Skyes the Limit

The island of Skye is a bucket list location for so many people, myself included and this summer I was fortunate enough to visit this magestic place.

Primarily, I’m a landscape photographer so you can imagine my excitement, however, when I’m out exploring with the family I find proper photography quite difficult, by the time I’ve got the tripod set up, chosen my lens, sorted my filters, everyone has walked off without me and I’m left playing catchup! Over the years, I’ve learned that I need to just photograph on the go and I take many of my images off the cuff. Our family trip to Skye was no different.

We travelled all over the island and managed to fit in most of the usual tourist locations. I took far too many photographs but, to be fair, that’s what I expected to happen, what I didn’t expect, was to take 95% of them on my mobile phone.

My phone is the Huawei P30 Pro, it has a great camera and I’ve taken many good images with it but at the end of the day, it can’t compare to a DSLR or a mirrorless camera….or can it??

The answer is ‘no’, of course it can’t, however, I’ve found that by stitching many phone images together, it’s possible to create a much more detailed image with higher resolution and the purpose of this post is to show off a few of those stitched images. Now, normally a panoramic image has a ratio of 2:1 or larger and many people tend to crop the image to a ratio of 16:9, however, my crops are, well, a bit random. I’ve kept them large to fit in what I wanted to fit in so it makes some of them a little abnormal in size but these images are for me, so that makes it okay.

Stitching panoramic images together isn’t anything new, landscape photographers do it all the time but normally with more professional gear and lots of planning. All of these images, except the one labelled “Pentax DSLR”, were taken on my phone, handheld. Some were from our walks on Skye and others were taken on the drive up.

Once I’ve got my images, I use an app called ‘Bimostitch’ to blend them all. As I said, they’re never going to compete with a proper DSLR pano but I will say, I was impressed with how they turned out. To give you some idea of the difference, normally a phone image comes out between 6MB and 10MB in size, with really good lighting I can get closer to 15MB, when stitching the images together, I’m often getting between 30MB and 50MB. Although size isn’t supposed to matter, in this case, it definitely does as there is more detail to be had. The first image below shows a comparison between a 12MB phone image and a 38MB stitched image. As I stated above, they’re not DSLR quality images, but for sharing on social media, they’ll do just fine. I’ve found myself to be using my phone more and more for photos, I’ve even been printing some and the majority look great. Am I ready to give up my camera’s yet? No, definitely not, however, I am loving the convenience of having a powerful phone camera in my pocket wherever I go.

Take a look at the images below, see what you think and maybe give it a go too.

Remember, you can click on each image to see it in full screen, if you’re on a mobile phone though, you may want to rotate it so it’s in landscape.

Take care,

Paul

The image on the left is the stitched 38mb photo, the right is the 12mb. Although the stitched one is still lacking detail in places, it’s significantly better than the singular image. You’ll also notice the difference in the sky, this is a result of Bimostitch trying to balance the exposure of each image.

The Three Sisters, Glencoe.
Part of the Trotternish Ridge.
The Fairy Pools on a rather dull day.
The Quiraing. Taken from just beyond the carpark.
Loch Leven, Glencoe.
Pap of Glencoe.
Old Man of Storr.
Eilean Donan.
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This has a lot more detail in it and it’s almost 90MB in size. You can see people’s houses and gardens when zoomed right in.

Newshot Island, a Window into the Past

On a very wet and extremely grey looking day in September 2020, I chose to explore the old ships graveyard at Newshot Island, near Erskine. With Scotland just coming out of her first lockdown caused by Covid, I was excited to be out exploring once again and I was determined not to let a little rain spoil it for me!

Although situated just 300m from a housing estate, it’s not the easiest place to get to, at least, the main group of wrecks isn’t. Whether walking through the field or along the coast, either way, you need to walk through some rather gloopy and deep mud and it’s not for the faint of heart. To be upfront, I wouldn’t recommend anyone visiting the wrecks. Now I’ve been and seen how dangerous it can be walking through all that mud, my advice would be to visit from afar, use binoculars or a long lens. As well as the danger of the tide, you’ve got the possibility of getting stuck in the mud, stop too long or stand in the wrong area and you will sink.

These day’s, Newshot isn’t really an island, the channel that separated it from the mainland has silted up and it’s now hard to see it as the island it once was. There are no structures on the island, although the old OS maps show one small stone building near the middle. It has a long history but the part I was interested in was the shipwrecks. 

Ship or boat? I’ve never really been sure what the correct terminology is. Some of the vessels I’d probably refer to as boats as they are small, flat bottomed and made of wood, however, there is a larger wreck made of metal and as well as some schooners too, so there’s a mixture of both. Either way, whatever they should be called, they make an interesting site to see and superb subject matter for photography. 

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Some of you may already know the history of this site, others may be asking what the story is, so let me tell you the little I know, for anything more, I’m sure Google can fill in the blanks. 

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the Clyde was widened, deepened, it even had a wall built to speed up the flow, all in the hope of opening up the channel for trade and shipbuilding. Transporting goods from Port Glasgow was proving too slow and expensive and there were limits to how many ships could be docked at any one time. Merchants, especially the tobacco merchants were pushing for Glasgow to deepen the Clyde so they could float larger vessels further down to Glasgow itself and they got their way. It was a task that would take a very long time and a huge amount of money but one that made Glasgow the pre-eminent shipbuilding capital of the UK and helped it to grow to be the mammoth city we see today. 

The remaining wrecks, about 20 or so in number, are what’s left of the fleet of hundreds used to dredge the Clyde. Most of the vessels are known as mud punts, small flat bottomed boats loaded with mud dredged from the floor of the Clyde, however, there is also one, far more interesting vessel, much larger and made of metal with a strange square cut out of the rear.

This beauty is a diving bell barge, one of the oldest still surviving and the first one ever used on the Clyde. Surviving may be a slight stretch, it’s slowly disappearing into the mud and being made of metal it’s rusting away too, however, considering it was built in 1852 and it’s been sitting in the mud for over 100 years, it’s done okay.

It’s a really interesting site to see, as are the schooners further along the shore. The schooners are made of wood and they suffered fire damage in the early 1900s. Still smouldering, they were towed here and abandoned. Only the lower part of the hull is now visible but you can see the metal struts that show the original deck height. 

Although I don’t think I’d chance another visit, it was a fantastic experience and I’m glad I took the time to explore, even though I was soaked through by the time I returned to the car, thank goodness my camera and lens are weather sealed!

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Keep in mind, without venturing onto the mud, you can still visit a couple of the wrecks by following the path South-east from the car park on Kilpatrick Drive. Head along past the old Park Quay and down onto the stony beach. There are paths to walk through the tree’s too but it’s not a very long walk, should you wish to stretch it out, head back up towards the car park and keep going North-west towards the Erskine Bridge Hotel.

If you’ve managed to get this far, thank you for taking the time to read it, I hope you enjoyed the history and the images equally as much.

Stay safe,

Paul.

If you’d like to see a few more images not posted here, head over to my Facebook page, VTLS Photography

As always, the images shared on this post are my own and solely my property. They should not be taken, used or shared without my consent. All images have been taken with either my Pentax KP with the Pentax HD 55-300mm ED WR lens or my Huawei P30 Pro phone. 

On a Cold & Frosty Morning.

Blantyre Park Farm Woodlands_9There is nothing quite like photographing on a cold and frosty morning, literally nothing like it, as its bloody freezing!

One morning last week I sat in work looking out of the window and everything was slowly being whitewashed, there was a freezing fog, low cloud cover and a light dusting of snow. As I was working late there was no possibility of photography however I vowed on my day of I was heading out.

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I chose a little known place nearby, situated at the back of Hamilton and Blantyre, I say little known as unless you live locally or work in the area most people aren’t aware of these paths. Most of this area was once farms and vast fields now we have a Technology Park, a university and many, many houses. Of course there are still fields and farms but far fewer than ever before.

Not far from the hamlet of Auchentibber sat the farm known as Blantyre Park, now mostly gone and covered over by the new houses at West Craigs. However, you may be surprised to know that there are still plenty of the old farm tracks remaining, certainly enough for a great walk. You can enter either from West Craigs or from the Technology Park, there are a few paths and the walks can be done in a circular. You can choose to follow the few miles of paths or like me, head into the trees and follow the route of the Red Burn up to Park Road. The Red Burn runs through a deep cleft in the landscape and makes for some lovely scenery. Unfortunately there is the usual dumping of rubbish and random barrels along the way however it’s still beautiful, especially as the sun rises through it.

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You can see from my pictures that I had all sorts of light to play with, from bright sunlight, to dull and dingy to almost ethereal, there are so many different looks to my photographs that you would think I visited over multiple days.

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You will find a few other walks in this area, so if you fancy making it a longer walk you do have a few choices. You can stop at the recently refurbished Auchentibber War Memorial or you could head along the behind the building known as Browns Land and walk up to Dykehead Woods where you will not only get great views over Hamilton but you can see the old Lime Kiln.

Thanks for reading, below are some more images taken on the day.

Paul

© As always, all images subject to copyright and cannot be used or shared without prior permission.

A World Without Colour

When looking through my galleries on Instagram, Flickr or Google+ you’ll see a pattern emerge. My pictures are mainly landscape, sometimes with old churches, castles or houses included but landscape all the same. There is another common recurring theme, the vast majority of my pictures are in colour. Colour always seems easier, it is after all how we see the world and in landscape the different colours of the different seasons is quite often what makes the photo. However, for anyone who has seen an old black and white picture or a modern-day black and white or even infrared photo you will notice that they quite often carry more detail, they make certain aspects stand out more and they can create a stronger sense of emotion. In a way there simpler, stripped back and naked and they allow you to focus on whats important in an image without the distraction of colour. So over the last 6 months or so almost all my trips out have resulted in a proportion of my shots being specifically aimed at black and white photography. It’s been about trying to change my perception, to see the world in contrast and tones, looking for light and shadows and aiming to pull as much detail as possible from each shot. Recently I’ve set up 2 new Instagram accounts, “world_without_colour” and “upclznpersonal”, both are aimed at black and white photography although the latter is more street and portraiture, both areas I plan on expanding on in the future. If you’re an Instagrammer please feel to take a look at either account and drop me a message to let me know what you think, I’m always looking for feedback.

Below I’ve added  some of my favourite shots taken in black and white so far, some on my camera, some from my mobile. I hope you like them.

Paul

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Inside the Royal Yacht Britannia

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Braidwood House, Lanarkshire

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West Lodge, Mauldslie Estate

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New Lanark

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Glengavel Reservoir

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Dunfermline Abbey

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Old Mill Lade, Boghead, Lanarkshire

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Inside Inchcolm Abbey

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The ceiling inside Hamilton Mausoleum

The “Wild Life” of Photography

This post is a little late, 6 months late to be exact.
Back in October 2015, I spent a long weekend up at Inverness. Whilst there I spent the day at the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie.

It’s a really great place to spend a day, one of the most enjoyable zoos I’ve had the pleasure to visit. You’ll find a great selection of animals there and as well as a safari drive through.

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The Ever elusive Wolverine. I must have spent the better part of an hour trying for a picture.

I decided in advance it would make sense to take a long lens with me of which I have 2. The one I chose was my Pentax 75-300mm F4.5 lens. I’ve previously used this lens and I’ve found that it’s auto focus is not quite what it should be. It never seems give a sharp picture and for that reason I’ve rarely used it. However I felt being at a wildlife park that I was going to need my longest lens which is this one, so I gave it another chance. I switched off auto focus and used manual only and by taking my time I managed to get some decent snaps. One thing I learned was that by using the long lens and manual focus, I was able to almost get rid of the cages and mesh surrounding the animals. You’ll still see some slightly blurry lines across some of the pictures where I couldn’t quite focus the cages out however in general I’m reasonably happy with how they turned out. Using the lens for the day has given me the confidence to do so again, although I’ll be keeping it on manual.

I’ve picked a small selection of my favourite pictures to show you, I do hope you enjoy them.
Paul

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P.S. If you ever decide to visit make sure you head up to the picnic spot at the top of the hill near the entrance, the view from there is spectacular.

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Click on the photos below if you want the full size image.

 

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I got a little to close to its cage and it took um-bridge and pounced towards me. I ended up going backwards onto my rear!

 

 

 

The Festival

For years now I’ve been saying that I will go to the Edinburgh Festival, every year I say it. Do I go? Well no, never or at least I haven’t been in the last 12 years, that was until last year when I finally managed to fit it in. Although it was quite a while back that I was last there I have to say the memory of it has always stuck with me, for anyone who has only experienced it once you will know what I mean. The atmosphere is electrifying and contagious, you feel that you have no choice but to smile and laugh and get involved in everything that’s going on around you. The streets are packed and there is so much going on that it’s nigh impossible to take it all in. Regardless of where you look there are performers placed strategically everywhere, various singers, dancers, jugglers, sword swallowers, there’s people dressed in all manner of costumes and garb from all different periods. It’s downright amazing what you see and at times a little overwhelming as you just don’t know where to look first, afraid if you face the wrong way you will miss something.

I had always planned to go in alone or with a photographer friend of mine however as plans do, they change. It became a family event and my wife and my 3 children accompanied me and we all made a day of it.

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My children loved it, they had seen nothing like it and they couldn’t get over the fact everyone was in a costume of sorts, they also could not understand why someone dresses as a statue and does not move for an hour, to be honest, neither do I :-/

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The whole day flew in and other than our hunt to find somewhere to eat that wasn’t queued right out of the door it was a great day.

It’s amazing that people travel from all over the world to experience the festival, and to take part in it. Below is a gentleman who hardly spoke English and had travelled over from China to be part of the festival. He juggled blocks and balanced them which sounds fairly rubbish however it was worth the 25 minutes we had to wait while he stretched himself and got ready for his performance.

One of the things I enjoyed the most was the music. There was musicians and bands all over the place, some playing acoustically, some not. There was metal and rock, bagpipes and ballads, country and pan pipes too, it was a veritable symphony of a hundred different instruments coming at you from all different angles. It was great!

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There is some really talented people out there and its a pleasure to hear and see something that you would not normally show an interest in. I find that it completely opens up your senses and gives you a sense of joy when you see so many people enjoying themselves and having fun, as I said, it’s contagious.

This guy was one of my favourites, half of the time the bubbles didn’t materialize, but when they did they were amazing. It’s the look on his face that makes it for me, it looks like he has just done it for the first time and amazed himself. I also felt the skeletal gentleman adds to the picture, it’s as though he just waiting for it to pop!Edinburgh Festival 2015-0005

If you’ve never been before or like me it’s just been a long time I would encourage you to go in 2016, you won’t regret it and you will have the memory forever.

Well as always, I thank you for reading through my post, I hope to see you back for the next one. Any comments, drop them below.

Thanks, Paul.

Chloes Baptism

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Its been a long while now since I posted, far too long in fact. So much has happened since my last post, so many days out, places visited and tales to tell. Where to start really.

Well I felt a good place to start would be my nieces christening, as this site was supposed to be about me improving my skills and my photography journey and this was the 1st time I had taken photos for anyone other than me.

Chloe is an adorable little girl, she’s 5 years old, fairly quiet with a really cheeky grin and has a knack for getting messy! My sister made the decision last year she wanted Chloe to be christened and had it all arranged fairly quickly. I offered to take my camera to capture the moment for them.

Now, I am a landscape lover, an admirer of architecture, there’s nothing better than a sky full of cloud and some hills to shoot or a ruined castle begging me to record it’s slow demise. Family, friends, people in general, not really my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to do portrait and events, it’s just, it’s someone’s day, “what if I muck it up”. However, I suppose confidence is all part of the journey.

So what you see here is some of the photos taken on that educational day. I only used my 50mm lens and all pictures were taken either on “manual” or “aperture priority”. I have only included a selection of photos taken on the day as I have not spoken with everyone who was there and have not gained permission to display their photos online.

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A Walk Through History

First of all let me apologise as its been weeks between posts, I just can’t seem to find the time to keep this site going, however I am determined I’m not giving up. Most weekends I have been out somewhere and I do have photos to post. I think though I am going to have to start taking pictures in JPEG instead of RAW as this is mainly what holds me up, I never seem to get time to process them!

Anyway enough of my apologetic whining!

So, a few months back I stumbled upon a reference online to a castle I had never heard of, Torwood. After some reading up I found that it’s not to far a drive and that there was not only the ruin of a castle but the ruin of broch also, known as Tappoch broch. For those who do not know of brochs they area very old fortified dwellings once common in Scotland and Ireland, around 2000 – 3000 years old. Needless to say the 1st chance I had I took a trip over.

It did start as a rather dreary morning however it brightened quickly and turned out to be a splendid day albeit a little to bright for pictures as you’ll see, a few burnt out skies! We found a small layby just after the village of Torwood and parked up. There is a rather nice walk up the hill through some forest by a disused mine and quarry. Had it not been raining I would have a great 1st picture to show. The quarry is flooded and there has to be hundreds of old tyres floating in it. However there was a few ducks all swimming around between the tyres not seeming to mind the horrible looking water. It would have been an interesting shot. Now it’s not to long a walk from the car to the broch, maybe a mile, mile and half although it’s all uphill however it doesn’t take to long. It’s a nice enough walk through the forest however it’s not any different from any other, nothing special to see, although I’ll mention that this was once a royal forest used for hunting and for timber.

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Once you reach the broch its a little underwhelming as it’s just an overgrown hill, until you get near to the crown of the hill that is. As you get closer you see the stonework, the ditch surrounding it and the stairs going into it.

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Its walls can’t be more than maybe 7 feet at their highest but there is enough left to see that this was once quite large with thick defensible walls.

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Standing on the hill with the trees cleared away it would have looked quite imposing I would imagine. At this point it was about 7am and the sun was getting higher and the clouds were clearing away although it was a little chilly. We stayed there for about an hour or so, got some pictures, went exploring then moved on further up the hill towards the castle. The walk from there to the castle again could be no more than a mile and its a fairly easy walk, a slight incline then a slight decline and it levels out.

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You come onto a gravel road that leads to the castle and some house near by, you get a great view from here across rolling fields. In the distance you can see the Falkirk Wheel.

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Just of to the side of the road thee is a path and you get a nice side view of the castle from there.

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The castle is now only a shadow of its former self with only one building still standing, however any castle enthusiast can see that this castle was once much larger with a central courtyard and high walls on all sides, it’s a real shame only this small part now exists. The castle is a ruin and is not accessible, I believe it’s privately owned.

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There is not much shade around the castle and the sun was bright at this point so as you can see I managed to get the sky blown out a little in a couple of shots. Now had I not plans for later that day I would have liked to explore around the area some more as it looks as though there was more places for a wonder and I am sure more photos to be had however it just means another trip some point later in the year, hopefully!

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We didn’t head back the same way, we followed the road down by the houses presuming it would bring us out in Torwood village, which it did.It was a pleasant tree-lined avenue with lots of daffodils lining the way.

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The walk back was all downhill and in a straight line, it took about 20 minutes and that was with me stopping to take a couple of pictures.

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Now as luck would have it, we made it back to the car, packed our gear in the boot and as it closed it began to rain, then pour. I love those days when the weather is on your side!

Now I have purposely not written about the history of the two sites, I would have been here all day! I would encourage anyone who may be interested in either site to a take a trip over and explore and there is info online for both sites too should you wish read up. I will say though, One thing I found interesting was, the day started with the walk up to the broch which is around 2500 years old, then we came to the castle that is around 450 years old and then the last part of the walk took us to the modern-day village, which is very modern in places with a lot of houses built this century. Hence the title of my post as it was a walk through the ages.

As always, let me thank you for reading through and again I apologise for the length of time it takes me to get things updated.

Paul

The Water Horse

A couple of weeks back on a smashing sunny day we took a trip out towards Falkirk. We had planned for a while to go visit the Kelpies and finally managed to find the time. Now these horses have to be one of the most photographed landmarks in Scotland recently, everyone has a pic or two, mainly at night, you can’t go onto Facebook or Instagram without seeing pictures of them. However I struggled a bit, I was using my 50mm 1.8 lens and that’s probably not the best of lens for something so large and dominating however I did manage a couple of shots from slightly different perspectives. If I am honest, there okay but none are what I wanted. I think I need another trip out, one with no children and lots of time to allow me to frame the shot better. Anyway here they are, the few shots I managed and did not delete!

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A Change in the Weather

Well this last few weeks the weather seems to have been all over the place. It wasn’t to long ago we managed 3 seasons in one day! All of a sudden though we have some sunshine and warmth, good old Scottish shorts and t-shirt weather (10°+!).

So, it was only the 2nd day of the easter holidays and I was already getting moans and groans of “I’m bored”, “I’ve nothing to do”. So I packed a picnic, myself and the 3 tiny terrors into the car and went to Barons Haugh Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Motherwell. It’s a lovely place for a walk, situated in a large estate with lots of hidden corners to explore.

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The weather held up, there was a bit of a chill wind at times however in general it was a very pleasant walk.

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We found a nice corner that gave a good view of the River Clyde and set out our lunch.

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My picnic packing skills must be fairly decent as a few swans appeared and decided to join us for some sandwiches.

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We were out for a good 5 hours and only made it half way round (children are so slow!) however we did manage a not too shabby 5 mile walk, not bad for 3 kids under 10. I will say though, trying to watch a one year old and also take photos is not as easy as it sounds. Every time I pulled the camera out he was off! His brothers were not much better!

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Seen as I am supposed to be improving on my very limited photography skills I decided to only use my Pentax 50mm lens, no zoom except my feet. Most of our walk was trees and riverside with little to look at other that swans, ducks and birds and reeds. However on the way back up to the car we did manage a short stop at the old cemetery.

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It’s in a poor state, very overgrown and a lot of damage to the grave stones.

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It’s a real shame however it also grants it some character. I’d love to have seen this place in its hay day as there was once a church also that sadly nothing remains of.

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Well as always, thank you for taking the time to read through and I hope you liked the photos. If your in the area and have never been I would recommend Barons Haugh.
I’ve been a little behind with my editing however I will aim to get my next post on soon as possible. I’ve been out a bit recently and have more to share.

Thanks again,
Paul

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An Atmosphere to Remember

IMGP5997_1Last year I was lucky enough to experience the most wonderful atmosphere in and around Glasgow.

Let me start by saying that I have almost no interest in watching anything sport like. Sport is something that I do wish I enjoyed more however I am 36 and have never found any love of watching any sport and I certainly dislike the politics and rivalries that fall in line with it.

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However….the Commonwealth Games, well that was something I enjoyed a lot more than I ever expected. Maybe it was because it was happening so close to me, maybe it was the buzz and all the positive vibes and emotions. Either way it was a pleasure watching it and photographing what little I could. For anyone who spent some time at any of the stadiums or who visited Glasgow Green you will know exactly what I am meaning, it was an electrifying atmosphere that became contagious.

IMGP6216My family and I spent a few days at Glasgow Green and loved it, so many people, all happy and no trouble, the sun even shined for most of it! Just a lovely time. I have to say though, so many fantastic people volunteered to help out and they helped make the games what it was. I can honestly say that I am disappointed I saw so little of it live and wish I had volunteered, however seeing some, well, it’s better than none. My family were more fortunate than I and managed to see more of it however I did manage the final of the men’s road race and even with some rain it was great.

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You really need to give these guys some credit, the distances they have to cycle, the courses and terrain and the especially the inconsistent Scottish weather! I did think it was a little funny though looking at the difference in physique as some were so small and skinny looking, others large and well muscled, you would have thought they may have a disadvantage being heavier.

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We managed to make it back into Glasgow later in the year for the Commonwealth winners parade through Glasgow.

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It was so busy though it was a struggle to get into a decent spot for pictures.

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I also (stupidly) thought that using my manual 50mm lens would be a super idea as its pretty sharp. In hindsight, my autofocus zoom lens that is less sharp would probably have done a better job! Oh well, always the next Commonwealth games :-/

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I know it was a while back and this site was mainly for anything up coming that I do, however I hope you don’t mind me posting some of these pictures as it was just such a lovely experience and I wanted to share what little I had of it.

Again if you have made it this far down, thank you, thank you very much.

Paul

Forth and Clyde Canal – Auchinstarry Marina

Recently I found myself in Cumbernauld with a couple of hours to kill and little to do. Fortunately I had my camera in the boot of my car. This was not a planned outing and I had no idea where to go locally so I went a short drive. Only 5 minutes away I found this little marina with a couple dozen boats and barges. I parked up and took a walk and managed after some trial and error to get a few decent pictures.

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The light was a real variable, it just would not sit still and kept changing. One minute I had bright sunlight and it reflected off everything then the next dark cloud, it really could not make up its mind. Fortunately I only had the smallest amount of rain to contend with.

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In the above picture you can see the cloud coming in off the Campsie Fells.

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I think regardless of how the weather may be this is a lovely little place to stop as there is so much colour to be had from the boats and barges and on a clear day the view in the distance is nice, well from certain angles.

There is a car park and some nice walks into the forest and up onto a nearby hill. It’s quite a busy little place but not to busy that your photos will be spoiled.

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Below I have attached a couple of shots I liked, mainly due to the bright colours.

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After my colourful barges I took a short walk into the trees behind the canal and took a few different pictures. I quite liked the silhouetted ones with the sun poking through the trees.

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I can see me making another trip out here in the future, as there is so many other photos waiting to be taken. I think though I will be needing a lot longer than a couple of hours to get the most from it.

Well, there we go, my first proper post, the first of many I hope. I have enjoyed photographing the boats and barges so I think this will be added to my list of themes / projects. As I manage more outings I will endeavour to keep this page going and get a sample of each trip uploaded.

I have added my album from the day to Flickr. There is a few more photos on there, some of the barges, some not. So if anyone wishes they can.

http://flic.kr/s/aHsk91gAfy

Thanks,

Paul