developing my photography in Moray & the Scottish Highlands
Sleepy as a Lion
Incredible non stop art on the walls and roof – completely took my breath away
Marble Grandeur – Italia
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The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (English: Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower)
Deep inside Caserta Palace – Italy
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.
an old wet film shot quality isn’t great but worth a view
Garmouth Old Rail Bridge crossing the River Spey
I’ll be honest – Florence dissapointed me – over Roma, Venice and Siena but the skyline was very impressive.
a trilogy of Colour in the harbor at Findochty, Moray
The sculpture by Giambologna (1579–1583). 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. Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence
how much conversation in one place
The Royal Palace of Caserta is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. It was the largest palace and one of the largest buildings erected in Europe during the 18th century. In 1997, the Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described in its nomination as “the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque.
Some very subtle light attracted me here – A tilt -shift lens would have been the perfect weapon here but hey that’s a 4 figure sum (so you have to make do with the converging verticals)
The College was founded by Henry VI of England and Henry Chichele (Archbishop of Canterbury), in 1438. If intelligence can be measured by exams, the All Souls Fellows by examination are the cleverest people in the country. — New Statesman
This is the dome of a shopping mall in Livingston Scotland – offering some lovely silvery contrast to the imminent downpour.
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!
Q – So what do you post after your most successful Photoblog image – bar none! A – Something completely different – a Church and abridge gotta be safe really 😀
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.
Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder
Bridge over Coloured Water
Wing and aPrayer
I am the eye in the Sky
Old within New
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 Cloister Famous is the cloister of the Clarisses, transformed in 1742 by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro with the unique addition of majolica tiles in Rococò style. 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 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
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)
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.
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
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