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

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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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A Child Walks into a Sweetshop… | 35Chronicle Photography

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The Vows We Make.


Okay, so it’s been a little while since I have posted here and, if you read my pages regularly, you may know the reason for this, yet another protracted hiatus. Just over a fortnight ago, Bumble and I finally tied the knot and so, all of the planning has come to fruition and, a new stage of life has begun. Except one. My most staunch supporter and friend who has followed me (and my cameras!) absolutely everywhere, the one who has exercised unimaginable patience and, made promises to me a long time before we got married. In fact, I don’t remember the actual words as I do remember her always being by my side. As we stood at the alter, we promised each other those things which every couple should, including, to always take care of each other; and, not ten days after we said it, came an opportunity to prove it! Of course, I am being very tongue-in-cheek here, in case you were wondering?! 

One of the most fun ways in which Bumble takes care of me is by trawling the web for previously unvisited and wonderful places; places that she knows will not only provide us both with a fabulous little jaunt for the day but will also provide me with some photographic subjects that will (she knows me so well!) see me dancing around like an impatient child in a sweetshop, trying to grab everything in sight. As I have said at least once before, she finds ’em and I shoot ’em! And, so it was on this particular day when she had previously come across Galloway House, near Newton Stewart; right on the coast at Garlieston, we excitedly packed the car with all my camera gear and some comestible goodies, and, headed west, (as they say). 

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Galloway House was built in the 1740s for Lord Garlies, Alexander Stewart, who would later become the 6th Earl of Galloway. It is written that Robert Burns was denied entry to Galloway House on the grounds that the Earl did not agree with the poet’s politics, something that Burns would satirise in his poem, ‘Epigrams against the Earl of Galloway’: “What dost thou in that mansion fair, flit Galloway and find some narrow dirty, dungeon cave; the picture of thy mind.” Fair enough, I suppose? But in the Earl’s obituary, I wonder if Burns was a little harsh? “Perhaps there never was a nobleman more deservedly and sincerely regretted by so many distinguished families and connections, and by so many poor people, long employed, and supported by him.”

The house itself has been extended by successive earls and its gardens are open and varied; a true pleasure to walk around despite the often-place unkempt nature of them. Much work still goes on to maintain the grounds for the public who visit, I gather. Galloway House has also been used as a convalescence hospital during WWII and, as a residential school for children from Glasgow (between 1947-1976) with the view that those children would benefit from a more rural education. Since then, the house has had many different owners and, once again it’s on the market. Originally up for £1.5m – it’s now up for grabs for a shade under £600k – a mere snip of its original asking-price. But what a snip it will be for someone. I could have shot here all day, soaking up its romance, its history and of course – its utter beauty; and what’s more, if it hadn’t been for a Bumble – I’d never have known it existed. What a treat!

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I hope you’ll enjoy these first few frames from Galloway House and, I wish you all a very happy Easter. As always, thank you for stopping by my pages. I’m off to the kitchen, after all, I do still have my vows to fulfil! 

VB,
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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

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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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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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Threave Castle: PT.II/II | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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Shifting Perspectives – On a Mirror.


Following on from PT.I here at Threave Castle, I would like to share my final two frames from this gorgeous, secluded, sun-drenched spot. Though the river surface was as still as a mirror’s, the undercurrent was very slowly shifting the ferry round at its bow towards its port-side and added an attractive new angle to the scene. As the undercurrent pulled the ferry round, I shifted towards its stern and lined it up with the bank as much I could (before actually falling into the river) in order to capture this beautiful scene. Wooden jetties – very slippery when wet! I also wanted to share the closer shot of the castle itself – a very simple composition and a fetching reflection. I do hope you’ll enjoy it too. 

Thank you so much for reading and I wish you a fabulous weekend!

R.

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III | Shifting Perspective: On & Across the Dee | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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IV | On a Mirror: Closer to the Walls | 85mm – 720nm IR.

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Threave Castle: PT.I/II | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle Photography

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The Day of Two Cakes [PT.II]


As I make the transition from days to nights today, I find that I have a little time to share a few images, straight out of the final edit stage that I was able to grab on Friday last week; a day of glorious sunshine and the whole day with which to enjoy it! Bumble and I decided to head out to Threave Castle at Castle Douglas both as one last go at getting out before my run of shifts commenced and, as a treat for our youngest, Flynn. We called it ‘The Day of Two Cakes – Part II’. We’ve done this before with the kids – we head somewhere for a visit and a few shots then head to a nice café for lunch and cake, and in the afternoon we do it all over again. It’s a way to keep their attention I guess and gives them something less arduous to look forward to. Believe me, it works! Anyhow – Threave was our first stop and I cannot understand why I have never shot or even visited here in the twenty plus years that I have been living in South West Scotland. It’s such an obvious place to come and see and given my penchant for castles, ruins and the odd infrared landscape shot(!) – not to mention water and boats, I have to ask myself how I could have been so neglectful as to wait so long to come here? Perhaps I knew I’d rave about it after as much as I seem to be doing and, I guess it’s better to keep something wonderful in reserve rather than eat all our sweeties in one sitting? 

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The tower was built by Archibald ‘the Grim’ in 1369 as a 30 metre high stronghold for the Black Douglases and for 21 years it was the seat of the very powerful Margaret Stewart, Lady of Galloway. It is accessed by boat across the River Dee, though when we visited, the crossings were not available. I guess we’re getting used to this now, however, the best views were indeed from the opposite bank and, as these frames contain a few of my favourite things, I can only hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do. The peace, the still of the water and the utterly gorgeous light. 

Not to mention – two cakes. Does life get any better than this?

R.

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II | Threave Castle on the Dee | 50mm – 720nm IR

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

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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

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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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Mono-Archives: PT.XIII | 35Chronicle Photography

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Older Haunts | On Overcast, Almost Infrared Days.


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I | Dundrennan Abbey, nr. Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR | 1/220th – f7.6 – ISO:200 | Aug’ 2020.

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II | Dundrennan Abbey, nr. Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR | 1/200th – f8 – ISO:200 | Aug’ 2020.

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III | Dundrennan Abbey, nr. Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR | 1/380th – f8 – ISO:200 | Aug’ 2020.

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See also, the original post from which these frames were also shared, here.


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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

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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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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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Corbelly Hill Convent, Dumfries: PT.III | 720nm IR | 35Chronicle Photography

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One Last Look Around.


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[All frames: Ricoh GXR LTFS Full-Spectrum Conversion & Hoya R72 720nm IR Filter]

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In Long Forgotten Corners… | 720nm IR – PT.II | 35Chronicle

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…Yet Standing, Still.


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IV | A Little Perspective | Parton Viaduct | 720nm IR

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V | From the Bank of Loch Ken | 720nm IR [… kind of!]

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VI | A Last Look Back | 720nm IR [… with a little help!]

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[All frames: Ricoh GXR LTFS Full-Spectrum Conversion & Hoya R72 720nm IR Filter]

Link: Video taken in 1965, just before closure, in June of that year – opens in new window.

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