The Water Cure, Perhaps? | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, skies, waterscape

It Has Been Said…


… that to aid in the finding of true inner peace, one must be able to enjoy the calm of a sizeable area of water for at least thirty minutes, each day; I can’t possibly know how true this really is, but hey, it works for me. Therefore, here – I wish to share four separate frames with a watery theme, caught with three different cameras, all at my favoured 35mm FoV.

I do hope that you and those you love are all well and, that you’ll enjoy these few captures. 

R.

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Hermitage’s Chapel Ruin | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

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

A Place in Time.


Friday’s are a fabulous day for scouting. We call it – the Long Friday. The littlest ‘un will finish school at 3 and will be collected by his after-school club, there to remain until around 5.30pm. It makes for one day in the week when we don’t have to get back too quickly during the afternoon and wherever we might end up, well, it gives us a little more time to explore. Such was the case last week when we made the journey to Hermitage Castle. 

Just five miles from the English border, in Liddesdale, the castle ruins stand as a forbidding, high-walled monument amidst wide and oppressive moorland – it’s huge arch facing to the hills to the west. Just a couple of hundred yards behind it, lay the ruins of the chapel, alongside the peacefully babbling Hermitage Water. Having spent over an hour around the castle (naturally, I will be sharing a few frames from there, too) and, with the sun gracing the early afternoon for longer periods than we’ve enjoyed lately, I was very excited to capture the chapel ruins. A more peaceful spot than this have I yet had the sheer pleasure to enjoy (aside perhaps from the beautifully secluded Morton Castle). 

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I | Windows to the East. Fujifilm X100 720nm IR – 35mm – 1/140th – f8 – ISO:320

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II | Out to Hermitage Castle – Three Little Windows. Fujifilm X100 720nm IR – 35mm – 1/170th – f8 – ISO:320

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There really isn’t much left here by way of a building as such. A burial enclosure languishes in the far east corner, grave stones and markers dot the ground on the far side too, and, three little windows look out to Hermitage Castle and to the hills beyond. We stayed a while, trying our best to decipher carvings on old stones, making a few IR frames and generally enjoying the peace and the sound of the water, while the sun warmed our backs on an otherwise chilly day. If there was a day where I could wish time to slow down, this one would have been the day. The chapel itself is thought to have pre-dated the castle itself by up to two hundred years (there is little information to either argue or corroborate this) and was believed to have been built during the mid 12th century. I’m surprised that there’s any part of it left at all. But, I’m extremely glad of it. 

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III | Burial Enclosure. Fujifilm X100 720nm IR – 35mm – 1/160th – f8 – ISO:320

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Not exactly landscape photography, nor structural either; just a few views from one beautiful place in time. I hope you’ll enjoy them. 

-R-

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2019 Photographic Review | 35Chronicle Photography

black & white, boats, close-up, colour, Indoor, infrared, landscape, macro, nature, night / low-light, people, photography, portraits, review, ruins, rural, skies, still life, structures, summer, trees, waterscape

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!

X

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

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

Messing About with Boats | 720nm Infrared [PT.I]


Show me just one day – then place within it some sunshine, a little water, a few boats, a blue sky and perhaps a few clouds, then – place my IR camera into my hands and you’ll see a smile on my face almost as broad at the Solway Firth. More than this, there really is no more to be said.

R.

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I | Fisherman’s [Stock] Anchor & Scalloper Behind | Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR.

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II | Hull Breached by Time & Weather | The Loch Ryan Lady | 720nm IR. 

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III | Perpendiculars | Kirkcudbright | 720nm IR.

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Fujifilm X100 720nm IR Conversion | First Outing | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, photography

‘X’ Hits the Spot.


To begin, this isn’t a review. I dare say there will be thousands of them out there for the basic / standard camera anyway so what would be the point? But if you enjoy IR photography and have ever wondered if a a great fixed-lens, single focal-length camera is worth converting, I may be able to persuade you. Please bear with me.

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I | 35mm | 1/170th – F8 – ISO320 | 720nm IR.

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Okee-dokee – this might seem like a bonkers time of year to try out a new IR set-up and, you’d be forgiven for believing so. Winter infrared photography was something that I never really considered either, until recently which, in itself, is completely barmy seeing as how I have been shooting IR for over twelve years now. One might be forgiven for asking me (rather sternly, I might add) what the heck I’ve been playing at? Still, I have discovered the joys of shooting infrared all year round and, it’s a knowledge that I am utterly delighted to have. Naturally, (after the brightness of the spring and summer months here in the Northern Hemisphere) during autumn, after deciduous trees lose their leaves, hunting for interesting, engaging rural scenes and subjects with any kind of visual impact under infrared wavelengths can sometimes be a little tricky, however, ignore the stereotyping for this kind of alternative wavelength photography and it’s not difficult to see that with good, undiffused sunlight and an interesting subject – there’s no time of year that renders IR photography a pointless pursuit. It merely requires a change of outlook and, not a lot else. [View post #101 for an example – caught on New Year’s day.]

For around eight years now, I have been a Fuji-X shooter. I can’t say that I have been exclusive to this system during this time but, there have been very few months over this period (comparably) where I’ve not had one in my bag or more importantly, in front of my leading-eye. Another favourite system of mine over this entire time has also been Ricoh’s GXR (APS-C) system . Both outfits in their various guises have served me terrifically in not only visible light photography but also for IR and full-spectrum. The GXR has been a mainstay for me in alternative wavelength shooting and without my good friend, The Doctor, down in Guildford, I’d have known none of these systems. Every single conversion I’ve ever wanted, he has patiently created for me and I can take nothing away from him when it comes to my own enjoyment of the genre. However, the bag was getting heavier (again) and like most photographers, I needed to ‘spring-clean’ my gear and, rethink. That’s when I asked my good friend, once more, if he might create what was to become one of my personal Holy Trinity of cameras. Of course, because I am writing this, you know already that he came through, in style.

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II | 35mm | 1/180th – F8 – ISO320 | 720nm IR.

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The only X100 model that I’ve not owned / shot with is the ‘F’. Sure, I wanted one but I’m not the kind of chap to always want the newest sensor, hardware – anything, really. I desire a certain kind of output (most usually for black and white) and this is why I have stuck with Ricoh for so, so long. (Out of interest, if indeed you are interested, another of my Trinity happens to be my GR (1st APS-C model) for this very reason – as well as a few other important ones, too). As the X100 line evolved, so did the X-Trans sensor and, no matter how much I liked future iterations of that sensor, I could never get away from the fact that the first iteration was, for me anyway, more organic in output. I don’t give a monkey’s **** about MP – just show me some output-quality and good all-round performance and I’ll be on my knees, but while the first model in this line was a little less refined, hardware-wise, when I was thinking about a dedicated 35mm FoV IR conversion, I couldn’t think of any other camera that would or could fit the bill better than this one. I couldn’t imagine, after a couple of years using and experiencing the files from the ‘S’ too, that either that or the ‘T’ would come close to the rendering of the first, under IR light. There were issues with the latter two’s sensors in my opinion. There were other, practical reasons also for sticking with the line.

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III | 35mm | 1/340th – F8 – ISO320 | 720nm IR.

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For a start, it uses the same batteries (predictably) as my main 35mm FoV squeeze, the X100T. It weighs about the same and, whilst the button layouts are a tad different, I can interchange pretty quickly between the two of them without having to take my eye away from the viewfinder. I’ve used both of them for more than long enough to know them pretty well and, as I found out today, using them in unison on the same shoots, is a breeze. Also, they weigh so little as to render them perfect for that kind of caper. Naturally, all the accessories and filters are interchangeable too; (I don’t use many but, it’s an obvious bonus). 

Over a fortnight had passed after I received my X100 IR conversion and with work commitments and poor light on free days keeping me back, today was a true gift.  To say that I have been itching to get out and play with it is a veritable understatement. I also know that there are others who read my pages and sometimes contact me on the subject too, who may also be interested in what or how I shoot or process. I have been a little lazy on the subjects of techniques, I know – and I guess I have always figured that there are so many photographers who like to pass on that kind of knowledge that perhaps the world doesn’t need yet another one; besides, everyone  finds their own path eventually, either by investigation, tuition or, dogged experimentation (or as I call it, constant faffing around with my equipment – ahem!) That is not to say that I am not happy to help or join anyone who wishes to learn or share information – insomuch as my experience may allow, so please, do feel free to drop me a line or a comment if you wish. 

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IV | 35mm | 1/180th – F8 – ISO320 | 720nm IR.

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Clearly, I have not yet explored the possibilities of this new conversion, spring is a while away yet, but I can honestly say that if these few frames, taken just an hour before the Golden Hour on a cold, sunny, winter’s day in Kippford are anything to go by, it’s going to be another very enjoyable year in photography. Thank you for reading, thank you, Amar (again!) and, I hope you’ll all enjoy these few inaugural frames. (Please click the infrared tag for other IR posts, if you’re interested.)

R.

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