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

black & white, fine art, history, infrared, nature, ruins, rural, structures, trees

New Light Through Old Windows.


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

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

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

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

black & white, fine art, history, infrared, photography, ruins, skies, structures, urban

Those Arches Get Me Every Time…


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

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

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

35mm, 50mm, black & white, history, infrared, photography, ruins, structures, urban

After the Fire.


In April of 2019, I took my old infrared converted X100 to the church and snagged a good few frames of this gorgeous ruin; situated in a spot where ordinarily you wouldn’t think to find it, relentless urban spread has ensured over the decades that the houses will always get built as long as there’s a market for them and of course, it’s a big town so – no problems there. Insosaying, in this quiet corner on a patch of ground of perhaps just an acre or so, the Collegiate Church at Lincluden sits quietly alone, visited by children after school when the weather is favourable, dog-walkers who don’t want to have to stroll too far and, the occasional photographer. (Anybody else is probably contemplating getting up to no good. I jest, of course.) But not long after I first photographed this ruin (see posts 144 & 165 if you are interested in this kind of photography) I had heard that the building had been subjected to some amount of vandalism – including a fire within its walls. I wanted to go back, I honestly did. However, the first frames I made here were captured at a time in my life which, whenever I have looked back to it – hold great significance for me and no small amounts of both melancholy and gratitude; and so, holding the romance of this place firmly inside me, I didn’t return; I guess it was something not entirely dissimilar to watching the football results and being told to “turn down the volume and look away now if you don’t want to know the results”. Eventually though, I made it back, just last week. It was Valentine’s Day, to be exact. Quite fitting now I come to think about it. 

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I: Longer Shadows | 35mm – 1/310th – f7.6 – ISO:100 | 590nm Infrared

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In complete honesty, I did not expect to see it looking as well as this, the heart made a little skip at the sight of it again and whilst the sun played silly games for the forty-five minutes that I was here (doesn’t it always do that when we get our cameras out, like it knows?!) with a little patience I was happy to grab a few more frames between lengthy moments of shade of this stunning old ruin. Do have a look at the older posts linked above if you get time – I see a shift in my techniques which I am really enjoying and, I do hope that you will, too. 

Wishing you all a fabulous week and, thank you again for reading!

VB…

R.
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II: Arches | 50mm – 1/60th – f7.6 – ISO:100 | 590nm Infrared

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III: Framed | 35mm – 1/40th – f7.6 – ISO:100 | 590nm Infrared

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Note to Self: Take TWO Tripods… | 35Chronicle Photography

35mm, black & white, Long Exposure, night / low-light, photography, structures

A Light in the Black.


Back in November 2019, I first shot this gorgeous building under beautiful winter sunshine with my IR gear and last posted it here near the end of May, last year. I was extremely happy with my frames then and, I do have a couple of them mounted and framed, hanging on the wall in the hallway. Only the best of my work makes it that far and it has to be said, on a slightly different subject – printing is  definitely the way to go. For years I just… didn’t. Then I got the bug a few years back and now I simply can’t stop going through my archives for more. Still, after going through those frames recently and chatting with Bumble about perhaps getting out at night for some more considered longer exposures, she suggested that we might make a trip back to  the church in question (set amongst some stunning grounds, I might add) and shoot it at night. It was lit-up, apparently? Well, this was news to me. But an instant pang of excitement had me sorting out my bag for night shooting, the very same day. Three evenings later, when the weather was more favourable and the bustle of Christmas celebrations were over, we headed out for the short drive to the Crichton University Campus to make a few more frames. 

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I: Splendour | 20″ – f16.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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Dodging late-evening dog-walkers and the occasional runner, I set up my tripod (the base plate I had already screwed to the bottom of my camera before leaving the house, with no issues at all – or so I thought) and when clamping it to the head, the darn thing refused to lock in. The lever had become extremely loose (somewhere between the house and taking it out of the car!) and simply wouldn’t sit back in place. Now, this may all seem irrelevant but if you can imagine trying to keep the camera level and still while it’s perched precariously over five feet from the ground while a very stiff breeze whipped around it, you might understand my slightly nervous disposition at the time. Self-timer engaged, I decided to just go for it and would let the cards (rather than my camera and lens) fall where they may; and so, I got very lucky, the laws of gravity were favourable to me and, I was able to come away with a few very pleasing captures. Next time, I’ll keep a spare set of legs in the boot!

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II: Reflection of Human Nature? [The Ground Lights on the Right of Frame Flickered Out for Just Long Enough for this Capture] | 10″ – f14.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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As an aside, (on editing) – because my version of LR doesn’t support later Fuji RAF files, I have always used Adobe DNG Converter to process my RAFs to DNG for editing, and when I was able to get these new files transferred to my laptop just a few days ago, I did just the same thing again. I started to go through the DNGs one by one and remembered then, a conversation I had had with fellow photographer and work colleague about converting Fuji’s RAFs and, his conclusion was that Iridient’s X-Transformer seemingly handled the files noticeably better and that I should give it a go. Okay, so I downloaded and tried out the demo version on my latest captures and simply could not believe the difference. All this time (years, in fact) I had been guilty of a ridiculous injustice to my own work and the difference in quality and detail is such that I feel ashamed at myself for having allowed such a mistake. The difference is instantly noticeable even at 50% and will, I am sure, improve print quality. With all that said, I am happy to share these few grabs and hope that you’ll enjoy them. (Rest assured, I have given myself a very stern talking-to!)

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III: Splendour [II] | 15″ – f16.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous ’22, thank you again for reading and please feel free to leave any comments you wish. 

VB…
R.
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