Gelston Castle – PT.III | 35Chronicle

black & white, infrared, Long Exposure, photography, ruins, rural, skies, structures, summer

Revisiting Old Haunts – PT.I | 720nm Infrared – Long Exposure Series.

The spring of last year was a tremendously difficult time for me and, for those closest to me I think it must have been even harder. After a crazy-serious accident at work that rendered me flat on my back for almost twelve weeks due to multiple spinal and rib fractures, I absolutely needed to get out with my cameras again. For almost nine months afterwards and in so many ways, my entire being was in recovery-mode and eventually, even on crutches, I was able to make short trips out for the specific purpose of bagging even a few more frames – of all the things that made me feel whole and normal again, this was it. Barmy, don’t you think? Not long before that, though (and I think that this was a presiding reason for my increasing restlessness) – I had the amazingly good fortune to visit some truly beautiful places and one one of them was here, at the utterly stunning ruin of Gelston Castle, just a few miles from Castle Douglas. (My first post on Gelston is here, if you’d like to check it out). Oddly, for me, a second summer on-the-bounce has seen me confined (like almost everyone else lately) to quarters. My shutter finger gets very itchy when I know that I don’t have the freedom to exercise it and so, you can possibly imagine my joy when, just yesterday, Bumble and I visited Gelston again. This time, I wanted to do things a little differently and so, rather than just walk around for a half hour bagging IR shots that I probably have already snagged, the Big-Stopper came out of the bag and for once, I stopped being a lazy-arse, and brought the tripod along – probably for the first time in a lot of years. Here then, is one of yesterday’s frames from Gelston Castle – from the rear entrance to the ruin (that I would never have been able to get last year anyway, due to the sun being on the opposite side of the building once we’d arrived) and, whilst I would love to post a couple more right here, sadly, I’m still catching up on edits; soon, though.  

I do hope that you’ll enjoy this first frame, from what is for me a little bit of a different approach, though to many, not new at all, I am sure. Nonetheless, I hope it measures up. 

For now – thank you as always for visiting and, if this is your caper, I hope you’ll watch this space.


Gelston Castle Ruins – Rear Elevation | 720nm IR w/ Hoya R72 & 10Stop ND | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion | 24mm – 60secs – f18.0 – ISO:100.


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12 thoughts on “Gelston Castle – PT.III | 35Chronicle

  1. Rob, this has to be one of my favourites!
    Long Exposure of 60 seconds capture on those clouds…… is out of this World.
    The composition, contrast and exposure faultless. Slight Vignetting has added to the drama!
    Perfect in every way. 10/10
    Best regards

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    1. Amar, my friend, thank you so much! I generally don’t like vignetting but the natural fall-off in the corners has definitely added a touch of something. So glad you like this one. Of all the cameras I shoot with, this one gets the lions share.. who would have thunk it?! Great to hear from you my friend! Very best, Rob 🙏📷


  2. Spectacular! You’re funny too. I am a lazy camera person myself. I guess I’m kind of glad to hear I’m not the only one. Haha. This is something out of a movie though, very magical and it almost looks like the clouds are moving.

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    1. Hello, Janet, my dear! Funny, moi? Well, I like to see the bright side, you know?! Thank you! There are plenty of lazy photographers I am sure. And I am certainly one of their number, but I aim to fix that. Starting right here. I wouldn’t have been able to lug so much kit last year anyway. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! And yes, the clouds are moving through the shot.. shutter was open for 60 seconds on this one. Quite pretty, I think. And I am so glad you enjoyed this one.. a bit .. Stephen King, perhaps. Check out Sir Simon Marsden’s Archive if this is appealing to you. He was the master! Have a lovely evening, Janet and thank you, as always! Very best, Rob 🙏📷

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    2. I will check him out. I thought maybe that was a technique like time lapse for the clouds. So awesome. Enjoy your weekend Rob. Glad to hear you are doing better these days. 😀

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    3. It was a plain ol’ 10-Stop ND filter, Janet, planted in front of my R72. Still wasn’t enough really. Now, a 50-Stop would have been loverly!! Do they even exist?🤣 Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts, Janet. Means a huge amount to me. Have a fabulous weekend yourself, my dear. 🙏

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