Stob Dearg (Buachaille etive Mor)

The 50mm distagon lens for the Hasselblad came into its own on this trip. There isn't too much room to move around on the summit of Stob Dearg. The excellent views and the relatively low clouds really gave a sense of space, height and distance when using this lens. The Hasselblad V-system is completely mechanical, which means manual focusing as well. When I do this, like tuning a guitar, I like to turn the dial until the picture goes from out of focus, into focus and back out of focus again. This gives me a sense of where the middle is. One thing I find with the 50mm distagon is that often my foreground object is close enough to be in focus, but too close to move the ring until the object is back out of focus again. I end up having to trust my eyes that what I am seeing is as sharp as it can get rather than rely on finding a middle-point.

The final photo of both of us was taken using the self-timer. The light was not particularly inspiring and the background isn't particularly pretty either. But the wind had dropped after descending and the ground was steep enough to just plant the Hasselblad on a rock and run down a bit to where Stuart was. I hadn't used the self-timer before and I don't feel comfortable leaving a camera unattended on a tripod in high winds. It's nice to have some variety with the photos though and it shows that we should remember to use the self-timer more often.