Neist Point – one of my highlights from an incredible Scottish road trip, and somewhere I just had to blog about.  But first, a little back-story …

One of the best talked I sat in on at WTM was entitled The best bloggers innovations of 2012, and was hosted by some of the big players in the travel blogging game such as  Kash Bhattacharya, along with some other prestigious travel writers such as Mark Hodson, who I interviewed on this very site not so long ago.

Right, over with the name dropping, why was this talk the one that stuck with me?  – INNOVATION.  Innovation seems to be the buzz word doing the rounds at the moment in the travel-bloggersphere.   The topic was first bought to my attention by Paul over at who wrote first created his live blogging series which I was lucky enough to test out early doors, and more recently he wrote a really interesting article of the topic of Innovation.  Alongside a couple of other bit hitting bloggers, Paul’s also since launched the blogging conference Traverse, no prizes for guessing that innovation is one of the key features in the conference outline.

Innovation in such a crowded market can be tough though.  There are so many good travel bloggers out there, and all with their own unique skill sets, to set yourself apart is pretty difficult, especially as a newbie to the scene.

My (*ahem) Innovation – 360 photographs

OK so its not ground breaking, maybe not even an innovation, there are plenty of panoramic photo type apps out there for the Iphone, Andriod etc, and since CS3 Adobe have offered the ‘Photomerge’ function within Photoshop.  But, I can only work with the skills I currently posses and truth me told I’ve rarely, if ever seen 360 photos utilized in a travel blog. This is my something that’s just a little different.

They say a picture paints a 1000 words, but does it always paint the right words?  For example, what if I were to take a shot of an amazing newly built 5* hotel hotel in a developing nation.  You might get the impression that all is well within this nation and things are on the up.  What that photo might not show you however is whats behind me when I take said photo.   For arguments sake it could be a rubbish tip upon which young children are scrambling over and foraging through in order to find some food or something of value to sell.  Dramatic example I conceed, but hopefully you get my point.

I’d like to think that 360 photos tell the whole story rather than just the nicest parts.  Whilst the nicest parts are obviously the most pleasing on the eye, isn’t it better we know the whole truth about a destination rather than just bury our head in the sand when it comes to recognising something that’s simply wrong or that needs improving?

Neist Point -My first 360

So, here it is, my first attempt at a 360 image.  Taken at Neist Point on the Isle of Skye (Scotland) during my recent roadtrip adventure around the highlands, this image captures Skyes most westerly point.  The day of our visit was somewhat cloudy, but the image still captures the rugged cliffs, curving landscape and my mates awesome hat.  What may be considered the main attraction of Neist Point – its lighthouse – cannot be seen in the picture, but a post on the lighthouse will follow.  For now have a little play with the scroll bar below and take in Neist Point and its dramatic surrounding landscape … in places its not actually too different to Ireland’s Giants Causeway.

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So what do you think?

So there you have it, nothing ground breaking I’ll admit, but maybe something just a little different.  What do you think?  Would you like to see more 360 pictures?  Does it paint a clearer picture of a location?  Does it need to be bigger or small?  Is the cut in the wrong place (I think so)?

Any and all feedback welcome.