I got this last week on a photo shoot in Inverness and had to share it – so simple so gorgeous for late November – the circumstances only lasted 10 mins at most – emphasising that you must grab the shot when you see it as light changes very quickly but it also highlights how you need to be ready to grab the opportunities that present themselves. I wont be able to respond to your valued and generous comments just at the moment but I will get around you blogs soon – happy snapping :-)
I’m not sure if you have seen this before but I am certain not in this form. I had a competition entry to find in the subject of Shadows – and this is it (made 3rd place) – hopefully you will notice the central column stands out in the composition with the other areas deliberately darker with an aim to project some depth to the image using light and shade. Now that I have explained that of course you can see it ha ha. Storm Abigail arrives tomorrow so either you wont hear of me again or perhaps I will offer a dramatic seascape as my next post – we shall see.
Whilst out in the town this week I spotted emergency blue lights heading up to Prospect Terrace, unfortunately it was towards a fire. Good news it was an empty property and nobody was hurt. The building has been empty for at least a decade, maybe more and was in very poor condition. I was able to catch the shot using my 150-500 mm Sigma lens (from a 1/4 mile distance) on a Tripod. ISO was set at 1600 and I used a 1/2 sec exposure. Naturally there is some movement but I think it captures the mood. I tweeted a version of the image which was widely circulated on social media. Several organisations sought permission to use the image as news footage including STV, BBC NE. Scottish Fire and Rescue have requested a copy for their website, so altogether worthwhile having my camera – Enjoy
So long time no blog :-( but this hopefully will make you smile – I have another reason for this post though :-)
My son Jamie is volunteering with Raleigh International (some of you may have heard of it as Operation Raleigh) These are his thoughts.
“In February I will volunteer for 12 weeks on a development programme in Nicaragua. This is part of International Citizen Service (ICS), which brings young people together to fight poverty and make a difference where it is needed most. I’ll be working alongside volunteers from Nicaragua, on a project that will help to improve people’s access to safe water and sanitation. ICS works with communities that have specifically requested their help. It also aims to inspire young people in the UK and overseas to become active citizens who are passionate about long term community development.”
Sustainable Development is a subject close to my heart so if you wish you support his project please visit Jamies Just Giving Page – Thanks
The word Boat in this bridges name should be enough to identify that it is on the site of a historic ferry crossing of the Spey. What is perhaps more surprising, however, is that there was a Medieval Bridge on the site, later replaced by a ferry. The medieval bridge here was built by Muriel de Polloc, and seems to have served for many years, with the tolls supporting a local hospital. It seems most likely that the bridge was replaced by a ferry only after floodwater from a storm washed it away, although the date is not known at present.
In 1830, however, a bridge replaced the ferry once more. The structure was a Suspension Bridge designed and built by Captain Samuel Brown RN, and believed to be his only bridge. Due to the type of light traffic that used the roads at the time, it is probable that the bridge was a fairly lightweight structure. The tollhouse for this bridge still survives on the eastern shore. (The focus of my photograph)
The modern bridge was constructed in 1952 to replace the old Suspension Bridge. It consists of a single arch-topped steel truss through which a single file of traffic can pass. The abutments are stone, the one to the west bank considerably back from the river channel to allow for floodwater. The bridge sits next to the railway line from Aberdeen to Inverness, with the steel truss bridge showing a trapezoid outline next door.The other point of interest is that the bridge has its name cast into the small truss sections over the roadway at each end. (Historical from Sabre Wiki)
Some background for my mono capture – enjoy.
Not my usual type of shot but I was at the Run for Colour with my wife at the weekend and got drawn to the colour stations – might even try this in the Camera Club this season
I have a few thoughts about cropping and composition but would welcome any feedback.