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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Winter in Livingston!

Giant icicles hanging from the roofline, 1 foot of snow and lovely red skylines at night (which I sadly missed the opportunity to shoot).

The seasons have gone crazy as little buds have started growing on the trees while apples are still hanging onto others. It's very bizarre but also very beautiful.

View from the window [Icicles]



Lamplit Willow

Apples in winter

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Night Shoot (Edinburgh)

My first attempt at a night-shoot and I found it quite hard.
I was thinking about it too much and taking too long to decide what to do and where to stand etcetera, whilst the weather was too cold and rainy. I was also faced with people - scary, arrogant, curious and more - hindering my progress.

Anyway, here are a few images from my digital collection.

Christmas light columns of "The Dome", George St, Edinburgh

The Big Wheel on Princes St [traffic and people passing by], Edinburgh

The Big Wheel and The Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh [bus passing by]

Depending on how they turn out, I may add some from my transparancies once they have been processed.

Monday, 7 December 2009


Over the rainy weekend I went to Aberfeldy for a little stayover and I am pleased to say that it was gorgeous.
The scenery on the route up was dark and misty giving an eerie, mysterious feel to the hills, glens and Lochs. Aberfeldy itself was very quaint and surrounded by much woodland and gorges where you could go for set walks.
We chose the Birks of Aberfeldy, renamed as such because Rabbie Burns allegedly found inspiration here to write 'The Birks of Aberfeldy'.
Thunderous waterfalls and plenty woodland makes for a pleasant journey on foot, even when it's raining (more-so if has been raining heavy), to see the largest of the waterfalls in full flow.

Here are some photos from the visit.
(Note, I didn't have my tripod with me so the slow shutter shots were, unfortunately, handheld - that would be pretty much all the shots as it was so dark).

The highest waterfall

Another waterfall

Very high drop

Rabbie Burns statue

View from hotel room window

Car lights on route home

Forth Road Bridge from Car

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Ugly Ducklings?

Not these cute little guys.

I took this image when I was at Butterfly and Insect World. There is an enclosure at the back of the hot-house where you can have a look inside wasp and bee-hives, bird watch or just cool down. These cute little ducklings were gathering close to their mother before she herded them away to a less 'busy' area of their enclosure.

As sunlight was minimal at this point, and I had no tripod, I put my ISO up quite high (800 maybe, I can't remember). I love the grainy quality that the high ISO has produced. The original was in colour but I think it looks better in black & white.