Lowther Castle – PT.I | 720nm Infrared | Ricoh GR | 35Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, photography, ruins, rural, skies, structures

A Westmorland Gem | Penrith, Cumbria.


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II | GR 720nm IR Conversion – 1/250th – f8.0 – ISO:100

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III | GR 720nm IR Conversion – 1/200th – f8.0 – ISO:100

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Edinburgh – From Calton Hill | 35Chronicle

black & white, cityscapes, photography, ruins, structures

Scotland’s Folly [& Other Views].


Back in December, I posted a number of night-shots from around Edinburgh – all taken on the evening before these frames were snagged. Weather-wise, the morning after was miserable, however, I was undeterred. We’d had a wonderful evening celebrating Angela’s birthday the night before and so despite the cloud and the drizzle, our spirits remained perky. Therefore, after breakfast, we walked to Calton Hill, to see what we might see and, here – are just a few of those captures. 

In all honesty, the very last thing we expected to see was an Oriental wedding trio – bride, groom and their photographer, standing right in front of one of Edinburgh’s most famous monuments (the unfinished – known as ‘Scotland’s Folly’) and it would have been completely remiss of me to ignore this almost Vettriano-esque moment, albeit from more of a distance. (I have no idea how the young bride kept her shoes clean for the shoot?) Looking out over the city, too (despite the very poor light) from such a vantage point is a real buzz. In better weather, I could have  spent a good many hours up here; and on another day, I plan to do just that. 

Thank you, as always for reading my pages and I do hope that you’ll enjoy these captures.

-R-

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I | The Wedding Trio | Ricoh GXR A16 | 35mm – 1/125th – f6.7 – ISO:1234[!]

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II | Chimney | Ricoh GXR A16 | 70mm – 1/125th – f6.7 – ISO:703[!]

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III | To the Castle | Ricoh GXR A16 | 24mm – 1/125th – f7.1 – ISO:617[!]

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… and yes, the ISOs are correct! (Why do you think I love shooting with this thing?!)

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Hexham Abbey | PT.II | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, Indoor, photography, structures

A Little More Light-Play | Pushing the Ricoh GR


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This little camera never, ever fails to astound me. After all I wrote about it [here] there was still one aspect of it that I never properly tried out. As a rule, I have seldom, if ever – shot at equivalent film-speeds of faster than ISO: 1600; not on any camera and certainly not seriously (save for occasionally with the incredible Nikon offering, the Df, which is  a whole different beast altogether). However, when the light drops and one finds oneself tripodless (say, through poor preparation, perhaps) the only way to get the shot, sometimes, is to bump up the ISO and, without anywhere suitable to rest my GR during the making of these frames, handheld was the only way to go. 1600 wasn’t cutting it as, even with reasonably steady hands and good stance, most of the frames were just coming out a little too soft due to that smidgen of camera movement.  Therefore, 3200 was the only way to get them. Without realising it, I was on a test mission after which I would find myself thoroughly delighted. My initial thoughts were simply that it’d be better to get the shots than not. 

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V | Ricoh GR 1/10th [H/H] – f2.8 – ISO:3200 – 35mm Internal Crop

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I’ve always enjoyed the grain that appears in the GR’s images, especially at around 800-1600; it’s light, almost organic in appearance and lends a feel to a composition that instead of destroying it or breaking it up, actually appears to add more warmth and cohesion instead. To me, it harks back to when I used to enjoy shooting Ilford HP5 on an old ME Super, all those years ago – and to be honest, on most occasions, grain is such an integral part of the frame that I rarely even see it; and that’s exactly what happened here when I started editing these shots. I couldn’t even see it. You’d be forgiven for thinking that these have all undergone a major repertoire during processing but in truth, I really don’t enjoy spending too long in LR and so, these are very lightly processed and NR hasn’t even been touched. Exposures are a breeze and accurate with the GR and after having shot with it for so many years, I’m fortunate to be able to feel like it’s really an extension of my hand and, it has seldom let me down. Whilst for some types of composition, clean, pristine is more desirable – it’s not always what I’m looking for and I am moving quickly away from the ‘keeping it sharp and clean’ school of thought. Insosaying, if the light is good, I’ll be happy come what may. I think that no longer being pointlessly critical is going to open up a whole new wave of ideas that I am already very keen to exploit. It doesn’t just do it in black and white, either; colour frames come up pretty nice too!

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As always, thank you so much for reading my pages and I do hope you’ll enjoy these few captures of Hexham’s gorgeous abbey. [PT.I can be viewed here].

-R-

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Hexham Abbey | PT.I | 35Chronicle

black & white, colour, photography, structures

Light-Play | Outside vs Inside…


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III | Ricoh GR 1/15th [H/H] – f2.8 – ISO:3200

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(…no comparison!)

Happy New Year, all!

– R –


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2019 Photographic Review | 35Chronicle Photography

black & white, boats, close-up, colour, Indoor, infrared, landscape, macro, nature, night / low-light, people, photography, portraits, review, ruins, rural, skies, still life, structures, summer, trees, waterscape

As the Days Begin to Lengthen.


This time last year I was preparing my first ever photo-review here at 35Chronicle and, at the time, I could never have professed to have known just what a year 2019 was going to be for me. In every sense of the word it’s been an amazing year, and – a traumatically difficult one for the large part. Suffice to say that if you are a regular reader of my pages, you’ll know a little of what I’ve been up to and, subjected to and – you might also realise that as well as those closest to me who have kept me going throughout the year since spring, my love of all things photographic have been my main non-pulsatile impetus to get back out there and, get better. Better in health, at life, at shooting – just, better; in any way I can.

Despite some difficulties in getting back out there (you try shooting whilst holding on to your crutches while your camera bag is threatening to slide forward under the weight of the gear – with the express intent of taking one of your legs from underneath you!) I have enjoyed many excursions this year. Insosaying, I have done my best to represent each month of 2019 (by date of publishing) with what I feel is the one shot that truly made the cut. My cut. I hope I have done enough.

Of course, the whole reason I am writing any of this is because, well – you are reading it. As such, I need to say a massive thank you to a huge amount of people who have been with me this year and without whom, my 2019 would have turned out rather different and probably not as good. Therefore, to loved ones, to friends, to everyone here on WP, and to everyone who has been of support to me throughout the year, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You all know who you are and I forget not one of you.

Please do enjoy this selection of just some of my favourite frames of this year and I hope you’ll join me again in 2020. It’ll be great to see you again. (To H – thank you and please forgive me for my shameless and blatant use of your sign-off. It fits perfectly, expresses my intent to a tee and I truly can’t think of or find a better way to say it. I promise to only use it this once!)

See you on the flip-side, folks!

In Metta.

– Rob –


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January 2019 | Moss after Rain.

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February 2019 | The Wellspring – Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR.

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March 2019 | Thirlstane Arch – Powillimont, Southerness | 720nm IR.

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April 2019 | Dundrennan Abbey [AKA: The Day of Two Cakes!]| 720nm IR

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May 2019 | Angela.

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June 2019 | Gelston Castle | 720nm IR.

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July 2019 | River Nith to Greyfriars | 720nm IR.

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August 2019 | Angela & her Machines.

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[Just After] September 2019 | The Kelpies – Falkirk | Late Dusk.

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October 2019 | Light Muse (Sic!)

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November 2019 | Edinburgh, from the Castle.

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December 2019 | Paisley James – 4 Hours Old.
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Happy New Year 2020, to You All!

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New Lanark | PT.II – Outside the Machines | 35Chronicle

black & white, full-spectrum, night / low-light, photography, rural, structures

I am Automation.


From PT.I – a little more mono / full-spectrum fun in a few frames from inside a couple of the workshops. The ISO and Tv values might suggest use of a standard VIS light camera, however, the lack of natural light was a real issue, though reasonably easily overcome by LTFS and a steady hand, despite the distinct lack of UVIR infiltration. Despite a higher ISO in combination with what is essentially, technologically speaking, an ancient camera – I am delighted with the level of detail and contrast in these frames. I do hope you’ll also enjoy them, for what they are.

– R –

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IV | The Donkey Engine | LTFS 1/45th – f4.8 – ISO:1600 – 35mm.

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V | Back-End of a Donkey [Engine] | LTFS 1/75th – f5.5 – ISO:1600 – 85mm.

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VI | Spinning & Reeling | LTFS 1/30th – f7.5 – ISO:1600 – 35mm.

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[All images in this New Lanark series – snagged with a Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS (from ~280nm to ~1300nm) internal conversion, unfiltered.]


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New Lanark | PT.I – Overview(s) | 35Chronicle

black & white, full-spectrum, photography, rural, structures, waterscape

1786 [& the Legacies of Dale & Arkwright].


One of six UNESCO World Heritage sites in Scotland, New Lanark is situated approximately twenty-five miles south-east of Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Once a thriving cotton mill (using water powered spinning machinery) and now a tourist attraction, many of the old workers’ homes are now tenanted apartments however, the old mill buildings are beautifully maintained with much of the old machinery and the whole village makes for a truly fascinating visit.

More info. can be found here.

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I | Boxing Hares in the Roof Garden | LTFS 1/500th – f5.6 – ISO:200 – 35mm.

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Because the overhead conditions were unfavourable, extremely overcast and damp, I took along my LTFS camera outfit to make the most of any and all available light (UV, VIS & IR). Being able to take advantage of the availability of those extra wavelengths is a real bonus under such conditions and keeps the ISO down too, which I prefer, of course. What I hope to show over the coming posts from New Lanark is just how versatile a good true full-spectrum set-up is, for black and white work specifically and, how there really isn’t a photo-scenario where its benefits can’t be exploited. I’ll move outside and inside and aim to show you another world, not that far removed from our own, but with subtle nuances not always instantly apparent or appreciated, still, that I hope will either please, or inspire; or both, perhaps. If I fail in both regards, then I need to work a little harder, methinks.

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II | Little Touches (Roof Garden to the Church) | LTFS 1/500th – f5.3 – ISO:200 – 70mm.

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I’ll shortly be preparing my 2019 Review for posting during the next couple of days, but in the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying yourselves over this festive season and, as always, thank you so much for reading my pages. I hope you’ll enjoy these first few frames from what is a very special place. 

– R –

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III | The Clyde – from the Water-Wheel to the Caul | LTFS 1/290th – f5.3 – ISO:200 – 70mm.

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[All images in this New Lanark series – snagged with a Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS (from ~280nm to ~1300nm) internal conversion, unfiltered.]


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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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[PT.I – Click!]
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Portpatrick | PT.II – 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, ruins, rural, structures

Old St. Patrick’s Kirk [Circa: 1629]


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[All frames: Ricoh GR Internal IR Conversion w/35mm Internal Crop]

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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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An Old Sentinel | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography, ruins, skies, structures, waterscape

Dunskey Castle Ruins, Portpatrick.


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[All Images: Fujifilm X100 720nm IR Internal Conversion]


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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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The Falkirk Wheel | PT.II | On Peripheral Crap | 35Chronicle

black & white, photography, structures

They Paved Paradise | Conclusion.


In PT.I of my Falkirk Wheel posts, I wrote  a little about the principle behind the purpose and mechanics of the wheel itself and also, about how it felt to me – to photograph such an incredible piece of engineering whilst having to continually exclude so much of the theme-park scenery that only seems to serve in diminishing the importance of the feat itself while at the same time maximising revenue in any way possible, from visitors. Sadly, thus – t’is the way of things and I am probably going to have a little mini-rant, now – ahem.

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When I look back at these pictures, I still can’t help feeling a twinge inside, one of sadness that the only way to make money from this is to sell anything that anyone is prepared to buy and encircle the entire structure with all manner of food and drink stalls, kids rides, gift shops, you name it. Yes, I know I sound like a whinging ol’ duffer, but imagine anything else that you feel is somewhat worthy of being singled-out and displayed for its importance, (be it in history, engineering, art, music, literature, politics, anything) and finding it surrounded by countless cheap, punter-drawing sideshows replete with the obligatory pink and yellow bouncy castle. (I’m not entirely sure why I suddenly find myself thinking about Jenson Button’s 2009 Brawn F1 car, or Damon Hill’s 1996 Williams but, some things are important enough that they shouldn’t need all that razzmatazz, instead, being allowed to stand out for just being what they are). How wonderful it would be to just appreciate something without having to waste mental energy on negotiating around all the ever present, peripheral crap. Have a theme-park by all means – just,  create a little more space between, enough to give everyone the opportunity to make a decision on how they wish to enjoy it, including we who don’t give a monkey’s about facile distractions.

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I find it a shame because, I love these shots – but I can’t enjoy them as much as I know I would have, had I have been able to move more freely around to appreciate and photograph it from angles completely prohibited by all the man-made, money-making tat around it.  As I remarked, on posting a few infrared frames in PT.I – it really is a must-see, but I simply cannot buy into the modern theme-park ideal that spoils the natural scenery around what is in both design and function, a beautiful structure. Shooting to the sky is the only way to capture it unfettered, but at more ground-level angles it deserves a much plainer backdrop.

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I absolutely love the way that the wheel plays with the light, the boldness of the structures and the intimacy of its workings. For contrast, the IR series in PT.I seriously does it for me but these standard frames (shot on my Df, for anyone interested) have a clean edge that lends very well to its subject. Despite a little (ahem) commentary, I hope you’ll have enjoyed them too. 

Can’t please everyone, eh?

R.

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Caerlaverock Castle | 720nm Infrared – PT.II | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography, ruins, rural, skies, structures, summer, waterscape

On Top of the World.


Towards the end of last autumn and as winter approached, I discovered to my complete joy that in all the years that I have been enjoying shooting infrared light, it is in fact possible to revel in it the whole year-round; weather permitting of course. No longer do I feel that ol’ sinking feeling once the clocks go back in the so-called knowledge that my IR cameras should just get hung up again until the spring and instead, I simply look forward to the next IR-perfect day on which I can get back out there and shoot. Subject matter is everything of course and here in Scotland there is no shortage of inspiration nor of places as yet unseen through my lenses. 

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Whilst some of my subjects may appear (even to me) safe, popular, somewhat predictable even, I cannot help but feel a huge amount of happiness and satisfaction at being able to capture them under lightwaves less commonly photographed and, share an alternative view of my world that to most, is not often enjoyed. Caerlaverock Castle is certainly one of D&G’s most prominent and beautiful landmarks and, back in June – on the day of the summer solstice, my IR-eye was put back to work. The first post of this two-parter was published only eleven posts ago, yet all the way back in August which only makes me realise just how much catching up I still have to do however, I have been extremely busy during my recovery from the events of April and, there still seems so much to do – but I really am getting there and, to be bluntly honest, it really is a bloody good feeling. Sure, I am a little snowed under, but I honestly wouldn’t want it any other way.

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As summers pass and autumns draw; let winters come and thwart no more.

My lens will be there; somewhere.

R.

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[All Images: Fujifilm X100 720nm IR Internal Conversion.]


Postscript: I have recently upgraded my standard WP plan (note the slight change in site address – yes, the old link will still bring you to my homepage) so – no more ads! To any of you who read my pages and are not WP subscribers, thank you and, I do hope that this change improves your reading experience.


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The Gardens of Drumlanrig | 720nm Infrared – PT.III | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, rural, structures

Hog Heaven | PT.II


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[Images: Ricoh GR 720nm IR Conversion – w/35mm Internal Crop.]

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