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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Edinburgh – An Infrared Exploration: II | 35Chronicle Photography

black & white, infrared, photography, structures, urban

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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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

black & white, history, infrared, rural, structures

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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Breaking the Curse of Morton Castle: PT.V | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

28mm, 35mm, black & white, fine art, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, ruins, rural, skies, structures, summer, trees, waterscape

Until Our Paths Cross Again.


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X | Sentinel of Paradise.

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XI | Old Stone & New Buds.

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

black & white, fine art, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, ruins, rural, skies, structures, trees, waterscape

In Blissful Isolation.


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VIII | The Sheer Beauty of Solitude.

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IX | Nature Sharing Empathy, Perhaps?

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

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Rule No.1: Never Shoot into the Sun.


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VI | Of Course, Rules Can Be Stretched…

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VII | The Left-Hand Lens-Shade Method: With Practise, It Works!

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

black & white, history, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, ruins, rural, trees

Through Older Apertures.


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IV | The Ace of Clubs | 720nm IR.

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V | The Archer’s View | 720nm IR.

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Memento Vivere…
R.
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[All frames: Ricoh GXR LTFS Full-Spectrum Conversion & Front Mounted 720nm IR Filter]

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

black & white, fine art, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, ruins, rural, structures, summer, trees, waterscape

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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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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Old, Secluded Stone | 35Chronicle

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The Temple of Cally Woods.


This one was another rare find… and again, I can’t take any credit! What can I say? Bumble finds ’em and I shoot ’em!

In 1779, a landscape gardener by the name of James Ramsay built this beautiful gothic ‘temple’ from which, at the time, fantastic views over Gatehouse and the open parkland of the Cally Estate could be breathtakingly enjoyed. Now, it stands hidden within the Cally Woods, a stone’s throw from the A75 yet, invisible from it. Surprisingly, however, it was found to be a mere two-minutes walk from a side-road – barely visible through the trees until we we almost upon it. Some work had been undertaken in around 2005 to restore this building and this was evident in some very obvious modern materials and techniques used, but its aura matches its era – and offered a very enjoyable half-hour for one particular gent. Oddly, its main facia and entrance to the south is identical to the west face, albeit that the doorway and windows on the west side are bricked up now. It seems a little odd and I wonder if Ramsay had changed his mind while building it or, perhaps, was it altered at some time in its future? One William Todd was a known resident here, for ten years, whilst he was in charge of drove cattle belonging to James Murray. I can’t imagine how cosy this place would have been with the open fire roaring. Of course, it would have had a roof, back then! 

I hope you’ll enjoy these few grabs and, thank you again for reading.

R.

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I | To the Trees [Ricoh GR III – VIS] | ISO:1600

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II | The South Entrance [Ricoh GR III – VIS] | ISO: 800

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III | The West Wall [Ricoh GR III- VIS] | ISO: 640

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IV | The South Entrance [Ricoh GXR – LTFS] | ISO: 673[!]

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V | Roofless [Ricoh GXR – LTFS] | ISO: 2810[!]
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GETTING OUT [AHEM!] – LESS | PT.III | 35CHRONICLE

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Cumbersome Ol’ Things!


So, here we are, at the last of my posts from the beautiful Sandyhills – one of the most gorgeous areas of coastline here in Dumfries & Galloway. From a freezing cold day on an empty beach, a glorious winter sun low in an ice-blue sky. You’d think by now that I’d be tempted to shoot in and, process for colour a lot more but no, I still can’t seem to ‘see’ in colour. These four captures were all made with my LTFS converted GXRs – I took them both, set-up for 720nm – in case one of them decided to freeze up on me (it’s happened before). I am happy to say that, though aging now (in camera technology terms) they still performed perfectly. Lest not that the medium become the message, I still have to remind myself that for some reason, I have never been able to ‘see’ quite so well with any other camera that I have ever shot with, than these cumbersome ol’ things. Perhaps I am a cumbersome ol’ thing, too, which may well be why we get along so perfectly. Slow, methodical, meticulous and as always – enjoying the moment. And here, with family, on a day like this, what else could possibly be quite so worth getting out of bed for? 

From the icicled ceiling of the Needle’s Eye and the frozen beaches of Southern Scotland, may I say, as always, thank you so much for reading, I do hope that you’ll enjoy these few grabs and – I wish you all a fabulous, safe and healthy weekend ahead. 

R.

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GETTING OUT [AHEM!] – LESS | PT.II | 35CHRONICLE

black & white, fine art, full-spectrum, infrared, nature, photography, rural, skies, winter

The Freezing of Time & Tide.


Moving on from my last post, sharing a few grabs from a beautiful coastal spot not far from home over a week ago, I mentioned that on a brighter day, we would return with the munchkins, a small picnic and flasks of tea, coffee and soup! I would also take my IR and LTFS gear along and give Sandyhills ‘the treatment’… jeez, this place screams out like it’s begging for it, I can tell you! Anyway, after checking the forecast for the coming week after our first visit, Wednesday looked like it was to be the best for shooting and, for access, the tide times app gave us a window of around two hours prior to sunset which would enable us to safely get back to the caves and, the Needle’s Eye again. We arrived at a completely empty beach just around lunchtime – not even a dog-walker in sight. We had the whole place to ourselves. I would never have imagined that, even though it was so bitterly cold, that this place would be so empty of people, considering the space here and the fact that sensible outdoor pursuits are still permitted as long as distancing is observed. Still, not a soul for the most part of the time we spent here. A real rarity.

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In my bag, I had my trusty pair of LTFS converted GXRs – one set-up for 720nm IR and the other for VIS using a Tiffen UVIR cut on the front of the lens. This latter set-up, I find, yields noticeably sharper results than a standard VIS camera configuration, which I put down to the (potentially) complete eradication of extraneous wavelengths other than those within the VLS from reaching the sensor. If the light had been poorer and less, I might have removed the UVIR altogether and shot full-spectrum for the extra light it would have gathered (and conversely – softness, due to UVIR light pollution) but, the light played ball and remained (almost) where I wanted it to be.

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One thing I have never seen in my life, though I have lived many years on or near a coast in the UK – is a frozen, receding tide; yet, here it was right in front of us. Stunning, beautiful and, almost other-worldy. If I were not such a fan of Attenborough, I’d have been even further taken aback. Now though, I am reminded of our youngest who, on this day, when he was warned about the lack of grip beneath his feet as he walked behind us, suddenly called out… “Wait! I shouldn’t step on… WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT???! You can guess, perhaps, the position we found him in, the moment he’d finished asking the question! Honestly, to say I pissed myself is a bit of an understatement. The penguin-dive and slide were a nice touch, too!

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Further along the beach, in a deeply recessed rock at the entrance to one of the caves, we sat together on the sand, we ate and drank, we laughed and marvelled at the space around us; the breeze didn’t touch us at all and the sun was by now warm enough that it had us removing our jackets. It was like the world and all its problems didn’t exist – if only for a couple of hours. It was indeed a blissful day. Photography isn’t always just about making photographs, because, I truly believe that the moments between the frames, those feelings that you just can’t capture in a still are always on the outside edge of every single capture – hidden in memory.

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Enjoy your moments – and capture them, however you can.

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