Dundrennan Abbey | 720nm IR | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

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On Days Like These.

I. | The Abbey – 720nm Infrared | 35mm.

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Okay, okay! I have a thing about old buildings and magnificent, ancient stonework. It could be worse. Instead of cameras, I could have a PS or an Xbox (whatever they are – but hear that they are also quite popular?) 

II. | From an Outer Doorway – 720nm Infrared | 28mm.

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Over the last almost twenty years, I have visited and revisited Dundrennan Abbey on more occasions than I can remember. Mary, Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland, here, before being escorted across the Solway Firth by the English, to Carlisle Castle where she would spend the next nineteen years as a prisoner before being executed, in 1587. Whether for the scenery, the history, or both – I have never tired of shooting here. Two days ago, I visited again and, with my IR converted GR in hand – spent around an hour making a few more frames. The groundsman (Pete) was also on site, fixing the ol’ place up a bit, ready for the spring and summer onslaught of visitors, but mostly, I had perfect ‘alone’-time to wander round and grab a few angles that I had missed over previous visits. Here, I wanted to simply show a few frames of some of Dundrennan’s beautiful arches – in a tad more detail, with each shot.

III. | Through an Interior Arch – 720nm Infrared | 28mm.

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Shooting in IR under ideal conditions (bright sunshine and few clouds) really does bring out the contrast and utter magnificence of places like this – and I have no doubt that there are more just like this, waiting for me to capture. As spring and summer progress, I know already that I am going to have a very busy season indeed, not just for having so many places to shoot, but in the first instance – being able to visit them and soak up so much atmosphere, history and enjoying too, a complete change of pace. On days like these, there’s truly nothing better. 


IV. | Zenith – 720nm Infrared | 21mm.

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25 thoughts on “Dundrennan Abbey | 720nm IR | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

  1. I have to say, I love the old stonework too. Your medium brings it out so nicely. I even enjoy looking at the places where it has eroded with time, revealing the layers of rock. Great work, as always, Robert!

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    1. I look for erosion too, odd that. When I shot the entrance to Thirlstane Arch a few weeks back, it was amazing to see the possibly millions of years pass by through the different layers of rocks. Always fascinating! Dundrennan dates back around almost 900 years, and I really feel now that I’m really getting to know the place. It helps, when I photograph there, as prevous visits have been somewhat rushed or excitable captured, but I no longer seek the obvious here. It has some truly beautiful masonry and, amazing features. It is these I hope to share over a few coming posts. Fingers crossed I won’t rip the *rse out of it though. 🙏 Lovely comments, H! Thank you! R.

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    1. Quy, of course I would be very happy for you to share any links you’re enjoying. Thank you so much! I’m currently getting stuck in to processing my newest captures. Should be done within a week or two but will post as I go, with worthy captures at least, and just keep hoping I’m not overloading you all. Its a beautiful time of year to be shooting outdoors though! Many, many thanks, Q! R 🙏

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