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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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 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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II | Milkbank House (2018) | 28mm | Corner Exterior | 760nm Infrared.

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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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Rootless Tree | Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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

Primary Outing | Ricoh GXR A12 28 & 50mm IR Conversions.


I’m extremely excited about these two primes and yet again, the Good Doctor has created something which for me, is truly special. The A12 28/2.5 has been internally converted to a 760nm wavelength and, the 50/2.5 to 715nm. Both focus just perfectly (as focus adjustments for IR wavelengths are performed during each conversion) and even the macro-focusing on the 50 works a treat, which I wasn’t expecting. To say that I am as happy as a rotund, pink farm animal rolling blissfully void of regard,  in deep, warm and smelly brown stuff, is a bit of an understatement. The 760nm wavelength will allow for slightly greater contrast than the 715nm and will lend itself moreso to black and white output and, the 50 should allow for not only good mono-output (something that the GXR is renowned for anyway) but, false-colour IR output, too. The latter isn’t my preferred finish but, it’s certainly an option, should I need it. 

At the bottom of my drive, at the far end of the wheat-field and next to the river, lay the dried and decaying remains of a gnarly old tree. It has obviously been laying there for a lot of years and, I had to capture it before long because I’d heard from a very reliable source that a party of  eager, local sculptors are more than a tad keen to get their chainsaws into it anytime soon. That said, I had no time to waste and, once the sun was well and truly over the yardarm, I had set off to make my first frames with my new primes. Here is just a small selection of my new cache of IRs from these fabulous conversions. I’d have preferred fewer clouds on the day, however, there’ll be other days. I’m going to have so much fun with these.


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I. | A12 28mm 760nm Infrared.

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II. | A12 28mm 760nm Infrared.

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III. | A12 50mm 715nm Infrared.

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… and a little something extra, just because I happen to like it (of course, you’ll see why?):

IV. | A16 (Standard) @ 55mm.

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[A.V – you’ve done it again. Thank you, my friend!]


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