Tuesday, 18 July 2017

    Well it's been a long while since I last posted and I'm sorry to say, it will probably be a very long while before the next one. Many years ago it was suggested to me that I started a blog to share the sights and experience's of living on an island in the far north of Shetland -over the years I hope I've done that.

A few weeks ago I was at one of my favourite places (Lamba Ness)  photographing the seabirds over a rough sea . I was fairly high up on the rocks when all of a sudden ( I'd been there for 3\4 hr) a big wave came in (probably 1in a 100) and swamped both me and my camera gear. I was in a safe position however, so had no chance of  going in to the sea (thankfully) . The result of all of this was - as I learnt yesterday- both my EF 500 and my 7Dii have been written off due to water damage. The cost of repair is not viable due to there no longer being fewer replacement parts for this now, out of date model. Replacing the gear is not an option due to cost (currently around £9,000)  so, I'm going to have concentrate on subjects using shorter lenses and the wide angles. What this might do, is to get me to concentrate on particular projects, who knows ? What it does mean is there will be less bird and otter photographs and probably more landscapes or night time pictures.

Yesterday evening, I really did consider giving up photography  which has been part of my life for over 40 years and take up something else but that desire has now gone thankfully :)
 I've always thought of my camera and lenses as being an extension to my eyes and what they see, so for those of you that have followed the blog for almost 10 years thank-you for enjoying what I've seen .

Robbie, July 2017.


MW said...

Heck...... I'm speechless!

Well, I'll try. Firstly I am so sorry about the accident, but wonder why the insurance won't cover it all?
Secondly, but most importantly, I have enjoyed your blog for a few years now. I have been to Shetland to visit, and loved that. So thankyou for all you have done to keep Shetland alive in our minds, and thankyou for the moments of magic that you have shared in your blog.
It will be a great shame, and a big loss if it really has to go.
All the best

maggireyner said...

Please don't give up. I love your photos mx

Shetland Storm Force photography said...

Sorry to hear about this experience Robbie. No insurance ? I had a similar experience which seems unbelievable, I had a camera mounted on a tripod on a slope next to a reservoir. Turned my back for a second, turned back to see a couple of squirrels chasing each other, one hit my tripod and the camera and tripod went straight into the water never to return.

MW said...

Hi Robbie
I did leave a comment the other day, but somehow it's disappeared. No matter!
I just wanted to say thankyou for your blog, and your superb pictures, posted over the last few years. I'll miss it!
Very sorry to hear about the camera mishap.......
Best wishes, Mark

robbieb said...

Thank you all for your kind comments, after a few days in Sutherland with my 5Diii and shorter lenses, I have thought about it and will continue doing it. The subjects will be different, but hopefully still worth a look. When I do update, for those on FB, I'll put a link there.


robbieb said...

One thing I did forget to add, the reason the comments didn't show up, is that I have to view them first. This is because I was getting a number of Inappropriate comments made by someone that was totally unrelated to the blog.