The Gardens of Drumlanrig | 720nm Infrared – PT.I | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, rural, structures, summer, trees

Hog Heaven – An Alternative View.


Back in early April this year, we visited Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill. You may remember, if you’re a regular reader, that at the time, I was shooting with my then newly internally converted 720nm IR GR [PT.III of original series]- and, what I really wanted to capture were the beautiful gardens here. Sadly, April is a little early and the groundsmen were still working their fingers to the bone in preparing these fabulous grounds for the public and, some shots of the castle itself were the best that I could steal. Once they were open however, we went back – and, what a glorious day it was to wander around and to play with light again. 

Don’t be misled by a gentle introduction – this place is stunning in any light and, I hope to do Drumlanrig’s gardens justice over coming posts. I only hope you’ll enjoy them.

R.

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Orchardton Tower | 720nm IR | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, infrared, photography, ruins, rural, structures

A Once Outdated Revival?


A few miles drive from the beautiful Dundrennan Abbey, in the parish of Buittle (pron: Bittle) stands this fabulous structure, just a mile or so south of the village of Palnackie. It dates back to around 1400 AD and was built by the Cairns family who became strongly associated with this area from the early 15th century, onwards. What is special about Orchardton is that today, it is the only cylindrical tower left standing in Scotland. Oddly, it was also built around 200 years after round towers had ceased to be fashionable. 

The tower was situated at the north-east corner of a fortified yard which would have sheltered livestock and other domestic amenities, but itself, would have provided living accommodation on each floor, accessed mostly likely by the use of a movable staircase. At 11 metres in height, once climbed, the tower also provides spectacular views over the surrounding landscape, though here, the stonework is the real treasure. The last of its kind.

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XIX [II] | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, close-up, macro, photography, still life

Shelling-Out | PT.II


Following on from my previous post, here are just a couple more macro / close-up frames taken with my newly acquired, hardly used GRD IV.  Getting a little closer has seldom been easier or, as much fun. (It just goes to show, huge investment isn’t always necessary.) I hope you’ll enjoy these and, have a great week ahead.

R.

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XIX [I] | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, close-up, macro, nature, photography, still life

Shelling-Out (for Reasonably Priced G.A.S).


Right-oh – this post is just for a little fun. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to buy a cracking (barely tripped) little camera and all the trimmings at a bit of daft price and, as I’d had one around eight years ago (and sold it to fund my first GR), nostalgia for its punchy output got the better of me and so – ker-ching! (You know how it is, right?) Ricoh’s GRD IV was for me, a cracking little street camera but, it was also great for indoor candids; its black and white output has been praised ad-infinitum too, all over the inter-web – and with very good reason. (Check out the inimitable Olivier Duong’s page about it here, posted almost three years ago, at Inspired Eye if you’re interested). However, the real reason I bought it again, was to set it up in my macro studio.

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With the combination of its small sensor and a minimum film speed of ISO/ASA:80, it’s a fabulous little thing for getting closer and providing plenty of DoF (depth of field) at macro-distances. I don’t know if it’s 1:2 or a 1:1 equivalent and frankly, I don’t care a hoot. It gets close. Though I didn’t exploit its 10mm  closest-focus, I did have a little bit of a play with a few shells that I’d pocketed from the beach last week, after I’d photographed the Thirlstane. To be honest, I really can’t see that much of a difference in IQ (image quality) at ISO80 at these close distances, to the ISO200 frames I grab with any of my APS-C set-ups. I’m sure there is a difference, I just can’t distinguish it. But for DoF, with IQ at this level – I think I’m going to enjoy playing with this little macro-monster more and more. Just when I thought I’d become an utter APS-C  (minimum) IQ-snob – I end up with this thing again, after all this time. Who’d have thunk it? I still love it!

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Thanks so much for reading, I do hope that you’ll enjoy these couple of frames and, are having a great weekend.

R.

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Views from a Ridge | PT.IV | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

Portrait of Talla. 

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Small Beginnings | 28mm – 760nm Infrared.

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2018 Photographic Review | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 35mm, 50mm, black & white, boats, close-up, colour, faux-colour, Indoor, infrared, landscape, macro, nature, personal, photography, review, skies, spring, structures, trees, waterscape

One Hundred to One.


Seeing as how this post happens to be my one hundredth, it’s actually ninety-nine into one . Since I began this blog back in March, I have also enjoyed the works and posts of so many of you and, if there could be more hours in a day, there would be many more besides, too, providing me with no less enjoyable learning, entertainment or, food for thought. I have also, over the last ten months, hoped to provide some interest in the field of photography, my own takes from various genres of our art-form which I feel so passionate about. Without the love for it, the desire to (hopefully) create something a little different on occasion or, the discipline to stay true, it’s all for nothing. Insosaying, I hope with all the passion that I have for various genres of photography, that my sincerity is not only intact but also, perhaps more importantly, unmistakably evident.

As this year now tick-tocks on to draw its last, making way for the next, I would like not only to thank you most sincerely for your input, your comments, clicks, follows and conversations, but to wish every one of you a very happy New Year for 2019. Your presence here is just as important as my own works, because without a reader, a word or a picture – would be pointless. Therefore, if you will forgive my indulgence, I would like to share with you all just some of my favourite frames from this inaugural year on 35:Chronicle.  I truly hope that you will enjoy them.

Wishing you all wonderful celebrations and, much happiness from the coming year.

Warmest regards,

Rob. 

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Telford Woz ‘Ere! | 720nm Faux-Colour Infrared | 35mm.

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Double-Masted | 720nm Infrared | 35mm.

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Bluebell | 35mm.

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Broom | 35mm.

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Milkbank House Ruins | 760nm Infrared | 28mm.

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Talla Reservoir | 760nm Infrared | 28mm.

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Talla’s Monitoring Station | 720nm Infrared | 50mm.

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How the Other Half Live | 720nm Infrared | 35mm.

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Sir Duncan Rice Library | University of Aberdeen | 28mm.

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Moonrise | 720nm Infrared | 85mm.

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Grandeur | 35mm.

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Happy New Year 2019, to You All!

R.


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But is it Art? | Street[ish!?] | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, night / low-light, photography, urban

Look Down.


A little bit of a mixed up post, this one – image-wise, certainly. Still, during a recent visit to Aberdeen, I took the opportunity to shoot something that I don’t shoot often enough and, I loved it. I miss shooting on the street (though I do not in any way consider myself very good at the genre) but also, I love to catch people in the frame too. Occasionally, there’s an interaction that not only warrants a thumbs up from me but a bloody big smile when I later review certain frames and, remember how good it felt to capture them. Anyway, though maybe a little cliched, this is just for fun – so please don’t judge me too harshly! I hope you’ll enjoy these captures. 

R.

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King’s College Chapel | Old Aberdeen | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, night / low-light, photography, structures

Wide Open Spaces.


Walking around Old Aberdeen after sunset turned out to be a pure joy in many ways. In a previous post, I waxed a little about the stunningly picturesque Powis Gate Towers and, directly opposite them stands this beautiful building – King’s College. Although I was tripodless, I managed to snag a few frames by shooting wide open (at 2.5) handheld and, though a little soft, I am nonetheless very happy to share these few images. I hope you’ll enjoy them. 

R.

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Insulting One’s Own? | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, photography, urban

Some People Just Shouldn’t Write Graffiti.


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A Grand Entrance | Old Aberdeen | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, night / low-light, photography, structures

The Powis Gate Towers.


During a wander around the University of Aberdeen’s buildings and walkways, these wonderful minaret towers came into view, lit only by a couple of street lamps and, traffic lights. Daylight had faded to black and I simply had nowhere to rest my camera – so, if I was going to get a frame of these beautiful towers, I would have to do it the ol’ fashioned way. Steady the body, metre, compose, deep breath and – wait for some foot-traffic.

Both frames shot handheld at 1/6th”, f2.5, ISO:1600. I have included two, where one frame would surely suffice, only because, with subtle differences, I simply couldn’t decide between them. I hope you’ll enjoy…

R.

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Shifting Spaces | University of Aberdeen | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, Indoor, photography, structures

The Sir Duncan Rice Library Atrium.


At the beginning of this week, I was fortunate enough to have made a very special visit and, my first, to Aberdeen. Having arrived during the middle of the afternoon, (and, at this time of year when the light begins to fade not long after 3pm) – photographing during the daytime on the city’s streets left me little time for captures. Leaving my tripod at home was probably not the best idea either, but as street photography was not my primary reason for visiting, I was quick to absolve myself. 

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One of the most beautiful places I was guided towards was the library at the city’s university. Primarily, I was told in no uncertain terms that I would fall in love with the view upwards from the ground floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. Laced with history, learning, awards and, aesthetic ingenuity and splendour, Kaine was absolutely right. And so, on foot, we made our way. 

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On arrival, the ground floor was a bustle of people and, I dodged many in order to selfishly occupy the space directly below the spiralling walkway that shrank as it ascended each of the seven floors above me. Continually, I moved around to capture this incredible structure from as many angles as I could before we had to leave, taking in the lighting and the tantalising lure of so many lines and curves. Coming from a countryside background to this, was – breathtaking. Whilst I can appreciate my natural surroundings in all of its splendour, there is something to be said for photographing outside of any comfort-zone that I most often find myself confined within. 

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My thanks go to Kaine for his expert guidance (especially given the time constraints placed upon him) in allowing me to make these (and other, yet to be posted) captures. I hope you will all enjoy these few frames which form only a small part of this incredible and, beautiful structure. 

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(All images shot at 28mm, ISO 1600 & handheld).

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While the Sun Shines | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography

As Goliath Sleeps | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.


Moving on from Part I of this short series where I shared a few very casual frames taken using just visible light, during the baling process, I’m going to press on with the next few frames that I feel are worthy of sharing too, taken using just IR light. Using just my 28mm 760nm infrared conversion for my GXR, Goliath was asleep having done his work overnight and through the previous day, and, this allowed me plenty of time on yet another beautiful morning to wander ’round and capture some more images.

760nm affords (very appreciably) more contrast and clarity of reproduction (in both RAW/DNG and in the JPGs) but I prefer always to work from DNG, nonetheless. Faux colour is less possibly achieved at 760nm because the transmittance of any colour information to the sensor is by this level, seriously degraded when compared to 720nm and of course, lower frequencies. Black and white therefore, has to be the desired output when capturing light at this and higher frequencies. Fortunately, this works well in my favour, being a devout enthusiast of black and white photography. I can’t imagine these images pleasing me more with the presence of any colour at all – despite the beauty of the day.

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Talla’s Monitoring Station | 715 & 760nm IR | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 50mm, black & white, infrared, photography, waterscape

It’s Not Over, Yet.


Secluded and sheltered deep between the hills, Talla reservoir is a hidden gem. The views from the peaks are simply stunning, no matter what the conditions. It is not often that I visit this beautiful place, however, whenever I do make the trip, I spend as long as I can here, to wander, makes frames and, absorb the quiet of this not often frequented spot. One road descends steeply from the top of the hill, winds around the edges of the reservoir, past the farm which looks onto the south-east tip of this almost mile long stretch of water, and continues north-westwards towards its far edges and, out to Tweedsmuir. Here, at the north-western end of the reservoir, is the monitoring station. 

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At Megget, the station is of far different design and structure, has a less aesthetic exterior and, due to it being situated in a much larger body of water,  it’s considerably bigger too. But the domed station at Talla with its modern walkway, is something that I have wanted so much to capture (properly) for many years – and, after around half a dozen photo-visits over the last ten or so years, I have finally come away with a few frames that I am happy with. The water here is seldom still – that mill-pond surface that can render a waterscape  as close to photographically perfect as one could get, is seldom seen on Talla. Nevertheless, though I am sure calm water does happen here, I have never seen that glass-like still that I hope one day to capture at Talla. I know that I will have to keep returning, until the day that I do. Photographing this curious structure alone is for me, a plenty good-enough reason to revisit.

Shooting these in infrared has certainly rendered a more pleasing contrast than I would have been able to portray if shooting visible-light, particularly in the skies of the 28mm – 760nm frames; hence, the 715nm frame displays markedly less definition but still, to my eyes, an even quality that even on a slightly cloudy day, seems to do the scene some noticeable justice.

I do hope that you’ll enjoy these captures. 

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In the Still of the Light | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, ruins, structures

An IR Trilogy.


From spring, right through to the far reaches of autumn (or, fall, depending on where you’re reading this)  the one thing that I really do look forward to (I mean, apart from scaring the natives with my leggy-peggies when I swap jeans for shorts!) is getting out and making some infrared photographs. This year, I am (thanks in major-part to my good friend, the Doctor)  better equipped for IR shooting than I have found myself to be before. However, and this is the kicker – the conditions over the past few weeks have been little short of diabolical and, as a result, I have not been able to make a lot of use of the equipment anywhere near as much as I have been truly hoping to. Nonetheless, I have managed a few forays into the further reaches of the EMS and, I thought I might put together a little trilogy, if you like, of some of my most recent favourites. Though not always taken under perfect conditions for IR capturing, I like them; also, they keep me inspired – to keep the batteries charged, the lenses clean and, my eyes t’wards the sky.

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Barefoot in Bucharest? | 35:Chronicle

28mm, colour, personal, photography

Where Friends Once Met.


There is a cafe in Bucharest, the owners of which have a beautiful take on one forgetful aspect of their imbibing clientele. I know it is all too easy, on a beautiful, sunny afternoon, to kick-back with friends, lose the footwear and, just chill. A few drinks and a great time, feet, bare on the warm concrete underneath and, afterwards, a happy wander in any direction – maybe home; who knows? I wonder how long it might take for such a person to realise that they’re still barefooted? Nonetheless, those shoes found under tables, when unclaimed, are pinned to the walls outside. A reminder of those who have visited, or perhaps, just a novel way of keeping the floors clear? I don’t know – but it makes me smile every single time I see this photograph because it reminds me, of wonderful times. It’s from my archives, but I came across it again today and, simply couldn’t resist sharing. Have a great weekend! 

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