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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A little bit left field for you  - I think it fits squarely in to the Digital Art compartment

A little bit left field for you – I think it fits squarely in to the Digital Art genre

Abstract, Digital Art, Freshly Pressed

Contented Loneliness

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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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Well I hoping to challenge you a little here - this is taking my minimal theme to the extreme - have I gone to far :-)

Well I was hoping to challenge you a little here – this is taking my minimal theme to the extreme – have I gone to far :-)

Abstract, Freshly Pressed, Photography, postaday

Fading Away

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Coast, Freshly Pressed, Landscape, postaday

Crovie at the edge (Tiltshift)

I seen an image of one of the Moray coastal fishing villages which I knew was tweaked but I didnt understand how so I went along took my own shot and have atempted the same effect - I spent alot of time trial and error but think I have got the hang of it. Anyway you wont see too many of these - but I do feel this particular location works well for the tiltshift process. Tiltshift for the uninformed is gausian blur applied across all but aband of the image which you want to remain normal plus a little boost the contrast and saturation offering a dreamy toy village effect.

I seen an image of one of the Moray coastal fishing villages which I knew was tweaked but I didn’t understand how so I went along took my own shot and have attempted the same effect – I spent a lot of time trial and error but think I have got the hang of it. Anyway you wont see too many of these – but I do feel this particular location works well for the tilt-shift process. Tilt-shift for the uninformed is Gaussian blur applied across all but a band of the image which you want to remain normal plus a little boost the contrast and saturation offering a dreamy toy village effect.

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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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Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Texture, Travel

Converging Texture

Well I was planning to post this image some 3 hours ago but I started messing about with the crop and 3 hours later I still wasn't happy but decided to hit save anyway. It was a lot easier when I posted this on Instagram less to think about. All in all it is about the myriad of colours and light n shade which all converge on the building. Classic harsh winter light

Well I was planning to post this image some 3 hours ago but I started messing about with the crop and 3 hours later I still wasn’t happy but decided to hit save anyway. It was a lot easier when I posted this on Instagram less to think about. All in all it is about the myriad of colours and light n shade which all converge on the building. Classic harsh winter light

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

Glasgow Sampler

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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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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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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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Birds, Landscape, Photography, postaday, Sunset

The Trilogy Silhouette

This is the story of the simple silhouette – the sunset was demonstrating potential, so I hung around in anticipation and hope – the scene which was unfolding was nice but unspectacular. The large ball of fire was becoming filtered behind a wall of cloud – just so-so nothing more. I noticed how defined the black lighthouse was against the sky and spotted the seagulls floating on high – but in the distance the noise of the “Big Yellow Taxi” our Search and Rescue Helicopter (Sea-King) and bingo I saw the final image. I adjusted to a faster shutter speed and waited for the helicopter to swing in to profile. Press and the image was captured thus creating the Trilogy Silhouette – an  interesting  image enjoy :D

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Landscape, Nature, Photography, postaday, Texture, Travel

A Wash of Colour

This is another long lens landscape – I took several shots to get what I was seeing with my eyes, I was messing around shooting across the light. I loved the ruffled patch of water and I loved the light on the trees to the left of the image, but was failing to join them in an interesting way so I moved my perspective more in to the light and hey presto the graduation you can now see. With strong light and reflection fading towards the patch of different water. In the end I moved from being frustrated to being satisfied. I hope you enjoy it too.

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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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Landscape, Nature, Photography, Sunset, Travel

Hot n Cold

In late Autumn the sun is so low in the sky that it struggles to reach everywhere, resulting in a wonderful contrast between the cool shore and the warm foliage.

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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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Cityscape, Landscape, Photography, Travel

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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Historical, Landscape, People, Photography, Skyscape, Travel

Inchdrewer Autumn

Inchdrewer is owned by. Count Robin Ian Evelyn Stuart de la Lanne Mirrlees of Inchdrewer, Baron of Inchdrewer and Laird of Bernera Mor (an island in the Outer Hebrides), was aid-de-camp to Peter II, the last King of Yugoslavia, who as a token of his esteem, granted him the title Prince of Incoronata! Although an avowed anti-monarchist, the Count (his mother was a French Countess) has apparently started using his royal.
He has led a ‘dashing life’ and it is said that Ian Fleming modelled the character of James Bond on him! I presume the ‘concrete’ renovation work in Inchdrewer was done at the count’s behest, however he is in his 80s now and spends most of his time on his estate in the Hebrides, which is why Inchdrewer sadly needs some love.

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Post sunset hue signals the last action of the day

Landscape, Photography, Skyscape, Sunset

Last Traces of Summer

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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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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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Duffus Castle, near Elgin, Moray, Scotland, was a motte-and-bailey castle and was in use from c.1140 to 1705.

Historical, Landscape, Photography, Skyscape, Travel

Duffus Monochrome Magic

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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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