This is a guest post by Bob Hamilton, who has been roaming the Faroe Islands with his Sony A7rII and favorite lenses in the context of a long-term project that I find fascinating. Thanks Bob !
The long-term photographic project on which I’m working covers the islands of north west Europe and, specifically, those islands both originally inhabited by the Norsemen or colonised by them. The geographical scope of the project runs from Cumbria in England, through the west coast of Ireland and Scotland, through the Orkney and Shetland Isles, on to Fair Isle and the Faroe Islands, north to Iceland and back east to the islands of Arctic Norway.
Other than the islands of Norway, what fascinates me greatly is the very strong Celtic connection present in the other locations – obvious in respect of Great Britain but not so obvious in respect of the Faroes and Iceland.
However, investigation reveals that the first inhabitants of the Faroes were reputedly Irish, hermit monks and that a meaningful element of the female line in the populations of both the Faroes and Iceland is the result of female slaves taken there from Ireland and Scotland by the marauding, plundering Vikings.
It’s a very long-term project which I would like to have published at some point – I still have to photographically visit Orkney, Shetlands and Fair Isle and, obviously, return to other islands already visited to improve my portfolio.
It’s a project I may very well not complete but the fun’s in the journey, not the arrival!
For the most part, weather ranged from sublime mornings to awful afternoons which would put a wet winter weekend in Oban to shame!
But the camera and the 35mm Loxia, in particular, performed admirably – the perfect travel combination.
The more I use the A7rII, the more I think it is a tour de force (superb colour and dynamic range – can’t wait for the 14 bit depth upgrade), but only with the right lenses – the 55mm f1.8, the 35mm Loxia, the FE 35mm f2.8 at certain apertures, the 70-200mm f4 between 70 and 150mm and at f8 to f11 and the 16-35mm f4 from 20mm to 28mm at f8 to f13.
The trip had a few little surprises in store. Every hamlet here has what looks to be superb football facilities and the hamlet of Eidi is no exception. This is a nation which spares no cash for the well-being of its youngsters. I haven’t seen a fitter looking bunch of teenagers in all of my travels.
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