Pitlochry Dam

Location: Pitlochry | Time: 14:00

Pitlochry Dam is a tourist haven but what does it hold for the photographer?

Pitlochry Dam in HDR using a mega wide angle lensPitlochry Dam in HDR using a mega wide angle lens

Finally found a good angle to shoot the dam from the waters edge

Finally found a good angle to shoot the dam from the waters edge

Sarah: So after a quick lunch and a phone conversation with a laundry scientist about wind wrinkles… we ended up at pilochry dam on another grey Scottish day, but not all was doom and gloom! did get a couple of shots and a nice enough walk and a go on old fashioned 2p slide machines! like going back to me youth : ) (course now Katie has learnt about gambling, OOps!) Fabulous wide-angled lens worked a treat too! ended up with HDR below, which usually isn’t my style, but felt it worked in this case.

Ian: After a brief lunch at ‘Spoons in Perth we made a split second decision to head for Pitlochry today. Sarah hadn’t been since she was a bairn (not sure what’s changed) and the trees up that way are normally really good during the Autumn changes. Unfortunately with the lack of any decent daylight it ended up just being another drab afternoon in Scotland.

Upon arrival Katie was intent on getting over the dam in the fastest time possible and never mind any of this sight-seeing nonsense! Once we chained her to a fence (joking) we managed to pop off a few shots (inbetween toursists) but the shots were in dire need of some sunlight. Moving to the other side of the water opened up an opportunity to shoot from beside the water which gave me the shot to the left – this almost made it worth the price in petrol to get there…

One day i’d like to see the dam open, and to see some salmon climbing the ladder. But it’s always worth a trip to Pitlochry to gamble your piggy bank money on the 2p coin machines in the wee arcade on the way to the dam car park.

Pitlochry Theatre: I turned the image to black and white and messed with the colour levels to make it look like it had been snowing

Pitlochry Theatre: I turned the image to black and white and messed with the colour levels to make it look like it had been snowing

OVERVIEW:

Places to eat: We ate at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre which was very nice (if very tourist orientated) and not too badly priced
Kid-friendly?: Between the huge dam, fish ladder viewing point and the shaky bridge i’m sure they will have a good time.
The Good: Plenty of touristy things to see and do. Visitor centres galore… Town itself is great for shopping. Small but fantastic arcade too – 2p machines are ace!
The Bad: Whole place seems set up for tourists and the dam itself isn’t that interesting in my opinion.
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