Freshly Pressed, Photography, postaday, Shape

The Bridge over the Spey (Garmouth)

Well I am off on a bit of a photo sojourn -s o I thought I better get posting or you will be losing interest in my blog. I am concious that I have been posting mainly landscapes recently so  this time I thought - a little quirky architectural mono may be suitably different to keep you amused - anyway - as always you can decide - enjoy

Well I am off on a bit of a photo sojourn – so I thought I better get posting or you will be losing interest in my blog. I am concious that I have been posting mainly landscapes recently so this time I thought – a little quirky architectural mono may be suitably different to keep you amused – anyway – as always you can decide – enjoy

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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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Coast, Freshly Pressed, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Seascape, Shape, Travel

Crash landed a Hunters Moon

Well I though I would demonstarte the diversity of textures in the scottish landscape - even on adrich day contrasts can be found - less than 300 meters from my misty Loch Duich was this stark contrast - by avoiding the mist and dricht using along lens to isolate the reflection - I ended up with this. I was drawn to the circular shape and the title fell from that - enjoy

Well I though I would demonstrate the diversity of textures in the Scottish landscape – even on a dricht day contrasts can be found – less than 300 meters from my misty Loch Duich was this stark contrast – by avoiding the mist and dricht using along lens to isolate the reflection – I ended up with this. I was drawn to the circular shape and the title fell from that – admittedly the colour is a little flat but then that is how it was – notice also the tide draining out of this sea loch placing the seaweed just below the surface in nice lines :-)

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Beach, Coast, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Shape, Travel

I long for Spring

The classic Scottish Golf tease it could be Turnberry to the uninitiated it is in fact a small 9 hole course called Covesea after the lighthouse in the early Spring not that long now the yellow sea of gorse comes alive and we know we are emerging from winters grip.

The classic Scottish Golf tease it could be Turnberry to the uninitiated it is in fact a small 9 hole golf course called Covesea after the lighthouse of the same name. In the early Spring (not that long now) the yellow sea of gorse comes alive and we know we are emerging from winters grip.

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Abstract, Beach, Coast, People, Photography, postaday, Shape, Travel

Arc of a Diver

This is probably the image that made me take photography more seriously - for along time I regarded it as my best shot - the last time I rolled this out was May last year and it recived a mere 8 likes (I was dissapointed but was not  long in to blogging so no real surprises. Anyway this shot is a wet film rescan and is now 25 years old - so here is my question has it stood the test of time? Secondly do you think it reflects my style as you have come to know it? Any feedback would be appreciated.

This is probably the image that made me take photography more seriously – for a long time I regarded it as my best shot – the last time I rolled this out was May last year and it received a mere 8 likes (naturally I was dissapointed but was not long in to blogging so no real surprises. Anyway this shot is a wet film rescan and is now 25 years old – so here is my question has it stood the test of time? Secondly do you think it reflects my style as you have come to know it? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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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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In to the Light (looking forwards never back)

Although this time of year has it’s qualities the days are far too short for me. I long for a return to longer days where I can seek out joy and pleasure in the coolness of the tree canopy listening to the birds and the babbling brook – hoping to walk out of the shade – feel the warmth of the sun and be exposed to a magnificent vista………………..

Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, postaday, Shape, Skyscape, Texture, Wildlife

In to the Light (looking forwards never back)

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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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Abstract, Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Shape, Texture

Marbled Rust

You will have gathered I am messing around with subtle hues and textures currently. This is a retake of an long lens landscape in Glencoe. On this occasion as well as the contrast with the dead ferns (rusty colour) I have captured the reflection in the Lochan too - not a brilliant image but interesting

You will have gathered I am messing around with subtle hues and textures currently. This is a retake of an long lens landscape in Glencoe (linked below). On this occasion as well as the contrast with the dead ferns (rusty colour) I have captured the reflection in the Lochan too – not a brilliant image but interesting 

Please link back to my most successful image ever Glencoe Glory to see where within that image this one derived from – enjoy!

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Landscape, Nature, People, Photography, postaday, Shape

Loch Beinn A’ Mheadhoin Dam

The Scottish Hydro-Electric Power generates clean energy but the cost is a multitude of man-made structures which have to fit in to the natural scenery. This dam is at the head of the beautiful Glen Affric and provides flow regulation and some storage for Fasnakyle power station.  The water level in the loch is closely controlled to ensure that the level remains virtually constant, ensuring that the scenic beauty of the upper Glen Affric is affected as little as possible.

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Abstract, Coast, Landscape, Photography, postaday, Seascape, Shape, Texture

Watercolour in Light

On the whole I am about Landscape photography but I also love shape and texture in cityscapes. Anyway the bottom line is I felt it was about time for an abstract. On this occasion not using architectural texture but light – I hope you find it interesting and perhaps challenge your perception of my work in some small way.

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Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Shape, Texture, Travel

Play Misty for Me (#2)

At this time of year the days are very short here in Moray and a little darkness can fill your mood – this dusk image seemed to capture that feeling – a lone tree peaking through twilight mist – spooky in a sensual way…….

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Abstract, Cityscape, postaday, Shape, Texture

Weekly Photo Challenge:Geometry

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Beach, Cityscape, Coast, Gallery, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Seascape, Shape, Skyscape, Sunrise, Sunset, Travel, Wildlife

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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Abstract, Photography, Shape, Texture

Dynamic Descent – Some Time to Reflect

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Thought I would challenge my ‘norm’ and offer a shape and texture sequence – what do you see

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Cityscape, Landscape, People, Photography, Shape

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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Historical, Landscape, People, Photography, Shape, Travel

Climb the stairs touch the Urn

Some very subtle light attracted me here – A tilt~shift lens would have been the perfect weapon but hey that’s a 4 figure sum (so you have to make do with the converging verticals)

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Landscape, Photography, Shape, Skyscape, Texture

Inversion

This image was taken the same day as Misty Perthshire – 2 very different photographs by simply swinging through 45 degrees :-)

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Historical, Landscape, Photography, Shape, Sunset

Inner Darkness

The scale of Fort George takes your ‘breath’
Fort George is quite simply the finest example of 18th-century military engineering you’ll find anywhere in the British Isles. This vast garrison fortress was begun in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden (1746), which crushed the final Jacobite Rising. It took over 20 years to complete and in the event it was never attacked. It remains virtually unaltered today, and still serves as an important military base.

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Historical, People, Shape, Texture

Rape of Sabine Woman

The sculpture by Giambologna (1579–1583) Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence. The Rape is supposed to have occurred in the early history of Rome, shortly after its founding by Romulus and his mostly male followers. Seeking wives in order to found families, the Romans negotiated unsuccessfully with the Sabines, who populated the area. Fearing the emergence of a rival society, the Sabines refused to allow their women to marry the Romans. Consequently, the Romans planned to abduct Sabine women.

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Shape, Texture

I’m just a Dental Centre

I solarized (old wet film darkroom technique) this image to add to the impact of the bright colours and shapes – i thought the building looked modern and very clean – just not sure how it fitted in with the building’s surrounding it. Going to the dentist could hardly be more memorable – hopefully for the right reason’s.

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