriately enough, the Mull & Iona Group, it’s full of some very good snaps taken by professional and amateur alike, though it does seem to be backed, directly or indirectly, by Scotland’s tourist board via Visitscotland.com?

If you have time it’s well worth checking out some of the shots already in the group. But the thing that really caught my eye came from a tweet from Mull&Iona saying “Mull & Iona Flickr map is coming together. Always need more so join in.”

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Richard Peters’ Otter shots on Mull

I’ve been meaning to mention Richard Peters for a few weeks. I came across his photography website after someone tweeted about his otter photos from Mull, around about the time the island was being splashed across the TV in Autumnwatch.

An otter clambering over the seaweed on the Mull coastline - copyright Richard Peters PhotographyFollowing that link I discoved some beautiful images that Richard had captured back in 2009 of otters doing what they like to do. Mind you, they are nothing if not elusive and usually difficult to spot as you drive by the coastline, often missing them gamboling on the shoreline unless you’re particularly eagle-eyed. Yet Richard perservered and found his target, capturing some fantastic images in the process.

His account of how he came to be on Mull is well worth a read, as he mentions that it was through pure fluke that he first spotted otters eating at Craignure, just as they waited to leave Mull at the end of their holiday, back in 2007. But that experience made him want to revisit Mull to capture these beautiful mammals on camera, which he realised upon a return trip in 2009.

You can see the results of his return to Mull on this blog entry.

The hackneyed hulls on Mull’s Salen shoreline still surprise

It’s been shot a gazillion times before so this is hardly a surprising subject for budding snappers. But perhaps what is, is the unique take by Paul Corica of this oft-taken scene of the ruined old fishing boats on Salen’s shoreline.

Paul Corica has managed what I thought was the impossible and taken one of the most photographed objects on the Isle of Mull and brought a fresh perspective to it. Click to view full size. [Copyright Paul Corica at Flickr].Just north of Salen, on the road between Tobermory and Craignure, these decaying hulls on the Isle of Mull’s shoreline are rarely ignored by holidaying cameraphiles. But it takes a special bit of something (I know not what as I do not have it) to take a picture that’s been done to death, yet somehow bring a whole new perspective to it. Taken back in 2008, I only happened across it as the snap was mentioned/linked-to from Twitter.

I think that what Paul’s done here is a really striking take on the two rotting hulls, done in black and white.

As Paul explains on his Flickr profile:

“I took up photography in 2002 when I bought my first SLR (a cheap Canon). At about the same time my wife bought me a Canon IXUS V and I used the two in conjunction (one for serious shots the other for snaps). Although the film Canon was more versatile I preferred the instant feedback from the digital Canon and so slowly made the transition from film to digital.

I ditched film in 2005 and now only shoot in digital. When the Canon 400D came out I decided to make the leap into D-SLR and haven’t looked back.The 400D has subsequently been upgraded to a Nikon D300

I mainly take landscape shots around Yorkshire and Staffordshire, which are the two locations I live and work in, although whenever I visit other UK locations I always take a camera.

What Paul’s managed to do is capture an image that you just can’t imagine can ever have anything original done to it. So congratulations to him for proving there’s always a new perspective, however hackneyed the subject!

Oh, and if you like the image as much as I do, you can have it professionally printed on various size boards here.

Ralph
Beach House Self Catering, Isle of Mull
Twitter: mullescape

Ron’s Red deer rut photos from Mull

Here’s another rather good set of photos from enthusiastic wildlife photographer Ron McCombe. Ron was on holiday on the Isle of Mull for the rutting season, when you can see the male red deer establishing dominance and mating rights.

Based in the Scottish Borders, Ron was out to try to capture these events on camera. I think he’s done a pretty good job.

Ron McCombe captures a Stag in mid-bellow, creating a steam cloud in the air.As Ron explains, “I have been on the Isle of Mull all week looking for the red deer rut. The deer were all around and as the day ended they could be heard roaring as the rut took place. The challenge was to find them during daylight hours roaring and fighting. I concentrated on the south side of the island, Grasspoint, Pennyghael, and Carsaig. I encountered most of the deer I came across in these areas. Grasspoint was the main site and in particular Achnacraig. I visited the same sites every day. the best day for seeing action was Monday 18th.”

We’ve been fortunate in being able to see and hear the ruts right from the front of Beach House armed with nothing more than a pair of binoculars and a hot cup of coffee. Roughly evenly between Pennyghael and Bunessan, Beach has about eight acres of grounds surrounding the house with a pine forest to the west, which acts as a windbreak and a convenient sheltering area for local wildlife. From our vantage point we’ve been able to see all the action laid out before us, as if it were a play which the deer were personally putting on for our enjoyment.

Of course, it’s not like this every year as the deer can roam far and wide. But we’ve been lucky that the deer have literally come to our front door on many a rutting season. So full admiration to Ron for clearly being persistent. The results speak for themselves.

Ralph
Beach House Self Catering, Isle of mull
Twitter: mullescape

Mull holiday photos get fancy with Tripwow

These days we’re really spoiled when it comes to ways to share images with friends and family. I’ve been a fan of Flickr for as long as it’s been around and it’s better than ever today. It’s also ideal for the occasional snapper as the free account allows you to upload 100MB a month.

However, we’re not in any way occasional, having taken thousands of pictures since the kids were born. That’s why we went for a pro account on Flickr many years ago. This gives you unlimited uploads.

But the big problem with having so many pictures is how to best present them to your friends and family. Well that question might have been usefully answered by a recent visitor to Mull who posted to the Isle of Mull discussion forum on TripAdvisor, providing a link to a service I’d not come across previously.

Called TripWow the service (as illustrated above) lets you pick your favourite snaps and turn them into a really slick-looking slideshow with music, which you can then share with friends. That’s just what ‘woodybark’ has done with her selection of shots from a recent trip to the Isle of Mull.

Rather handily TripWow works with a bunch of online photography websites. Using the free service you can log in to your Flickr, Picasa or Facebook account, or just upload directly from your computer.

It’s a great way to give friends a flavour of what you did and saw on your holiday and, once created, your photo presentation is easy to share on services like Twitter and Facebook.

Ralph
Beach House Self-Catering, Isle of Mull
Twitter: mullescape

Isle of Mull Xmas Ideas… it’s such a puzzle

OK, OK… so it’s only the start of October, but my local supermarket has already pushed all its Xmas nonsense into the aisles. So I was thinking, what to get people that have been up to Beach House, our self catering former farmhouse which we restored some 20 years ago? It’s a tough one.

By artist Terry Harrison this painting has been turned into a 1000 piece jigsaw. But you could just as easily use your own images.Then I came across this rather simple, yet quite fun, idea. Why not give people a jigsaw of a scene taken on Mull? The thought was triggered by a recent link I probably found on Twitter to a website that is selling jigsaws made from a reprint of a painting showing Tobermory harbour and the colourful buildings that populate its seafront. The same puzzle’s available from a bunch of online retailers, including Amazon.

Of course, you’re not tied to using ready made images like this, pretty as it is. It’s now ridiculously easy to take your own treasured photos of various places you snapped, be it Iona Abbey, Torosay Castle, or any other location on Mull that captured your imagination, and have it turned into a very personal present.

A quick search on Google UK using the term ‘make your own jigsaw‘ spat out a bunch of companies specialising in this area. Snapfish, Prinster and Myphotopuzzle were some of the first to catch my eye. Though I’d definitely recommend doing a little research. You can get them made for less than a tenner or go overboard with a 1,000 piece monster for three times that price.

And once you start to investigate it’s apparent you can do other innovative things, such as make up special occasion jigsaws for people’s birthdays or important events using any snap of your choosing.

All I need to do now is work out which of the many wildlife and location photos I’ve taken over the years of various places dotted around Mull, I want to turn into a jigsaw. That’s possibly the hardest part of the whole exercise…

Ralph
Twitter: mullescape

Blogging: How Mull leaves its mark on Nigel

Nigel Cooke, aka monkeyleader, is an Irishman currently living in Cambridge who happens to be on holiday on Mull right now. He may just be one of the best real-time bloggers I’ve come across of late. He’s written an engaging entry in his blog about a quick return trip to Mull after a visit earlier in the year, which made him and partner Nicola fall in love with the place.

Copyright Nigel Cooke aka monkeyleaderAs he’s only just recounted on his blog (he’s writing this as it happens whilst on Mull… not like days of yore when you’d be lucky to get a picture on the telly!) “Highlights for us included a pair of Golden Eagles, a pair of White Tailed Sea Eagles, Buzzards, Hen Harriers, Osprey, Otters, Kestrel, Northern Gannet, Shags, Great Cormorant, Common Seals, Grey Heron, Curlew, Rock Dove, Rock Pipit, Hooded Crows, Ravens, Red Deer and a Little Grebe.”

Seems Nigel’s a bit of a polymath, not only having a rather good writing style but also some excellent photography skills to boot.

I am jealous 🙂

Ralph
Twitter: mullescape

Derek Fogg’s images of Mull

Derek Fogg, a landscape photographer based in North West England, runs the website British Landscapes. He’s recently added a new set of pictures called the “Isles of Mull and Iona” which contains some beautiful landscape images captured during his recent visit.

As Derek explains in his blog, he started out with about 600 images from all over Mull and Iona, but he’s now cut this down to 40, some of which are now live for others to appreciate.

These latest photos are part of his wider project to journey around the British Isles capturing landscapes. But, whilst he had some pretty challenging conditions during his stint on Mull, he’s managed to capture some really evocative and beatifully composed images.

Salen is on the east coast of the island, on the Sound of Mull, approximately halfway between Craignure and Tobermory. Copyright Derek Fogg @ britishlandscapes.comYou often see photographs from Mull which, perhaps inevitably, represent familiar subjects that crop up again and again. The three rotting fishing boats on the Salen coast road to Tobermory are pretty iconic with everyone who passes by with a camera. But Derek has managed to take those old hulls and place them in the context of their surroundings beautifully, with a backdrop that follows the line of the Sound of Mull northwards and thus gives a great sense of overall place.

Check out his other photos. It’s well worth the visit.

Ralph
Twitter: mullescape

Islandscape Photography offers workshops on the Isle of Mull

Here’s an interesting find. I hadn’t come across this Mull business before. But, thanks to a permanent Twitter search I have on the term ‘Isle of Mull’ up popped ellenbarone tweeting about her recent day photographing with Sam Jones of Islandscape Photography.


Mull offers a wealth of fantastic subjects for any enthusiastic landscape or wildlife photographer. Half the problem is deciding what you want to focus your attention on when there are so many things competing for time and attention. That’s where the local knowledge of an island resident could be indispensible if your time is limited.


Taken during a visit to the Isle of Mull with Islandscape Photography. Copyright Ellen Barone @ http://twitter.com/ellenbaroneIslandscape Photography has a studio located at Taigh Solais in Tobermory. Taigh Solais (meaning ‘the lighthouse’ in Gaelic) is on Tobermory’s recently developed waterfront and belongs to the Tobermory Harbour Association. We’ve got family connections with this building as a cousin played a role in it being built.


Anyway, if you’re a photographer with an interest in what Mull has to offer up in terms of great subject material, you ought to check out Islandscape Photography. Former legal eagle Sam has a wealth of useful information on her site and suggestions on how to make a photographer’s visit to Mull a truly successful one.


Don’t forget to check out some of Sam’s own recent material on her blog. There are some excellent shots of a day photographing the local RNLI boat in action.


Ralph
Twitter: mullescape

Great Mull wildlife shots from an Island visitor

Manx ShearwaterVivthesetter, real name Paul from Warwickshire, was on his holiday break up on Mull this August and appears to have spent a lot of his time pointing his Nikon D300 at the bird life that covers the island. Of course it’s not all birds. He’s also got some charming images of interesting places and other wildlife dotted around various parts visited. He was successful in snapping a Minke Whale, Basking Shark, some excellent shots of a White Tailed Sea Eagle and, the one which really caught my eye, this Manx Shearwater, skimming so close to the surface of the sea, yet looking so laid back whilst doing so.

You can check out the rest of his photos from Mull in two Flickr sets he’s created of his visit to bonnie Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, called Isle of Mull 2010 and Isle of Mull Wildlife.

Thanks for sharing your pictures Paul.

Ralph
Twitter: mullescape