Travel in Scotland in December

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by MikeM, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. MikeM

    MikeM Guest

    I might be in northern Scotland for a few weeks in December and would
    like to know of any problems I could encounter with film and cameras,
    as I expect it is a tad colder than I am used to in the sub-tropical
    part of Australia.

    MikeM, Jun 2, 2005
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  2. Waterproof camera advised (unless it is cold enough to snow)...
    ; )

    Seriously, Gore-Tex jackets which did fine in all kinds of weather in
    the Alps - and many other places - leaked in the West Highlands!
    Chris Loffredo, Jun 2, 2005
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  3. G'day Mike,

    A bit of info (not quite problems with film and camera):
    Depending on what part of Australia you're from, you may find it
    getting dark a lot earlier in the pm and staying dark longer in
    the am than you're used to so faster film and/or lenses may be


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    Chris Brown Guest

    Apart from it being wet and cold, bring fast lenses, as it'll be dark just
    after 3pm.
    Chris Brown, Jun 2, 2005
  5. It sound not be a problem for the camera other than the usual wet damp
    stuff. The camera should be able to handle the cold stuff of Scotland. I
    suspect you will enjoy it. (BTW it can get stormy there at that time of
    Joseph Meehan, Jun 2, 2005
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    Ian Riches Guest

    Well, it will be colder than you're used to, but not Northern-Canada

    The link below gives the weather for December 2004 in Inverness, one of
    the most northerly large towns in Scotland.

    That link may wrap, so may work better for you.

    You can see that temperatures vary between around -10 deg C and + 10 deg
    C. If you are high up in the mountains in could be a fair bit colder
    than this.

    These temperatures are not excessive for a camera, although you may find
    battery performance not quite as good as you are used to. Rain and snow
    are commonplace at this time of year. Snow can shut some roads, both
    major and minor. Daylight hours are also short, with sunrise not much
    before 9am and sunset around the 3:30pm mark.

    As far as photography goes, make sure you have spare batteries, weather
    protection for your gear and a back-up plan (even if it is just staying
    at home with a couple of friends and a decent bottle of something)
    should the weather close in on you a bit and disrupt travel.

    (who doesn't live in Scotland but has family who do...)
    Ian Riches, Jun 2, 2005
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    Peter Chant Guest

    This can apply to any part of the UK but possibly more likely up north:
    prepare for horizontal rain.
    Peter Chant, Jun 2, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    You should take plenty of fast film, because the "Rule" for exposing
    in mid-day sun in northern Scotland in December is something
    approaching "Sunny f/5.6". Plus the days are very short, and you
    don't often get sun. So ISO 400 film is a must.

    Make sure you have warm, waterproof clothing. There will be plenty of
    rain, and the dampness doesn't ever go away in winter. Keep your
    camera and lenses dry. It pays to dry them after each day's shooting.

    One good thing about visiting Scotland in December is that there are
    no midges. They seem to be abundant during just about every other
    month of the year ... slight exaggeration, it just seems like every
    month. They are actually present from March to early November.
    Tony Polson, Jun 2, 2005
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    MikeM Guest

    From what I've been reading about the Scottish weather in December my
    Pentax 95WR might be the only camera I could use much of the time. I
    assume it is weather resistant enough for horizontal rain.

    MikeM, Jun 3, 2005
  10. On those whisky & haggis infested hills, the rain sometimes rises from
    the ground to the sky...
    Chris Loffredo, Jun 3, 2005
  11. On a geographically related note, does anyone know where I could rent
    studio lighting in Glasgow?
    Michael Benveniste, Jun 3, 2005
  12. MikeM

    Joe Makowiec Guest

    You might want to pay a visit to:

    There are several people who post there who are decent to very good
    photogs, and a number of people who can help with tourism information.
    (This being usenet, there are also the usual number of cranks and
    loonies...) In general, you won't get slammed asking a reasonable
    question there.
    Joe Makowiec, Jun 3, 2005
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    Tony Polson, Jun 3, 2005
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    DunxUK Guest

    Bring very good lens hoods. You get extreme 'Syberian sun' up here in
    winter and when shooting during the magic hour you will be fighting
    lens flare without one. And get your B&B to fill you a thermos before
    you leave!!

    Enjoy your stay!

    DunxUK, Jun 3, 2005
  15. Thanks!
    Michael Benveniste, Jun 4, 2005
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