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Rhinns of Islay Staircase



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1995 with the NLB, Pentax 67

1995 with the NLB, Pentax 67
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Eddieuuu071 Platinum
 
Eddieuuu071 February 15, 2023
Excellent image!
dillardtaylor
 
dillardtaylor Jan 26
Brilliant!
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Behind The Lens

Location

Inside the remote Rhinns of Islay lighthouse, looking up in the staircase. You can find an exterior view in my Lighthouse collection :-). More here (official website) https://www.nlb.org.uk/lighthouses/rhinns-of-islay/

Time

Some time in the afternoon of a long summer day on the outer Hebrides. Because of stormy weather the maintenance helicopter was delayed a few times and I can't recall 28 years later when it happened exactly.

Lighting

Just the natural light through the windows.. Thanks to an thick Scottish cloud cover the light was quite diffuse

Equipment

A Pentax 67 with the 55mm Takumar and Fuji Provia. That corresponds to a 28mm on 35mm format in a standard 35mm camera. I certainly wouldn't recommend to use or transport a tripod on a helicopter.

Inspiration

Admiring the beauty of Robert Stevenson's utilitarian building I took the picture after climbing to the lantern, enjoying a well of knowledge from Andy, the man in charge, and trying to make the best of poor light. When descending the stairs, I took to heart what I just learned and tried to capture the beauty of this tower.

Editing

The lab did the E36 processing. Then I scanned the film for the NLB. Many years later I reduced the very apparent grain a bit

In my camera bag

Then, it was usually said Pentax 67, 4 Takumars between 45 mm and 400mm. (yes, you will find samples in my lighthouse gallery) These days I own 3 Nikons D4, D800e and a D500. Too many lenses, so the choice depends on the subject. I would do this shot with my beloved 24-35

Feedback

Learn to make the very best of available light. All my interior shots which were somewhat appreciated were taken on dull or even rainy days. The, take time and move till you like it. For lighthouses: go with the maintenance people. NEVER with a tourist group.

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