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Around Dundee Law

A couple of photos from around Dundee Law:

looking south across the River Tay

A view from Dundee Law looking south over the River Tay.

A view from Dundee Law looking south over the River Tay.

The radio transmitter on top of the Law:

The radio transmitter on top of Dundee Law.

Looking west over Lochee, with the Mills Observatory and Camperdown Jute Mill across to Perthshire hills in the distance:

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Sony NEX-7, 2-stop circular polarizer filter, HDR +/-1 EV.

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A few photos from a walk around Portpatrick on a sunny evening, starting with the Royal Navy helicopter practising for Lifeboat Week, taking in some favoured old haunts and seascapes.

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Sundown on Portpatrick A few photos from a walk around Portpatrick on a sunny evening, starting with the Royal Navy helicopter practising for Lifeboat Week, taking in some favoured old haunts and seascapes.
Squaring the Spheres

A few weeks ago I ordered a pair of extension tubes for the Sony NEX-7; today I got around to experimenting with them for the first time.

Squaring the Spheres

A few weeks ago I ordered a pair of extension tubes for the Sony NEX-7; today I got around to experimenting with them for the first time.

Change to Fair

The fisherman’s barometer, corner of North Castle and North Streets, St Andrews. A little experimentation in The Gimp, to create a synthetic “scratches” texture layer - using plasma clouds, old-photo simulation, distortions and other trickery.

Change to Fair

The fisherman’s barometer, corner of North Castle and North Streets, St Andrews. A little experimentation in The Gimp, to create a synthetic “scratches” texture layer - using plasma clouds, old-photo simulation, distortions and other trickery.

Aug 4
…and send it soaring…

I can think of much worse ways to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than flying a kite with friends.

…and send it soaring…

I can think of much worse ways to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than flying a kite with friends.

Colour or Black and White?

Colour or Black and White?

No doubt this is one of the oldest conundrums, generally long-since answered. The conventional approach is that black&white is meant to be an end in itself (a choice made at the time of shooting rather than an option or fallback in processing), in order that the eye be drawn to forms and shapes and textures, appreciated for their own sake without the distractions of realistic colour. As such,…

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A hedgehog living in the parents’ garden – a delightful honour to see the wee thing strolling around of an evening, chomping on the crunchy food left out.

Yay hedgie!!

Nocturnal Visitor A hedgehog living in the parents’ garden - a delightful honour to see the wee thing strolling around of an evening, chomping on the crunchy food left out.

White clouds in blue skies; grass blowing around in warm sunlight; horses that amble across their field to come and say hello as one passes by the roadside.

Impressions of Summer White clouds in blue skies; grass blowing around in warm sunlight; horses that amble across their field to come and say hello as one passes by the roadside.

Wabi-Sabi

Appreciating the aesthetics of brokenness and decay in suburban Yorkshire.

Decrepit Warburton's lorry

Decrepit Warburton’s lorry

Flaking paint textures

Flaking paint textures

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A Change of Direction

A Change of Direction

Sometimes, one’s photography takes quite a turn.

A few years ago, I was all interested in large-format landscape work, when a fellow member of the photo-club inadvertently threw the spanner in the works by saying his particular approach gave results that represented how he felt at a given scene. Hang around: how come every LF landscapie I know feels exactly the same way then, if that way is…

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Jul 6
Pea

Detail of raindrops on a collection of sweet pea flower petals.

Pea

Detail of raindrops on a collection of sweet pea flower petals.

Beginnings of Success

Some of the first apples beginning to form on a tree in the garden.

Beginnings of Success

Some of the first apples beginning to form on a tree in the garden.

We all live in a…

…grey submarine. First time I’ve spotted a submarine out in the wild, so to speak. This one was lurking somewhere between Portpatrick and Northern Ireland yesterday lunchtime.

We all live in a…

…grey submarine. First time I’ve spotted a submarine out in the wild, so to speak. This one was lurking somewhere between Portpatrick and Northern Ireland yesterday lunchtime.

Last Thursday tea-time, the Queen’s Baton came to Stranraer as part of the run-up to the Commonwealth Games. It was quite fun to watch the crowds milling around in anticipation – arguably made for more interesting street-photos than the baton itself.

Incidental Impressions Last Thursday tea-time, the Queen’s Baton came to Stranraer as part of the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.

Noctilucent Clouds

Noctilucent (“night-shining”) clouds are a rare phenomenon: the highest clouds in the atmosphere, at altitudes between 47-53 miles, consisting of tiny crystals of water ice about 100nm in diameter and requiring very cold temperatures to form. Not fully understood, they are a recently discovered meterological phenomenon with no record of their observation before 1885.

They also make a beautiful…

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