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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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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Milkbank House | PT.IV | The VIS Collection | 35:Chronicle

black & white, Indoor, photography, ruins, structures

Everywhere, is Someone’s Happy Place.


Back in July this year, I posted the last of my three posts of Milkbank House, shot in 715 and 760nm infrared. In conjunction with the IR frames, I also made a good number of visible light shots during the same visit for black and white output and, intended to post these an awful lot sooner than this. These shots have been sat waiting for me in my ‘To Post” folder ever since I finished processing them. I hope, during the past three months, that they haven’t lost their relevance. 

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I | Milkbank House – Front & Side Elevation.

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II |  Milkbank House Entrance Porch.

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III |  Milkbank House.

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IV |  Milkbank House – Receiving Room.

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v | Milkbank House – Stone Fireplace from the Side.

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

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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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VII.

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VIII.

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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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Replay | Wall-Mounted Quality Goo… | 28mm

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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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Milkbank House | Infrared Collection | PT.III | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 50mm, infrared, photography, ruins, structures

A Last IR Look Around the Ruin, But First…


… a huge thank you. This is my 50th post here and whether that number should matter or not it seems a fitting juncture at which to covey my warmest thanks to every one of you who follow, don’t follow but occasionally check back every so often, or, those of you who stumble here by accident and decide to stay and read anyway – all of you. Not only this, but for the work that many of you publish, keeping the many circles of interest, thought and knowledge ever-turning for the rest of us. I’m grateful for it all. 

This IR post at the ol’ ruin is to be my last for now, though I do have some interesting frames grabbed with my standard-light set-up which I may post in time. In my first post of this series I alluded to the fact that I was unable to capture the rear elevation of the house as yet, however, in August, I aim to rectify this and, will update when I can. I hope you have enjoyed this little series of images, from this beautiful old derelict and perhaps – a little more too enough to make you want to stay a little while longer. 

To all of you – thank you for visiting my pages, for your clicks, for getting in touch, and, as I look forward to more of your works, I hope you’ll do the same and, return.

Thank you so much for reading…

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IX | Fireplace | 50mm – 715nm IR.

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X | Interactive Wallpaper | 28mm – 760nm IR.

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XI | Corner Pieces | 28mm – 760nm IR.

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XII | Farewell, Perhaps? | 28mm – 760nm IR.

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The Avenue | 760nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, infrared, photography

An Heir of Grandeur.


28mm | 760nm 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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Milkbank House | Infrared Collection | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

28mm, infrared, photography, ruins

A Peek Inside.


V | To the Rear from the Dining-Room | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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VI | The Dining-Room Skylight | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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VII | The Main Living-Room | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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VIII | Front & Side Elevation | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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Milkbank House | Infrared Collection | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

28mm, infrared, photography, ruins

Nature’s Way.


Over two years ago, I visited Milkbank House and the adjoining kennels and photographed it using standard visible-light camera equipment. A fixed 28mm prime did the job just fine and ever since I captured them, I have always taken pleasure from the images that I was able to make back then. Fast-forward to present-day, however, I now have a few more tools at my disposal which enable me to further indulge my strong passions for IR photography and, other alternative wavelength photography, too. As soon as I received my IR conversions a couple of weeks ago from The Doctor, I quickly got to thinking about nearby locations and subjects with which I might immerse myself, and, Milkbank was the very first that came to mind. 

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I | Milkbank House (2018) | 28mm | Front & Side Exterior | 760nm Infrared.

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When I visited again, (this time with my IR set-ups), just a few days ago, the weather was even, though humid, however, thick, unattractive cloud-cover and direct-sun were at constant odds with each other which for the most part, made things a little tricky but as I was in no rush to leave, I simply mooched around for a couple of hours and captured what I could. It’s not somewhere that I would simply stop-by all that often and while suitable light permitted, I made sure that I had plenty of time to wander about the place and capture the ruin from angles that I had previously not considered. I’m very glad that I did. (Sadly, I was not able to photograph the rear elevation due to the density of nature’s reclamation and I will return to rectify this, making sure that I’m better prepared next time. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon here, despite the annoyingly opportunistic horse-flies and the wasps). 

It is understood that the house itself was built around 1895 next to the pre-existing kennels and, has been derelict since around 1960. There are interesting links between Milkbank and Jardine Skinner & Co. of Calcutta, the Presidency of the Bank of Bengal and, a local Justice of the Peace.

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Even in little over two years, from my own images taken back then it is clear to see the acceleration of nature in its unstoppable reclaiming of the space – only so because no-one has yet intervened. In a way, I find this a pity – to leave such a place to the mercy of time but then, if anybody had already, I would never have been able to capture any of these frames.

Because I have no wish to make any of my posts too image-heavy, it’s my intention to share a few images at a time over the course of four or maybe five smaller collections. If you have an interest in either black and white, or infrared photography, or simply in old derelicts, it’d be good to have your company for a while.  I truly am passionate about this and find more joy in the entire process, the longer I (selfishy, perhaps) indulge. 

Thank you so much for reading and, I do hope you enjoy this first instalment. 

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III | Milkbank House (2018) | 28mm | Front Entrance – Exterior | 760nm Infrared.

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IV | Milkbank House (2018) | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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(By the way, if you’re interested, here is where you can see what the house looked like in 1960 or thereabouts.)


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Land-Escapery | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 50mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, skies

To Contrast.


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II | VIS @ 28mm.

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A Different Light | Black & White | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, trees, waterscape, winter

An Unplanned Comparison.


Back in February, I remember standing on the bridge, over the river and making this first image of the winter weather, trying to capture the chill of the scene, and hopefully, the quiet beauty of it, too. (It was first posted here.) Well, recently, I found myself standing at almost the same spot while out shooting some infrareds and captured the same scene again, under beautiful sunshine. 

What a difference a few months makes.

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I | The Braves.

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II | The Bathers.

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