An Alternative ‘Scott’s View’ – Melrose | 35Chronicle

35mm, 50mm, autumn / fall, black & white, history, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, rural, trees

The Site of Trimontium: A Trilogy.


A single day’s journey into the Scottish Borders last week had us purposefully perusing local maps for all of the sights we’d hoped to visit – while the threatening weather remained (mostly) on our side. One of the day’s most anticipated sites was here, at the renowned and history-steeped Scott’s View – Sir Walter Scott’s favourite view out to the triple-peaked Eildon Hills. At over 420m in height they look out to Teviotdale to the south and the northernmost peak has been discovered to be covered in over 5km of ramparts which enclose an area of around 40 acres within which at least 300 level platforms have been formed within the rock itself in order to have provided bases for houses. It is believed that the site was occupied as far back as 1000BC. During the 1st Century CE (common era) – the Romans had erected the huge fort of Trimontium of Newstead (named after the three peaks) at the foot of the hill on the bank of the River Tweed. As sights go – they don’t get a lot better than this on such a glorious day.

The hollow (as legends would have it) hills are actually marilyns and are steeped in folklore, as well as history, as the words of ‘Thomas the Rhymer’ would attest. Formed by the upward push of an underground volcano around 300m years ago, they were cleft in three by the magician Michael Scot as written by Walter Scott in his poem ‘The Lay of the Last Minstrel’, in 1805. With all this said, however, words alone cannot describe the feeling when standing at this spot and looking out at all of… this.

As most captures from up here would depict a very similar view with my standard set-ups, I decided to do things a little differently. The lens-ball treatment was a huge amount of fun and, I could never have left this scene without having grabbed an IR frame or two as well. (If you have been reading my pages for a while now, you’ll know this already, I guess).  Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend, all!

R.

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[Equip: X100-IR & X100s w/50mm TCL]

I | Through the Ball – 50mm.

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II | 720nm Infrared – 35mm.

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III | The Magic of a Fair Maiden’s Hand.

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The Crichton Memorial Church | 720nm Infrared – PT.II | 35Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, photography, structures

Tails: Chased [Tick!]


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IV | Flare | 24mm | 720nm IR.

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V | South Face w/ Shadows – II | 24mm | 720nm IR

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VI | South & West Face | 24mm | 720nm IR.

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VII | East Face – II | 35mm | 720nm IR.

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Down by the River | PT.III | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, photography, structures, trees, waterscape

Sound Reflections of Light?


Here are just a few more frames, shot a couple of weeks ago along the River Nith, not far from my home. On a glorious afternoon like this, I can just grab my bag and within a couple of minutes, I’m here; looking ahead of me, looking around me, looking for a patch of light that might catch my eye in a way I haven’t yet seen, and then, I’ll look back – to see what, if anything, has changed in the scenes that I have passed. Light can alter so quickly, especially at this time of day when the mid-autumn sun is dipping fast away to the west and it’s all too easy to miss what we have perhaps dismissed already. It’s better not to. It’s better to look back and not miss it. If it’s there. And it was here.

Though I was running a tad late on my walk to collect a certain young lad from school, I can justify that in my slight (and uncharacteristic) tardiness were in fact a few beautiful reasons. At seven, I’m not certain he’d understand, but a forgiving soul, he is. Looking back, it’s a wonderful view.

I do hope you’ll enjoy these few frames.

– R –

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I | The Sound of Light.

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II | The Grey Heron.

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III | Through the Eye of the Beholder.

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[All frames: Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72 – 720nm IR Lens Mounted Filter]


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The Crichton Memorial Church | 720nm Infrared – PT.I | 35Chronicle

35mm, autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, photography, structures, trees

If I Had a Tail, I’d Never Stop Chasing It.


Why the heck has it taken me so flippin’ long to get back up here to shoot this gorgeous church? As with the Goldielea Viaduct (Post 163) – Crichton Church has always been one of those places regularly on my map, a constant and long since dog-eared post-it note in my head to come and photograph it on some such blue-sky day as this.

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I | The East Face | 35mm | 720nm IR

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Lately, I have been seeing it rather a lot (four times a week as it happens) because, I pass it each time I head out for another of my twice weekly physio sessions. Set virtually in the centre of the beautiful 100 (or so) acre grounds of the Crichton Campus (this place has so much history, it’s ridiculous – see here, at Wiki if you’d like to have a read up) it commands a vast space, popular and well known to anyone who has ever had any reason to visit; and they’d be many. 

The Crichton Campus itself  is home not only to the University of the West of Scotland (this happens to be its smallest campus) but also local businesses (which have, since 2013, set up in many of its grand, sandstone buildings throughout the estate – after the closure and relocation of the old psychiatric hospital); it’s also a very popular location for wedding parties and holiday-makers and, as you might imagine from this, the grounds are usually a lot busier with people than these frames might suggest. On this day, I got very lucky. 

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II | South Face w/ Shadows | 24mm | 720nm IR

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I really do hope you’ll enjoy these first few frames of this little series, photographed during mid-morning only a few weeks ago, as the season seemed to more firmly dig its heels in, we did have to hang around for a good hour or more while we waited for the lower mid-autumn sun to gain a little more altitude for these captures. (Thankfully, there’s a wonderful bistro on campus that serves a fabulous cooked breakfast!)  Frame 2 is a little hello from us, to you – as I prepare to return to work next week after what has been a strenuous seven months to say the least, and also, a proud statement on my part that the one who has been right here with me through it all, is still smiling, even in shadow.

As am I. 

For now, toodle-pip!

R.

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III | West Face | 35mm | 720nm IR

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Let the Shadows Lengthen | 720nm IR | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

Under a Low, Autumn Sun.


Walking around my home-turf is a real joy on evenings like this and, it is my express intention to squeeze every single IR frame that I can this year, out of this beautiful, peaceful landscape. I know just how lucky I am – and, I hope this notion comes across in my frames. The lowering sun does make composition a little more of a thoughtful, slowed-down process but, that’s how I work naturally anyway. A little slower? Who cares? In a place like this – why would I need to rush, anyway?

(I am aware of the cardinal sin that no serious photographer should ever commit, even unwittingly, in the second frame – however, I’m not a fan of removing elements, so, it stays. It shouldn’t take you long to find it. To help you, try thinking along the lines of “Where’s [the] Wally”! Anyhow, I hope you’ll enjoy these two compositions.

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I | 50mm – 720nm IR.

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II | 85mm – 720nm IR.

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Sticking to the Rules | 35:Chronicle

35mm, autumn / fall, close-up, colour, nature, photography

Thirds: in Three Different Directions.


Crikey – a non infrared post; my first in a while, I’ll admit. It feels a bit strange posting shots taken in colour too, seeing as B&W is my much preferred output but, here goes. 

After summer and early autumn, I usually feel a little photographically-directionless for a while which, probably explains my silence over the past seven days – well, that, work  and hospital appointments, however – it takes me a while to get into a different rhythm, so to speak. It’s almost as if I spend so much brain energy (over an almost six-month period) on IR shooting that I forget how to shoot anything else for a while. Of course, that’s not actually the case, I just have to adjust. Insosaying, I have been out, doing my best to see a little differently and, no pun intended, these few are just some of the fruits of my labours. Not wonderful, but – it’s a (re)start. From composition and tone, to colour and balance – I feel like I have to start over, whenever I switch format or output. Now, I don’t know if that makes any sense but, it’s my excuse and, I’m sticking to it. 

Okay – so, also sticking to one particular rule, that of thirds, here are a few frames composed vertically, diagonally and horizontally – just to make a point. See? I haven’t forgotten everything.  Here, I’m shooting with an entirely new camera setup – one not familiar to me, so, more on that another time. (I’m not so happy with frame two but, I like the shot so, it’s here to remind me to pull my socks up!)

Enjoy, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

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Swallows  on a Wire | 35mm.

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On the Turn | 35mm.

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Pick Meee! | 35mm.

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To the Trees | PT.III |35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

An Almost Frantic Race.


The light is fading, the sun is getting lower and the clouds are coming in thick and heavy lately. It’s that time of year when I always feel the rush – to get out when the sun is shining and, to make as many infrared frames as I can of the beautiful scenery around me, before time takes the light away again, at least it will – for a while. The yearly cycle of the seasons waits for no-one. Whilst I am sure there will be glorious days to come before next year’s spring, before the leaves fall, now is the only chance I have to capture some lovely IR light in the foliage and, the landscape. It’s a rush I feel every single year around October, and have felt ever since I first became completely enamoured with infrared photography. 

I have a few more frames in store from recent wanderings – but for now, I am just going to share these two. I really hope you like them.

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I | 720nm IR | How the Other-Half Live.

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II | 720nm IR | Into the Sun.

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To the Trees | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

Proudly, Before their Fall. 


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I | Me, & My Shadow | 24mm – 720nm Infrared.

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II | Positive Space | 24mm – 720nm Infrared.

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Confusion All-Around | 850nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

The Storm.


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A Blustery Day [I] | 850nm IR | 24mm.

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I must have looked a right sight, standing outside in my dressing-gown and walking boots, camera on the tripod shooting the trees amidst 80mph winds. As the rain came pouring out of the sky, I had managed to bag just a few frames. Currently, thanks to the storm and the many trees that have disrupted power-lines on their way down to the ground,  there is no wifi, no electricity or hot water, everything is running off remaining battery power, now – and I daren’t even open my fridge door. As for travel, it can’t happen today. All local roads are blocked by trees. So, I console myself with these captures – in temporary, rural isolation. They’re not great captures but, the best I could get before the heavens really opened. Mad-dash photography… I’ve had better luck! 

Wherever you are, if the storms are hitting you, I hope you’re in a safe place. (My next-door neighbour’s shed is already in the opposite field and, I fear it won’t be long before mine joins it!)

That’s all for now; I want to get this posted before my battery runs empty.

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A Blustery Day [II] | 850nm IR | 24mm.

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The Remorseful Day | 35:Chronicle

35mm, autumn / fall, colour, landscape, nature, photography, sunrise, sunset

How Clear, How Lovely Bright | A.E Housman


Morning | Hope:

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How clear, how lovely bright,
How beautiful to sight
Those beams of morning play;
How heaven laughs out with glee
Where, like a bird set free,
Up from the eastern sea
Soars the delightful day.

To-day I shall be strong,
No more shall yield to wrong,
Shall squander life no more;
Days lost, I know not how,
I shall retrieve them now;
Now I shall keep the vow
I never kept before.

Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
Falls the remorseful day.

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Evening | Sorrow:

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A Little Seasoning | 35:Chronicle

35mm, autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, spring, summer, winter

Not Exactly Vivaldi.


This is a good thing. Whilst I enjoy music in many forms, Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ (most of it anyway, and, to my ears) sounds like perpetual motion for the sheer sake of it; long-winded and rather too repetitive for my liking. But still, this post has nothing to do with Vivaldi’s most popular pieces and I dare say, photographically, my present offerings will never even touch the sides of the adulation which he would have enjoyed from his own interpretations. Nonetheless, my offerings are short, (hopefully) sweet and, won’t annoy anyone’s eardrums, either. So, it’s all good, no? (Unless you’re a particular fan of the Big ‘V’ – in which case you’re probably reading somebody else’s pages already and this scribble is all rather redundant.) Still, as the first warm days of spring arrive to lighten the heart and stir the spirit, here is my little take on each of the seasons, with a doff of my cap, a wry smile and an anticipation of the changes to come.

My lens will be ready.


Spring Daffodils | 720nm Infrared

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Summer Shade | 720nm Infrared

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Autumn Mist

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Winter Closure

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