Busy Busy Busy - I have been trying to post for nearly 4 days but continuously get distracted - the last 3 evenings we were BBQing which means snoring on the sofa by 9pm :-) Anyway last week we went along to Elgin Cathedral (what a setting) to watch Macbeth - there was atotal of 5 actors covering all the parts - a very impressive line fluff free performance - quiet brilliant. However for me it was the setting and the ever changing light on the Cathedral which was attracting me. Annoyingly it was about 30 mins after I took this it got really good - but I decided I couldn't get out my seat again out of respect for the performers. - Enjoy

Busy Busy Busy – I have been trying to post for nearly 4 days but continuously get distracted – the last 3 evenings we were BBQing which means snoring on the sofa by 9pm :-) Anyway last week we went along to Elgin Cathedral (what a setting) to watch Macbeth – there was atotal of 5 actors covering all the parts – a very impressive line fluff free performance – quiet brilliant. However for me it was the setting and the ever changing light on the Cathedral which was getting my fuller attention. Annoyingly it was about 30 mins after I took this it got really good – but I decided I couldn’t get out my seat again out of respect for the performers. – Enjoy

Historical, Photography

Macbeth “live” Elgin Cathedral

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This is the famous Jacobite Steam Train on the Fort William to Mallaig Line (also known to some as the Hogwart's Express from the Harry Potter Movies). Although the weather wasn't the best I was set up to include the mini Lighthouse on the right and Ben Nevis in the background - definately a good recce shot for a better day (works quite well in mono but we shall keep that for another day) enjoy.

This is the famous Jacobite Steam Train on the Fort William to Mallaig Line (also known to some as the Hogwart’s Express from the Harry Potter Movies). Although the weather wasn’t the best I was set up to include the mini Lighthouse on the right and Ben Nevis in the background – definitely a good recce shot for a better day (works quite well in mono but we shall keep that for another day) enjoy.

Coast, Historical, Landscape

The Jacobite Corpach

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This a blast from the past - originally taken in 2010 at the time I was very pleased with the results and published it to a successful 18 likes. Today I tracked down the master file and decided to re-edit - I have adjusted the alignment by rotating the image removing several dust scratches and applying a yellow filter which offers some strong definition on the domes detail. In summary I felt this was well worth a second viewing - enjoy

This a blast from the past – originally taken in 2010 – at the time I was very pleased with the results and published it to a successful 18 likes. Today I tracked down the master file and decided to re-edit – I have adjusted the alignment by rotating the image removing several dust scratches and applying a yellow filter which offers some strong definition on the domes detail. In summary I felt this was well worth a second viewing – enjoy

Digital Art, Historical

Chatsworth Dome

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The magnificent Chapter House of Elgin Cathedral "The Lantern of the North" - boy what I would have paid to see this in it's day - certainly prior to the sacking by the "Wolf of Badenoch" in 1390 where it was not simply a Cathedral but entire community nestled behind a huge curtain wall. The Chapter House which you see in the middle of the shot is the only completely intact part of the Cathedral. I have some  shots of that room under editing. I had reccied this angle several weeks ago but the light was bland. Today spoiled us with some cracking late winter sunshine generating some fantastic shadows and offering real detail in the stonework. Anyway I am really pleased by the shot - I think it punches you with colour - enjoy

The magnificent Chapter House of Elgin Cathedral “The Lantern of the North” – boy what I would have paid to see this in it’s day – certainly prior to the sacking by the “Wolf of Badenoch” in 1390 when it was not simply a Cathedral but an entire community nestled behind a huge curtain wall. The Chapter House which you see in the middle of the shot is the only completely intact part of the Cathedral. I have some shots of that room under editing. I had reccied this angle several weeks ago but the light was bland. Today spoiled us with some cracking late winter sunshine generating some fantastic shadows and offering real detail in the stonework. Anyway I am really pleased by the shot – I think it punches you with colour – enjoy

Historical, Landscape, Travel

Chapter House – Elgin Cathedral

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So we approach the time of year for families to gather and catch up. So let me take this opportunity wish you all a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year - I have high hope for 2014 - it will certainly be a different one :-)

So we approach the time of year for families to gather and catch up. So let me take this opportunity wish you all a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year – I have high hopes both personally & professionally for 2014 it will certainly be a different one :-)

Historical, Landscape, Photography

Duffus Drama

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The weather over the past week or so has cast me in to the summer archives with a view to reminding us what a wonderful summer it was arguably as good as I recall from my childhood which was back in 1977. The date I have shared at what stage of life I find myself. Prior to this summer I had only captured one image of Duffus Castle which I was happy with - now I have close to double figures. I wonder if you agree with me that once more Duffus Castle has caught the imagination.

The weather over the past week or so has cast me in to the summer archives with a view to reminding us what a wonderful summer it was arguably as good as I recall from my childhood which was back in 1977. The date I have shared indicates at what stage of life I find myself. Prior to this summer I had only captured one image of Duffus Castle which I was happy with – now I have close to double figures. I wonder if you agree with me that once more Duffus Castle has caught the imagination.

Historical, Landscape, Photography

On Track

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According to records, the original light at Kinnaird Head was established on 1 December 1787. A lantern was set at a height of 120 feet above the sea on a corner of a tower of an old castle in Fraserburgh. Fixed lights only were shown at this stage, produced by arrays of lamps burning whale oil, each of them backed by its own parabolic reflector made up of a multitude of facets of silvered mirror-glass set on a plaster mould. Kinnaird Head was the most powerful light of its time, and contained 17 reflectors arranged in 3 horizontal tiers. In clear weather according to Murdoch Downie’s New Pilot of 1791, the light could be seen 12 or 14 miles off. Two ‘firsts’ for Kinnaird Head were (a) the first Lighthouse built in Scotland by the Commissioners of Northern Lights (founded in 1786) and (b) the first Radio Beacon in Scotland was introduced in 1929 at Kinnaird Head. (courtesy of NLB)

Historical, Landscape, Photography

Kinnaird Head Lighthouse – 1787

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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)

Cityscape, Freshly Pressed, Historical, Landscape

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.

Cityscape, Historical, Landscape, Photography

Battistero di San Giovanni

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A little fun in the sun - a wonderful eefect created by shooting the sun directly through the lone tree at Duffus Castle - I haven't decided if it's a wee cracker or not as there is rather alot of noise in the image due to extremes of light involved - I shall let you be the judge of that - this one is one sale via my portfolio on Photo4me - enjoy

A little fun in the sun – a wonderful effect created by shooting in to the sun filtered through the lone tree at Duffus Castle – I haven’t decided if it’s a wee cracker – as there is rather a lot of noise in the image due to extremes of light involved – I shall let you be the judge of that – this one is one sale via my portfolio on Photo4me – enjoy

Freshly Pressed, Historical, Landscape, Photography

Eye of RA

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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.

Cityscape, Historical, Photography

Performance Sold Out

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Freshly Pressed, Historical, Landscape, postaday

The Fate of the Lady Elizabeth

On 4 December 1912, The Lady Elizabeth left Vancouver bound for Delagoa Bay Mozambique,[9] with a shipment of lumber. The ship encountered severe weather halfway through the voyage and was damaged just off Cape Horn. Four crew members were lost overboard, along with the ship's two boats and part of her deck cargo. She also sustained damage to the deck fittings, wheel, moorings, and other parts of the ship. Captain Hoigh ordered the ship to the nearest port for repairs. The Lady Elizabeth altered course for Stanley, Falkland Islands. Fifteen miles outside Port Stanley, the Lady Elizabeth struck Uraine Rock just off Volunteer Point and suffered a six-foot break in the hull and keel along with a foot long hole. The ship began to sink but was able to get to Port Stanley for repairs. After the ship was examined, the Lady Elizabeth was condemned (declared unseaworthy) because of the damage. In June 1913, she was condemned and converted into a coal hulk. She was sold to Crown Receiver of Wreck, Falkland Islands for £1,000. The Lady Elizabeth remained stationed there until 17 February 1936 when her mooring lines broke during a storm and she drifted to where she now lies in Whale Bone Cove in Stanley Harbour.

On 4 December 1912, The Lady Elizabeth left Vancouver bound for Delagoa Bay Mozambique, with a shipment of lumber. The ship encountered severe weather halfway through the voyage and was damaged just off Cape Horn. Four crew members were lost overboard, along with the ship’s two boats and part of her deck cargo. She also sustained damage to the deck fittings, wheel, moorings, and other parts of the ship. Captain Hoigh ordered the ship to the nearest port for repairs. The Lady Elizabeth altered course for Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Fifteen miles outside Port Stanley, the Lady Elizabeth struck Uraine Rock just off Volunteer Point and suffered a six-foot break in the hull and keel along with a foot long hole. The ship began to sink but was able to get to Port Stanley for repairs. After the ship was examined, the Lady Elizabeth was condemned (declared unseaworthy) because of the damage.
In June 1913, she was condemned and converted into a coal hulk. She was sold to Crown Receiver of Wrecks, Falkland Islands for £1,000. The Lady Elizabeth remained stationed there until 17 February 1936 when her mooring lines broke during a storm and she drifted to where she now lies in Whale Bone Cove in Stanley Harbour.

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Historical, Landscape, Photography, postaday

Eilean Donan Nightscape

Something to tide you over whilst I recover my crashed hard drive - and the lesson is always back up - I did :-)

Something to tide you over whilst I recover my crashed hard drive – and the lesson is always back up – I did :-)

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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.

Cityscape, Historical, Photography, postaday, Shape

Santa Chiara

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A castle had stood on this spot since the 13th Century destroyed by the Royal Navy in 1719. Following the failure of the Jacobite rising of 1715, the Jacobites, supporters of the exiled James Stuart, the "Old Pretender", sought new support from Spain. An advance party of 300 Spanish soldiers arrived in Loch Duich in April 1719, and occupied Eilean Donan Castle. The expected uprising of Highlanders did not occur, and the main Spanish invasion force never arrived.At the beginning of May, the Royal Navy sent ships to the area. Early in the morning on Sunday 10 May, HMS Worcester, HMS Flamborough, and HMS Enterprise anchored off Eilean Donan and sent a boat ashore under a flag of truce to negotiate. When the Spanish soldiers in the castle fired at the boat, it was recalled and all three ships opened fire on the castle for an hour or more.[35] The next day the bombardment continued while a landing party was prepared. In the evening under the cover of an intense cannonade, the ships' boats went ashore and captured the castle against little resistance. According to Worcester's log, in the castle they found "an Irishman, a captain, a Spanish lieutenant, a serjeant, one Scotch rebel and 39 Spanish soldiers, 343 barrels of powder and 52 barrels of musquet shot."[36] The naval force spent the next two days demolishing the castle, which took 27 barrels of gunpowder.[37] The Spanish prisoners were put on board Flamborough and taken to Edinburgh.[38] The remaining Spanish troops were defeated on 10 June at the Battle of Glen Shiel. (Wikepedia)

A castle had stood on this spot since the 13th Century. Following the failure of the Jacobite rising of 1715, the Jacobites, supporters of the exiled James Stuart, the “Old Pretender”, sought new support from Spain. An advance party of 300 Spanish soldiers arrived in Loch Duich in April 1719, and occupied Eilean Donan Castle. The expected uprising of Highlanders did not occur, and the main Spanish invasion force never arrived.
At the beginning of May, the Royal Navy sent ships to the area. Early in the morning on Sunday 10 May, HMS Worcester, HMS Flamborough, and HMS Enterprise anchored off Eilean Donan and sent a boat ashore under a flag of truce to negotiate. When the Spanish soldiers in the castle fired at the boat, it was recalled and all three ships opened fire on the castle for an hour or more. The next day the bombardment continued while a landing party was prepared. In the evening under the cover of an intense cannonade, the ships’ boats went ashore and captured the castle against little resistance. According to Worcester’s log, in the castle they found “an Irishman, a captain, a Spanish lieutenant, a sergeant one Scotch rebel and 39 Spanish soldiers, 343 barrels of powder and 52 barrels of musquet shot.”[36] The naval force spent the next two days demolishing the castle, which took 27 barrels of gunpowder.[37] The Spanish prisoners were put on board Flamborough and taken to Edinburgh.[38] The remaining Spanish troops were defeated on 10 June at the Battle of Glen Shiel. (Wikipedia) . What you see here is the reconstructed Castle between 1919 & 1932 – It has starred in many movies but it was the film Highlander in 1986 which brought it first to my attention. It is an impressive sight by any standard but is surrounded by development which pretty much limits the images you can get. Still I got to practice my night photography again. Enjoy

The castle was rebuilt in the years between 1919 and 1932 by Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap.

Coast, Historical, Landscape, Photography, postaday

Saccharin – Eilean Donan

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Had this hanging around for a while but wasnt to sure anyway as I have to go and bury my head in my first assignment for my just commenced Photography HND - I will leave you to decide.

Had this hanging around for a while but wasn’t to sure anyway as I have to go and bury my head in my first assignment for my just commenced Photography Higher Professional Diploma – I will leave you to decide if I got it level in the end ;-).

Historical, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Travel

Kinloss Abbey

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Historical, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Skyscape, Travel

A Haunted Carbisdale Castle Hides amongst the Trees

I hope you are wandering across the vista seeking this haunted Castle which I am referring to. I stayed here when I was 15 on a tour of the Highlands which was run by my school. This and a subsequent trip to Minnesota have in many ways led me to the person I am. I have ghost story to tell with this picture - but you wouldn't believe me and it would take to long. So please just enjoy this and if you get the chance to go and stay (it is Scottish Youth Hostel Association venue)   don't think twice.

I hope your eyes are wandering across the vista seeking the haunted Castle which I am referring to. I stayed here when I was 15 on a tour of the Highlands which was run by my school. This and a subsequent trip to Minnesota have in many shaped the creative side of me. I have ghost story to tell with this picture – but you wouldn’t believe me and it would take to long. So please just enjoy this and if you get the chance to go and stay (it is Scottish Youth Hostel Association venue) don’t think twice.

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Abstract, Cityscape, Gallery, Historical, Landscape, Nature, Travel

Glasgow Sampler

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Abstract, Historical, People, Photography, postaday, Shape, Texture, Travel

Forget small glasses – Whisky in large Barrels

right that's me sorted for the bells - lang may yer lum reek

right that’s me sorted for the bells – lang may yer lum reek – see you in 2013

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Cityscape, Historical, Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, postaday, Travel

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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Cityscape, Historical, Landscape, People, postaday, Shape, Travel

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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Historical, Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, postaday, Travel

Gordonstoun Autumnal Walk

This is more the kind of drive that you would see in an English Parkland Estate, but the this is the school grounds through which a young Prince Charles would have wandered – the light was dull and flat but the leaves would not be defeated. I had no tripod so placed the camera on my woolly hat – to get the depth of a smaller aperture and used the timer at 1/8 sec.

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Cityscape, Historical, Landscape, Photography, Texture

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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Abstract, Cityscape, Historical, Photography

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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