I had it in my mind to post another Scottish Landscape but I have been working on my Lightroom skills and had come across the opposite view of an image which I shared recently  Castel Sant'Elmo

I had it in my mind to post another Scottish Landscape but I have been working on my Lightroom skills and had come across the opposite view of an image which I shared recently Castel Sant’Elmo – this is the complete reverse of that shot – this time the gentleman is in the foreground – the image is a little noisy in and around his character due to the fact the original was blown quiet badly in the strong light (this simply didn’t work in my normal medium of colour) so I decided to dampen the highlights and use the classic wet film process Cyanotone – which wont work for everyone but for me allows me to share a rather interesting shot which tells a little more of the Castel Sant’Elmo shot – enjoy

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Castel Sant’Elmo – Reversi

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I suppose this would be perfect for a leading lines competition - that is certainly what I saw when  I was composing this image - simply couldn't get rid of my shadow so I decided to include it.

I suppose this would be perfect for a leading lines competition – that is certainly what I saw when I was composing this image – simply couldn’t get rid of my shadow so I decided to include it. These are images I shot over 4 years ago whilst in Naples on business. Just going through the images and editing – enjoy 

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Metro – Napoli (a selfie)

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So I thought to myself I am quiet enjoying this meander between the highlands of Scotland and Italy - so I went for wee wander in to my archive and had a play with some bleach toning - I hope you like the result - I am extremely pleased with it - when I took the shot I simply didn't have the skill-set to cope with recovering the strong light around the figure at the end of the tunnel - but more importantly I am pleased that my composition has stood the test of time (well that's my view anyway - lol)

So I thought to myself I am quiet enjoying this meander between the highlands of Scotland and Italy – so I went for wee wander in to my archive and had a play with some bleach toning – I hope you like the result – I am extremely pleased with it – when I took the shot I simply didn’t have the skill-set to cope with recovering the strong light around the figure at the end of the tunnel – but more importantly I am pleased that my composition has stood the test of time (well that’s my view anyway – lol)

Castel Sant’Elmo is a medieval fortress located on a hilltop near the Certosa di San Martino, overlooking Naples, Italy. The name “Sant’Elmo” derives from a former 10th-century church, Sant’Erasmo, shortened to “Ermo” and, finally altered to “Elmo”. It presently serves as a museum, exhibition hall, and offices (Description via Wikipedia)

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Castel Sant’Elmo

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The Florence Baptistery or Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistry of St. John) is a religious building in Florence (Tuscany), Italy, which has the status of a minor basilica. The octagonal Baptistry stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza di San Giovanni, across from the Duomo cathedral and the Giotto bell tower (Campanile di Giotto). It is one of the oldest buildings in the city, built between 1059 and 1128. The architecture is in Florentine Romanesque style.

Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistry of St. John) is a religious building in Florence (Tuscany), Italy
The octagonal Baptistry stands across from the Duomo and Giotto bell tower (Campanile di Giotto) which is where I shot this from. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city, built between 1059 and 1128. The architecture is in Florentine Romanesque style.

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Battistero di San Giovanni

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Situated on the sunniest corner of Piazza San Marco, at the foot of the Clock Tower, in front of the Basilica, the Caffé Lavena has been one of Venice's most renowned coffee boutiques since 1750.    The Caffé Lavena is a meeting place for illustrious Venetian guests and tourists, and has always actively participated in the cultural life of Venice, experiencing the most important historical events in the city during the 18th and 19th centuries.

I loved the professionalism of the musician giving of their best despite the weather and lack of audience.  Situated on the sunniest corner of Piazza San Marco, Venice at the foot of the Clock Tower, in front of the Basilica, the Caffé Lavena. One of Venice’s most renowned coffee boutiques since 1750. The Caffé Lavena is a meeting place for illustrious Venetian guests and tourists, and has always actively participated in the cultural life of Venice, experiencing the most important historical events in the city during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Performance Sold Out

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Well for those who have just started following my Photoblog you may not have connected with my captivation with Italy - her majesty determined that I have to spend 4 months in Naples - what was I to do. I travelled far and wide loved Italy in every way - I was brought up in the bosom of the Church of Scotland - but the Italian churches were the most amazing spaces. This is the Majolica CloisterFamous is the cloister of the Clarisses, transformed in 1742 by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro with the unique addition of majolica tiles in Rococò style.[5] The brash color floral decoration makes this cloister, with octagonal columns in pergola-like structure, likely unique and would seem to clash with the introspective world of cloistered nuns. The cloister arcades are also decorated by frescoes, now much degraded.

Well for those who have just started following my Photoblog you may not have connected with my captivation with Italy.  Her Majesty determined that I should to spend 4 months in Napoli – what was I to do. Naturally, I travelled far and wide – I loved Italy in every way. In Scotland  I was brought up in the bosom of the Church of Scotland – but the Italian churches were the most amazing spaces.   This is the Majolica Cloister known as the ‘Cloister of the Clarisses, transformed in 1742 by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro with the unique addition of majolica tiles in Rococò style.  The brash colour floral decoration define this cloister, with octagonal columns in pergola-like structure, likely unique and would seem to clash with the introspective world of cloistered nuns. The cloister arcades are also decorated by frescoes, now much degraded. Here you find it abandoned at the height of the sun only a Scotsman would venture out in such heat.

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Santa Chiara

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Glasgow Sampler

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Merry Christmas from Elgin Cathedral the ‘Lantern of the North ‘

The Lantern of the North

The Lantern of the North resplendent in it’s winter coat 

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I use Instagram for some fun and this week with emerging policy amendments – the ‘IG’ community spoke with a firm voice and apparently we were listened to – we shall see

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@skm1963 my recent Instagram’s

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Osprey Height’s – Still Game

For the the Scot's amongst you or indeed those who steep themselves in Scottish Culture. Cult Scottish comedy about the lives of two OAP's Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now. For those whom haven't seen the program you will just have to enjoy this high-rise reflection and long for summer to return.

For the the Scot’s amongst you or indeed those who steep themselves in Scottish Culture. This is the scene for Cult Scottish TV comedy about the lives of two OAP’s Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now. For those whom haven’t seen the program you will just have to enjoy this high-rise reflection and long for summer to return.

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Napoli – Thunderstorm

Another pretty bland view which to be honest I wouldn't give a second glance towards unless I was witnessing this incredible surreal lighting situation where the sun is setting behind me generating this intense backlight against a stormy sky and it was being punctuated by lightening bursts being filtered by the cloud - One of the most dramatic light dances I have ever witnessed.

Another pretty bland view which to be honest I wouldn’t give a second glance towards unless I was witnessing this incredible surreal lighting situation where the sun is setting behind me generating this intense backlight against a stormy sky and it was being punctuated by lightening bursts being filtered by the cloud – One of the most dramatic light dances I have ever witnessed.

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Glasgow a Social Commentary

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Inverness Castle by Night

Inverness Castle (Scottish Gaelic: Caisteal Inbhir Nis) sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness, in Inverness, Scotland. The red sand stone structure evident today was built in 1836 by architect William Burn. It is built on the site of an 11th century defensive structure. Today, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court. There has been a castle at this site for many centuries. The castle itself is not open to the public but the grounds are.

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Weekly Photo Challenge:Geometry

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My most successful Instagram’s and why are you not following me :D

These are small snapshots of my most successful Instagram Images – I thought it might be interesting to share, couple of points to note – it is mainly my landscape work but not exclusively which is popular, wildlife on the whole struggles and people crash n burn – moody coastal scenes work every time but then I understand that. Anyway if you want to follow me on Instagram or Twitter just search @skm1963 – I find it fun and relaxing :D

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Bridging the Ness

Q – So what do you post after your most successful Photoblog image – bar none!
A – Something completely different – a Church and a Bridge gotta be safe really :D

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Ghosts of Shipbuilding Past

Thought I would share a little Glaswegian abstract – this is the magnificent Riverside museum being used to reflect the cranes of Yarrows Shipyard (BAE Systems) – keep your eyes peeled I have arguably my best ever photograph in the pipeline and I would hate for you to miss it – Have a great weekend!

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Bridge over Coloured Water

A lovely montage of Glasgow using the Clyde Arc Bridge to Frame the Armadillo and Finneston Crane – this was my first night shoot using a tripod and prolonged exposure – so was a big learning curve but I have learnt lots.

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Beyond Thunderdome

This is the dome of a shopping mall in Livingston Scotland – offering some lovely silvery contrast to the imminent downpour.

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Halls of Learning

The College was founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele (Archbishop of Canterbury), in 1438. If intelligence can be measured by exams, the All Souls Fellows by examination are the cleverest people in the country. — New Statesman

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