New Lanark | PT.IV – The Ties That Bind | 35Chronicle

black & white, full-spectrum, Indoor, photography

Only Our Methods Have Changed.


This is to be the final part in my New Lanark photo-series – from this beautifully preserved cotton mill, once alive with workers and currently, one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Scotland. As I alluded to in PT.II – I decided to shoot around the entire site with my Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS conversion which, on gloomy days such as these lets in a lot more light and conserves detail in appreciably more dynamic range than a standard set-up. The only true trade-off (far moreso outdoors) is a little contrast (mostly due to available infrared light pollution) but in post, this is never actually a problem.

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As I wandered around New Lanark, taking in the old, cobbled walkways, living-quarter museums, restored façades and the breathtaking, surrounding scenery, it occurred to me that even though so many years have passed since the days of industry here at the mill, we really don’t do anything all that differently to the ways in which they were always done. Everything is linked in just the same ways – only the tools or the methods have changed. From wall-ties, to marriage ties, the daily bread we break together, the comforts and necessities of home and, even the bell that calls us from slumber and to our workplaces. No, not much has changed, at all.

I am reminded here of a line which Douglas Adams once wrote (in reference to L.P Hartley’s opening of ‘The Go-Between’): “The past, they say, is now truly like a foreign country. They do things exactly the same, there”. 

-R-

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XI | Comforts of Home | GXR A16 LTFS 1/75th – f4.2 – ISO:1600 – 35mm.

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XII | Ties – Two Different Kinds | GXR A16 LTFS 1/290th – f5.5 – ISO:200 – 85mm.

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XIII | Necessities of Home | GXR A16 LTFS 1/125th – f4.0 – ISO:1600 – 24mm.

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XIV | Alarm Bells | GXR A16 LTFS 1/200th – f8.0 – ISO:200 – 85mm.

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Behind the Scenes: An Introduction | 35Chronicle

black & white, people, personal, photography, portraits

Meet the Family.


Breaking with tradition here somewhat (as in – I’m not posting any IR, ruins, waterscapes or close-ups, for a change) it’s time to have a little break from my usual outings and big-up some very important people. Well, almost all people anyway. This is the crowd that put up with me and my photo-shenanigans, as well as everything else too and, without whom – my life could be so, so different. It is said that behind every good man, there’s a good woman and it’s very true. But also, there are a couple of great boys and, two long-suffering beagles, as well. Usually, I’d post this many shots over a couple of posts but this is different – we don’t spread out over two pages in life, so, here we all are.

I have always been so grateful to all of my readers and contributors throughout the evolution of my pages – yes, that means you too, and (aside from the pooches, obviously) each and every one posted here knows just how important photography has always been and still is to me and, how I strive to do something with it that satisfies my inner need. With that said, this isn’t just about you meeting us all, but it’s also about the lot of us meeting you too. As a whole.

I often miss the genre of portraiture after having enjoyed it for so many years, and it’s always fun to find an excuse to grab a camera and snag little moments – especially when they mean so much. Life can change in the blink of an eye and I know just how lucky I am to have them all in mine. This is what it’s all for.

From us to you… hi!

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I | Corby-J. – Looking Like a Backgammon Master but actually asking “What Cunning Kind of Devilry is This?! Hmmm!”

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II | Flynn – Starbucks (Either Overly Focused or, Potentially Hypnotised by Hot Chocolate & Cake!) 

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III | Angela & Paisley (4 Hours Old) – Delivery Suite.

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IV | Lucy – An Ageing, Slightly Limping but Surprisingly Resourceful Jack Russell.

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V | Noodle – A Disloyal, Yet Ridiculously Easily Bought-Off Siberian Huskey. 

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VI | Rob – by Ang. “Help! Some Woman Just Nabbed my Camera!” (First Day Off the Crutches – Outside a Bar in Falkirk!)

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[Normal service will undoubtedly be resumed by the next post! As always, thank you for visiting!]

-R-

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Edinburgh – From Calton Hill | 35Chronicle

black & white, cityscapes, photography, ruins, structures

Scotland’s Folly [& Other Views].


Back in December, I posted a number of night-shots from around Edinburgh – all taken on the evening before these frames were snagged. Weather-wise, the morning after was miserable, however, I was undeterred. We’d had a wonderful evening celebrating Angela’s birthday the night before and so despite the cloud and the drizzle, our spirits remained perky. Therefore, after breakfast, we walked to Calton Hill, to see what we might see and, here – are just a few of those captures. 

In all honesty, the very last thing we expected to see was an Oriental wedding trio – bride, groom and their photographer, standing right in front of one of Edinburgh’s most famous monuments (the unfinished – known as ‘Scotland’s Folly’) and it would have been completely remiss of me to ignore this almost Vettriano-esque moment, albeit from more of a distance. (I have no idea how the young bride kept her shoes clean for the shoot?) Looking out over the city, too (despite the very poor light) from such a vantage point is a real buzz. In better weather, I could have  spent a good many hours up here; and on another day, I plan to do just that. 

Thank you, as always for reading my pages and I do hope that you’ll enjoy these captures.

-R-

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I | The Wedding Trio | Ricoh GXR A16 | 35mm – 1/125th – f6.7 – ISO:1234[!]

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II | Chimney | Ricoh GXR A16 | 70mm – 1/125th – f6.7 – ISO:703[!]

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III | To the Castle | Ricoh GXR A16 | 24mm – 1/125th – f7.1 – ISO:617[!]

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… and yes, the ISOs are correct! (Why do you think I love shooting with this thing?!)

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Hexham Abbey | PT.II | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, Indoor, photography, structures

A Little More Light-Play | Pushing the Ricoh GR


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IV | Ricoh GR 1/10th [H/H] – f3.5 – ISO:3200 – 35mm Internal Crop

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This little camera never, ever fails to astound me. After all I wrote about it [here] there was still one aspect of it that I never properly tried out. As a rule, I have seldom, if ever – shot at equivalent film-speeds of faster than ISO: 1600; not on any camera and certainly not seriously (save for occasionally with the incredible Nikon offering, the Df, which is  a whole different beast altogether). However, when the light drops and one finds oneself tripodless (say, through poor preparation, perhaps) the only way to get the shot, sometimes, is to bump up the ISO and, without anywhere suitable to rest my GR during the making of these frames, handheld was the only way to go. 1600 wasn’t cutting it as, even with reasonably steady hands and good stance, most of the frames were just coming out a little too soft due to that smidgen of camera movement.  Therefore, 3200 was the only way to get them. Without realising it, I was on a test mission after which I would find myself thoroughly delighted. My initial thoughts were simply that it’d be better to get the shots than not. 

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V | Ricoh GR 1/10th [H/H] – f2.8 – ISO:3200 – 35mm Internal Crop

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I’ve always enjoyed the grain that appears in the GR’s images, especially at around 800-1600; it’s light, almost organic in appearance and lends a feel to a composition that instead of destroying it or breaking it up, actually appears to add more warmth and cohesion instead. To me, it harks back to when I used to enjoy shooting Ilford HP5 on an old ME Super, all those years ago – and to be honest, on most occasions, grain is such an integral part of the frame that I rarely even see it; and that’s exactly what happened here when I started editing these shots. I couldn’t even see it. You’d be forgiven for thinking that these have all undergone a major repertoire during processing but in truth, I really don’t enjoy spending too long in LR and so, these are very lightly processed and NR hasn’t even been touched. Exposures are a breeze and accurate with the GR and after having shot with it for so many years, I’m fortunate to be able to feel like it’s really an extension of my hand and, it has seldom let me down. Whilst for some types of composition, clean, pristine is more desirable – it’s not always what I’m looking for and I am moving quickly away from the ‘keeping it sharp and clean’ school of thought. Insosaying, if the light is good, I’ll be happy come what may. I think that no longer being pointlessly critical is going to open up a whole new wave of ideas that I am already very keen to exploit. It doesn’t just do it in black and white, either; colour frames come up pretty nice too!

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As always, thank you so much for reading my pages and I do hope you’ll enjoy these few captures of Hexham’s gorgeous abbey. [PT.I can be viewed here].

-R-

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VI | Ricoh GR 1/45th [H/H] – f2.8 – ISO:3200 – 35mm Internal Crop

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Harbouring Light | PT.II – 720nm IR | 35Chronicle

black & white, boats, infrared, photography, waterscape, winter

Back to the Front | Kirkcudbright Harbour.


Life has settled into a new-old rhythm lately and, now that I have a little less time on my hands, it’s time to reflect on those days when I had an awful lot more time to do the very same thing. 

Whenever I have a day to kick my heels, I often think about coming back to Kirkcudbright, a place I love so much and have spend many, many happy hours wandering around with my cameras, shooting around the harbour in particular – satisfying my utter love of water, boats and glorious light; albeit the low, early winter sun. Just a couple  of weeks ago the jaunt was made again, instigated by the surety of a perfect day for shooting and, checking the tide-times only solidified intentions. Few ever walk the jetty to the pontoons; whenever I come, there’s hardly ever another soul to be seen and I guess that’s another reason as to why I love this spot as much as I do. Listening to the wind slapping the lines against their masts is an inspiration in itself and I can take minutes just thinking about a single frame – but what’s not to love about that?

For as long as I am still shooting, I know that I’ll come back here again and again. I’ll probably take the same shots over too and from the same places, but when inner peace is so easily found and there’s someone to share it all with, I don’t have a problem with that. At all. I do hope you’ll enjoy these few IR captures and, come back for another look too, perhaps?

Have a great weekend, peeps.

– R –

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I | The Boat that Never Moves.

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II | A Wave on a Daisy.

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III | Reflected Calm.

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[All frames: Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS w/Hoya R72]


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New Lanark | PT.III – On the Rooftop | 35Chronicle

black & white, full-spectrum, photography, rural

Robert! Enjoy Scenes!


Alright , so this post is a really just for a little fun and probably a little bit of an artistic (or perhaps, lazy) cop-out on my part – a few more shots from an overcast day’s visit to New Lanark late last year (see PT.I for a little more information on this UNESCO World Heritage Site) – this time, from the award-winning roof garden and focusing on the centrepiece – the water-feature. In the woodwork surrounding it is carved this: 

“The ever-changing scenes of nature afford not only the most economical, but also the most innocent pleasures which man can enjoy”. (Robert Owen  A New View of Society:  Third Essay, 1813.)

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VII | Robert | GXR A16 LTFS 1/640th – f7.6 – ISO:200 – 28mm

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As the weather and poor light were slowing down my Tv on my standard camera, I decide to keep shooting with my full-spectrum set-up, without any external filtering and took a walk around the fountain. I was then able to keep my ISO down and , as the clouds thinned a little, snag a little IR pollution too. In order to emphasise feelings of my own relevance of being in this beautiful place, I decided to select and capture just three words. I think that they sum it up, perfectly. 

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XIII | Enjoy | GXR A16 LTFS 1/570th – f4.2 – ISO:200 – 35mm

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XIX | Scenes | GXR A16 LTFS 1/310th – f4.2 – ISO:200 – 35mm

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Ironically and unbeknown to me, whilst I was wandering round and grabbing a few frames, Angela was grabbing her own on her iPhone! So, shot four – can’t possibly be mine, but I love it and it stays! I won’t divulge her exact title for it, but it involves a frog (possibly even, a toad?!) and a prince; I can say no more! 

– R –

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X | A Frog & a Prince (I’ll Let You Work it Out!) | iPhone 7+ | ©ACB

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Hexham Abbey | PT.I | 35Chronicle

black & white, colour, photography, structures

Light-Play | Outside vs Inside…


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I | Ricoh GR 1/60th – f5.0 – ISO:400

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II | Ricoh GR 1/15th [H/H] – f2.8 – ISO:3200

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III | Ricoh GR 1/15th [H/H] – f2.8 – ISO:3200

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(…no comparison!)

Happy New Year, all!

– R –


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