Reflections on Dereliction - Salen, Isle of Mull, Scotland by Simon Lupton

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Reflections on Dereliction - Salen, Isle of Mull, Scotland by 

We’d arrived for a weeks holiday on Mull and I confess I hadn’t really planned on where to go on my first morning there [unusual for me] although I’m a firm believer in following my intuition once in an area and throwing plans out the window if something piques my interest.

For someone undecided, the three beached vessels at Salen were an easy option and an obvious choice being right next to the road. When I got there the stillness of the water was sublime and the magnificent light coming across the Sound of Mull equally so.

I was mindful that the scene in front of me had been photographed many times before – by a lot of talented photographers – and was determined to pull something unique out of it. Trying to distil the scene down to a greater simplicity, I found that accurate positioning of the tripod hid the other two wrecks behind the one in the foreground and gave me a reflection to die for in the sheltered waters of Salen Bay.

Careful use of a circular polariser darkened the reflections on the water to the extent I wanted them, and allowed me to see through the surface of the water to the pebbles below. I went back to breakfast in the Tobermory Hotel very happy with my first mornings work.

Canon 5D
Canon 17-40mm f/4 @ 17mm
1/5 sec @ f/11
-0.33 Exp Comp
Circular Polariser


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  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!

  • Thank you Mark

    – Simon Lupton

  • marc melander
    marc melanderover 2 years ago

    Magnificent. I’m a big fan of low pov boat shots and this is stunning.

  • Thanks Marc. These boats ha been done so many times before, I was determined to get something different!

    – Simon Lupton

  • rosie320d
    rosie320dover 2 years ago

    Great perspective and reflections :-) Geraldine

  • Thank you Geraldine

    – Simon Lupton

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Beautiful perspective, composition, and reflections!!!

  • Thanks Laurie

    – Simon Lupton

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 2 years ago

    Awesome B&W shot Simon..Well done…

  • Thank you Jason

    – Simon Lupton

  • JohnDoe1
    JohnDoe1over 2 years ago

    Very beautiful!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks for that – it’s a very beautiful place

    – Simon Lupton

  • cullodenmist
    cullodenmistover 2 years ago

    Please consider this image for our new group..
    A Love of Boats
    ..Click here
    Also please consider this image for our March voucher challenge.

  • Duly done Larry

    – Simon Lupton

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago


  • MartinJohnson
    MartinJohnsonabout 2 years ago

    Excellent image

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