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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Come on there has been at least a few shots since my last proper Lighthouse - this however has 2 red rings and some wicked moody sky - seriously what more do you want from me :-)  Oh did I mention we were off to see Wishbone Ash in Concert - enjoy

Come on there has been at least a few shots since my last proper Lighthouse – this however has 2 red rings and some wicked moody sky – seriously what more do you want from me :-)
Oh did I mention we were off to see Wishbone Ash in Concert – enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Just Another Lighthouse

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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

Cityscape, Landscape, People

Castel Sant’Elmo – Reversi

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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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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 

Cityscape, Landscape, Photography, Travel

Metro – Napoli (a selfie)

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This lighthouse stands directly across the Moray Firth from Covesea (which you have seen here many times) This was recce trip before I return for classic shot during the Spring - watch this space. The loss of sixteen vessels in the Moray Firth storm in November 1826 brought many applications for lights on Tarbat Ness or Covesea Skerries, and the former was given priority as it had been named in 1814, and was regarded by the Caledonian Canal Commissioners as important to that undertaking. Tarbat Ness Lighthouse was engineered by Robert Stevenson and the light was first exhibited on 26 January 1830. James Smith of Inverness was the contractor responsible for the building of the lighthouse. The lighthouse tower is the third tallest in Scotland (North Ronaldsay and Skerryvore being taller) and bears two distinguishing broad red bands. (Northern Lighthouse Board)

This lighthouse stands directly across the Moray Firth from Covesea Skerries (which you have seen on this blog many times) This was taken on a recce trip before I return for the classic shot during the Spring – watch this space. The loss of sixteen vessels in the Moray Firth storm in November 1826 brought many applications for lights on Tarbat Ness or Covesea Skerries, and the former was given priority as it had been named in 1814, and was regarded by the Caledonian Canal Commissioners as important to that undertaking.
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse was engineered by Robert Stevenson and the light was first exhibited on 26 January 1830. James Smith of Inverness was the contractor responsible for the building of the lighthouse. The lighthouse tower is the third tallest in Scotland (North Ronaldsay and Skerryvore being taller) and bears two distinguishing broad red bands. (Northern Lighthouse Board)

Freshly Pressed, Photography, Seascape, Uncategorized

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse 1830

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

Glasgow Sampler

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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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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

Cityscape, Gallery, Nature, Photography, postaday, Sunrise, Sunset, Travel

@skm1963 my recent Instagram’s

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Cityscape, People, Photography, postaday, Travel

Glasgow a Social Commentary

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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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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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Coast, Landscape, People, Photography, Seascape, Texture, Travel

Toy Yacht

I thought it would be worth showing you the special piece of light I was referring to in my previous post. I have posted this image previously back in the spring but held my previous blog ‘Island Life’ back. Interestingly I often do this if I have managed to get 2/3 decent shots around the same subject, I will drip feed them in. This allows me to keep the subject’s I cover diverse and try not to bore my audience with too many similar posts (that’s the theory anyway). Another interesting point is this is landscape which has been isolated by a long lens as opposed to the more traditional wide-angle lens generally associated with landscape photography.

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Cityscape, Historical, Landscape, Photography, Travel

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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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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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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Coast, Historical, Landscape, Photography, Seascape, Travel

Dark Stalcaire

Castle Stalker – in the Gaelic, Stalcaire, meaning Hunter or Falconer – is believed originally to have been the site of a Fortalice (a small fortified building) belonging to the MacDougalls when they were Lords of Lorn, and built around 1320.
I attained my 200th follower today – thanks every one

 

 

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I’ll be honest – Florence dissapointed me – over Roma, Venice and Siena but the skyline was very impressive.

Landscape

Firenza Vista

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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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