A Day in the Life | 720nm IR | 35Chronicle Photography

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May ’21 | To & from Knocktinkle…


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I | From Knocktinkle, with a Smidge’ of Tonal Work | 720nm IR

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II | Looking Behind… Difficult Choices, Here | 720nm IR

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III | Be Honest… You Thought I Was Kidding?! | 720nm IR

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– Memento Vivere! – 
R.
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Breaking the Curse of Morton Castle: PT.V | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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Until Our Paths Cross Again.


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X | Sentinel of Paradise.

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XI | Old Stone & New Buds.

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– Memento Vivere! – 
R.
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Breaking the Curse of Morton Castle: PT.IV/V | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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In Blissful Isolation.


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VIII | The Sheer Beauty of Solitude.

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IX | Nature Sharing Empathy, Perhaps?

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– Memento Vivere! – 
R.
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Older Haunts | On Overcast, Almost Infrared Days.


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I | Dundrennan Abbey, nr. Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR | 1/220th – f7.6 – ISO:200 | Aug’ 2020.

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II | Dundrennan Abbey, nr. Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR | 1/200th – f8 – ISO:200 | Aug’ 2020.

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III | Dundrennan Abbey, nr. Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR | 1/380th – f8 – ISO:200 | Aug’ 2020.

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See also, the original post from which these frames were also shared, here.


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Breaking the Curse of Morton Castle: PT.III/V | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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Rule No.1: Never Shoot into the Sun.


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VI | Of Course, Rules Can Be Stretched…

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VII | The Left-Hand Lens-Shade Method: With Practise, It Works!

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Memento Vivere…
R.
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Eleven Arches: PT.III | 850nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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When the Chill Thwarts Spring.


After the thoughtful, wonderful responses I received to PT.II last week, I have to say that I am a little bit unsure as to how I can even think of topping it. Holding back on frame one was never an option (I get far too excited at grabbing shots like that and have the shameless, breaking-strain of a Kit-Kat when it comes to showing just what can be achieved with alternative wavelength photography on a good day) and so, with a slight concern for posting a bit of a ‘come-down’, I nonetheless have pleasure in sharing my last chosen three from an absolutely fabulous hour shooting this awesome structure that is the Kinclair Viaduct. I am grateful that the spring here has started so cold as it has this year; the growth of the foliage has been slowed down somewhat and, were that not so, I’d have struggled to make the stonework as prominent as I was indeed able to do for fighting my way through the dense leaves and branches (thinking here mostly about this top image). As a compromise, from higher up – I’ve seen beautiful and eerie hanging gardens – even if in retrospect; (thank you, Janet!)

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IV | Dodging Traffic | 850nm IR | 24mm – 1/125th – f8 – ISO:703.

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Anyhooz – this is my last post from Pinmore and will be, I’m sure, my last for a good long while. As spring warms up a little now – I have plenty of other places to discover and the viaduct will be relegated like the rest of my work to date, to my archives; nonetheless, I have much to think about with regards to composition and light if I am to feel as good about what I am still to achieve if these few frames remain the benchmark I have currently set for myself. Holy moly, this is so much fun! 

And summer is on the way…

…goodie!

R.

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V | Convergences | 850nm IR | 24mm – 1/125th – f8 – ISO:734.

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VI | Into a Floating Paradise | 850nm IR | 24mm – 1/125th – f8 – ISO: 476.

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[All frames: Ricoh GXR LTFS Full-Spectrum Conversion & Front Mounted 850nm IR Filter]


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Eleven Arches: PT.II | 850nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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Kinclair Viaduct, Pinmore – Revisited.


Just about three years ago (give or take a month) I first shot the amazing, grand, utterly imposing viaduct just south of Pinmore on the Newton Stewart to Girvan road. I had to check my files from back then, some of which I posted in No.30, to recall which cameras I took with me on that shoot. Made on my old GR and X100T cameras, I came away with some very pleasing black and white images caught on a less than perfect day for contrast and I also recall that even the sky was so flat and diffused that the resulting frames rendered it featureless. But, I had travelled a very long way in order to shoot this iconic structure and vowed always, to go back. Maybe, I’d give it my IR treatment next time? Alright, so that was a rhetorical question!

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I | Kinclair Viaduct | 850nm IR | 24mm | 1/125th – f8 – ISO:400

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Of course I always intended to do that, so when the sun came out yesterday, Bumble and I headed off, westwards towards the A714, and north-west of Newton. In fairness, we’d been planning it for a couple of days (it’s not prudent to put any faith in the weather forecast anywhere in Scotland, more than forty-eight hours in advance; any of you who live here or have visited for more than a day, will understand exactly what I’m talking about!) When it came to the shots I’d make – I had thought to shift up from 720nm and decided that 850nm would give me a little more contrast under good light. I’d need that extra light to keep my film speed down and my shutter speeds up negating my need for the three-legged thing. As you can see from the frames here, I got very lucky with the light. One pair of frames in particular (No.I in this post and No.VI to come in the following share) did have us scrabbling upwards through tricky dense foliage in order to get the height and length I needed to grab the shot I had always imagined I would take on my first visit – a few minor abdominal wounds today remind me that the climb was well worth it and without that little extra effort, I would have come away knowing that the shot was there for the taking and I did nothing to get it – but it’s here, and the wounds will heal. Please do click the link to my original post and compare, because I truly believe that from the ground, these are the best IR shots I could possibly have made on any day such as this.

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II | Two of Eleven | 850nm | 24mm | 1/125th – f8 – ISO:911 (!)

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Dedications:

To my long-suffering and ever encouraging, Bumble – I thank you for getting into my scrapes for the sake of art! What else can I say? To all of you who visit and revisit my pages, click, comment and get involved – thank you all so much. The best that I can hope is that you will enjoy some of these captures – enough to come back. I utterly love what I do and take none of it for granted; and so – I keep doing it with the same passion and love that I felt when I first discovered what was even possible. To my good friend, Amar – your creations still help me make some of my most pleasing and dramatic work and in this regard, words fail me. Thank you, my friend! 

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III | Woodburn Cottage | 850nm IR | 35mm | 1/80th – f6.3 – ISO:200

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Until PT.II – I do hope you’ll enjoy these few frames and, I wish you all a very happy and healthy weekend ahead.

R.

[All frames: Ricoh GXR LTFS Full-Spectrum Conversion & Front Mounted 850nm IR Filter]


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Mono-Archives: PT.VII | 35Chronicle Photography

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The Way They Move…


Gelston Castle: Long Exposure 720nm IR | 60″ – f22 – ISO:100

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The Lighthouse at Southerness: Long Exposure 720nm IR | 30″ – f22 – ISO:100

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When Elements Align | PT.II | 35Chronicle Photography

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River Nith – Recomposed | 720nm Infrared.


A parting gift from the Nith, glorified under beautiful IR light; the first three frames from which were shared in my previous post. Playing the angles a little has helped me to see that frame ‘VI’ is for me anyway, rather better composed than frame ‘II’ in PT.I – the lesson has to be: always take a series and never trust the first take! Nonetheless, I do hope that you will also enjoy these captures and, to those who’ve clicked, commented and reposted my last entry – I am more grateful than you can know. As I have always believed, writing or sharing anything here is absolutely worthless without each of you who read and get involved. So, thank you!

From a sunny South West Scotland – wishing you all a very happy Tuesday!

R.

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IV: Devorgilla Bridge Across the Nith | 720nm Infrared.

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V: Buccleuch Street Bridge from Devorgilla Bridge | 720nm Infrared.

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VI: Hunters Gathering [II] | 720nm Infrared.

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[All frames: Ricoh GXR LTFS Full-Spectrum Conversion & Hoya R72 720nm IR Filter]

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River Nith | Back in the ‘Red’.


For the last few years, I have been up and down this stretch of the River Nith more times than I can remember, shooting visible-light monochrome, long-exposure night shots and plenty of infrared frames too – all in the hope of capturing that ‘perfect’ series of frames – shots I’d be so proud to print and hang on the wall; but without labouring the point, I have always felt that I have struggled here. The reasons I keep coming back and having yet another go are purely the attraction and, the challenge. It really is an eye-catching place. With regard to IR capturing however, I don’t think that I have ever come back with the shots that I had always itched for. Despite its obvious charms, it’s really not the easiest place to photograph and requires a lot of care where composition is concerned and though I have been enjoying this caper for well over twenty years, I accept that it’s no great surprise to me that it’s taken me until now to feel satisfied with my efforts.

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I. Along the Caul | River Nith, Dumfries | 720nm Infrared.

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Having a ‘thing’ for beautiful bridges and picturesque skies as I clearly do, makes some decisions on angles and perspective a little bit more intuitive when it comes to where I want the structures to be viewed within their frames but there’s a whole lot more going on around them, which, often has me scratching my head. Learning to ‘see’ within a frame and compose is largely down to preference, but there are certain rules which I do try my best to adhere to – such as subject, light and contrast, texture (and contrasting textures too), proportions, foreground, background, overall feel – and also, my own space and place within it all. On this day, the light was just about perfect and I was inspired to have another go.

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II. Hunters Gathering | River Nith, Dumfries | 720nm Infrared.

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As more and more people are now out and about in their cars, on foot or bikes after the last year of repeated and prolonged C-19 lockdowns, it was fabulous to get out here and see some more life about the place. As the sun beat down, we leisurely walked over the Devorgilla Bridge to the other side of the river and felt like living was starting to happen again which for me is certainly yet another reason to feel inspired. As we crossed the bridge, an opera-fan with very capable speakers punched out a little culture in Gm from  an upper storey window, an unusual backing track to the sound of the streets below and yet, I couldn’t help smiling because of it.

The elements had aligned and, I do hope you’ll enjoy these first few little outcomes.

R.

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III. Buccleuch Street Bridge, Dumfries | 720nm Infrared.

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[All frames: Ricoh GXR LTFS Full-Spectrum Conversion & Hoya R72 720nm IR Filter]

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In Long Forgotten Corners… | 720nm IR – PT.II | 35Chronicle

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…Yet Standing, Still.


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IV | A Little Perspective | Parton Viaduct | 720nm IR

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V | From the Bank of Loch Ken | 720nm IR [… kind of!]

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VI | A Last Look Back | 720nm IR [… with a little help!]

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[All frames: Ricoh GXR LTFS Full-Spectrum Conversion & Hoya R72 720nm IR Filter]

Link: Video taken in 1965, just before closure, in June of that year – opens in new window.

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Sigma DP Merrill Series – Still Relevant in ’21.


First of all, I want to say a huge thank you (and I really should do this more often, I’m sorry) to everyone who contributed and commented on my last post. It was actually extremely warming to know that, despite the fact that I’m back working with what is to me (again, and for the present time at least) a new system, that I was still able to make a few frames worthy of such kind contributions. Thank you!

The DPM series, as it has been written many times (and then some) – is not a system for the faint-hearted photographer, and – having been doing this for many, many years, it still manages to scare me a little, in a way; and herein lies the reason for it. Knowing its (vast array of) limitations is absolutely the key to being able to exploit its one massive strength; this helps hugely to maintain a constant focus on the real possibilities and easily dispels the airy-fairy visions we often have for our own personal photography. This one element is so important for serious photographers and cannot be overstated. I can think of one analogy that explains this perfectly: I once bought into a M43 system and for the most part, I loved it. I loved it because it opened up a whole new slew of opportunities for me to expand on what I have always enjoyed doing and, in a portable system with reasonably decent IQ. A few lenses here, some colour options there, modes galore – and the reasons why I took to it so well in the beginning were to become the very reasons why I began to resent it after only a few months. In my heart and in my head – I shoot the way I shoot and no amount of gear is going to change that, no matter how many bells or whistles there are. I began to realise that all I needed was a lens, and the means to change my Tv, Av, ISO, WB and metering mode. That was all I wanted – oh, and a decent sensor would be a bonus. Even mid-range DSLRs were coming equipped with scene modes, crap ‘kit’ lenses and therefore, being the snob I can be – I resented even those aspects too. I began to feel that photography was being made – cheap, too accessible (an archaic, short-sighted, even elitist view) and, I didn’t like it. 

I didn’t like it at all.

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I | Talla’s Pump-House | 1/400th – f8 – ISO:200

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All I really wanted to carry was a camera, the way I used to in the 90s. No faff, no bullshit modes – just a camera, a lens, a little bit of know-how and inspiration. Sigma’s implementation of these core photographic aspects were brutal and necessary. Right back as far as the original DP series, the DPs, the DPx, and then – the hallowed DPM, core photographic values were held close, if rather shunkily implemented in reality of their limited hardware / software collusion. (I can’t include the DPQ here because I have never used them and, the design simply does not enamour me at all). In a huge way, Sigma went down the route that I always felt that Ricoh should have taken with their GR (APS-C) series. What I would have given to see them offer the tools that Sigma came up with. As much as Sigma cameras can be much of a mystery to most, to those who’ve used them and persevered, the draw is easily understandable. With a little thought, and a little work – they still produce today some of the finest image quality that I have ever seen. Whilst their JPGs far outweigh any OOC jpg I have seen in any Bayer systems, their RAWs are mind-blowing. Limitations accepted – but keeping within them, there’s still nothing like it today. (The Fp can be argued as yet another Sigma revelation – but that’s a whole different system).

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II | Fruid Reservoir & Hills | 1/250th – f8 – ISO:200

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Three years ago this very month, I started writing this blog. My initial view for these pages was to only shoot a 35mm FL and display just how ridiculously versatile this focal-length is. Not long after I started publishing, I then wrote a page that you can still read here  discussing the huge value I have always given to short prime lenses. With this understood as still very much an aspect of my ethos – it’ll come as no surprise as to why I refer to the DP1/2/3M series as the Holy Three. 

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III | A Talla Prince in Disguise? | 1/100th – f8 – ISO:200

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My creativity is limited, my imagination is flawed, my images far from perfect and yet, with these three in the bag – I have more brain-space to use for composition and less to waste on the airy-fairy. This surely, can only be a good thing and, among other things – what photography should always be about. The image.

As always, thank you for reading and, I wish you all a fabulous weekend. 

R.

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[All frames: X3F to 16-bit tif in SPP & Exported to Lr for final edits].


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GETTING OUT [AHEM!] – LESS | PT.III | 35CHRONICLE

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Cumbersome Ol’ Things!


So, here we are, at the last of my posts from the beautiful Sandyhills – one of the most gorgeous areas of coastline here in Dumfries & Galloway. From a freezing cold day on an empty beach, a glorious winter sun low in an ice-blue sky. You’d think by now that I’d be tempted to shoot in and, process for colour a lot more but no, I still can’t seem to ‘see’ in colour. These four captures were all made with my LTFS converted GXRs – I took them both, set-up for 720nm – in case one of them decided to freeze up on me (it’s happened before). I am happy to say that, though aging now (in camera technology terms) they still performed perfectly. Lest not that the medium become the message, I still have to remind myself that for some reason, I have never been able to ‘see’ quite so well with any other camera that I have ever shot with, than these cumbersome ol’ things. Perhaps I am a cumbersome ol’ thing, too, which may well be why we get along so perfectly. Slow, methodical, meticulous and as always – enjoying the moment. And here, with family, on a day like this, what else could possibly be quite so worth getting out of bed for? 

From the icicled ceiling of the Needle’s Eye and the frozen beaches of Southern Scotland, may I say, as always, thank you so much for reading, I do hope that you’ll enjoy these few grabs and – I wish you all a fabulous, safe and healthy weekend ahead. 

R.

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GETTING OUT [AHEM!] – LESS | PT.II | 35CHRONICLE

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The Freezing of Time & Tide.


Moving on from my last post, sharing a few grabs from a beautiful coastal spot not far from home over a week ago, I mentioned that on a brighter day, we would return with the munchkins, a small picnic and flasks of tea, coffee and soup! I would also take my IR and LTFS gear along and give Sandyhills ‘the treatment’… jeez, this place screams out like it’s begging for it, I can tell you! Anyway, after checking the forecast for the coming week after our first visit, Wednesday looked like it was to be the best for shooting and, for access, the tide times app gave us a window of around two hours prior to sunset which would enable us to safely get back to the caves and, the Needle’s Eye again. We arrived at a completely empty beach just around lunchtime – not even a dog-walker in sight. We had the whole place to ourselves. I would never have imagined that, even though it was so bitterly cold, that this place would be so empty of people, considering the space here and the fact that sensible outdoor pursuits are still permitted as long as distancing is observed. Still, not a soul for the most part of the time we spent here. A real rarity.

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In my bag, I had my trusty pair of LTFS converted GXRs – one set-up for 720nm IR and the other for VIS using a Tiffen UVIR cut on the front of the lens. This latter set-up, I find, yields noticeably sharper results than a standard VIS camera configuration, which I put down to the (potentially) complete eradication of extraneous wavelengths other than those within the VLS from reaching the sensor. If the light had been poorer and less, I might have removed the UVIR altogether and shot full-spectrum for the extra light it would have gathered (and conversely – softness, due to UVIR light pollution) but, the light played ball and remained (almost) where I wanted it to be.

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One thing I have never seen in my life, though I have lived many years on or near a coast in the UK – is a frozen, receding tide; yet, here it was right in front of us. Stunning, beautiful and, almost other-worldy. If I were not such a fan of Attenborough, I’d have been even further taken aback. Now though, I am reminded of our youngest who, on this day, when he was warned about the lack of grip beneath his feet as he walked behind us, suddenly called out… “Wait! I shouldn’t step on… WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT???! You can guess, perhaps, the position we found him in, the moment he’d finished asking the question! Honestly, to say I pissed myself is a bit of an understatement. The penguin-dive and slide were a nice touch, too!

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Further along the beach, in a deeply recessed rock at the entrance to one of the caves, we sat together on the sand, we ate and drank, we laughed and marvelled at the space around us; the breeze didn’t touch us at all and the sun was by now warm enough that it had us removing our jackets. It was like the world and all its problems didn’t exist – if only for a couple of hours. It was indeed a blissful day. Photography isn’t always just about making photographs, because, I truly believe that the moments between the frames, those feelings that you just can’t capture in a still are always on the outside edge of every single capture – hidden in memory.

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Enjoy your moments – and capture them, however you can.

R.


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Getting Out [Ahem!] – Less | PT.I | 35Chronicle

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Romancing the Stone.


These frames are from our first visit to the small hamlet of Sandyhills, around a week ago. It was a little impromptu but the weather was fair and, as Stickola Nurgeon had promised the people of Scotland that despite the still current Tier 4 restrictions, we could indeed, still venture out for legitimate exercise without the fear of being questioned or arrested [hurrah and huzzah!] – so, Bumble and I hopped in the car and headed off for a stroll on the beach. I have been itching, you see, to get my 5D3 out into the open and put it through its paces a little (and a little is all it can get right now, obviously) so this was a perfect opportunity not only to get a little time in free air but also to, hopefully, snag a few frames. We’d been reading about this local-ish spot, famed for its caves and one particular arched rock, known as the Needles Eye (accessible only at low-tide) – the words ‘kid’ and ‘sweetshop’ leap to mind. But there’s a reason this is PT.I – you see, this place is so picturesque that we decided to visit again, later in the week and, we took the nippers on our sequel visit, under glorious low winter sun and blue skies; of course, this meant that I would give this place the IR treatment I so knew that it deserves (however, more on that in the next post). There’s a romance here that’s impossible to ignore. For now though, I do hope you will enjoy these captures from a beautiful part of Dumfries & Galloway’s coastline. Keep well, stay safe and thank you!

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[All Frames: Canon 5D III | EF 24-105mm / f4]

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