Dalveen Pass: A 5 Minute Photo Adventure

Landscape Photography on Holiday

Family holidays are typically not a great time for landscape photography.  After all, the point of being on holiday is that one should take a break and spend time with loved ones.  However, it can be difficult for me to switch off my passion for landscape photography so I'm always thinking of new ideas and how to make opportunities to get out with the camera.

So when I arranged a holiday to the highlands of Scotland my mind was full of grand ideas for photography and creating content for my YouTube channel.  Most of my grand ideas though would involve being away for hours and getting out the house at unsociable hours.  All these photography based plans would essentially defeat the purpose of going on a family holiday, and to be honest, I actually needed a break so I decided to reign in my ideas.


There was one idea that I came up with though that wouldn't impact my holiday.  Though we would all be going to the same holiday destination, my wife and kids would be flying up, and I would be driving up to Scotland with all the bags, bikes, and most importantly the camera gear.  With such a long drive I would need to stop a few times for a break so surely there would be some close by locations worthy of a bit photography.

I would be passing near the Peak District and the Lake District, but I wanted to visit somewhere a bit different, and closer to my final destination.  So I picked up my copy of Photographing Scotland and spotted the location Dalveen Pass in Dumfries & Galloway.  It looked ideal as it was just off the M74 and a couple of recommended viewpoints were on the roadside.  It looked perfect.  I could stop and have some lunch, and grab a few photos.


Photographing Davleen Pass

The morning of the drive I set my alarm nice and early so I would have plenty of time for the drive, make my planned stop, and still reach my destination in time to meet my family off the plane.  Despite it being Easter weekend the traffic was light  and I made it to Dalveen Pass in plenty of time.  When I got there I decided that I would also make video of my experience so I'm very happy to share with you my latest 5 Minute Photo Adventure from Dalveen Pass.

As you can see I didn't exactly have the best conditions for photography.  The grey overcast skies don't matter so much for the waterfall shots, but those beautiful hills would have been lovely with a bit of light and drama in the sky.  However, I very much enjoyed my time on Dalveen Pass.  This location has a lot of potential and with it being just of the M74 I'm sure to stop off again on my way up or down from Scotland.

Have you photographed Dalveen Pass before?  Do you have any recommendations for great locations near motorways?  Let me know in the comments below.

PS.  There will be more landscape photography videos from my holiday in Scotland so stay tuned to my blog or even better make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel and remember to click on the bell icon so you receive a notification as soon as I post up a new video.

The Photographs

As promised in the video here are the photographs that I captured from Dalveen Pass.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 VR at 62mm, f/11, 1/4 sec at ISO 64, Lee Filters Circular Polariser.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR at 70mm, f/11, 1/30th sec at ISO 64