2013 An t-Eilean Sgitheanach cunntas-turais

2013 Isle of Skye Travelogue

This picture was taken on June 18th from the Royal Scotsman train early on 19 May as the train headed up the coast of Loch Carron, an ocean inlet. The shot was taken using the "big" camera (Olympus C8080) using a polarizing filter. The image has been cropped and optimized for web pages, but otherwise unaltered.

Here is my narrative describing our trip to Scotland. I've linked the corresponding pages from Jonathan's web site so that folks can jump back and forth between them. I took 1,180 shots (3.4 GB) while on the trip, and the images on the site represent a subset of those pictures.

01 to 02 May
Saint Paul to Edinburgh
03 May
Edinburgh to Inverness
04 May
Inverness to Portree
05 May
06 May
Portree to Sleat
07 May
08 May
Sleat to Plockton
09 May
Kyle of Lochalsh to Dundee
10 May
Dundee to Edinburgh
11 May
Edinburgh to Saint Paul

The background on the webpages for this trip is a shot of the side of the Culloden Battlefield Visitors Center. I've taken the liberty of altering the color, but not the pattern, to match the color scheme of this site.

I used Wikipedia and Lexilogos' Scottish-Gaelic dictionary site to obtain the Gaelic names and occasional translation of terms.

The images on the site, unless otherwise noted, were taken either using an Olympus C8080 Zoom (3264x2448 pixel JPEGs), or an Olympus Stylus 790 SW (3072x2304 pixel JPEGs). I occasionally had a circular polarizing filter installed on the C8080 depending on the light. The image size of the resulting JPEGs are about 3.5 MB each. I burned the unedited version of all images onto a DVD before editing them.

Also because the 790SW has an incredibly short focal length available, most of the flower close ups were shot with that camera. Also, on the rainy days, I used the 790SW camera as it is waterproof; and being pocket-sized, it was also used at dinner and traveling when I didn't want to pull out the big camera.

On this site, I've whittled the image size down to two sizes - a thumbnail I use on the page for the day, and a 640x480 pixel (or 480x640 pixel, assuming I haven't cropped or altered the size) image that I've saved optimized for web usage.

A lot of the images I doctored using Photoshop Elements, a trimmed down version of Adobe Photoshop. My most frequent adjustment was "Adjust Light & Shadows" to cope with the extremes of light and dark, "Auto Contrast" and "Auto Levels".

If you'd like the high resolution image (1 - 2MB each), drop me an email (MarkTKing mac.com) and I'll either email you a copy or set up a page where you can download the image.

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updated 07 June 2015