A Stop-Gap, Perhaps? | 760 & 715nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

Either Side of 35.


As I am now on the verge (pardon the pun, please?) of re-commencing my photographic passions with entirely different systems, both of which feature fixed 35mm (FoV) lenses, I thought it might be nice to reflect a little on the two IR systems that I enjoyed last year. Both of them are either side of 35 and, of different wavelengths to the 720nm I will from here-on, be concentrating – and, my anticipation of getting back out there is again heightened by such reflection. 

These few frames were taken around Megget Water; either of, from or, towards Megget Dam, (not far from St. Mary’s Loch) in South West Scotland – during July of last year. Most frames that I had posted of Megget last year concentrated mainly on the reservoir itself, but there are clearly other views. I simply cannot wait to go back in the spring. I might even remember to pack my heaviest tripod and a Big-Stopper, next time! 

R.

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I | From | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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II | Towards | 50mm | 715nm Infrared.

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III | Of | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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In-Spired-Out | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, photography, structures

We Create, Therefore, We Are.


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I | Scott Monument – Princes Street, Edinburgh | 28mm – 1/125th – f4.2 – ISO: 259.

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II | Spire of St. Theresa’s [II: VIS] – Dumfries | 35mm – 1/220th – f5.6 – ISO:200.

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III | Greyfriars [II] | 720nm IR | 24mm – 1/125th – f7.6 – ISO: 336.

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Land-Escapery | PT.IV | 35:Chronicle

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Onwards | 720nm Infrared.

The second day of this year was as beautiful as the first and, it would have been impossible for me to have remained indoors. Little did I know at the time though, that these images would be among the very last that I would capture using my faithful GXR systems – the lenses and alternative wavelength conversions that I have been using for the last six or seven years, at least. But I have decided upon two courses of action for this year. I want to lighten my bag and, I want to take things back to what I initially intended these pages to share my enjoyment of. The 35mm FoV, to be succinct. 

I have enjoyed, very much, not limiting myself to one field of view, but on the other hand, I don’t feel that I have learned much either by allowing myself such leeway and, I am beginning to crave limitation again; and to push myself further. I’ll still be shooting IR (try to stop me!) but will concentrate on 720nm, along with my visible-light set-up. New year, new tool-set, as my good friend put it. I know there’ll be frames I’ll miss, but, no matter what FL lens is mounted, there always will be. So, for this year, I’m scaling back in order to move forward. 

Onwards.

R.

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I | A Kind of Crossroad? | 720nm IR.

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II | On a Breeze | 720nm IR.

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Down by the River | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, photography, waterscape

The Nith | As Peaceful as it Gets.


Before I dash off to work for the night, I just wish to share a few frames, snagged on a gorgeous New Year’s Day during a walk through Dumfries. These images were taken during the same meander as those published in my previous post, but having a little bit of OCD – I like to keep things grouped, somewhat. (I really should get out of this habit!) I really hope you’ll enjoy these and, I wish you all a fabulous weekend.

R.

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I | Devorgilla Bridge | 50mm | 720nm Infrared. 

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II | Weir | 35mm.

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III | At Nunholm | 50mm | 720nm Infrared.

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A Different Light | PT.II | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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Resolution.


For over an hour I have been sitting at my laptop, reviewing recently processed images that I was able to capture during a leisurely walk around Dumfries on what was a beautifully sunny day, under the clearest, bluest sky. As  my tummy rumbles, my choices become even more difficult as I now find myself distracted by the whiff of lunch emanating from the kitchen. But it can wait – I’ve decided, but it hasn’t been an easy choice. You see, I’ve lived here for almost twenty years now and, almost all of my photo-excursions (the landscapes, anyway) have had me concentrate heavily on rural scenes and views, making the most from infrared light wherever possible and insosaying, I have never, ever – in all of my time here, wandered through or around the town with my cameras. Though I had them with me, my only wish for such a beautiful day was that I might snag a few IR frames along the River Nith, after which, on approaching the town in search of at least one cafe with an ‘Open’ sign (which was more difficult than I thought it would be), I wasn’t thinking about making any more images at all, just… hot chocolate.

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I | The Venue Nightclub Building | 720nm IR | 24mm | 1/125th | f8 | ISO: 835.

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Nevertheless, leaving the riverside and heading into town, my ever scanning eye became increasingly keen as my recent fascination and enjoyment of strong structures again came to the fore and against such a deep blue backdrop, it was impossible to ignore these few frames-to-be. For colour enthusiasts I make no apology; I am delighted to share these captures of a place I know so well and yet, until now, have never seen quite like this. I take this as stark reminder to keep my eyes and, my mind open – especially to all that is right in front of me; that which I see almost every day – and don’t even notice. Of course, this applies to life just as it does to photography. A new resolution, perhaps?

To all of you who read, follow, click  or comment – I thank you and, wish you a very happy and prosperous 2019. I hope you’ll enjoy these few frames.

R.

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II | Spire of St. Theresa’s | 720nm IR | 35mm | 125th | f6.7 | ISO: 308.

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III | Greyfriars | 720nm IR | 24mm | 1/125th | f8 | ISO: 283.
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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, into 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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Memories: Of Longer Days | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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As the Winter Solstice Approaches.


Already, I miss the higher sun, the longer days and, of course, my photo-walks around this rural haven that I call home. These few frames were among the last infrared captures I had made not too many weeks after the segue from summer, to autumn. Yes, I do miss my IR walks. The sun, the warmth, the solitude and, the searching – for the almost ethereal – are to me, those things that I enjoy most about it. As I look forward to next year’s spring, I shall embrace these shorter, darker, colder days – for their own challenges will become my own; but, I long for the light. If only to see scenes like these through my viewfinder again. 

R.

I | Repentance Tower.

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II | Ploughed.

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III | Above & Beyond.

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Infrared Lucidity | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

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Water & Old Stone | 720nm IR.


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Let the Shadows Lengthen | 720nm IR | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

Under a Low, Autumn Sun.


Walking around my home-turf is a real joy on evenings like this and, it is my express intention to squeeze every single IR frame that I can this year, out of this beautiful, peaceful landscape. I know just how lucky I am – and, I hope this notion comes across in my frames. The lowering sun does make composition a little more of a thoughtful, slowed-down process but, that’s how I work naturally anyway. A little slower? Who cares? In a place like this – why would I need to rush, anyway?

(I am aware of the cardinal sin that no serious photographer should ever commit, even unwittingly, in the second frame – however, I’m not a fan of removing elements, so, it stays. It shouldn’t take you long to find it. To help you, try thinking along the lines of “Where’s [the] Wally”! Anyhow, I hope you’ll enjoy these two compositions.

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I | 50mm – 720nm IR.

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II | 85mm – 720nm IR.

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To the Trees | PT.III |35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

An Almost Frantic Race.


The light is fading, the sun is getting lower and the clouds are coming in thick and heavy lately. It’s that time of year when I always feel the rush – to get out when the sun is shining and, to make as many infrared frames as I can of the beautiful scenery around me, before time takes the light away again, at least it will – for a while. The yearly cycle of the seasons waits for no-one. Whilst I am sure there will be glorious days to come before next year’s spring, before the leaves fall, now is the only chance I have to capture some lovely IR light in the foliage and, the landscape. It’s a rush I feel every single year around October, and have felt ever since I first became completely enamoured with infrared photography. 

I have a few more frames in store from recent wanderings – but for now, I am just going to share these two. I really hope you like them.

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I | 720nm IR | How the Other-Half Live.

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II | 720nm IR | Into the Sun.

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To the Trees | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

Proudly, Before their Fall. 


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I | Me, & My Shadow | 24mm – 720nm Infrared.

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II | Positive Space | 24mm – 720nm Infrared.

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Beneath the Boughs | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, photography

… & Through the Gaps.


[Please read to the bottom if you have time – I have a small favour to ask of you]. I don’t know how many of you spotted my intentional reference in my last post. Maybe I was being a little too cryptic or, perhaps the question itself wasn’t obvious. It doesn’t matter. What does matter, to me, is the twinge of sadness that I feel inside, at around this time every year, when the daylight becomes so much shorter and, the sun so much lower. You see, when it comes to making photographs, there are few passions in me to rival it and, infrared is my most consuming joy of the brighter, sunnier months – so much so that when the light and the leaves begin to disappear ever more steadily towards the middle of autumn, I feel like I am losing a friend until the coming of a new spring. It may sound ridiculous to you but, it really does feel like loss. Yes, on beautiful winter days, it is still possible to use the sunlight for IR but the deciduous trees’ absence of foliage makes a huge and noticeable change to  the landscape. I’m starting to mourn already, you see.

So in my question, “what do we do now?” – well, I am at a loss to know just how my endeavours will progress through the autumn and winter months. One thing is certain though, I will find a way to keep my enthusiasm high and, I will remain behind a camera at any opportunity. This is where I need to focus on other techniques and genres – and so, I must keep my mind open; and, see where I find myself. It has been an absolute pleasure and, a total blast sharing my summers’ infrared work, truly. A real buzz. If this is my last IR post for a while, I know not; the weather will have a lot to do with that.

A Small Request:

Now, and this is so important to me – I have to say a huge, massive and grateful thank you, to the one chap that has made my latest IR endeavours possible and given me, again and again, the ability to enjoy the passion of alternative wavelength photography to the best of my personal abilities and, hopefully too, for your enjoyment. So I am going to ask a huge favour of you now. If you have enjoyed any of my IR frames over the last months, I ask you wholeheartedly, please, leave a comment and say a warm and genuine thank you to Amar. I would love to see you all leave a comment please, for a true gent, a humble technician and a bloody splendid fellow. My heart goes out. The Guildford Photographic Society are lucky to have you as a member.

Thank you, my friend!

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I | The Renovation Project | 720nm IR.

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II | Across the Annan – Brocklerigg | 720nm IR.

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As the “Old Saying” Goes? | 720nm IR | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography

What Do We Do, Now that the Cows Have all Come Home?


Any of you who read my pages on even a semi-regular basis, will know that because I live very rurally,  countryside subjects constitute a huge portion of my photographic endeavours. I guess, though I dream of embarking on other projects or making images of a number of other genres, this is what I live with daily and, (I hope) make the most from.  Trees always form an anchor in almost all landscape photographs and, still, I wonder, just when will we have exhausted every angle, each different way of seeing them, photographing them? Never? Oh, let’s hope that can be the case!

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I | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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These particular four trees are very exposed and have a distinct lean towards the east; battered constantly by harsh, often unrelenting westerly winds that howl across the Solway Firth and, when they loose their foliage in late autumn, their branches resemble (to me, at least) the drying bones of living skeletons, desperately reaching out for water.  Still, from spring until autumn, they are unique and, utterly resplendent.

With that said, here is another series of rural frames, (just for fun, really) which reminded me of something that I used to hear a lot as a child. Whatever I was doing, I could keep on doing it until … and it wouldn’t make a blind bit of difference that I did. (It was right up there with “wait until your father gets home!“)

So, back to the question – now that they’re all home, what exactly do we do now? 

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II | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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III | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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IV | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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Let the Shadows Lengthen | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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Debunking an IR Myth.


Has it been only me, or is there a general belief (amongst interested parties, naturally) that infrared photography may only be practised in the height of summer when the sun is aloft in a clear sky, between 10am and 4pm? Okay, I’m exaggerating somewhat to make the point, perhaps, but I do believe that (as I wrote in a recent comment to a splendid chap’s post, here on the wonderful WP) I have been for a long time ignorant that infrared photography has – a season. Like fishing perhaps? Or Grouse hunting? Or, athletics, for that matter?! Not a bit of it!

To show that I have been guilty of harbouring notions which can only be considered complete and utter poppycock, here are a couple of frames taken about a half-hour before sunset last week, where, even though the sun was indeed low in the sky, the light quality was just as perfect, nonetheless – on this beautiful,  peaceful autumn evening.

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I | Dappled Old Stone | 720nm IR.

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II | Evening Tones, from Brocklerigg | 720nm IR.

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Land-Escapery | PT.III | 35:Chronicle

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Over the Hill | 720nm Infrared.


It’s been just about a week since my last post and, it has to be said that this has rather irritated me some. This is largely because, whenever I have had time this past week, I have spent most of it with walking boots on and cameras in hand making the most of some recent fabulous weather. Either that, or, I have been feverishly processing, leaving little or no time to post. Finally though, I seem to have caught-up and, have a huge amount of pleasure in posting these frames, made last week on a gorgeous evening’s wander, close to home.

Lucky? Don’t I know it. I hope you will enjoy these two captures and, have a great weekend ahead.

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I | Moonrise [L] | 720nm IR.

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II | Moonrise [P] | 720nm IR.

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