Tuesday, 31 March 2009

With Daurknin Ashrays Come !

Daurknin; getting dark, gloaming, dusk.

Ashrays; From Scots myth Ashrays are water faeries, they have whitish, almost translucent bodies, and can often be mistaken for sea ghosts

Monday, 30 March 2009

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Set In Stone

At one time in the byre (cow shed) of that old ruined farmstead (posted previously titled Windy Carrick) wooden planks were cemented to the wall. The wood which has long since rotted away left it's impression in six foot lengths on the byre wall.

converted shot

Kelp Fields

Hidden Castle

It's there promise. This looks slightly HDR to me but it's not. Although a graduated filter was added to the sky on GIMP, it's free and I'm Scots ;) The sky did surprise me how it came out though!

Dunure Castle B&W

The majority of my B&W shots are usually converted to save a shot as in this case. Although I do find myself drawn to B&W more and more, when I remember to shoot in B&W that is! eg the previous shot Spume at Dunure Castle and Cream 1 were taken in B&W not savin an image and not converted.

This shot of Dunure taken from the other direction this time. There is a particular image I am after from this very spot... alas the tide was to far out and a disappointin sunset :( try again :)

Cream 1


Saturday, 28 March 2009


The Isle O' Arran. At Last the sun is beginnin to set over Arran I have been waitin a good few months for this to start. It could have started before now but who is to know, how could you tell with all the cloud of late :))

Spume at Dunure Castle

Windy Carrick

Ruined farm house on the Carrick Hills on a caul March day. I painted this in watercolour many years ago strangely never thought to photograph it!


Wednesday, 25 March 2009


It was blowin a gale and I had given up for the day, the camera was half removed from the tripod when I saw this one comin. So it was a case of not even lookin at the camera just pressin the shutter and hope somethin showed up hence the poor positionin of that big 1000 foot volcanic plug :)

This one I did look at the camera for and you can just see the volcanic plug through the spume!

Over the Hedge... Ayrshire

Ayrshire in spring my god the sun is shining :O

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Friday, 20 March 2009


I missed the sun in the spot above the horizon where I wanted it by 3 minutes... note to self, must run faster next time... as a result this was all I could drag out off the shots I took and has been edited a fair wee bit. I do not really like it much, but what is done is done so here it is.

Iron Oxide

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Pillar to Post

Both colours in this shot of Ayr harbour are, as is and was and will be the morn :)

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Monday, 16 March 2009

Castle Walls

Another shot of the Castle at Turnberry where Robert The Bruce king of Scots was born. This time you can see the remains of a second wall in the foreground. And a stroke of luck, the sun and a wave just hit the other wall the only one still standing to any height which featured in a previous shot.

Dreich Night

Aye sittin in the drizzle in the half dark dreich sums it up beautifully. Culzean Castle can be seen in the background. For some reason when you click to enlarge this one it looks crap sorry!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

My New Friend Dunure Bob

The trip to Dunure today did not start to well. The tide was to far in for the shots I wanted the lightin was no great shakes either.

Things however changed when I met my new best friend Dunure Bob, He is a friend of few words in fact the main body of his conversation greatly lacks any substance whatsoever. But he always has one eye open for all the good locations. That's Bob in the first shot relaxing on his rock.

Bob then gave me a view off Dunure castle through his own eyes.... a birds eye view.

Bob being Bob then commenced with the history lesson. Dunure Castle dates back to at least the 1200s and is built on an easily defensible outcrop overlookin the Firth of Clyde. It belonged to the Kennedy's and in time long past. John Mor MacDonald Lord of the Isles was killed there after a wee bit of a rammy. Other notable visitors to the castle were Mary Queen of Scots but perhaps one of the most interesting facts is...

The Kennedy's wanted to gain control of the ground at nearby Crossraguel Abbey To these ends the Abbot of Crossraguel was kidnapped and taken to Dunure Castle thereupon was roasted on a spit over a open fire in the castle kitchens until he agreed to sign over the abbey. Not surprisinly he did so after two turns on the spit

Saturday, 14 March 2009



Not a new technique! But a shot I have had in mind since a best sellin author (you know who you are! ) with whom I am acquainted (hope that's not to strong a word) with gave me the idea.

Whom I also have to say is to self deprecatin about his own talent at photography!! I have been waiting a while for the right weather/tidal conditions. A couple of months in fact and hope this is not to poor an imitation.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Posted to help with my reply to Marks question on yesterdays post.


Thursday, 12 March 2009

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Tuesday, 10 March 2009




I must be gettin old... or wiser? Usually for a shot like this I would be laid flat on my stomach, usually in November gettin soakin wet! Today I just held the camera low and hoped the horizon was level... it nearly was. The downside is I felt the composition could be better... perhaps I should go back to the old technique :(

There were a couple of shots like this with Ailsa Craig both in and out of focus I decided to go with out of focus especially when perhaps I should have waited for the sun to go down. ISO64, f/4, 1/400sec

Monday, 9 March 2009


Just a quick shot I think I'll need to work on how to capture street lights without the glare .


Broodin often a name given to Glencoe! Just to break the monotony of my seascapes a couple more shots taken last summer off the famous Glen READ ABOUT THE MASSACRE in GLENCOE HERE if you wish. The Glen has also featured in many a Hollywood film Highlander, Braveheart and Harry Potter. Taken again with a 5mp camera.

Here we have obscured by cloud Buachaille Etive Mòr which means the great herdsman of Etive

Without cloud taken on different occasions obviously :)

Sunday, 8 March 2009


Headed out today with high hopes only to be disappointed (to compound the days disappointment not only that, i think the chair that i am sitting in right now needs oiled... it sounds like a flock off Canada geese) Where was I,? oh aye the shots turned out a wee bit bland, wishy washy, the only thing that saved the day was convertin/editin to B&W. Or at least I think it saved the day? Well that's the roll of the dice in Photography I guess strange how the oldest form of photography can come to the rescue!! click pic to enlarge

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Over the Cotton and Faraway

Does M©OK have a touch off the lurgy? another landscape! 5mp again

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Into The Glen

What's this, what's this, where's the sea? Yes it's a landscape not a drop of the briny stuff in sight. one from the archives sorry only 5 mega-pixels click the pic to enlarge

Friday, 6 March 2009

Back To Paynes



I had given up for the night it was gettin too dark. While headin back to the car as always could not resist one last shot. The second half of the day turned out not to bad.... ahh! spring.


and a day off two halves, first half. Don't ya just hate spring and all it brings... not a lot of people know this, it brings crocuses ;) in abundance.

sorry I shouldn't treat you all so shabbily I do like them... no really I do no really!!
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Wednesday, 4 March 2009


Lovely big cloud formations tonight instead of sheets of gray and a half decent sunset which was all to short lived. (see last post for sunset pic) This one taken facin away from the sunset. Although there was plenty of colour in the cloud formations I though it suited the mood shot in B&W.... daft!

Over the Barricade

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Sharp Rain

I tried to spice this one up a wee bit, first by colourin the raindrops red didn't look right. Then tried B&W nope... so just decided to leave well alone. Click Pic to enlarge.

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