Edinburgh – An Infrared Exploration: IV | 35Chronicle Photography

black & white, cityscapes, infrared, photography, structures, urban

Closing Out…


I’m sharing with you now, the last of my IR frames from Edinburgh, taken during the latter part of November last year. I have to confess that street-shooting is something that I do find extremely difficult so I have always tended to focus on more obvious places or structures situated around them, rather than in them, per se – and in Edinburgh, there is certainly no shortage of buildings, places or objects of interest to keep someone like me happy.  During the course of the three days we enjoyed in the city, only our last day there saw the sun come out for any length of time (after the night of Storm Arwen) and so, pretty much all of my final IR edits came on that day, some two or so hours before we were to head home again. Needless to say, I was a bit like a child in a sweetshop, doing my best to take it all in before we left, revisiting a few spots at a slightly faster pace than normal before heading for the train. So, in closing out, here are my last few infrared captures from this wonderful city. I do hope you will enjoy them.

vb…

R. 

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X: Scotland’s “Folly” / National Monument, Calton Hill | 1/125th – f7.6 – ISO:238 – 28mm

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XI:  Moon over Jenners [I] | 1/190th – f7.1 – ISO:200 – 85mm

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XII: From Market Street , Across Waverley Station | 1/125th – f7.5 – ISO:456 – 35mm

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XIII: Moon over Jenners [II] | 1/125th – f7.1 – ISO:336 – 85mm

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Edinburgh – An Infrared Exploration: III | 35Chronicle Photography

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

Looking Up, Again.


VII | To Calton Hill | 1/125th – f6.1 – ISO:200 – 70mm | 720nm IR

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VIII | From the Steps to Waverley Station | 1/125th – f7.6 – ISO:336 – 28mm | 720nm IR

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IX | Christmas Market-Goers Beneath the Scott Monument, Princes Street | 1/125th – f8.9 – ISO:383 – 24mm | 720nm IR

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[PT.I in this Series…]
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Edinburgh – An Infrared Exploration: II | 35Chronicle Photography

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A Little City Grandeur.


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IV | Ornate: Top of the Scott Monument on Princes Street | 1/125th – f7.7 – ISO:209 – 70mm – 720nm IR.

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V | Nelson Monument, Calton Hill | 1/125th – f7.7 – ISO:383 – 50mm – 720nm IR.

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VI | 10:04 AM – The Balmoral towards Princes Street [from North Bridge] |  1/125th – f7.7 – ISO:640 – 28mm – 720nm IR.

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[PT.I in this Series…]
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Edinburgh – An Infrared Exploration: I | 35Chronicle Photography

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

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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Abbotsford House, Melrose | 720nm Series: PT.II/II | 35Chronicle Photography

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A Few More Takes: A National Monument.


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IV| 1/540th – f7.5 – ISO:200 – 35mm – 720nm IR | Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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V | 1/110th – f8.0 – ISO:200 – 24mm – 720nm IR | Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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I | 1/380th – f8.0 – ISO:200 – 24mm – 720nm IR | Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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Abbotsford House, Melrose | 720nm Series: PT.I/II | 35Chronicle Photography

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Great Scott!


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I | 1/350th – f7.5 – ISO:200 – 35mm – 720nm IR | Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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II | 1/270th – f8.0 – ISO:200 – 24mm – 720nm IR | Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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There is a special ‘something’ about the Scottish Borders when the sun is even only half out. From home, it takes barely and hour and a half to get there and so, at the beginning of this month we planned a whistle-stop visit with an overnight stay on the outskirts of Melrose; I had a few places on my list – two of which, my lenses would be extremely interested in! The first was here, at Abbotsford House; the famous home of the infinitely more famous late Sir Walter Scott – poet, novelist, playwright, historian, antiquarian, judge (to name just a few of his accolades, that is). It can be said that Scott can be largely held responsible for Scotland’s national and international identity;  there’ll be no argument from me on that one.

Though it is now a visitor attraction should not take away from the fact that Abbotsford is of huge historical importance to Scotland and, it is more a monument than a house. Not only this, it is also utterly breath-taking; outside and in. The restrictions still placed upon us by Covid however, meant that during our visit to Abbotsford – there was a blessings and a curse. The obvious blessing was the reduced amount of visitors as a result of lengthy timeslots between admissions; this meant a great deal to me personally because as with any time that I visit a place of interest, I always prefer to capture without the obvious element of tourism and favour making frames which concentrate solely (inasmuch as can ever be possible) upon my subject, without avoidable distractions within the frame itself. Conscious exclusion is a big part of how I prefer to compose and so this was indeed a welcome blessing. As for the curse – most of the interior of the house (in fact all, above the ground floor) was inaccessible by visitors and so, we were constrained to a very few rooms downstairs. This is not to say that what remains on view to the public is not of interest. I have seldom witnessed or enjoyed such eclecticism or marvelled at such broad tastes and collections. Though I am sure curators had a difficult time of putting everything together (it is impossible to know and even more difficult to conceive as to whether the house’ interiors have been preserved in their ‘natural’ state – yet, I doubt it very much given the huge passage of time since Scott’s death in 1832) – it is both wondrous and romantic to spend time taking it all in. Though I have never read his works, I really do feel that I should. I do feel a niggle in my side, edging me towards a few more books for my Kindle!

For now, here are my first few chosen infrared exteriors taken at Abbotsford House and, I can only hope that they bring even a little, light-hearted enjoyment. As always, thank you so much for reading!

R.
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III | 1/380th – f8.0 – ISO:200 – 24mm – 720nm IR | Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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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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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.I | 720nm IR | 35Chronicle Photography

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Serving Pennants?


It is said that Wales is the castle capital of Europe and has more castles per square mile than any other country on the same continent – as you can imagine, if you’ve followed my pages for any length of time, this became music to my ears, for one and yet, a little disappointing also; I was convinced that Scotland would hold that particular crown. Nevertheless, a week in North Wales with a good choice of camera set-ups, a family who don’t really do beaches but prefer a little history instead and a hankering for road-trips – well, I was in my element. One of the castles we stopped at was clearly here, at Penrhyn, near Bangor. With views to Snowdonia, Puffin Island and the Menai Strait, which separates the mainland from the Island of Anglesey, Penrhyn Castle sits in a proud position of not only elevation, but also of its architectural authority; due to its utter splendour – Penrhyn has become one of my most favourite historic structures to visit, and photograph. But it’s huge – and that can make it tricky!

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I | The ‘Tease-Frame’ | Penrhyn Castle – 720nm Infrared.

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Penrhyn’s history is long and varied and dates back to around the fifteenth century. Of particular note however, after 1833 (when the Slavery Abolition Act came into being) its owner George Dawkins-Pennant, who was an opposer to the emancipation of slaves, was compensated for being deprived of 764 slaves to the tune of £14,683 17s 2d (17 shillings & tuppence for anyone not au fait with old sterling). This compensation happened also to be the approximate cost of the building of the original, unfortified Penrhyn Castle. One can can only imagine the level of local outrage at the knowledge of this, that such a house could be thus constructed almost entirely from the proceeds of slavery. 

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II | Through Trees to Towers & Turrets | 720nm Infrared

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In 1951 the property and its 40,000 or-so acres passed to the treasury in lieu of death taxes after the death of Lady Jane Douglas-Pennant and is now owned and maintained by the National Trust; and this makes any visitor extremely fortunate. The awe on the approach up the shallow incline towards it is simply breath-taking, and from here, I will do my best to demonstrate without the use of further words. I can only hope that these frames (and those to follow in future posts) will speak for me; if you’ll forgive me the prevailing blankets of grey clouds which lingered, from time to time. 

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III | A Little Wide-Angle Drama | 720nm Infrared.

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Thank you so much for reading and, I hope you will have enjoyed these first few IR frames from my Penrhyn Series. 

R.
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Beaumaris Castle Ruins, Anglesey | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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The Greatest Castle Never Built.


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I | The Moated North-West Walls of Beaumaris Castle.

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II | On the Inside & … Remembering Marsden.

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– Memento Vivere! – 
R.
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London Skylines: PT.III | 35Chronicle Photography

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Silver Linings?


It’s been a little while longer than I prefer, since I last posted and, if you’re visiting again – I thank you! In short, after keeping ourselves busy during the holidays, we have returned to find ourselves rather the worse for wear despite double-vaccinations, social distancing, constant mask-wearing and the collective use of more than likely a half gallon of hand-gel. It seems that the easing of restrictions and the predictable mass complacency that was bound to ensue, has had rather a negative impact on the dreaded lurgy and, after almost two years of this thing – working in close quarters within the health sector, I had to wait to until I had a holiday to succumb to it. To say I’m a bit miffed is an understatement. As I am currently on isolation day four of ten, I find only today that I have any strength to even post, so I hope I can make it worth your time. Whilst I have been able to get busy editing frames from other summer excursions, stringing words together with any coherence has been a distant priority until now. Is it possible to be cheerful and pissed off at the same time? There’s a contrast I don’t consider often.

Speaking of contrast, as a black and white shooter – I look for it everywhere. It’s one of the most important anchors of black and white photography, along with good composition and exposure, texture, light-play and if you’re really good (or just fortunate) some kind of message. In the latter, I lack often – my Achilles Heel, I guess. Nonetheless, I hope you’ll enjoy these few frames from London, where, I have to say – the clouds really played ball! Perhaps slightly over-exposed in #3 but I like it enough to share it with you, too.

I hope that you are all remaining safe and well, and if you’re not, you have my profound acknowledgement and sympathy. Covid sucks. Isolation sucks. Photography Rules!

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V | The Dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral (& a Smoke-Break on the Steps) – from an Uber on the Thames | 720nm IR

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VI | Blackfriars Bridge & the Boomerang (One Blackfriars), Southwark – from the Millennium Bridge | LTFS

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VII | The Shard & the Belfast – & Some Naughty Clouds! | LTFS

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– Memento Vivere! – 
R.
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A Playful Intermission | 35Chronicle Photography

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Paper, String & Tin-Foil…


A little break from castles and ruins, today. I mean, I would hate to be completely predictable!?

We had been talking about perhaps finding a moggie for a year or so, on and off, as it happens. For my part, I wasn’t as forthcoming in the locating of said moggie as was a certain Bumble and this was in very large part to the fact that, as a big guy – I am also very soft on cats. I’ve had many over the years, loved each and every one of them and I can’t remember more than one or two that I lost to natural causes and those heart-breaking memories have kept me from rushing in again; that really was the long and short of it. But in April, along came an eight week old Boomer, and a few weeks later, in May – a pair of absolutely beautiful sisters to keep him company, too. In all honesty, I am a firm believer of the fact that a cat (or three) absolutely makes a home, and it is wonderful to have them here in ours – and to enjoy the utter happiness (along with the obvious and frequent little trials, too) that they bring, every day. And most nights. Nonetheless – though they have only been in their new home for a short time, they have all settled in perfectly, and Summer, the cloud-fluffy, gorgeous one who would surely be the personification of, say, Audrey Hepburn – is laying on my legs even as I write. Boomer (the Ginger Ninja) and Penny-Pitstop (Beryl the Peril) are curled up together on their window cushion behind me – no doubt whispering outlines for new, devilish plots to each other. Or perhaps I have too much time to think, today. 

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I | A Baby Ginger Ninja | Sigma DP3M LTFS

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II | Penny-Pitstop Upon Realising She’s Been Well & Truly Caught… | GXR A16 LTFS

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III | Boomer & Summer [Too Many Captions!] | GXR A16 LTFS

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I’ll get back to my usual posts soon enough but, in the meantime – I wish you all a very playful, cute and fluffy Sunday! 

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

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Light, Love & a Vision.


What I really wish for now is that I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew. It’s been a ridiculously chaotic, busy, unpredictable and yet fun past week or so and, after over three days of stealing odd hours here and there to finish editing two separate shoots, I can finally sit down and share a few more frames with you.  Today, we’re heading back to the beautiful Morton Castle, just outside Thornhill in South West Scotland. It’s been a bit of a nemesis for me in the past and, with six previous posts from this amazing ruin, I have never felt like I got it quite right. Sometimes, I look back over those older posts and clench my teeth as I realise that on occasion, I actually got it quite wrong. You see, I’ve always had a vision of how I would have wanted my captures of Morton to come out and yes, naturally, given my love for alternative-wavelength photography and old ruins, good light and strong IR radiation were always going to be key for me, in achieving captures that I have always imagined from here. My most recent post from Morton was way back in March 2020 – I still can’t believe it was that long ago. But how time flies indeed! So, last week, because time was short and commitments were many (and I just had to get back there!) I literally had only around a half-hour to wander round the castle ruins to make a few more shots before having to race back home again. Forgivingly, the sun was shining in a cloudless blue sky and there was no excuse not to make a dash for it. The weather reports did not let us down and, as Bumble had the keys to the jalopy  – ‘Lady Stig’ was born!

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I | Across Morton Loch | 720nm IR.

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Of course, knowing the layout so well by now does make it easier to plan just how I want to make my captures and where I need to be – it’s the same for any re-visit, I guess. Sometimes it’s possible to know almost exactly how many steps one needs to take from one spot to the next. On this, my fourth visit – though I do know Morton very well now, it still gives me that ‘wow‘ even before I’ve swung open the kissing-gate that leads me to the path along the loch. Very few people visit here at any one time and so it is easier to capture its peace and the solitude. Very few places have stolen my heart the way this one obviously has. I do wonder just how many more times I will make the trip here; I long to capture its reflection in still waters below – which means at least once more will I head this way. But in truth, I love this place so much that I would be completely happy if the answer was always, “once more”.

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II | The Light of Stone & Wood | 720nm IR.

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I do hope that you’ll forgive me from the off, though – that I intend to post up around five posts in total from this, my most recent visit to the castle. There are so many views and angles that I simply love and if I missed any of them out, well – they’d get posted eventually, anyway! Please feel free to post a ‘yaaawwwwwn’ emoji in the comments if you start drifting! Of course, I do hope that that won’t be the case and instead, that you’ll enjoy some beautiful views under alternative light of a truly stunning corner of Scotland. I call it – home.  Thank you so much for reading my pages; as always, I am so grateful and, I wish you a fabulous week ahead.

Memento Vivere…

R.

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III | To a Time | 720nm IR.

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


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Jedburgh Abbey.


Caught last year during a very drizzly November day, where light was as best terribly poor – I decided that I would capture the beautiful Jedburgh Abbey using my LTFS / full-spectrum set-up (see my Light Waves page if this is a concept that you’re not too familiar with). In so doing, I was able to catch any potential extra light in the UV and IR ends of the spectrum (admittedly very little but any extra light on days like these is a bonus, I feel) and, just that little extra detail in the darker shadows. Though a completely un-ideal day for dramatic light, instead, I hope that I have managed to capture a few frames that might just about portray just how stunning a  structure Jedburgh Abbey is. I  do hope you’ll enjoy these few frames from the archives.

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I | GXR A16 LTFS Conversion: 1/140th | f6 | ISO:200 | Spot Metered.

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II | GXR A16 LTFS Conversion: 1/125th | f6.7 | ISO:766 | Spot Metered. 

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III | GXR A16 LTFS Conversion: 1/125th | f6.3 | ISO:872 | Spot Metered.

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


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R.