Davaar Lighthouse, Scotland

JULY 2005 – A rubber speedboat rushes by Davaar Lighthouse near Campeltown, Scotland. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

While in Scotland, we spent also one night in Campbeltown, a historic “Royal Burgh” that has been occupied continuously for over 8,000 years. In the past, it was home to a big fishing fleet but the business declined after the 1920s, and today the town mainly caters for tourists. As Campbeltown is the economic center for the whole area, it is the perfect spot to explore the Kintyre peninsula.

Just outside of Campbeltown lies Davaar Island at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch. This is a tidal island, linked to the mainland by a natural shingle causeway that is only accessible at low tide. The lighthouse was built in 1854 by the engineers David and Thomas Stevenson. It was automated in 1983.

The weather on this day was far from perfect for a photo. We already had had some rain earlier, and now a strong wind was blowing from the east. Yet, from the B842 we had a fantastic view across the sea and the lighthouse. When a red rubber speedboat passed the lighthouse, I captured the image with a tele lens. I really like the roughness of the sea that shows in the image.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time13-JUL-2005
LocationDavaar Island, Scotland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3679 x 2453 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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