A LITTLE MORE TIME: PT.II | 35CHRONICLE PHOTOGRAPHY

black & white, fine art, history, infrared, photography, rural, skies, structures, trees

Still Un-Still… | 720nm Infrared – Long-Exposures


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III: Un-Still [II] | 30″ – f22.0 – ISO:100 – 27mm | 720nm IR

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IV: Un-Still [III] | 30″ – f22.0 – ISO:100 – 27mm | 720nm IR

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Lincluden Collegiate Church – 590nm IR: PT.III | 35Chronicle Photography

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New Light Through Old Windows.


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VI: Shadows | 1/250th – f8.0 – ISO:200 – 24mm

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VII: Arches | 1/30th – f7.1 – ISO:100 – 85mm

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VIII: Passages | 1/45th – f7.1 – ISO:100 – 50mm

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A Child Walks into a Sweetshop… | 35Chronicle Photography

28mm, 35mm, black & white, fine art, history, infrared, photography, ruins, rural, skies, structures

The Vows We Make.


Okay, so it’s been a little while since I have posted here and, if you read my pages regularly, you may know the reason for this, yet another protracted hiatus. Just over a fortnight ago, Bumble and I finally tied the knot and so, all of the planning has come to fruition and, a new stage of life has begun. Except one. My most staunch supporter and friend who has followed me (and my cameras!) absolutely everywhere, the one who has exercised unimaginable patience and, made promises to me a long time before we got married. In fact, I don’t remember the actual words as I do remember her always being by my side. As we stood at the alter, we promised each other those things which every couple should, including, to always take care of each other; and, not ten days after we said it, came an opportunity to prove it! Of course, I am being very tongue-in-cheek here, in case you were wondering?! 

One of the most fun ways in which Bumble takes care of me is by trawling the web for previously unvisited and wonderful places; places that she knows will not only provide us both with a fabulous little jaunt for the day but will also provide me with some photographic subjects that will (she knows me so well!) see me dancing around like an impatient child in a sweetshop, trying to grab everything in sight. As I have said at least once before, she finds ’em and I shoot ’em! And, so it was on this particular day when she had previously come across Galloway House, near Newton Stewart; right on the coast at Garlieston, we excitedly packed the car with all my camera gear and some comestible goodies, and, headed west, (as they say). 

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I | 720nm Infrared | 24mm

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Galloway House was built in the 1740s for Lord Garlies, Alexander Stewart, who would later become the 6th Earl of Galloway. It is written that Robert Burns was denied entry to Galloway House on the grounds that the Earl did not agree with the poet’s politics, something that Burns would satirise in his poem, ‘Epigrams against the Earl of Galloway’: “What dost thou in that mansion fair, flit Galloway and find some narrow dirty, dungeon cave; the picture of thy mind.” Fair enough, I suppose? But in the Earl’s obituary, I wonder if Burns was a little harsh? “Perhaps there never was a nobleman more deservedly and sincerely regretted by so many distinguished families and connections, and by so many poor people, long employed, and supported by him.”

The house itself has been extended by successive earls and its gardens are open and varied; a true pleasure to walk around despite the often-place unkempt nature of them. Much work still goes on to maintain the grounds for the public who visit, I gather. Galloway House has also been used as a convalescence hospital during WWII and, as a residential school for children from Glasgow (between 1947-1976) with the view that those children would benefit from a more rural education. Since then, the house has had many different owners and, once again it’s on the market. Originally up for £1.5m – it’s now up for grabs for a shade under £600k – a mere snip of its original asking-price. But what a snip it will be for someone. I could have shot here all day, soaking up its romance, its history and of course – its utter beauty; and what’s more, if it hadn’t been for a Bumble – I’d never have known it existed. What a treat!

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II | 720nm Infrared | 35mm

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I hope you’ll enjoy these first few frames from Galloway House and, I wish you all a very happy Easter. As always, thank you for stopping by my pages. I’m off to the kitchen, after all, I do still have my vows to fulfil! 

VB,
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III | 720nm Infrared | 24mm

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Lincluden Collegiate Church – 590nm IR: PT.II | 35Chronicle Photography

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Those Arches Get Me Every Time…


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IV: Perspective | 1/125th – f8.0 – ISO:100 – 24mm

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V: Fragments | 1/70th – f7.6 – ISO:100 – 50mm

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2021: A Photographic Review | 35Chronicle Photography

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Doesn’t it Come Around Quickly?


It is hard to believe that it’s this time of year again, the year almost over, the shortest day has passed and, I’m sitting here at my laptop – pondering over my favourite frames from 2021; a year of lockdowns, socially-distanced days out, home-schooling, trip disappointments and yet gratitude in abundance. A new grandchild has graced us, three weddings are in the offing (Bumble & I included!), health is good and I have been busier than ever. This may explain why my posts this year have been a little more frugal than previous years but, I have so enjoyed every opportunity that I have had to get out and make frames. I’ve learned quite a bit too and, changed a few aspects of my shooting and editing routines which, have pleased me greatly, too. In the coming year I hope to move slightly away from IR shooting – or rather, I want to engage further with more visible-light photography and, to also forge my creative aspirations a little more. How that’s going to work out, I have no ide as yet, but we’ll see how it pans out. My reasoning is simple, I am a staunch enemy of stagnation and whilst infrared light is a huge passion, I’ve been allowing myself to indulge so much that I have been experiencing rather more complacency than I would like. It’s again time for a little shift. Does that mean I am disappointed with my work this year? Not exactly. But there’s more – and I need to dig inside for it. I thought I’d be a natural after all these years, but therein lies the message; one can never stop trying to be better. And I need to shoot more.

As I say at the end of every year (because it’s true) – I am so grateful to each and every one of you for reading and visiting my pages. For all of your clicks and comments, your shares, follows, and other contributions you have made to my pages (hard to believe that it’s been almost four years already!) – I am ridiculously grateful because, without you, there’d be no point and my pages would be little more than an online diary. I am also inspired by so many of you, not that I always get or am able to find the time to let you know in person (that seems to be very selfish on my part and I must and will try harder) and often wonder at the amazing amount of talent that exists, often to share for the simple joy of sharing. I am sure that’s why we all do it and I hope that we can all continue to do so, around the many mayhems of life. So, for one last post of ’21, I would like to share my favourite frames of the year, one shot from each month – in the hope that you too will enjoy this little revisit. 

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January 2021 | Flynn: By {Kindle) Fire Light!

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February 2021 | Infrared Rainbow: Sandyhills Beach.

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March 2021 | Metal Bridge on Disused Portpatrick to Dumfries Line, at Parton [720nm Infrared]

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April 2021 | The Caul on the River Nith, Dumfries [720nm Infrared]

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May 2021 | Pinmore Viaduct [720nm Infrared]

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June 2021 | Boomer: Paper, String or Tin-Foil Will Do Just Fine!

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July 2021 | A London Skyline from the Thames [LTFS Full-Spectrum]

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August 2021 | Southerness Lighthouse [720nm Infrared]

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September 2021 | Turret: Penrhyn Castle, N.Wales [720nm Infrared]

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October 2021 | Dunskey Castle, Nr. Portpatrick [720nm Infrared, Long Expo.]

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November 2021 | Abbotsford House, Melrose [720nm Infrared]

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December 2021 | The Fountain, Princes Street Gardens & Edinburgh Castle [720nm Infrared]

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To my family, I am utterly blessed – what more can I say? It’s been a manic yet a wonderful year with a lot of plans either fulfilled or yet to become and, through it all (stop singing, Bumble – I know what you’re doing!) each and every one of you have indulged me as I truly hope I’ve reciprocated. When the world is in the mess it is right now, you are all the one reason I keep to feel the happiness that I do. 

To all of you who read and contribute to my pages (and hopefully enjoy some of my work, too?) – I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday and, I wish you all the very best for 2022. Thank you so much for sharing and being a part of what I do. 

Warmest wishes to you all…

R.

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Edinburgh – An Infrared Exploration: I | 35Chronicle Photography

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For ‘Camera-Widows’ Everywhere…


After the pandemic halted our plans for our usual annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh, last year, it was indeed incredible to be back there again just last week. November is a very busy time in our household, not least because of a special anniversary and, two birthdays – both mine and Bumble’s. To celebrate, the beautiful city of Edinburgh has been our chosen special place to head off to – just for a few (rare) days of adult-childishness. Of course, there is always so much going on here in Scotland’s capital and yet, I do always try my very best not to let my own photo-aspirations get in the way of time that is planned to be shared and not exploited, though Bumble does happen to be a very kind and patient camera-widow (my gratitude, she is aware of). Two years ago though, she would not have been quite so tested as the weather was very (awfully) typical for November and, I had had little chance to indulge my passions for infrared shooting around the city (though I was very happy to make a good number of pleasing night shots which I still enjoy on occasion).

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I | The Fountain in Princes Street Gardens & Edinburgh Castle, Above | 1/140th – F6.7 – ISO:200 – 35mm – 720nm IR.

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However, last week, despite the storm and the resultant high winds while we were there,  the light was often just perfect – and so, I made the best of it. I think. For certain, any of the frames from this series that I will post up would have been just lovely under visible light, but IR brings about a whole different feeling for me, when I look at them and, still remembering the buzz of the place, the huge crowds of people and the noise – somehow, I still feel the same excitement when I review what I came away with, once we got back. To think that it took me so many years to get the whole point of alternative-wavelength shooting before it really started to fire me up inside, is utterly unthinkable to me now. All the time I am trying to learn how to use infrared light to even better advantages to my shooting – I guess it’s more than just a bug, for me. Just when I think I have made the best IR frames that I ever will, I find frames that please even more.

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II | St. Andrew’s & St. George’s Church [1784], George Street, Edinburgh | 1/190th – F8.0 – ISO:200 – 24mm – 720nm IR. 

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Insosaying, I also hope that this series will bring about at least a little pleasure, a feeling of something just a little bit different and, perhaps even a smidgen of inspiration to any of you interested in IR photography. (All frames in this series were made with my trusty Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS conversion (thank you again, Amar!) with a front-mounted R72 and, very gently massaged in LR, for those who may be interested). 

Wishing you all a splendid weekend ahead and, huge thanks for reading.

R.

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III | Old Calton Burial Ground, to Calton Hill, Edinburgh | 1/200th – F4.2 – ISO:200 – 35mm – 720nm IR.

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Of Sir Walter Scott [1771-1832] | 35Chronicle Photography

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Scotland’s Image-Maker. 


Following on from my last two posts from Abbotsford House, I feel it’s only right to share some frames of the man himself – insofar as it can be possible given the passage of time. At Abbotsford, a striking bust of Scott stands at the head of the room as one exits his study from where he wrote much of his work. As for the Playmobil character – I have no idea as to why it was even there but felt it humourous enough to simply leave it there. In hindsight, I think I should have moved it away before making that shot – still, I like it enough. But by far my favourite of the two shared here, is this first frame – of Scott and his Deerhound, Maida, both relaxing beneath the Sir Walter Scott Monument on Princes Street, in Edinburgh. That this utterly astounding and beautifully ornate monument happens almost certainly to be my favourite structure to have ever even seen, let alone photographed (yes, you may have seen it feature once or twice in much older posts, here) is no coincidence. In any case, I do hope you’ll enjoy these frames.

R.

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I | Scott & Maida Beneath His Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh | 1/25th – f5.6 – ISO:3200 – 28mm – LTFS Full-Spectrum.

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II | Bust of Scott w/Life-size Playmobil Character, Abbotsford House, Melrose | 1/80th – f5.6 – ISO:3200 – 50mm – LTFS Full-Spectrum.

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III | The Head of the Room, Abbottsford House | 1/40th – f4.0 – ISO:3200 – 24mm – VIS

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Mono-Archives: PT.XIV | The Draw of ‘Sleepy-Hollow’ | 35Chronicle Photography

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The Mill on the Fleet: 720nm Infrared.


In July this year, I made another visit to one of my favourite stop-offs and, I am surprised that I hadn’t shared a couple of frames from my last jaunt to Gatehouse’s Mill on the Fleet sooner than this. The last time I had actually posted from The Mill was almost a year ago and so, I am happy to put this right, today. Though a popular and often a busy small town, Gatehouse offers some absolutely stunning scenery and, beautiful walks right from its heart; and none more tranquil or evocative than the views from the bridge, alongside the old mill. A perfect day for some alternative wavelength photography, such as it was – what else could I have done? The light and the clouds played right into my hands and, I have seldom seen this view look quite so haunting, or breath-taking. 

Thank you, as always for stopping by my pages and, I do hope you’ll enjoy these two frames from one of my all-time favourite spots. 

R.

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I | The Mill | 1/310th – f6.0 – ISO:200 – 28mm – 720nm IR

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II | The Mill on the Fleet | 1/190th – f8.0 – ISO:200 – 24mm – 720nm IR

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Closer Stills: PT.XXXI | Barnacles on Razor Shell

28mm, black & white, close-up, fine art, macro, nature, photography

On Perfect Imperfections?


It’s hard to believe (for me, anyway) that it has been over a year since I shot or posted any serious macro shots here. It may also be difficult to believe that macro is one of my favourite genres of photography and has fascinated me ever since I first picked up a serious camera. Many years ago I would have had so much macro gear and I’d made good use of it all too; but the longer I have been shooting, the less gear I want and, the more use I want to get out of the much less that I have. I have even started, over the last few years, to stop craving perfection (insomuch as I have been able to obtain it. Was it ever so, though? Probably not.) With all this mind, I have a number of macro and close-up options open to me but when I am shooting under controlled conditions (in my purpose-made cupboard under the stairs!) I still prefer to reach for my old Ricoh GRD IV. Desk tripod, a couple of clamps and desk lights, ISO:80, self-timer and a cuppa – sorted. Oh, and black & white of course. Who needs colour when form and texture can slap one in the face like this? Speaking of old, if you’re interested (and this is the case for all my work) – I don’t care much for updating my software when I can see results that I absolutely love with an eight year old version of LR (yup, I’m still on 4.4). So, old cameras, old software (old brain?) who cares? I still love this caper! 

Subject: The razor shell was something I picked up from Prestatyn beach when we were in North Wales for our holibags; I wrapped it in a napkin, stuffed it in my camera bag and once I left it in my studio on our return home, I promptly forgot about it. With an hour to kill this morning, I thought it was time I set it up for a shoot. It’s not particularly pretty but I love it anyway. So, just for fun, here’s an old shell, shot with an old camera and processed on comparatively ancient software. I hope you’ll enjoy! 

R.

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I | 1″ – f9.0 – ISO:80 – 28mm – Spot Metred – EV -0.7

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II | 1/6th” – f5.6 – ISO:80 – 28mm – Spot Metred – EV -1.0

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III | 1/2″ – f8.0 – ISO:80 – 28mm – Spot Metred – EV -1.0

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IV | 1″ – f8.0 – ISO:80 – 28mm – Spot Metred – EV -1.0

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An Old Sentinel: PT.II | 720nm Infrared & VIS | 35Chronicle Photography

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Dunskey Castle: A Little More Time.


In December of 2019, I saw for the first time and photographed – the gorgeous ruins of Dunskey Castle near Portpatrick. The original post can be found here: Post No.170. Of course, when the weather is good for IR shoots, as it was in my original post, I’ll always reach for my infrared equipped cameras first but even when the light drops, as it did here right before sunset, if the subject is good and the conditions are favourable, IR isn’t always necessary in order for me to come away with a sense of achievement or pleasure from capturing the realisation of an image in my head before I even got there. Here, I wanted to concentrate on getting some longer exposures of the castle ruins at different focal-lengths and combine my use of infrared and visible light. So, as Bumble unpacked the chairs and the late evening picnic she’d lovingly prepared earlier, I set up my equipment and polished off my Big Stopper ND. I hope that I have done this wonderful place a little more justice than I managed on my first visit; and if I haven’t – I still have the beautiful memories of a cliff-top picnic at sunset, on the edge of the world with my bestie! Worth it!

Time passes like clouds, over us all – even the stone won’t survive forever and, I feel a poignant sense of relief in that sometimes, we can get to slow time down to a stop – and watch it in replay again and again, in a still.

R.

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I | 35mm. 30″. f21.0. ISO:200 – 720nm IR.

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II | 24mm. 60″. f22.0. ISO:100 – VIS.

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III | 50mm. 30″. f22.0. ISO:200 – 720nm IR.

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Threave Castle: PT.II/II | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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Shifting Perspectives – On a Mirror.


Following on from PT.I here at Threave Castle, I would like to share my final two frames from this gorgeous, secluded, sun-drenched spot. Though the river surface was as still as a mirror’s, the undercurrent was very slowly shifting the ferry round at its bow towards its port-side and added an attractive new angle to the scene. As the undercurrent pulled the ferry round, I shifted towards its stern and lined it up with the bank as much I could (before actually falling into the river) in order to capture this beautiful scene. Wooden jetties – very slippery when wet! I also wanted to share the closer shot of the castle itself – a very simple composition and a fetching reflection. I do hope you’ll enjoy it too. 

Thank you so much for reading and I wish you a fabulous weekend!

R.

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III | Shifting Perspective: On & Across the Dee | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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IV | On a Mirror: Closer to the Walls | 85mm – 720nm IR.

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Threave Castle: PT.I/II | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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The Day of Two Cakes [PT.II]


As I make the transition from days to nights today, I find that I have a little time to share a few images, straight out of the final edit stage that I was able to grab on Friday last week; a day of glorious sunshine and the whole day with which to enjoy it! Bumble and I decided to head out to Threave Castle at Castle Douglas both as one last go at getting out before my run of shifts commenced and, as a treat for our youngest, Flynn. We called it ‘The Day of Two Cakes – Part II’. We’ve done this before with the kids – we head somewhere for a visit and a few shots then head to a nice café for lunch and cake, and in the afternoon we do it all over again. It’s a way to keep their attention I guess and gives them something less arduous to look forward to. Believe me, it works! Anyhow – Threave was our first stop and I cannot understand why I have never shot or even visited here in the twenty plus years that I have been living in South West Scotland. It’s such an obvious place to come and see and given my penchant for castles, ruins and the odd infrared landscape shot(!) – not to mention water and boats, I have to ask myself how I could have been so neglectful as to wait so long to come here? Perhaps I knew I’d rave about it after as much as I seem to be doing and, I guess it’s better to keep something wonderful in reserve rather than eat all our sweeties in one sitting? 

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The tower was built by Archibald ‘the Grim’ in 1369 as a 30 metre high stronghold for the Black Douglases and for 21 years it was the seat of the very powerful Margaret Stewart, Lady of Galloway. It is accessed by boat across the River Dee, though when we visited, the crossings were not available. I guess we’re getting used to this now, however, the best views were indeed from the opposite bank and, as these frames contain a few of my favourite things, I can only hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do. The peace, the still of the water and the utterly gorgeous light. 

Not to mention – two cakes. Does life get any better than this?

R.

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II | Threave Castle on the Dee | 50mm – 720nm IR

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Penrhyn Castle Country House: PT.IV | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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From Shaky Ground to Solid Foundations. [* See: PT.I]


Over the course of the summer, I have had the most wonderful opportunities to photograph some simply stunning places and, Penrhyn Castle has found its way to becoming one of my most favourite so far. Here, I would to close this series with these final four infrared frames, made under glorious sunshine and beautiful blue skies – just perfect for this kind of caper. A fabulous way to spend time and to appreciate so much. Without my family, I would not have been able to get these shots at all, largely because – we decided to go and I would never have been there if it weren’t for them. But I have to extend my gratitude and love to them also, for their unending patience, good humour and tolerance of my endeavours. I guess there are only so many times they should be able to put up with’ “Hang on – I just need to grab this one. Oh, and this one!” I just haven’t found the limit yet. Neither, it seems, have they!

I do hope you’ll enjoy these last frames from Penrhyn and, thank you again for reading.

R.

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X | Through | 720nm Infrared

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XI | From Scrub to Splendour | 720nm Infrared

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XII | Through [II] | 720nm Infrared

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XIII | Penrhyn | 720nm Infrared

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Penrhyn Castle Country House: PT.III | 35Chronicle Photography

35mm, black & white, fine art, history, Indoor, photography, rural, structures

Architects of Light.


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VII | The Grand Hall Ceiling | Penrhyn Castle

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VIII | Stone Staircase | Penrhyn Castle

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IX | The Grand Staircase Ceiling | Penrhyn Castle

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Penrhyn Castle Country House: PT.II | 35Chronicle Photography

35mm, black & white, fine art, history, Indoor, photography, still life, structures

Still Lifes & a Couple of Self-Portraits.


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IV | Out of Ink! | 35mm

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V | A Black & White Study | 35mm

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VI | From Behind Red Ropes | 35mm

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