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Photo Gallery and Photography Notes

Each of the galleries listed below will open to a gallery of the shots for each locale. Some of these shots are not very good – due to circumstances discussed in the Photography Notes – and I debated on included them, but decided that for the dreamers among us a general idea of how something looked was better than nothing at all.

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Photography Notes

The only regrets I have about my trip all involve photography. I wish that I'd purchased a new camera body before leaving, to replace my beloved fifteen year old Canon T-50 that gasped and gave up on the lawn fronting Traquair House in Scotland. Left with no choice but to buy a camera in Scotland, yet not having included it in the budget for my trip, I settled on a Minolta RivaAF with a built-in 70MM zoom lens. I then proceeded to take pictures of my finger everywhere I went, as I adjusted to my new camera.

In an attempt to stay within the overall budget I set for my trip, I purchased two dozen rolls of ASA 200-24 film to take with me, as opposed to the ASA 400-24 I ordinarily would have purchased. This made for some very difficult shots on cloudy days and in shady places. Difficult – and sometimes impossible.

I didn't realize until I was making up this gallery that I took very few long shots that give an overall view of how many places look. I tended to focus on specific architectural features. I've also discovered that I have a hitherto unknown affinity for windows and doors. In some places, such as Durham, Vindolanda and Edinburgh among others, I was so caught up in seeing what there was to see that I left my camera in the car. A regret.