I Think it Might Have Been Next Door’s Cat? | 35Chronicle

black & white, nature, photography, spring

It’s Been Almost a Week, Now…


Perhaps it’s an age thing, but I do love sitting in the garden and keeping an eye out for the wing-ed wildlife that comes and goes through the shrubs and the trees. Occasionally, when the traffic is quieter out front, I get to hear them too and, as always, there are always a couple of feeders stocked up to make them feel welcome. A few weeks ago though, I got a real treat. Not twelve feet from the back-door, in amongst the Euonymus, was nesting a pair of Wrens.  For over a week I kept an eye out for them and their calls were frequent, regular and loud. After a week of them getting used to my presence, I grabbed one of my cameras and spent an afternoon in quiet anticipation, pitching myself in a more secluded part of the garden. If I could grab a shot or two, now that would be wonderful. 

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Not even a half-hour after I settled down to wait for them (or, one of them – I’d be happy with that!) I heard a flicker of small wings and there it was, perched right behind the barred fence behind the wood-store. It was no more than six feet from me and I felt a flicker of panic at the thought of raising my lens to shoot it. Surely I’d just scare it off as soon as I made a move? For sure, I am no nature photographer and have little experience in the ways of the wild, but would you bally well believe it? It stood there and just looked at me. I grabbed a good few shots and changed position and still it didn’t fly. This thing was tamer than the Robins that frequent in winter and early spring. Taking complete advantage of it, after it disappeared, I went in to review what I had; and here are a couple of results.

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Sadly though, I heard it said that a neighbour’s cat was seen in the garden late one evening last week and, putting two and two together, I think I know now why our little friend hasn’t been heard lately. To my lasting hope, I am certain that it was merely scared off and, has made a home somewhere else instead. The Euonymus was a little low down, after all. Anyway – I hope you’ll enjoy these few frames. To absent, well, friends, I guess! 

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A Sign of the Times | 35Chronicle

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Home-School | Week No.8


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I | 09:05 – Enthusiastic.

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II | 09:15 – Distracted.

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III | 09:20 – (Just About) Re-Focused.

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IV | 09:30 – Hmmm…

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Lockdown Blues | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, colour, people, photography, portraits

It’s Can’t be Easy, Being Seven!


Two weeks of lockdown before the school Easter holidays commenced and guess who’s had his fill of it all, already? Homeschool is tougher than he’d bargained for, he’s not allowed to visit the new local play-park, the shops have all run out of his favourite sweeties and through it all, I keep sticking my new GR III in his face! It’s tough, being a little ‘un, I can see that. To make matters worse, my Windows 10 laptop has all but died on me after a recent Windows Update (thanks for nothing, Mr. Gates – or whoever is running the show at Microsoft, now) and I have had to find a complete new way of processing, editing and saving my shots. To top it all, I have to use the WP app my iPad – which is not as simple as it should be and I can see a few corrections to formatting in Safari, coming right after I publish this. Anyhooz, all is not lost – it’s all about adapting, I guess.

Speaking of adapting, I know I said I wouldn’t do it, but yes, I did – and I am loving the latest iteration of Ricoh’s GR. All of these frames were captured on it at my favoured 35mm internal crop mode and to round off on a good note – young Flynn was only feigning in shot one. He’s coping just fine and can even tell the time now! Onwards!

Though I am certain that nobody has ever pegged the GR series as a serious portrait tool, I reckon it’ll pass. Keep smiling, keep well and, I hope you’ll appreciate the annoyance I have had to endure this afternoon to bring you these! One has to laugh, eh?!

R.

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2019 Photographic Review | 35Chronicle Photography

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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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Postcards from the Recovery Position | PT.V | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, Indoor, nature, photography, portraits, still life

One Temperate Heart.


A little over three weeks into my recovery and I still have a long road ahead. Without labouring any point as to how I got into this position in the first place (you’ll have to read PT.I if you want the most basic of gists) I am at home, being well cared for by my Angie, and, when I have the opportunity (in other words, when she agrees that I’m fit and steady enough to move around a little and not completely doped on opioid pain relief and tripping over my crutches) – the first thing I still want to do (remember: this is a public forum, kids!) is, to make photographs. 

During my second week at home, I was able to do just that from my bedside and, as a way of reiterating that things could definitely be worse, I share these few frames with you all. I am missing some glorious spring sunshine but, it’s not going to stop me. I must keep moving. 

Warmth, Gratitude & Love.

R.

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II | Introducing Charlotte the Red, by Window Seat (Don’t Ask!)

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III | Angie – After Fluffing-Up my Pillows.

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IV | From Friends & to Friends.

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All Frames: Ricoh GR | 35mm [APS-C Internal Crop at 4:3]
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Angie | An Impromptu Portrait Sesh’! | 35:Chronicle

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It’s About Time(s).


It’s been around five years since I made any serious portraits and, it goes without saying that after shooting almost nothing but faces for over five years up to that point, I have been missing the genre more and more, as the years have ticked by. With this is in mind, I decided upon a course of action which, seems to me perfectly timed. Despite my recent predicament, rendering me almost useless, physically, my partner agreed to help me with an interior set-up with a view to sitting for me, for a short shooting session. My ulterior motive should be clear however, for, during my previous week-long hospital stay and, at home too over recent weeks, she has barely left my side for even a moment. I could never have expected such unquestionable devotion and yet, every day, I have it. In spades. 

So, as a way of giving something back, my most heartfelt gratitude for time spent and, that which is yet to be – here’s my little gift of a few preserved moments in time. It’s the best I can offer for now. 

Introducing – my beautiful Angie-Bee. (Another huge reason for me to know what a lucky sod I am.) I hope you’ll enjoy these few frames.

R. 

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[Equip: X100T | Daylight & Single Spotlight Mix | Two Crutches and Pain-Relief!]

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Down at the Farm | Infrared w/UG-11 | 35:Chronicle

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Further Infrared Trials with UG-11.


I am soon going to be writing up a number of my thoughts about shooting infrared, utilising the internal UG-11 filter, however, being seriously pushed for time lately, I’m keen to get a few more images up for those of you who may be interested in the topic. Though I have been interested in infrared photography for many, many years, I have to say that the UG-11 is (though, mainly for UV shooting) very capable of IR, but, there’s a learning curve to be addressed, despite my lengthy experience in the field. I hope to discuss many points on this very soon. For now, a few frames – shot using a 33mm prime on an APS-C sensor (giving a 50mm FoV), quickly processed in LR. Enjoy…  

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All Quiet | 1/4sec – f8 – ISO:100 [Tripod]

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The Last of the Season | 1/220th – f5.6 – ISO: 3200 [Handheld]

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With the Breeze | 1/3sec – f10 – ISO:100 [Tripod]

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