A LITTLE MORE TIME: PT.II | 35CHRONICLE PHOTOGRAPHY

black & white, fine art, history, infrared, photography, rural, skies, structures, trees

Still Un-Still… | 720nm Infrared – Long-Exposures


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III: Un-Still [II] | 30″ – f22.0 – ISO:100 – 27mm | 720nm IR

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IV: Un-Still [III] | 30″ – f22.0 – ISO:100 – 27mm | 720nm IR

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A Little More Time: PT.I | 35Chronicle Photography

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“Until the Day Break.”


At just about the start of spring, or – the close of winter (depends, I suppose, as to whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person, maybe?) Bumble and I found ourselves heading out towards the coast again, an impromptu, spur-of-the-moment hop in the jalopy to get out for a while. Some sunshine, sea air and, hopefully – a few shots. I’d packed my ‘minimum’ bag – basically, it consists of two of my GXRs with A16s (a standard and, a full-spectrum unit) and EVFs attached, one R72 and an ND1000 – a couple of spare batteries; that’s it. It weighs next to nothing and covers a huge amount of photographic ground, given the way I shoot. As we headed towards Rockliffe from Dalbeattie, dodging pot-holes on a full stomach after a spot of lunch in Kippford, the skies were clearing to reveal some gorgeous blue above, and, a few short-lived clouds, enough to keep them interesting should we stop for a couple of frames, for sure. As we approached the turn-off for Rockliffe, I spotted the clouds right over the small parish church on the corner and thought it might be nice to stop and set up for a few grabs. 

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I: “Until the Day Break.” | 15″ – f22.0 – ISO:100 – 28mm [GXR A16 LTFS + R72 & ND1000]

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This tiny, beautifully situated and, just as beautifully kept little church kept me amused for almost an hour; not least because even though, visually, the weather was gorgeous, the wind was blowing so much that it actually had my camera toppled over on its tripod twice. Had I not been paying attention during the longer exposures I was making at the time, I’d never have caught it in time to prevent almost certain damage. Still, whilst I had to let go of those particular frames, I am very happy to have come away with some very pleasing captures, almost ghostly after the non-relenting wind and, more pleasurable for me to look at, because of it.

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II:  Un-Still | 30″ – f22.0 – ISO:100 – 24mm [Kit: As Frame: I.]

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There’s an atmosphere here that, when viewing through alternative, non-visible light, is so eerie that I wonder if next time, I’ll visit with an extra ND in my bag! I hope very much that you’ll enjoy these few captures here, and in my next post. Thank you, as always, for reading and I wish you a fabulous weekend.

VB.
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Portpatrick: A Little More Exposed: PT.II/II | 35Chronicle Photography

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From the Clifftop…


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IV: Closed for Business | 30″ – f17.0 – ISO:100 – 35mm [LTFS +ND1000]

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V: Pools | 1/1050th” – f8.0 – ISO:100 – 70mm

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VI: Portrait of Portpatrick | 60″ – f22.0 – ISO:100 – 24mm – [LTFS +ND1000]

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Portpatrick: A Little More Exposed: PT.I/II | 35Chronicle Photography

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Infrared or Full-Spectrum?


A trip out to Portpatrick on Monday of this week and we were assured of some decent chances of sunshine throughout the middle of the day which sadly, as you’ll now know, did not come. (I really do need to stop relying on BBC’s Weather App!) Nonetheless, though I was hoping for some more chances to shoot a few IR frames here, as the clouds loomed over us and, flatly refused to leave (I did ask nicely, honest!) – I consoled myself instead with some long-exposures with my LTFS converted GXR (still my favourite sensor/lens unit after all these years). The winds were around 40-50mph on top of the cliff so, keeping the camera steady on its three spindly legs was tricky, at best. A good number of shots were ruined that way but, I kept going and was reprieved enough to be able to at least come away with a small handful of captures. It’s all I ever hope for, if I’m truly honest. While the strongest of the sun’s light escaped me today – I remain happy that I managed to leave with a few frames I’d not caught before, from this beautiful little coastal town on this western shore of the peninsula.

I do hope you’ll enjoy them. 

R.

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I: 13″ – f14.0 – ISO:200 – 85mm [LTFS + ND1000]

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II: 30″ – f12.0 _ ISO:100 – 50mm [LTFS + ND1000]

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III: 15″ – f14.0 – ISO:200 – 28mm [LTFS + ND1000]

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The Tranquillity of Scotch Mist | 35Chronicle Photography

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“What’s This, Then?!”


Typically, the phrase is meant to refer to something difficult to find or that which may even not exist. I remember as a young boy, my mother saying to me on many occasions when I had been told to go and find a particular something and failing dismally to locate it, “Well, what’s this then? Scotch mist?!” as she’d already put her hand on it, waved it mockingly in front of my face or simply pointed right to it. It was her stock phrase for such things, I suppose, picked up no doubt from her Yorkshire born and bred father. But in remembering what it means, I struggle to figure out on days like this, why it’s used at all, because when that drizzly fog is hanging in the air, it’s everywhere. But it’s not rain. It lightly touches your skin, freshens the lungs and even concentrates sound – you can’t ignore it. When we made a trip to Garlieston Bay at the west of the county just a few weeks ago, there was no escaping it, and it was, truthfully, eerily beautiful. I have seldom absorbed tranquil like it, passed so few people on their coastal walks, or seen polished mirrors of slack water reflect so little colour from the sky. I know though, whenever we head back, there’ll be cloud, rain, or blistering sunshine – maybe I won’t see it like this again; maybe that’s the point? But I would be so glad to see it again – with or without my camera. 

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I: Garlieston Bay | 1/45th – f8.0 – ISO:100 – 50mm

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II: The Crow | 30″ – f9.0 – ISO:100 – 85mm

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III: Tranquillity | 1/40th – f9.0 – ISO:100 – 85mm

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

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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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2021: A Photographic Review | 35Chronicle Photography

28mm, 35mm, 50mm, autumn / fall, black & white, candid, cityscapes, close-up, fine art, full-spectrum, history, Indoor, infrared, landscape, Long Exposure, nature, people, personal, photography, portraits, review, ruins, rural, skies, spring, structures, summer, trees, urban, waterscape

Doesn’t it Come Around Quickly?


It is hard to believe that it’s this time of year again, the year almost over, the shortest day has passed and, I’m sitting here at my laptop – pondering over my favourite frames from 2021; a year of lockdowns, socially-distanced days out, home-schooling, trip disappointments and yet gratitude in abundance. A new grandchild has graced us, three weddings are in the offing (Bumble & I included!), health is good and I have been busier than ever. This may explain why my posts this year have been a little more frugal than previous years but, I have so enjoyed every opportunity that I have had to get out and make frames. I’ve learned quite a bit too and, changed a few aspects of my shooting and editing routines which, have pleased me greatly, too. In the coming year I hope to move slightly away from IR shooting – or rather, I want to engage further with more visible-light photography and, to also forge my creative aspirations a little more. How that’s going to work out, I have no ide as yet, but we’ll see how it pans out. My reasoning is simple, I am a staunch enemy of stagnation and whilst infrared light is a huge passion, I’ve been allowing myself to indulge so much that I have been experiencing rather more complacency than I would like. It’s again time for a little shift. Does that mean I am disappointed with my work this year? Not exactly. But there’s more – and I need to dig inside for it. I thought I’d be a natural after all these years, but therein lies the message; one can never stop trying to be better. And I need to shoot more.

As I say at the end of every year (because it’s true) – I am so grateful to each and every one of you for reading and visiting my pages. For all of your clicks and comments, your shares, follows, and other contributions you have made to my pages (hard to believe that it’s been almost four years already!) – I am ridiculously grateful because, without you, there’d be no point and my pages would be little more than an online diary. I am also inspired by so many of you, not that I always get or am able to find the time to let you know in person (that seems to be very selfish on my part and I must and will try harder) and often wonder at the amazing amount of talent that exists, often to share for the simple joy of sharing. I am sure that’s why we all do it and I hope that we can all continue to do so, around the many mayhems of life. So, for one last post of ’21, I would like to share my favourite frames of the year, one shot from each month – in the hope that you too will enjoy this little revisit. 

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January 2021 | Flynn: By {Kindle) Fire Light!

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February 2021 | Infrared Rainbow: Sandyhills Beach.

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March 2021 | Metal Bridge on Disused Portpatrick to Dumfries Line, at Parton [720nm Infrared]

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April 2021 | The Caul on the River Nith, Dumfries [720nm Infrared]

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May 2021 | Pinmore Viaduct [720nm Infrared]

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June 2021 | Boomer: Paper, String or Tin-Foil Will Do Just Fine!

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July 2021 | A London Skyline from the Thames [LTFS Full-Spectrum]

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August 2021 | Southerness Lighthouse [720nm Infrared]

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September 2021 | Turret: Penrhyn Castle, N.Wales [720nm Infrared]

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October 2021 | Dunskey Castle, Nr. Portpatrick [720nm Infrared, Long Expo.]

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November 2021 | Abbotsford House, Melrose [720nm Infrared]

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December 2021 | The Fountain, Princes Street Gardens & Edinburgh Castle [720nm Infrared]

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To my family, I am utterly blessed – what more can I say? It’s been a manic yet a wonderful year with a lot of plans either fulfilled or yet to become and, through it all (stop singing, Bumble – I know what you’re doing!) each and every one of you have indulged me as I truly hope I’ve reciprocated. When the world is in the mess it is right now, you are all the one reason I keep to feel the happiness that I do. 

To all of you who read and contribute to my pages (and hopefully enjoy some of my work, too?) – I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday and, I wish you all the very best for 2022. Thank you so much for sharing and being a part of what I do. 

Warmest wishes to you all…

R.

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An Old Sentinel: PT.II | 720nm Infrared & VIS | 35Chronicle Photography

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Dunskey Castle: A Little More Time.


In December of 2019, I saw for the first time and photographed – the gorgeous ruins of Dunskey Castle near Portpatrick. The original post can be found here: Post No.170. Of course, when the weather is good for IR shoots, as it was in my original post, I’ll always reach for my infrared equipped cameras first but even when the light drops, as it did here right before sunset, if the subject is good and the conditions are favourable, IR isn’t always necessary in order for me to come away with a sense of achievement or pleasure from capturing the realisation of an image in my head before I even got there. Here, I wanted to concentrate on getting some longer exposures of the castle ruins at different focal-lengths and combine my use of infrared and visible light. So, as Bumble unpacked the chairs and the late evening picnic she’d lovingly prepared earlier, I set up my equipment and polished off my Big Stopper ND. I hope that I have done this wonderful place a little more justice than I managed on my first visit; and if I haven’t – I still have the beautiful memories of a cliff-top picnic at sunset, on the edge of the world with my bestie! Worth it!

Time passes like clouds, over us all – even the stone won’t survive forever and, I feel a poignant sense of relief in that sometimes, we can get to slow time down to a stop – and watch it in replay again and again, in a still.

R.

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I | 35mm. 30″. f21.0. ISO:200 – 720nm IR.

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II | 24mm. 60″. f22.0. ISO:100 – VIS.

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III | 50mm. 30″. f22.0. ISO:200 – 720nm IR.

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Bridging Gaps [with the GR III] | 35Chronicle

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If I Take Just One Camera…


I | Devorgilla Bridge [Long Exposure]

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II | Suspension Bridge Over the Nith.

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III | The Caul & Devorgilla Bridge [Long Exposure]

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Loch Ettrick | 720nm IR [Long Expo’] – PT.I | 35Chronicle

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“Today, the Weather Will Consist Mainly of Horse-Flies, Cloud, Kayaking Intruders & Occasional, Infrequent Outbreaks of Sunshine”. (That’ll Do!)


I’m really struggling to find time enough to sit and write, lately. You may or may not have noticed and perhaps, it’s a nice change for readers to not have to feel guilty for all the ‘scanning’ we have to do when we do our best to keep up with all of the posts we follow and digest, in a meaningful way. A way that does justice to the incredible quality of works that are so regularly posted. Well, today, I have to write. I’m sorry. But I am starting to feel that distancing of connection with what I love to do so much and that which often lends context, most acutely comes down to words. Sometimes a frame by itself cannot be its own justification. This one almost achieves that, for me – but only because I was there shooting it. Still, my sub-header pretty much covers it. What it doesn’t portray, however, are the little yet frequent internal struggles I am having to do something a little different with my cameras. Ideas that have been explored and exploited for as long as any of us can remember are thus, still a little new to me and, as confident as I am at many genres of photography, long exposures still make me scratch my head as to how best to go about it. In this case, as with the previous recent frames that I have posted, I am winging it. Timing as best I can to achieve good exposure and some decent movement within the frame where it can move the eye and the mind. But slow-moving clouds are still just that, even over the course of a minute with the shutter open and so, we come to the water to hopefully save the day. The water came through in fine style. 

For years I have marvelled at the talents of photographers who have taken long-exposure photography to ever new heights and, whilst in no way could I hope to emulate some of the most incredible work that I have had the good fortune to view, I hope at the very least to be able to grasp the concept with the little knowledge that I do have and, put it to the test in making some frames of my own. Here, at the Loch-side, I was granted a gift, when eight year-old Flynn, on his first outing in a Kayak since he was four years old, drifted slowly into my frame. I made no attempt to ward him away (he was having so much fun, bless ‘im!) and, as I view the shot, I am bloody glad that I didn’t and, that he did. If only the shutter had remained open for another few seconds though? Nonetheless, happy accidents win the day and I have a frame to be delighted with. 


Loch Ettrick [I] | 720nm IR w/Hoya R72 & 10-Stop ND | Ricoh GXR A16 LTFS Conversion | 24mm – 60” – f22 – ISO:100.

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Although I am all too aware that conditions on this day weren’t perfect for this kind of exploration, I intend to keep going and will take my camera with me whenever and wherever I can in the hope that I will discover for myself, what to look out for and how to play with it. In the meantime, the cleg bites on my shoulders are reducing nicely and I can smile at great memories. I hope you’ll enjoy this one and, that you’ll have a great week ahead. 

R.


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GELSTON CASTLE – PT.IV | 35CHRONICLE

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Revisiting Old Haunts – PT.V | 720nm Infrared – Long Exposure Series.


All About the Angles | 720nm IR w/Hoya R72 & 10-Stop ND | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion | 28mm – 60” – f22 – ISO:100.

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Orchardton Tower – PT.II | 35Chronicle

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Revisiting Old Haunts – PT.IV | 720nm Infrared – Long Exposure Series.


Cloudburst at Orchardton Tower, Palnackie | 720nm IR w/ Hoya R72 & 10Stop ND | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion | 24mm – 60secs – f22.0 – ISO:100.

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Caerlaverock Castle – PT.III | 35Chronicle

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Revisiting Old Haunts – PT.III | 720nm Infrared – Long Exposure Series.


Caerlaverock Castle – Nr. Dumfries | 720nm IR w/ Hoya R72 & 10Stop ND | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion | 24mm – 30secs – f22.0 – ISO:100.

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The Lighthouse at Southerness – PT.II | 35Chronicle

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Revisiting Old Haunts – PT.II | 720nm Infrared – Long Exposure Series.


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Southerness Lighthouse | 720nm IR w/ Hoya R72 & 10Stop ND | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion | 24mm – 60secs – f22.0 – ISO:100.

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Gelston Castle – PT.III | 35Chronicle

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Revisiting Old Haunts – PT.I | 720nm Infrared – Long Exposure Series.


The spring of last year was a tremendously difficult time for me and, for those closest to me I think it must have been even harder. After a crazy-serious accident at work that rendered me flat on my back for almost twelve weeks due to multiple spinal and rib fractures, I absolutely needed to get out with my cameras again. For almost nine months afterwards and in so many ways, my entire being was in recovery-mode and eventually, even on crutches, I was able to make short trips out for the specific purpose of bagging even a few more frames – of all the things that made me feel whole and normal again, this was it. Barmy, don’t you think? Not long before that, though (and I think that this was a presiding reason for my increasing restlessness) – I had the amazingly good fortune to visit some truly beautiful places and one one of them was here, at the utterly stunning ruin of Gelston Castle, just a few miles from Castle Douglas. (My first post on Gelston is here, if you’d like to check it out). Oddly, for me, a second summer on-the-bounce has seen me confined (like almost everyone else lately) to quarters. My shutter finger gets very itchy when I know that I don’t have the freedom to exercise it and so, you can possibly imagine my joy when, just yesterday, Bumble and I visited Gelston again. This time, I wanted to do things a little differently and so, rather than just walk around for a half hour bagging IR shots that I probably have already snagged, the Big-Stopper came out of the bag and for once, I stopped being a lazy-arse, and brought the tripod along – probably for the first time in a lot of years. Here then, is one of yesterday’s frames from Gelston Castle – from the rear entrance to the ruin (that I would never have been able to get last year anyway, due to the sun being on the opposite side of the building once we’d arrived) and, whilst I would love to post a couple more right here, sadly, I’m still catching up on edits; soon, though.  

I do hope that you’ll enjoy this first frame, from what is for me a little bit of a different approach, though to many, not new at all, I am sure. Nonetheless, I hope it measures up. 

For now – thank you as always for visiting and, if this is your caper, I hope you’ll watch this space.

R.

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Gelston Castle Ruins – Rear Elevation | 720nm IR w/ Hoya R72 & 10Stop ND | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion | 24mm – 60secs – f18.0 – ISO:100.

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