2018 Photographic Review | 35:Chronicle

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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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Go for the Burn | 715nm IR | 35:Chronicle

50mm, black & white, faux-colour, infrared, photography

I Think I’m Developing a(nother) Habit.


When the weather is as gorgeous as it has been lately, my photo-brain goes into meltdown and, I get a very itchy shutter-finger. Mostly, for fine-weather infrared (because there’s no better time to shoot IR than under a blazing sun) but even so, even when the clouds roll in, I’m still tempted to see how far I can push the light. As the days shorten over the year and the sun gets lower in the sky, I know I will have to store my IR units away again for a good many months, however, for now, as the ol’ saying goes – you have to make hay while the sun shines.

These two frames are of the same little bridge but shot on two very different kinds of days. It takes me an hour or more to get to this spot and I seriously think I am getting a habit for quaint, old bridges – if only I could find more worth capturing. There are far worse vices, I suppose. 

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I | Push | 50mm | 715nm IR.

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II | Pushed | 50mm | 715nm Faux-Colour IR.

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Karma? | 715nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

50mm, close-up, faux-colour, infrared, macro, nature, photography

Sometimes, We All Need a Helping-Hand.


This little guy was crawling very lethargically around my garden a few days ago. While I know little to nothing about bees, I figured he(?) could use a lift. I picked him up and placed him on one of my flowering shrubs and instantly, he began to gather. For a few minutes I just watched it – half grateful, the other half of me just happy to see it perk up. Then, it occurred to me that I might be able to grab a few frames and, the one close-up capable camera I had almost instantly to hand was my 715nm IR converted GXR 50/Macro. For around five minutes more he frequented the flowers on my shrub before he had gathered enough strength to buzz-off again. Still, though my discipline was far from perfect and I was shooting handheld, I was rewarded with a few shots that, whilst a little tricky to process in faux-colour, were worth it. Karma at work? I’m not sure. But, it’s possible. 

With more time and a less urgent / opportunistic approach, I’d have set-up for this kind of work properly, but as is – these are just a few excited (excitable) grab-shots. (The high-key is intentional and, a result of my habit of spot-metering when I macro.) I hope you’ll enjoy them.

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I. | 50mm | 715nm IR.

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II. | 50mm | 715nm IR.

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III. | 50mm | 715nm IR.

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Views from a Ridge | Infrared | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, faux-colour, infrared, landscape, photography, waterscape

Talla & Megget.


We’ve all been there; you get all keyed up as a result of some half-awake, impossible-to-ignore inspiration to go out and make photographs for the entire day and, even before you have wiped the sleep from your eyes and  headed for the shower, (even though the BBC Weather app has predicted sun and very little cover that day) the clouds roll in, and before you know it, they’ve also unloaded their picnic baskets and laid down their blankets, for a day of it. Bugger. (When you’re intending on shooting for infrared, this is not the best of conditions). Still, you get ready, pack your gear in the car and, head off in salubrious hope that conditions will in fact improve. (They don’t.) Before you know it, you are over 30 miles from home, more than 15 miles along a single-track road, dodging sheep at 15 mph (if you’re lucky) and because you’re still full of that waking, resolute determination to find something, anything to shoot before you head home again, you’re a long way past the point of no return both on the road and, in your head. Then, out of the grey (that should be blue, but you can’t always have everything, can you?) you find yourself approaching scenes like these. Scenes that inspire, no matter what the elements deliver.

After I had cussed the clouds, I realised that I had simply decided to get inspired on a less than perfect day for my intentions. But we revolve around the elements; it’s never the other way around. Best to understand that and, get on with it. Or not. I chose the former.

It wasn’t such an imperfect day after all.

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Talla Reservoir  & Farm | 28mm 760nm Infrared.

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Megget Water (To the East, from the Dam, towards St.Mary’s Loch) | 28mm 760nm Infrared.

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Megget Water | Looking West, from the Dam | 28mm 760nm Faux-Colour Infrared.

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07th August 2018: See Take: 2 for the re-shoot under near-perfect weather conditions.

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Closer Still(s) | PT.X | Infrared 715nm | 35:Chronicle

50mm, close-up, faux-colour, infrared, macro, photography

One Red Poppy.


There is such a pleasure in photographing in infrared, (in fact, I can say the same of making images utilising any alternative-wavelengths) though I can’t even begin to describe it. Something about the added uncertainty of the quality of the light we can’t see – and wondering how to control it and, capture it. It definitely keeps me thinking; sometimes head-scratching. Yet so often, surprise and delight are revealed in such density that one cannot help going back for more, and more

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Since having received my IR converted A12 50mm for my GXR it occurred to me that I’ve not really given it a fair outing, yet. It’s not like it will care, or anything like that; it has no feelings and minds not if it’s being used or, if it spends its time just rattling around in compartment three, in my bag. But – though I love what I’ve managed to capture with my 28mm IR unit, the 50 is a rather different kettle o’ fish. For landscapes and closer, wide-angle stuff, the 28 is supreme and, at 760nm,  has a perfect base-wavelength for those tasks, but the 50 has a whole other genre as its niche. Whilst I haven’t taken it out for more natural FoV shooting as yet, I did, this morning, mooch around the garden trying out some close-up and macro subjects while the sun was out. Being as this is the UK – that latter consideration should remind you that unless the forecast states temperatures of 25 Celsius or higher for the entire day, the sun largely makes its own mind up as to whether it’s going to shine or hide behind the nearest cloud, and, there’s usually at least one large bugger waiting  for that job. That said, I had around a half-hour for a play before the inevitable happened.

It was enough.

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II | Poppy | 50mm 1/220th @f5.6 | ISO:200 | 715nm IR

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I’ve broken with a couple of traditions for these frames. The first is more of a sacred rule than a tradition, I suppose: I shot these handheld because I was just too lazy to set up on my tripod.  (There. I said it.) Secondly, I so seldom process infrared in false-colour because, well – it just never looks natural to me (even after setting the correct WB). If I can’t believe what I’m looking at, then I’m certainly not going to expect anyone else to believe it either and, if that should be the case then, what is the point? Still something about these frames made me want to have a go at FC-IR again. Therefore, after processing the entire batch in black and white (my ‘safety-net’ batch), I went back to the beginning and re-processed the whole lot for the second batch in faux-colour; and, you know what? I actually prefer them. I enjoy the subtlety that 715nm has afforded to the colours – and, I have done extremely little to these files  in order to complete them. Still, complete, they are and I am very happy to share a few of them. One single bright-red poppy, dishevelled by short bursts of heavy rain and a fortnight of regular stiff breezes, yet, still every bit as photogenic as when it first came to flower. 

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III | Poppy | 50mm 1/180th @f8 | ISO:200 | 715nm IR

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IV | Working Lunch | 50mm 1/125th @f8 | ISO:238 | 715nm IR

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Days of Innocence | Infrared 720nm | 35:Chronicle

35mm, faux-colour, infrared, photography

Real Memories in False Colour.


Those of us of a certain age (ahem!) may remember, way back in the day when we were children, when sweets used to come in tins. Ornately illustrated tins. Tins that we wanted to keep when they became empty so that we could keep things in them – pointless little things that didn’t really matter to us; it was the fact that we had those gorgeous tins to keep those pointless thing in that was important. So much so that the contents would get scoffed all the more quickly just so we could have the empty tin. Or maybe it was just me? Even my father, who smoked Old Holborn tobacco, probably smoked far more than he really needed to, just so that he could have another tin in which to keep his tin-tacks and assorted screws!

Nonetheless, though I can’t possibly remember any of the images accurately now, at this stage of my life, I do remember the feeling I got of holding them in my hands as an expectant child. Colourful scenes, old cars or trains, aeroplanes – all of these images invoked a still memorable, palpable anticipation synonymous with early childhood. This leads me on to this one frame, posted here.

I don’t usually process for faux-colour when I shoot longer wavelength, near-infrared (preferring black & white) and this particular shot took a lot of my time and consideration before deciding how to process it. Strangely, once I had decided just how I wanted it to come across, it took relatively little time to process it and, once I completed it, it was at the very moment of initial review that the memories of domed-lids and hidden goodies came strongly to mind.

Nowadays, those niceties are largely non-existant, moreso probably due to the passage of time and the loss of innocence, acquired cynicism and the understanding of the concept of life’s realities. But I like to remember how, once upon a time, there was innocence. So this, is my own sweetie-tin shot. 

[Sorry – no other goodies inside, but I hope you’ll enjoy it.]

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Sweet Recollection? | 35mm | 720nm Infrared.

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As an aside, I would like to say thank you, to all of you who read and follow me here. It’s always a pleasure to get your clicks and, to see and read the work that you all put out here too. There is a lot more than photography that interests me and I have discovered a large number of interesting minds, in the many fields of photography and also, those who see, perceive and tell their stories about their own corners of their lives. So, thank you for reading and, thank you for writing.

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At the Water’s Edge | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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Messing About with Boats

There are few things I love better, when it comes to shooting, than water, boats and, photographing in infrared. Shooting IR – processing IR – I love it. Combining all of these makes, for me, a perfect photographic scenario. When the sun is shining and I can head out and find some bold, interesting subjects, surround them with blue-silver water or lush backdrops – it’s as close to my version of a perfect day as I am ever going to get. I don’t always get it spot-on but in truth, I never worry too much about that when I’m enjoying simply being out and making pictures. So, a few frames here will, I hope, display my ‘happy’ and hopefully, you’ll enjoy them too. 


Albatross | IR

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Moorings | IR

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Accord | Mono-IR

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To the Trees | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, faux-colour, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, trees, waterscape, winter

An Ode to the Giants


When photographing a landscape, it’s impossible to get away from them and, thank heavens for this. They are the true giants of the land; not only this –  they are the protectors, the meeting places and the homes of a myriad of different species of insects, birds and mammals. Trees, while often undervalued and ignored by many, play not only a vital role as part of nature’s grand design, but they shape our land and, our skies. All of these truths are fairly rudimentary and obvious, however, I wonder how many of us truly, truly appreciate their value?

For as long as I’ve being photographing, I’ve been drawn to the trees. Such a uniformly natural and perfunctory design, largely very similar if not always in shape, colour or dimensions, and it has always been a challenge for me to photograph them in a variety of ways, using not only the same technique or approach each time I frame and expose. Realising in photographic form their stature, their place and importance within a scene, their mimicry or even how they fit inside such a scene, is much more difficult than I used to think it was. It does take some work and, often a lot of thought. Therefore, what this post is intended to be – is an ode, an appreciation of a genus much taken for granted. I hope to have portrayed such with at least some degree of justice.

For the so many times I have scrumped in, climbed up, picnicked under, carved my initials into, swung from, and yes, even made love below the shading boughs of – this is my knowing and sincerely appreciative nod, to the trees. 

We thank you, wholeheartedly.


Inside-Out | 720nm Infrared

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Swan Lake [I Just Couldn’t Resist, I’m Sorry!] | 720nm Infrared

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The Braves

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General Cluster | 720nm Infrared

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