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

black & white, fine art, full-spectrum, infrared, nature, photography, rural, skies, winter

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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Harbouring Light | PT.II – 720nm IR | 35Chronicle

black & white, boats, infrared, photography, waterscape, winter

Back to the Front | Kirkcudbright Harbour.


Life has settled into a new-old rhythm lately and, now that I have a little less time on my hands, it’s time to reflect on those days when I had an awful lot more time to do the very same thing. 

Whenever I have a day to kick my heels, I often think about coming back to Kirkcudbright, a place I love so much and have spend many, many happy hours wandering around with my cameras, shooting around the harbour in particular – satisfying my utter love of water, boats and glorious light; albeit the low, early winter sun. Just a couple  of weeks ago the jaunt was made again, instigated by the surety of a perfect day for shooting and, checking the tide-times only solidified intentions. Few ever walk the jetty to the pontoons; whenever I come, there’s hardly ever another soul to be seen and I guess that’s another reason as to why I love this spot as much as I do. Listening to the wind slapping the lines against their masts is an inspiration in itself and I can take minutes just thinking about a single frame – but what’s not to love about that?

For as long as I am still shooting, I know that I’ll come back here again and again. I’ll probably take the same shots over too and from the same places, but when inner peace is so easily found and there’s someone to share it all with, I don’t have a problem with that. At all. I do hope you’ll enjoy these few IR captures and, come back for another look too, perhaps?

Have a great weekend, peeps.

– R –

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I | The Boat that Never Moves.

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II | A Wave on a Daisy.

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III | Reflected Calm.

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[All frames: Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS w/Hoya R72]


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A Different Light | Black & White | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, trees, waterscape, winter

An Unplanned Comparison.


Back in February, I remember standing on the bridge, over the river and making this first image of the winter weather, trying to capture the chill of the scene, and hopefully, the quiet beauty of it, too. (It was first posted here.) Well, recently, I found myself standing at almost the same spot while out shooting some infrareds and captured the same scene again, under beautiful sunshine. 

What a difference a few months makes.

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I | The Braves.

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II | The Bathers.

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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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To the Trees | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, faux-colour, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, trees, waterscape, winter

An Ode to the Giants


When photographing a landscape, it’s impossible to get away from them and, thank heavens for this. They are the true giants of the land; not only this –  they are the protectors, the meeting places and the homes of a myriad of different species of insects, birds and mammals. Trees, while often undervalued and ignored by many, play not only a vital role as part of nature’s grand design, but they shape our land and, our skies. All of these truths are fairly rudimentary and obvious, however, I wonder how many of us truly, truly appreciate their value?

For as long as I’ve being photographing, I’ve been drawn to the trees. Such a uniformly natural and perfunctory design, largely very similar if not always in shape, colour or dimensions, and it has always been a challenge for me to photograph them in a variety of ways, using not only the same technique or approach each time I frame and expose. Realising in photographic form their stature, their place and importance within a scene, their mimicry or even how they fit inside such a scene, is much more difficult than I used to think it was. It does take some work and, often a lot of thought. Therefore, what this post is intended to be – is an ode, an appreciation of a genus much taken for granted. I hope to have portrayed such with at least some degree of justice.

For the so many times I have scrumped in, climbed up, picnicked under, carved my initials into, swung from, and yes, even made love below the shading boughs of – this is my knowing and sincerely appreciative nod, to the trees. 

We thank you, wholeheartedly.


Inside-Out | 720nm Infrared

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Swan Lake [I Just Couldn’t Resist, I’m Sorry!] | 720nm Infrared

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The Braves

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General Cluster | 720nm Infrared

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Frost Bites | 35:Chronicle

35mm, close-up, colour, nature, photography, winter

Before the Thaw.


As the sun rose over the back of the house, much earlier than I it should be noted, I had around twenty minutes with my camera with which to make a few frames of the frost. On an old wooden table, a space reserved for the birds where they can feed in safety, behind the high fence and out of sight of looming sparrowhawks searching for a warm breakfast, lay these miniature terracotta and stone pots, bitten, chipped and cracked by previous cold-snaps, still wearing their frozen yet fragile crowns. But, they wouldn’t for long. Winter can be as delicate as it can be hard, it seems. 


Fragile Crowns

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