I thought I would offer a compare and contrast of the same view from different locations - The first image was taken a few weeks ago and the second back in 2010 when I first moved to the Highlands. I pass this view every time I head out to Inverpolly - I usually stop and in fat I intend to stop on each occasion and see how many variations I get.

I thought I would offer a compare and contrast of the same view from different locations – This image was taken a few weeks ago and the second back in 2010, when I first moved to the Highlands. I pass this view every time I head out to Inverpolly – I usually stop and in fact I intend to stop on each occasion from now on and see how many variations I get. I love the natural leading lines of Ardmair Bay lots of light textures, cloud shadows and of course the thin layer of cloud perched on the top of Coigach.

 

Beinn Mor Coigach

This was taken back in 2010, I didn’t know the area at all, this is down on the beach at Ardmair, with the lines drawing you towards Coigach – I liked the wet and dry stones separated by the seaweed line, whipping you round to the mountain topped by a dusting of snow.

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Coigach Variations

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As Lyle is beginning to believe is permanently bathed in sunshine, I thought I would take you back a week or so to the period of strong winds which we had - I tried my level best to trash a 24-85mm Nikor  attempting to take a dust bowl live (silly me). Realising I was loosing out badly to nature I headed to the field next door and got this. It doesn't quiet help you appreciate the weather condition's. However if you look across the the image there are clues everywhere. Perhaps there is a bit too much going on - either way we needed to move away from Torridon just briefly.

As Lyle is beginning to believe Scotland is permanently bathed in sunshine, I thought I would take you back a week or so to the period of strong winds which we had – I tried my level best to trash a 24-85mm Nikor attempting to take a dust bowl live (silly me). Realising I was losing out badly to nature I headed to the field next door and got this. It doesn’t fully help you appreciate the weather condition’s. However if you look across the the image there are clues everywhere. Perhaps there is a bit too much going on – either way we needed to move away from Torridon just briefly.

Landscape, Nature, Photography

Dust Bowl

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I am very proud of this shot which I took back in 2011, compositionally I took 4  subtly different shots of this boat and selected this shot (no cropping. I had the opportunity to take some shots in to the camera club and receive some critique from fellow members - all were complimentary on the composition and light but one person suggested the sky lacked sufficient contrast to compete with the lovely reflection. Well that was me off in to the archives to pull the RAW file and here we are. Now I think this pops whereas previously it was a nice shot - it is now on sale and getting growing interest - have a lovely week chaps.

 

I am very proud of this shot which I took back in 2011, compositionally I took 4 subtly different shots of this boat and then selected this shot (no cropping). Recently I had the opportunity to take some shots in to the camera club and receive some critique from fellow members – all were complimentary on the composition and light but one person suggested the sky lacked sufficient contrast to compete with the lovely reflection. Well that was me off in to the archives to pull the RAW file and here we are. Now I think this pops whereas previously it was a nice shot – it is now on sale and getting growing interest – have a lovely week chaps.

Landscape, Photography, Travel

Arisaig Row Boat

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Lossiemouth Landscape by iPhone 5S

 

This shot did rather well on Instagram last week so I was interested if it was purely down to the fact that I was viewing it on a small mobile phone screen and wondered if it would survive the greater test of a blogpost.  I exported the image to my computer levelled the horizon and cropped it to the same shape as I posted it on IG and that was it. The colour is pretty good – texture is visible in the sand ripples out to about 25m and the town is about 1.5 miles back down the beach so I wasn’t surprised that it struggled with the shadow detail in the town. All in all, it is a pretty faithful reproduction of a perfect day unfortunately we had the dog so I didn’t have the DSLR to provide a comparison shot, thought’s?

Coast, Digital Art, Landscape

Lossiemouth Landscape by iPhone 5S

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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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Now I want you to sing along boys and girls and then we will do some colouring in...  The wonderful thing about tiggers Is tiggers are wonderful things! Their tops are made out of rubber Their bottoms are made out of springs! They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one  Tiggers are cuddly fellas Tiggers are awfully sweet Ev'ryone el-us is jealous That's why I repeat... and repeat  The wonderful thing about tiggers Is tiggers are marvelous claps! They're loaded with vim and vigor They love to leap in your laps! They're jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one I-I-I'm , the only... oof! Ouch! Right I can see you have some Spring in your tail - so lets get colouring in "Hopeman Huts" - enjoy

                                             Now I want you to sing along boys and girls and then we will do some colouring in…                                                                         
The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are wonderful things!
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs!
They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I’m the only one
Tiggers are cuddly fellas
Tiggers are awfully sweet
Ev’ryone el-us is jealous
That’s why I repeat… and repeat
The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are marvelous claps!
They’re loaded with vim and vigor
They love to leap in your laps!
They’re jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I’m the only one
I-I-I’m , the only… oof!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Right I can see you have some Spring in your tail – so lets get colouring in “Hopeman Huts” – enjoy

 

 

Beach, Digital Art, Landscape

Sing-along then my “Colouring Book”

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You have no idea how often I have tried photographing trees - with a very low success rate. Mr David Oakes however  rarely gets it wrong - please check out his blog http://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/ to guage for yourself. However on this occasion the sun was particularly low in the sky and just tickling a few branches with just enough light to be interesting - so there you have it a "homage to Mr Oakes" - enjoy

You have no idea how often I have tried photographing trees – with a very low success rate. Mr David Oakes however rarely gets it wrong – please check out his blog http://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/ to guage for yourself. However on this occasion the sun was particularly low in the sky and just tickling a few branches with just enough light to be interesting – so there you have it a “homage to Mr Oakes” – enjoy

Landscape, Nature, Texture

Just some Trees (A homage to Mr Oakes)

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I do like this image - I feel like it meanders to the distant skyline - lots of texture and engaging light - I am enjoyiing working through unedited shots or shots previously discarded (due to being unhappy with the colour). You will also note more Mono shots appearing ~ I hvave no intention of walking away from colour but I am definitely enjoying mono more. As always enjoy - critiques always welcome - Scott

I do like this image – I feel like it meanders towards the distant skyline – lots of texture and engaging light – I am enjoying working through unedited shots or shots previously discarded (due to being unhappy with the colour). Regular visitors amongst you will also note more Mono shots appearing ~ I have no intention of walking away from colour but I am definitely enjoying mono much more. As always enjoy – critiques always welcome – Scott

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Meandering

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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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I am having a lot of fun trying lots of different things currently - moreover I have been trying hard to mix up my posts to hold your attention. But I cannot denty that I was rather flattered by a recent comment which said and I quote "your trade mark wide open space". well to be honest that simply got the creative juices flowing and headed off to find some hardcore Open Space" - enjoy

I am having a lot of fun trying lots of different things currently – moreover I have been trying hard to mix up my posts to hold your attention. But I cannot deny that I was rather flattered by a recent comment which said and I quote “your trade mark wide open space”. well to be honest that simply got the creative juices flowing and so I headed off to find some hardcore Open Space” – enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Draining

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This time generate a mixture of feelings here we are hanging on to the last warmth trying to avoid switching on the central heating - outside still lots of sunshine - darker sky's  and each evening brings an earlier sunset - curtains are getting drawing earlier each evening and autumn is well under way. Perhaps we appreciate the days more because they are shorter, in the next couple of weeks I can get some easy sunrises without having to get up too early so there is losts of promise. Here the crop is at it's peak and ready for a golden harvest

This time of year generates a mixture of feelings, here we are hanging on to the last warmth – trying to avoid switching on the central heating – outside still lots of sunshine – darker sky’s and each evening brings an earlier sunset – curtains are getting drawing earlier and autumn is well under way. Perhaps we appreciate the days more because they are shorter, in the next couple of weeks I can get some easy sunrises without having to get up too early so there is lots of promise. Anyway I have rambled on long enough – this post is a crop at it’s peak and ready for a golden harvest – enjoy

Landscape, Nature, Photography

Harvest Gold

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Well blogging should be fun - so can you?

Well blogging should be fun – so can you?

Beach, People, Photography, Seascape

Spot the Ball

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Nature, postaday, Texture

It’s a Puzzle

A close off centre crop of a Monkey Puzzle Tree - this is a close up taken with a 50-200 non VR lens. I would love to get hold of a Macro lens - would love to see the close up potential.

A close off centre crop of a Monkey Puzzle Tree – this is a close up taken with a 50-200 non VR lens. I would love to get hold of a Macro lens – would love to see the close up potential.

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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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lots of subtle light varied in the way it is has dappled itself unequally across the sky and wet sand - somewhere in Moray - well you cant have all the details or you will be on my doorstep pinching my great sky's

lots of subtle light varied in the way it is has dappled itself unequally across the sky and wet sand – somewhere in Moray – well you cant have all the details or you will be on my doorstep pinching my great sky’s

Coast, Landscape, Photography

A Brush of Light

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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, postaday, Travel

Muted Loch Duich

I have been so many locations recently when the sun hasn't even peaked out from the cloud and I have nt had the time to hang around for the light to change. This can leave very flat opportunities - until recently the camera would probably have remained in the bag. But as an amateur with limited time out and about I have to deal with what I can get and lets face it this is the Scotland many people are faced with so your challenge here is to look that bit closer for the light it is there very subtly - these locations and conditions always generate a calm which relaxes me.

I have been so many locations recently when the sun hasn’t even peaked out from the cloud and I haven’t had the time to hang around for the light to change. This can leave very flat opportunities – until recently the camera would probably have remained in the bag. But as an amateur with limited time out and about I have to deal with what I can get and lets face it this is the Scotland many people are faced with. So your challenge here is to look that bit closer for the light, it is there very subtly – these locations and conditions always generate a calm which relaxes me.

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Coast, Freshly Pressed, postaday, Sunset

Overwhelmed

Not a great deal to say hear - simply a powerful light show amplified through the still reflection of an ebbing tide.

Not a great deal to say here – simply a powerful light show – amplified by the still reflection upon an ebbing tide.

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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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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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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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Here we are in the depths of winter and I realised I have not generated a good old fashioned sunset since mid November - now there is a reason for that of course (I am working when the light departs) but I was down the beach last weekend when this happened and I thought you may like this little chase of light......

Here we are in the depths of winter and I realised I have not generated a good old fashioned sunset since mid November – now there is a reason for that of course (I am working when the light departs) but I was down the beach last weekend when this happened and I thought you may like this little chase of light……

Beach, Landscape, Photography, Sunset

Gentle afterglow

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This is ashot I took along time back which compositionally I was happy with but the upper part of the Sky was alittle blown so I thought I would mess around with some infrared & mono interpretations. Anyway the long and the short of it is I rather like this and may well try some more IR shots. Enjoy

This is a shot I took along time back which compositionally I was happy with but the upper part of the Sky was alittle blown so I thought I would mess around with some infrared & mono interpretations. Anyway the long and the short of it is I rather like this and may well try some more IR shots. Enjoy

Landscape, Photography, Travel

Assynt Mono

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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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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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Beach, Coast, Landscape, People, Photography, postaday, Travel

Taking in the view – Oldshoremore

Well as you tolerated my Glaswegian Social Commentary, I thought I may continue to indulge some people photography – here are three ladies soaking up the view in beautiful light at Oldshoremore, Sutherland. The view which they are not sharing with you is wild and magnificent. First and foremost I loved the light,  but I clocked the other person dissapearing (hands on hips) in to the distance and the wonderful white house isolated by the dark sky. I immediately thought they had been socially excluded from the bench threw a temper tantrum and walked off in a huff. 

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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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