Big Cloud

Big Cloud

 

This January viewpoint makes the wide beach sand look a little desolate but I liked the way the light reflected off the small water channel.

It looks as if that cloud is dropping a fair bit of snow on those distant hills.

 

 

Leaning Rocks

Leaning Rocks

 

Just a few lumps of what this planet is made of, that were once horizontal, and now are leaning………

 

 

Sunny Mossyard

Sunny Mossyard

 

The weather has been stunning this week with a 29 or 30C noted this afternoon which for Scotland is scorching. Now at first glance you might think that this shot was taken recently, but, no, this was January when I had to take off my gloves in order to shoot the picture……and a January that was very stormy……so this was one of the few winter days when we saw some sunshine.

In the heat this week I’ve been busy cutting mount board and sorting frames instead of getting out and enjoying the weather…….and very much overheating even with the fan going, trying to get a set of pictures ready for a small show in the Left Bank Gallery in Kirkcudbright that can be viewed over next weekend in the Art & Crafts Trail which brings lots of visitors into the town. If you are in the area please drop in and say hi, and you can even buy a copy of this photo…..!

 

 

Temple Textures

Temple Textures

 

Sometimes the prevailing lighting in places like this is just lovely, but often you know that your camera just can’t cope with the wide range of light and either you don’t even attempt to capture it, or you come away disappointed with the results. This, of course, was taken before I even knew what HDR was, let alone tried to use it and although occasionally I would have bracketed a couple of shots in the hope of success, the idea of merging them together, for me anyway, was very rarely attempted. The only software I was using then was Photoshop 7 and I don’t think that it had the facility to merge images like you can now, and today I’m very happy to have access to Photomatix Pro, though maybe like me, you go through phases of working in HDR and you have to go out shooting in a more considered and planned way to make the best use of it, and most of the time I just grab shots to make the most of an unexpected opportunity, rather than making a more considered approach……I guess that both ways can serve us well but I do need to be a better organised, better structured photographer.

This 2004 photo was taken on my first digital camera, a Minolta Dimage 7, which actually did a very good job and I liked its colour rendition. Minolta replaced my first camera after it developed a fault, so I was impressed with their service. Since then I have worked with Olympus cameras, and really enjoy my OM-D.

Angkor Wat is one of those must visit places. I think it was at the Bayon where there’s a carving of a stegosaurus on one of the door mouldings……!

 

 

C 62 2

C 62 2

 

Kyoto has some fine attractions including the railway museum and we visited here while staying with friends in Takamatsu. The contrast between the museum and the modern railway station in Kyoto is extreme and visiting both places is very worthwhile. There are some more posts to be found on this blog that include views in Kyoto, Takamatsu and other locations in Japan, so if you are interested, just put in a search at the top of the right hand sidebar.

When we visited the museum there were two locomotives in steam that were running up and down the small passenger line, though it would be fantastic to see one of these mighty engines in full cry out on the main line with the sound of the exhaust echoing back from cutting sides and bridges. What a sight that must be.

 

 

The Hills & Waters of Galloway

The Hills & Waters of Galloway

 

Knockbrex Viewpoint provides the vantage for this shot looking west across Fleet Bay towards the Galloway Hills in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

South West Scotland is a lovely place to live, and the Fleet Estuary has many pleasant sand fringed beaches to explore. That, and the right to roam those hills, and you couldn’t asked for a better destination…..just so long as you don’t come while I’m out looking for an unspoiled photographic viewpoint…..

Joking….there’s plenty of space for all….so long as you wear camouflage….and talk quietly….

 

 

Still Life

Still Life

 

A reworking of an old favourite of mine taken in Colin Saul’s amazing shed.

Colin is one of the activists behind the Art & Crafts Trail that takes place in Kirkcudbright at the beginning of August each year and he is an ardent believer in the arts being accessible to all. Not only that but he has a hands on approach to creativity, making art out of found objects, producing environmental sculpture and advocating a non elitist and non judgemental philosophy concerning the arts. Colin, Pauline and Vivien are the essential mainstay of the event. All power to your elbow guys.

 

 

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