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An Invasion of Silver Boxes

An Invasion of Silver Boxes

An Invasion of Silver Boxes

It’s a bright sunny bank-holiday weekend, which means only one thing.

Of five approaching cars at which I waved, only one young yet surprisingly dour-looking passenger waved back.

Visiting vehicles are easily identified by how caravans clog-up the roads, how cars perform 3-point turns in the mouths of T-junctions.

Avoiding eye-contact becomes the norm, as does the body-language of shying-away…

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Flame On!

A couple of days ago the shed door started coming off its hinges altogether in ordinary use - the wood underlying the screws had rotten away.

Flame On!

A couple of days ago the shed door started coming off its hinges altogether in ordinary use - the wood underlying the screws had rotten away.

Evening Light

Narcissi and Dutchman’s Breeches backlit in the evening light.

Evening Light

Narcissi and Dutchman’s Breeches backlit in the evening light.

Cairnryan Point Light on Flickr.

Cairnryan Point Light on Flickr.

Around Cairnryan Point Lighthouse

Around Cairnryan Point Lighthouse

I walked maybe half a mile along the pebbled shores of Loch Ryan, attempting to make interesting photos in classical landscape style. Of this kind of scene, one particular favourite survived the editing purge:

Cairnryan Point Light
Cairnryan Point Light

However, the photo I favour most from this afternoon was a serendipitous find, a result of some gentle urban exploration. Just standing in the doorway of this ruined building, all the…

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Apr 7
Wee Waterfall

I’ve made a few photos of this waterfall since the start of the year: it might only be small, located a long walk away from home in the corner of Port Mora bay beside a cave, but being my own discovery makes it more favourite than some of the other waterfalls in Galloway.

Wee Waterfall

I’ve made a few photos of this waterfall since the start of the year: it might only be small, located a long walk away from home in the corner of Port Mora bay beside a cave, but being my own discovery makes it more favourite than some of the other waterfalls in Galloway.

Apr 6

Well, they say photography is partly about seeing interest in mundane things. So here are five views of a simple bit of street-furniture:

  1. fisheye, defished – for an ultrawide distorted effect, the bollard in its context
  2. minimalist – all distracting elements removed for a pure study of lines
  3. abstract – reduced to a pattern of lines, curves and textures (two of these)
  4. telephoto – from afar, with moderate context

All are black and white, HDR made from 3 frames bracketed +/-1EV.

Ways of Looking at a Bollard Well, they say photography is partly about seeing interest in mundane things. So here are five views of a simple bit of street-furniture:
Apr 5

When the music fades

When the music fades

Two landscape photos, fresh off the press, taken on Friday evening as the sun had just about set.

Quietness in a frame.

The beginnings of blue-hour, after sunset

The beginnings of blue-hour, after sunset

Wouldn’t think they were HDR, would you?

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Apr 4
A Walk in the Mist

This is what it looked like, walking Dog through the local woods this morning.

A Walk in the Mist

This is what it looked like, walking Dog through the local woods this morning.

Proto-Spuds

Having installed raspberries in January, today saw the second significant planting of the year: an old flower bed given a sense of purpose, dug over and mounds filled with planted potatoes (Harlequin variety, since we preferred it to the purple things last year, and it claims to be good for everything from salads to boiling to mashing).

Proto-Spuds

Having installed raspberries in January, today saw the second significant planting of the year: an old flower bed given a sense of purpose, dug over and mounds filled with planted potatoes (Harlequin variety, since we preferred it to the purple things last year, and it claims to be good for everything from salads to boiling to mashing).

Beyond these Shores

A simple comparison today, the same scene seen two ways.

First, colour. The camera chose a fairly cool whitebalance, which lends itself to a purply-blue tint reminiscent of certain slide films of old:

Sunlight on water

And this is what can be made of it – a much shinier, silvery monochrome rendition, the punchy contrast emphasizing the foreground rock shapes:

Sunlight on water

Both have their merits – you can favour whichever you…

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Deep

No more sun, no more wind. Only a strange feeling leaving without moving I’ll try another world…

Deep

No more sun, no more wind. Only a strange feeling leaving without moving I’ll try another world…

(via Ringtone)

(via Ringtone)

The Streets of Carlisle

Mar 6

I think this is the best misty morning I’ve seen in nearly a year of living around Portpatrick – the fog’s not lifted all day. Naturally it made for some great photo opportunities this morning too.

Misty Morning I think this is the best misty morning I’ve seen in nearly a year of living around Portpatrick - the fog’s not lifted all day.