The Kelpies – After Sunset | 35:Chronicle

black & white, night / low-light, photography, structures, waterscape

Horses in the Sky.

It’s simply not possible to visit these mind-blowing structures by day and to not return after sunset to see them in their dazzling, alternative guise. After the child-like exuberance I enjoyed while photographing them with my two IR cameras earlier in the afternoon, I suffered yet more of it with the anticipation of returning after  sundown, to shoot them again, this time lit up from their insides against a darkening, moody evening sky. A few expletives leap to mind when I remember just what I thought to myself as the Kelpies began to shine – and only seemed to intensify.

Oddly, I did not take a tripod with me, trusting instead that my Df would handle the low-light pretty well (especially as I was only ever intending to capture them for black and white) therefore, all of these frames were snagged hand-held, 28mm at ISO:6400. I’ve included a colour frame original from shot one, at the end. I really do hope you’ll enjoy them!

[Thanks, Alena, for the sub-heading – by far the funniest comment I’ve received in a long while, I can tell you!]



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For Angela.

My first break away since the big breaks! Without you, these shots wouldn’t have even happened. For your patience and, my motivation – thank you!


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19 thoughts on “The Kelpies – After Sunset | 35:Chronicle

  1. I went there by chance. A friend lived nearby and suggested we visit the horses. These were not what I expected, but so happy. They are truly stunning and your shots do them justice.

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    1. Peggy, thank you for your lovely comments. They truly are soooo imposing, aren’t they? Really glad that you enjoyed these frames and very grateful for you taking time to leave a few words. Have a lovely Sunday. Best, Rob 🙏 📷

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    1. Okee doke.. slightly astounded, Brian. Thank you! Prefering mono makes it easy to forego absolute WB accuracy, but I do a few colour frames to remind me, sometimes. These sculptures are just too good to be seen only in BW. Your kind comments are well received. I’m very grateful, B! Have a lovely weekend! Best, Rob 🙏 📷

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    1. Amar, thank you so much my dear friend! I’m so glad you like them. First and third are probably my own personal favourites but the whole series (unpublished too) are real eye-catchers. Great to read your comments, A! Have a fabulous weekend! Best, Rob 🙏 📷


  2. Great series of images, the df low light performance is really good. When I was testing one from Nikon Oman, it’s low light performance persuaded me and I parted with some cash (the price I was offered helped 😉) lovely camera.

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    1. Thank you, David! I absolutely loved working on this series. The Df is a dream for this kind of caper, for sure. Some of your shots persuaded me to get one, actually. It really is more camera than I need though, to be honest. But what a beast! Great to receive your comments and to hear from you! Best, Rob 🙏 📷

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