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weedavie
2006-05-03 17:22:44
Lay Down your weary Lens
Hillwalking unites us and soothes our souls. Equipment makes enemies of us. Some people are happy clacking away with poles, deafening everyone in 100 metres. Camelbacks just look silly. Photography........

It's been nice seeing the camera people have their say recently on Mountain Views and if they go out together then fantastic. But when someone you walk with gets the bug, it's dreadful.

Time was you'd come to the edge of a corrie and look down "This is fantastic, magic lochan, tremendous cornice." You'd maybe sit and eat a roll and spray some superlatives. It'd be companionable then you'd move on.

Now you stand impatiently as they prowl around for the perfect perspective. You fume as they start snapping the unstitched elements of a panorama. You no longer share the sunset glow on the clouds glimpsed behind you for fear of another stop. And then they tell you they're getting a new lens.
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Afterwards you're round at their house and though the conversation is getting lively and scandalous you can feel them edging you from the company to go to their pc and suffer through the results of the delays that annoyed you in the first place. Hill by hill in alphabetical order.

These people have to learn. Freezing something in a photograph destroys your memory. Talk to someone about the walk when we saw the young ptarmigan family and Ronnie sank in the bog and all they remember is the temperature inversion below the bealach in the morning because that's what they've got on the pc. Photographs are great but they should be snaps taken of recognisable people, possibly doing silly things, on familiar hills. Everything else is a bad imitation of art.

I'm going back up the hills on my own to iron out the creases from my soul.
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