Portpatrick: A Little More Exposed: PT.I/II | 35Chronicle Photography

black & white, full-spectrum, Long Exposure, photography, rural, skies, waterscape

Infrared or Full-Spectrum?


A trip out to Portpatrick on Monday of this week and we were assured of some decent chances of sunshine throughout the middle of the day which sadly, as you’ll now know, did not come. (I really do need to stop relying on BBC’s Weather App!) Nonetheless, though I was hoping for some more chances to shoot a few IR frames here, as the clouds loomed over us and, flatly refused to leave (I did ask nicely, honest!) – I consoled myself instead with some long-exposures with my LTFS converted GXR (still my favourite sensor/lens unit after all these years). The winds were around 40-50mph on top of the cliff so, keeping the camera steady on its three spindly legs was tricky, at best. A good number of shots were ruined that way but, I kept going and was reprieved enough to be able to at least come away with a small handful of captures. It’s all I ever hope for, if I’m truly honest. While the strongest of the sun’s light escaped me today – I remain happy that I managed to leave with a few frames I’d not caught before, from this beautiful little coastal town on this western shore of the peninsula.

I do hope you’ll enjoy them. 

R.

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I: 13″ – f14.0 – ISO:200 – 85mm [LTFS + ND1000]

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II: 30″ – f12.0 _ ISO:100 – 50mm [LTFS + ND1000]

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III: 15″ – f14.0 – ISO:200 – 28mm [LTFS + ND1000]

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The Tranquillity of Scotch Mist | 35Chronicle Photography

black & white, boats, Long Exposure, photography, rural, waterscape

“What’s This, Then?!”


Typically, the phrase is meant to refer to something difficult to find or that which may even not exist. I remember as a young boy, my mother saying to me on many occasions when I had been told to go and find a particular something and failing dismally to locate it, “Well, what’s this then? Scotch mist?!” as she’d already put her hand on it, waved it mockingly in front of my face or simply pointed right to it. It was her stock phrase for such things, I suppose, picked up no doubt from her Yorkshire born and bred father. But in remembering what it means, I struggle to figure out on days like this, why it’s used at all, because when that drizzly fog is hanging in the air, it’s everywhere. But it’s not rain. It lightly touches your skin, freshens the lungs and even concentrates sound – you can’t ignore it. When we made a trip to Garlieston Bay at the west of the county just a few weeks ago, there was no escaping it, and it was, truthfully, eerily beautiful. I have seldom absorbed tranquil like it, passed so few people on their coastal walks, or seen polished mirrors of slack water reflect so little colour from the sky. I know though, whenever we head back, there’ll be cloud, rain, or blistering sunshine – maybe I won’t see it like this again; maybe that’s the point? But I would be so glad to see it again – with or without my camera. 

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I: Garlieston Bay | 1/45th – f8.0 – ISO:100 – 50mm

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II: The Crow | 30″ – f9.0 – ISO:100 – 85mm

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III: Tranquillity | 1/40th – f9.0 – ISO:100 – 85mm

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Edinburgh – An Infrared Exploration: IV | 35Chronicle Photography

black & white, cityscapes, infrared, photography, structures, urban

Closing Out…


I’m sharing with you now, the last of my IR frames from Edinburgh, taken during the latter part of November last year. I have to confess that street-shooting is something that I do find extremely difficult so I have always tended to focus on more obvious places or structures situated around them, rather than in them, per se – and in Edinburgh, there is certainly no shortage of buildings, places or objects of interest to keep someone like me happy.  During the course of the three days we enjoyed in the city, only our last day there saw the sun come out for any length of time (after the night of Storm Arwen) and so, pretty much all of my final IR edits came on that day, some two or so hours before we were to head home again. Needless to say, I was a bit like a child in a sweetshop, doing my best to take it all in before we left, revisiting a few spots at a slightly faster pace than normal before heading for the train. So, in closing out, here are my last few infrared captures from this wonderful city. I do hope you will enjoy them.

vb…

R. 

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X: Scotland’s “Folly” / National Monument, Calton Hill | 1/125th – f7.6 – ISO:238 – 28mm

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XI:  Moon over Jenners [I] | 1/190th – f7.1 – ISO:200 – 85mm

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XII: From Market Street , Across Waverley Station | 1/125th – f7.5 – ISO:456 – 35mm

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XIII: Moon over Jenners [II] | 1/125th – f7.1 – ISO:336 – 85mm

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Note to Self: Take TWO Tripods… | 35Chronicle Photography

35mm, black & white, Long Exposure, night / low-light, photography, structures

A Light in the Black.


Back in November 2019, I first shot this gorgeous building under beautiful winter sunshine with my IR gear and last posted it here near the end of May, last year. I was extremely happy with my frames then and, I do have a couple of them mounted and framed, hanging on the wall in the hallway. Only the best of my work makes it that far and it has to be said, on a slightly different subject – printing is  definitely the way to go. For years I just… didn’t. Then I got the bug a few years back and now I simply can’t stop going through my archives for more. Still, after going through those frames recently and chatting with Bumble about perhaps getting out at night for some more considered longer exposures, she suggested that we might make a trip back to  the church in question (set amongst some stunning grounds, I might add) and shoot it at night. It was lit-up, apparently? Well, this was news to me. But an instant pang of excitement had me sorting out my bag for night shooting, the very same day. Three evenings later, when the weather was more favourable and the bustle of Christmas celebrations were over, we headed out for the short drive to the Crichton University Campus to make a few more frames. 

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I: Splendour | 20″ – f16.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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Dodging late-evening dog-walkers and the occasional runner, I set up my tripod (the base plate I had already screwed to the bottom of my camera before leaving the house, with no issues at all – or so I thought) and when clamping it to the head, the darn thing refused to lock in. The lever had become extremely loose (somewhere between the house and taking it out of the car!) and simply wouldn’t sit back in place. Now, this may all seem irrelevant but if you can imagine trying to keep the camera level and still while it’s perched precariously over five feet from the ground while a very stiff breeze whipped around it, you might understand my slightly nervous disposition at the time. Self-timer engaged, I decided to just go for it and would let the cards (rather than my camera and lens) fall where they may; and so, I got very lucky, the laws of gravity were favourable to me and, I was able to come away with a few very pleasing captures. Next time, I’ll keep a spare set of legs in the boot!

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II: Reflection of Human Nature? [The Ground Lights on the Right of Frame Flickered Out for Just Long Enough for this Capture] | 10″ – f14.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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As an aside, (on editing) – because my version of LR doesn’t support later Fuji RAF files, I have always used Adobe DNG Converter to process my RAFs to DNG for editing, and when I was able to get these new files transferred to my laptop just a few days ago, I did just the same thing again. I started to go through the DNGs one by one and remembered then, a conversation I had had with fellow photographer and work colleague about converting Fuji’s RAFs and, his conclusion was that Iridient’s X-Transformer seemingly handled the files noticeably better and that I should give it a go. Okay, so I downloaded and tried out the demo version on my latest captures and simply could not believe the difference. All this time (years, in fact) I had been guilty of a ridiculous injustice to my own work and the difference in quality and detail is such that I feel ashamed at myself for having allowed such a mistake. The difference is instantly noticeable even at 50% and will, I am sure, improve print quality. With all that said, I am happy to share these few grabs and hope that you’ll enjoy them. (Rest assured, I have given myself a very stern talking-to!)

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III: Splendour [II] | 15″ – f16.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous ’22, thank you again for reading and please feel free to leave any comments you wish. 

VB…
R.
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