What colour should a photographers flashing lights be? It’s a question I have asked myself on many occasions.Maybe there should be flash guns lined up on the roof? They can flash repeatedly till you get out of the way and we can continue desperately trying to get to that particularly picturesque spot that will be transformed into a breathtaking picture with a sun setting behind it. The sun that is setting a little to soon for comfort.
We should also have extra big brake lights to go with the extra big brakes we need when we see something wonderfully photogenic out of the corner of our eye. All photographers have a favourite thing they cannot pass by with out taking a picture of. Some of us have to get the camera out when the light hits a mountain in the right way, others can’t pass a field of bluebells, it can be clouds reflected on a glassy loch or a stag standing majestically on a hill. Whatever it is it is usually near a pair of long black lines on the tarmac and a haphazardly abandoned car with it’s hazards on and boot open.
One of our must-photographs is driftwood.It is an addiction for both Love Skye Photography and myself. It will makes us crash both feet onto the middle peddle with no care or attention to what’s behind us. We will be passing a beach and our subconscious bit-of-wood-on-the-beach radar pings into life and sets off a reflex that ends with the car juddering to a halt with the ABS thumping in protest and the tyres squealing in pain.
The car will have barely stopped before we have leapt out with our camera gear running to the beach to photograph whatever has been washed up on it.
Kintyre was our happy hunting ground for driftwood as the road ran along the back of the beach for great lengths of it’s Atlantic coast and newly arrived timber was easily spotted.
You don’t need to have hulking great chunks of wood to attract our attention. Even spindly twigs can have us crawling around in the sand looking for the right angle.
Of course it isn’t only driftwood that catches and holds our attention. Rocks in the surf, they really get our camera twitching…