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Fingal's Cave on Staffa
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Fingal's Cave on Staffa

Historic Photographs
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Fingal's Cave on Staffa
Historic Photographs
Fingal's Cave on Staffa
This photograph was taken by George Washington Wilson.

Wilson made arrangements with a local man, Sandy Macdonald, for a rowing boat with four oarsmen to take them to Staffa. George Walker described the problems experienced by Wilson when small clouds racing across the sky caused variations in the light levels thus affecting the exposure times needed for his glass plates.

However, Wilson's skill was such that only one plate of two dozen images was under-exposed. Walker notes "so much were Wilson's views in demand at this time that he could have sold each of these negatives for £10, (about £800 today), thus making £230 (nearly £20,000 today) as his day's work but by selling the views taken from these he must have turned out much more than this large sum".
George Washington Wilson
Aberdeen Local Studies