Hmmm….this was taken in a fairly dark prison cell, in Stranraer Castle Museum. I liked the turning pose and expression but the shutter speed was too slow….either that, or I punched the shutter release too heavily….either way the picture was blurry; so to cover my tracks, I experimented with this vortex treatment, courtesy of Nik software Analog Effex Pro 2.
Ah well! You win some, you lose some.
I am told that these two gentlemen, who were standing in the doorway of a florist’s shop in Stranraer, are known as Byron Loch and Alan Blaire. If they are not so called, would the real Byron and Alan please step forward!
Their conversation was interrupted by a man with a camera, and at least their good humour comes through, despite such an irritating interruption. Thanks guys!
One of my favourite photographers from the 19th century is Julia Margaret Cameron and when I saw Jaime standing in the light from a window in Stranraer Castle, I was immediately reminded of J M Cameron’s stunning photograph of Sir John Herschel with the most strikingly luminous and transparent eyes.
Perhaps if I was following more closely in JMC’s footsteps this should have been sepia toned with a romantic softness that she gave to many of her images.
Once again this portrait speaks of a steadfast, confidence with a direct and unswerving stare, though perhaps the smile hints at a little uncertainty over the photographer who is invading her personal space!
I’m not good with names, so apologies to the subject of today’s portrait……
It’s amazing how much you can read about a person from their portrait. Gracious, fun loving, warm hearted and yet down to earth and generous of spirit. I hope that you have a great holiday, I’m sure we talked about Egypt but that wasn’t where you were heading….. have a great one…..!
…..Oh, I forgot to mention that she was welcoming visitors to the castle and, of course, was dressed for the period.
I have posted many photos taken in India, but this scene conveys more strongly than most the fact that lives can be a difficult fight against adversity; yet here a young woman is keeping her bit of this dirt road clean.
A small and insignificant step to build, little by little, a better life by taking control over a small part of it.
Last Saturday was Museum’s Day and Stranraer Castle was open for visitors. This is one of the visitors. He kindly posed wearing an antique helmet.
His wonderful cheerful and cheeky expression made for a perfect picture. Regrettably the photographer wasn’t quite up to the job because the image was a little soft.