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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Drumlanrig Castle [720nm IR] | PT.III | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography, rural, structures

The Last of the First | Ricoh GR Infrared.


To say that I love shooting with an IR-converted GR is an understatement. As Drumlanrig has been its initial proving-ground, I know all too well that I will have to return when spring has worked its magic, and the leaves have returned to complete the effect. More than likely, I will also be looking to compare outputs between this wonderful conversion and, my converted X100 – I know already it’ll be a very close call. Furthermore, as the gardens to the house will soon be open again to the public (on my recent visit, the groundsmen were working furiously to prepare them) I feel extremely excited to know that I will have much more time here, to explore again – and yes, shoot to my heart’s content, should conditions be fair. Hopefully, photographically speaking- I will be able to do this place much more justice. I’m not there yet, but my shutter-finger is twitching already at the prospect; and my impatience is becoming increasingly apparent. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy these two frames as much as I have. 

R.

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V | Drumlanrig Castle | 720nm IR | 35mm Internal Crop / 4:3 – 250th – f8 – ISO:100

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VI | Lined | 720nm IR | 35mm Internal Crop / 4:3 – 125th – f7.1 – ISO:100

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Drive-By Shooting, Perhaps? [720nm IR] | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, photography, structures

A Little Bit of Archery.


For over fifteen years, my shutter-finger has been tantalised by this rural church whenever I’ve driven the main road that passes by it, only a quarter of a mile away. Set in front of its beautiful tree-lined backdrop, behind rolling fields, I can’t understand why it’s taken me so long to take that little side-road in order to capture it. Though it’s early in the year and, the overhead conditions remain unpredictable, I spent a lovely hour here – simply investigating and, grabbing some IR frames. I do hope you’ll enjoy this initial instalment and, have a great week ahead. 

R.
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I | Closeburn Church | GR-720nm IR | 21mm – 1/100th – f8 – ISO:200

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II | Closeburn Church | GR-720nm IR | 28mm – 1/320th – f8 – ISO:100

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III | Closeburn Church | GR-720nm IR | 21mm – 1/125th – f8 – ISO:100

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Drumlanrig Castle [720nm IR] | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography, structures

Pilgrim’s Progress | Ricoh GR Infrared.


III | Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill | 720nm IR | 35mm Internal Crop / 4:3 – 125th – f8 – ISO:100

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IV | Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill | 720nm IR | 35mm Internal Crop / 4:3 – 180th – f8 – ISO:100

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Drumlanrig Castle [720nm IR] | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, structures

About Turn | Ricoh GR Infrared.


Each of us has the right to change our minds. (That’s my excuse and, I’m sticking to it!) Insosaying, last month, I wrote a post about my newly converted GR – to 450nm, internally. The idea was that I’d be able to choose my preferred wavelengths for split-spectrum or infrared photography, but, things have been simplified rather, thanks to a few unwelcome dust-spots on its sensor. (Every cloud, an’ all that?) I arranged for the sensor to be cleaned and, in the interests of keeping the camera compact (without having to use the filter adapter for mounting an IR filter over the lens) I opted to have the internal 450nm glass removed and replaced with my preferred 720nm glass, instead. This has turned out to be a monumentally productive decision. 

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I | Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill | 720nm IR | 35mm Internal Crop / 4:3 – 180th – f8 – ISO:100

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These two frames are the first that I’m publishing from this new conversion and, after what started out as an uncertain day for IR captures – I have to say that I am utterly blown away by what this GR-720nm can resolve. Compared to my X100 conversion, I definitely see more details in the GRs shadows, though the Fuji does have better overall dynamic range and, controls the highlights a little better. The GRs files do look more organic to me (which is why I have always loved them for black and white work) and, in such compact form, no longer having to use the filter adapter to capture frames like this, it’s ridiculous how little I have to carry in order to get results such as these. Happy? Pahhh… doesn’t even come close!

R.

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II | Drumlanrig Castle | 720nm IR + ND500 | 35mm Internal Crop / 4:3 – 8″ – f16 – ISO:100

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First Shot from Ricoh GR 450nm Conversion | 715nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, urban

Decisions, Decisions.


If you’re not interested in camera gear or those of us who harp on about it from time to time, you may want to switch the channel. Still, I’m not going to write a huge spiel here – not yet; there’ll be plenty of time for that, I know. However, what I will say is that last week, I received my latest alternative-wavelength conversion, in the form of my ol’ Ricoh GR. It’s had it’s internal IR-blocking filter removed, and that in turn has been replaced with 450nm glass, allowing me to shoot some lovely, detailed split-spectrum black and whites which will also absorb IR wavelengths under bright, outdoor light along with visible light above the 450nm threshold. Obviously, the the first reason I wanted this is because it’ll allow me to use IR filters of different wavelengths and, I can shoot it alongside my standard GR too without the need for a bag. My pair of Fujis need the bag but these two fit right in my jacket pockets without any fuss at all.  Insosaying, I took the bike out today, two GRs barely noticeable in the lower pockets of my jacket, and went for a leisurely spin. Those shots will come – but this one, was the first frame I bagged a few days ago (shot with a variable IR Gradient filter set to around 715nm, on the front element). 

The resolving power of this thing is just nuts despite the fact that this was shot using the GRs slightly lower resolution 35mm internal crop mode (in order to avoid vignetting from the hood). Though I have yet to compare its output with my 720nm converted X100 – for what I need, I know already it’s going to be impossible to have a preference. 

If you’re a fan of black and white IR, I hope you’ll appreciate this one. Experiment, play, repeat.

(A.V – thank you, my friend. It’s perfect!)

R.

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Peek-a-Boo | 35mm | 715nm Infrared.

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