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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Snowdrops | 35mm.

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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.

I | Look Down [I].

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II | Look Back.

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III | Look Down [II].

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IV | Look Forward.

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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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II. [1/50th” f2.5 ISO:1600]

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III. [1/13th” f2.5 ISO:1600]

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Insulting One’s Own? | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, photography, urban

Some People Just Shouldn’t Write Graffiti.


Complex.

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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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VIII.

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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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I. | 28mm 760nm IR.

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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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II. | 28mm 760nm IR.

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III. | 50mm 715nm IR.

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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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I. | 35mm [720nm IR].
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II. | 28mm [760nm IR].

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III. | 28mm [760nm IR].

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

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

Talla | One Last View from the Top.

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Talla Reservoir, Tweedsmuir | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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Forgotten Gardens | 760nm IR | 35:Chronicle

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

The Crook’s Treasures.


Following on from The Lambs which I posted a week ago, I want now to share these images of another part of the grounds belonging to the Crook Inn. These are not just the Crook’s treasures though; they’re mine too. The reason I say this is very simple – I have stopped here on at least four separate occasions over a good many years, to shoot the place, and never did I think to venture across the road to see what lay behind the dry-stone dyke and, the trees. Happily, I did on this occasion and, what finds lay in wait! Two segregated gardens, one presumably for long-ago guests to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery and, the one behind that which was where I believe the hotel staff grew and tended their own vegetable produce for their kitchens in the pitted and rusty-framed, glass-less greenhouse and the land beyond. The latter garden is heavily overgrown and neglected, but still, the scenery beyond is nothing short of stunning. I am not at all religious but I can well understand why the Scots call Scotland ‘God’s Own Country’. There are fewer rural views that will stir the heart as much as they stirred mine on this day. 

My main aim was to make some frames in the rear-most garden. Largely this was because the smaller enclosed garden next to the roadside, aside from trees and a large granite burial stone in its centre (to, “Mungo”) was largely featureless, but also,  the tall and thick trees around it prevented much direct sunlight from entering most of its area. So, I followed the light through, and further back to the more open space.

Capturing in infrared only serves to accentuate the contrast and form of such scenes and, I really don’t believe that a natural light approach would have had quite such an impact, visually. As much as I have enjoyed these frames and continue to do so, I hope you will too. 

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I | Inside the First Gate | 28mm – 760nm IR.

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II | Thro’ the Second Gate | 28mm – 760nm IR.

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III | At the Entrance to the Old Greenhouse | 28mm – 760nm IR.

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IV | Forgotten | 28mm – 760nm IR.

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V | Breath? What Breath? | 28mm – 760nm IR.

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Perfect Reception? | 760nm IR | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, infrared, photography

“Back Then, Son, Sky was all We Could Get!”


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Av, Tv – or Both? | 28mm – 760nm Infrared.

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The Lambs | 715 & 760nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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

A Different Kind of Silence.


A week or so ago, I took a run up through Tweedsmuir with the express intent of immersing myself in some more IR shooting. The conditions for IR weren’t great, however, a few days ago, they were absolutely perfect – so I made another trip, early. As well as re-shooting a number of places I had already visited, (and, because I had allowed myself much more time) I drove just a little further north and stopped here, at the Crook Inn.

I have some fond memories of this place and stayed here for a couple of nights around twelve years ago, just to take in the atmosphere of the place. Though it is situated on the outskirts of a very small and quiet hamlet, it used to be a remarkable place to hang out. Especially in the winter when the wood-stove in the intimate, circular bar was roaring and, the beer was flowing. Aside from having an A-road right next to it, here, it’s about as beautifully rural as one could find anywhere. A great tinge of memory and sadness tainted my joy of walking around the old place again, as I made some photographs.

The Crook Inn has been closed for over ten years now but, the local community got together to raise funds in their efforts to buy the place, and collectively, refurbish and reinstate it.  I gather though, that seeing as how I was there shooting its first fund-raising event back in 2007 or thereabouts, and that not much work (if any) seems to have been carried out since then, the community plan has sadly fallen by the wayside. I could be wrong, but the visual evidence doesn’t suggest any movement in a positive direction. Sadly, these lambs will also continue to remain silent. 

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I | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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II | 50mm | 715nm Infrared.

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III | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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IV | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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