2015 – September – Flowers in Water

I was a bit bored, so I thought I’d try something different.

It’s small flowers floating in a jar of water and shot in natural light.

All manual focus.

2015 – August – The Devils Pulpit

I’d seen photos of a gorge near Loch Lomond called The Devils Pulpit and decided I wanted to go and have a look at it.

Simon, Linda and I jumped in the car and headed off to the deepest darkest depths of Finnich Glen near Drymen.

When we got there, there was a couple walking around and looking lost. The bag gave the chap away as either a fisherman, or photographer; the presence of the female made the fisherman unlikely so that left photographer. It turned out that they were from Spain originally, but were living in Winchburgh (just around the corner from here) as they found the Spanish climate disagreeable. So they moved to Scotland ….

Anyway, the 5 of us strolled around for a bit, and eventually found the gorge – you’ld be surprised at how cunningly disguised a 100 odd foot hole in the ground can be – but couldn’t work out how to get down to the bottom.

Help arrived in the form of a returning group, who rather nicely gave us (correct) directions

There are some pretty steep and worn steps leading down to the central chamber, so be careful if you go. I didn’t shoot these as I wanted to get something different than most of the shots I’d seen, so off came the boots and on went the waders …

2015 – June – Dedridge

Messing around with long exposures at the local pond.
The weir is in full flow with both flood routes active beside the 3 main sluices, leading to a horse-shoe shape of white water.
These shots were taken in the evening. When I returned in the morning with the dog, the weir was back to it’s normal trickle

Under the Bridge
Under the Bridge
Beside the Bridge
Beside the Bridge
The Monarch at Sunset
The Monarch at Sunset

2015 – May – UrbEx

I don’t do a lot of Urban Exploration (Urbex) but when I do, I like to find the crappiest, wettest, rainiest day possible …

Simon and I went exploring and came across this place and we had a good look around it. There are plenty of rooms within the complex, but not all of them are interesting or big enough to photograph. Some of them are just too bloody dangerous.

All images are shot using the available light and at ISO2000 and f4. Shutter speeds vary between .50 and .20 seconds and all were hand-held. [Image stabilisation certainly seems to be better on the Canon than the Sony’s that I’m used to]

It wasn’t the best of conditions to shoot this place in; it was raining and the available light was a tad flat … but as we were there, it would have been rude not to have done so.

2015 – March …. Canon Time!

So, I’ve got my new Canon and I thought I’d try it out.
Kinda silly not to really.

Reacher was playing with his toy … a difficult grab shot as I’ve got one end of the toy in his hand, and trying to keep enough distance for the minimum focus length

Reacher
Reacher

Iain was sitting having a cuddle with his mum … couldn’t resist this

Iain
Iain

 

2015 – February – The Dragonfly and the Troublemaker

While walking the dog, I discovered that last nights mist was still lingering. So, what with it being Valentines Day, and being the hopeless romantic that I am …

I left the wife with the kids and went out for a bit with the camera down to the local pond (I’ve been here many times before, just search Dedridge Pond in the tag cloud) for a bit of dissapearing-in-to-the-mist-type stuff.

Needless to say, by the time I got back, the mist had all but vanished, but the shitty, low-laying grey cloud remained.
Not being the kind of chap that allows a bit of freedom to pass unchecked, I hung around and got these instead …

Branches overhanging the pond.  If you look really close, you can see the droplets of water on each twig. Careful! Don't bump your nose on the monitor looking
Branches overhanging the pond.
If you look really close, you can see the droplets of water on each twig.
Careful! Don’t bump your nose on the monitor looking
This chap was just so casual about things, it was a class act. As he hobbled by, he threw a load of bread into the water ... and he kept walking, not giving a rats arse about the cacophony of noise and near riots it caused. Cool beans, dude, cool beans
This chap was just so casual about things, it was a class act.
As he hobbled by, he threw a load of bread into the water … and he kept walking, not giving a rats arse about the cacophony of noise and near riots it caused.
Cool beans, dude, cool beans

2014 – October – Chrissie Red

October saw another shoot with the totally fantastic Chrissie Red deep in the autumnal depths of Perthshire.

We shot on a hill side

We shot in a wood

Chrissie got a bit wet posing in the river (and at that time of year it would have been cold)

I got some bloody fantastic shots

 

2013 – August – Jen Sommerfield (NSFW)

Jen Sommerfield

Jen is based in East Anglia and came to Scotland on tour. Simon and I took advantage of this and we three went out for the day.

2013 – June – Bleeding Rose

Bleeding Rose and I worked in a deserted cove about 20 mins from here.

We shot fashion, with a mix of standard lens and LensBaby Edge 80

2013 – June – Down in the Woods

“If you go down in the woods today ” …
You’ld better be careful as the tribe are out and about.

I’d took delivery of my new Edge 80 optic for the LensBaby and wanted to try it out.

Enter some eager volunteers