Yesterday I got taken out to another archaeological site, in the Ahmor area of North Uist, this one a ‘barp’ (a mound or cairn of stones) about an hour’s walk inland from the road. I don’t really know much about shooting landscapes, but since coming to North Uist & shooting these panoramas I’ve noticed that scattered clouds make for much more interesting images than either completely clear or completely overcast skies. It also helps the panorama software, as a large expanse of flat blue or grey doesn’t have any features for the software to pick up on & match between adjacent images. Yesterday was the perfect example of this & I’m really pleased with how the panorama I shot up next to the barp came out.
Some stills taken around Dun an Sticir, one of the many little island forts dotted around North Uist. One of the spherical panoramas, which I took from halfway along one of the stone causeways between the islands, actually makes for an interesting photo when viewed flat like this (with a bit of the sides cropped off).
Through a strange set of circumstances I am spending the best part of 3 months this summer (the time between submitting my PhD thesis & having the viva exam) living & working in the Outer Hebrides, specifically the isle of North Uist. I am working with Taigh Chearsabhagh, a museum/arts centre in Lochmaddy (the largest settlement on North Uist) to first of all produce spherical panoramas of archaeological sites around the island for part of an exhibition next year.
I wanted something to provide a slightly taller grip on my new Sony a6000 & decided to give the GARIZ leather half case a try – they looked really nice from the photos, with the shiny metal base plate. This is an expensive case with a list price of ₩98,000 (£56/$89) so I ordered from a UK stockist that I could return it to if I didn’t like it, rather than ordering it from Korea.
To cut to the chase, I will be returning the case. While it is nice, it isn’t nice enough to warrant the price tag & in certain places the design is just plain awkward.