Wednesday, 22 December 2010


Work is slowing down a bit so it means I should be able to get back around to posting on a regular basis again.... not that I was ever regular :) Not the best of light in this one of the River Doon with the Brig O' Doon that features in Tam O' Shanter there in the background! So I'll give it another go in better light lol.

I doubt you will be able to see it, (so added a crop shot) but unbeknown to me as I was shooting an otter was working it's way down on the right bank from just below the modern road bridge to that clump of grass just above the FG rocks. I only noticed it when I got home and was flicking through the shots and noticed what just looked like foliage floating down the river if only I'd known :)

One thing that I'm not sure about and it's probably a stupid Q... is it a good or bad idea to change lenses in such cold conditions as it would let cold air into the water seal camera, possibly introducing condensation/moisture onto the censor etc when taken indoors to higher temperatures.
both pic's enlarge with a click the lower to original size.

Thursday, 16 December 2010


I had to think long and hard about the trip for this one taken just over a week a ago. Long before it was mentioned in the media many of the local garages had run out of fuel for nearly a week, due to the snow! So whether to make the trip down or preserve the fuel I had... glad I decided to go :)

Winter Sun

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Something Simple

Bit of a rush again tonight but hoping to get around my contacts tonight!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Bridge Beyond

Not nearly the amount of ice I expected on the river but hey there's still time... just occurred to me up there at the bridge and to the left is the well according to Burns (probably repeating myself)

"And thro' the whins, and by the cairn,
Whare hunters fand the murder'd bairn;
And near the thorn, aboon the well,
Whare Mungo's mither hang'd hersel'
Before him Doon pours all his floods; "

and now in english for the hard of thinking ;)

"And through the gorse,
and by the pile of stones,
Where hunters found the murdered child;
And near the thorn, above the well,
Where Mungo's mother hanged herself."

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Morning Light Loch Doon

For some reason I always struggle editing these frosty morning shots whether it's the WB or what I don't know. Anyway I hope this top landscape version edited tonight is a slight improvement on the portrait version below (which I hate) edited a week ago.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Ness Glen

Another new discovery but I'll need to try in different light/time of day as the sun was shining straight down the glen making shooting the myriad of opportunity's extremely difficult.

November ICe

Friday, 19 November 2010

Jagged Rock

I thought I'd try this spot again as I probably haven't been here for over a year and never when all the leaves are off the trees. Added to which I should know what I'm doing by now with the camera and PS lol... a slight improvement just ISO100... f/9.5.. 1.5sec

Thursday, 18 November 2010

The strange thing about taking this shot today was the foot with the leaky wellie boot filled with water was warmer that the foot in the watertight boot which felt like it would drop off with the cold.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Neolithic Banksy

These should click to as large a blogger allows. Some of over 200 cup and ring marks from this spot dating from the neolithic to early bronze age... in other words a 1000 years of graffiti... and I love it! I'm tempted to try a pano on this just to get them all in, considering it's classed in the top 10 sites in the UK and in my opinion beats Kilmartin Argyle by a long shot!

Not only that word must spread fast. these only discovered in 1986.... but standing next to me while taking these shots were folk from Anchorage Alaska and I a relative local only found out they wiz here two weeks ago... not sure what that says about me eh ;)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010


Not the best off shots of the old Roman bridge, distinct lack of contrast as the midday sun was directly behind me :(

Rush On Bye Bye Bye bye

bit of an echo here

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


Not something I usually do but found the link to this video over on The mindful Eye and quite liked it.

Skate: Väsman 2009-01-02 from Tobbe Arnesson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Ripples Beneath

At one time the worlds largest masonry span arch started 1846.


Had a lot of computer problems over the last day or two just glad to be back posting :)

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

Failure of a Portrait artist

I always said I was crap at portraits! I always cut the heid aff.. and why do some(the wife) always insist the don't need a jaikit on a trip, it's no that caul they say...then find they do need one leavin you founert?!

I've added this flipped version to late (should have been first/only) which I think has the stronger composition.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Down Mauchline Way

I wish I'd researched this place before going I only had a rough idea where it was and had to follow my nose to find it. If I had I'd have realised that there are over 200 cup and ring markings unique to the area. Dating to between Neolithic to early Bronze age carved over a time-scale of around a 1000 years. The markings should have eroded long ago being carved in sandstone but the sandstone in the Mauchline |Gorge in an unusual "hard sandstone". They lay undiscovered until 1986 hard to believe especially considering the site is regarded as one of the top 10 most important "Cup and Ring" sites in Britain. Looks like a good excuse to head back on another shoot :)

Monday, 1 November 2010

Red Rocks

Great how it takes a guy way up in the Isle of Skye to suggest a great wee location virtually in your own back yard that you knew nothing about.

Saturday, 30 October 2010


For some reason I've just looked at this blog on IE instead of firefox and was shocked to find that my carefully crafted background just shows up white! The big shiny red tab bar at the top of the page that has tabs for home, about, cv to date, critique etc etc is totally invisible on IE damn what next!!!!?

Deils Night Apparitions

Donnie spook to soon as regarding witches cheers Donnie!! :) A single 30sec exposure!! It's not by intention but for some reason I always end up here at this time o' year?? Apparently the 5th most haunted place in the country ( I don't know why!!) Alloway Old Kirk yard the setting for Tam O' Shanter by Robert Burns.

Banks of the Minnoch

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Rabbies Hoose

The birthplace of poet Robert Burns hopefully a wee bit different from the norm!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Soft Proofing

I haven't posted anything for a day or two as I'm trying to get to grips with soft proofing and the ICC profile for the printing firm I hope to use. If I can get the printing right and the shots to look the way I want.... then I might even have a try at selling some in an interested coffee shop chain. That's if I can even find shots I think are worth printing, don't know which is the more difficult :)))

Anyway here is another shot in the ongoing combat series of shots :)) Interestingly this has been viewed by over 300 people and no one has spotted THEM

click pic to enlarge

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The One I should have

worked on last night lol it was trying to rain in this one also

Autumn on the Minnoch

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Autumn Burn

ISO100 f/9.5 4sec

It was a choice between two edits tonight and I just couldn't make up my mind which. Eventually I went with this one and decided at the very end a crop helped the composition. Although the crop was the right way to go, it suddenly showed the other image had perhaps the stronger composition and I should have gone with it.

Me thinks I'll need to alter my work-flow slightly and try various crops at the beginning duh! I've also desaturated the banking at the top of the shot to help contain the eye something I don't think I'd need to do with the other... the opposite perhaps being the case duh duh!!!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Old Roman Bridge

Sorry a bit of a rush post I'll try to get around my contacts later tonight.

I haven't been here at the Roman bridge down in (wild) Galloway since I upgraded to the DSLR well over a year ago. A fact that needed to be remedied, so I spent today dodging some pretty hefty rain showers trying to grab a shot in between.

And I have to say there is nothing better than sheltering below a holy tree beside the Minnoch while it pours with the sun beaming down all at the same time!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

River Haze

And the part of the river featured in Tam O' Shanter by Robert Burns

By this time he was cross the ford,
Whare, in the snaw, the chapman smoor'd;
And past the birks and meikle stane,
Whare drunken Chairlie brak 's neck-bane;
And thro' the whins, and by the cairn,
Whare hunters fand the murder'd bairn;
And near the thorn, aboon the well,
Whare Mungo's mither hang'd hersel'.--
Before him Doon pours all his floods;
The doubling storm roars thro' the woods;
The lightnings flash from pole to pole;
Near and more near the thunders roll:
When, glimmering thro' the groaning trees,
Kirk-Alloway seem'd in a bleeze;
Thro' ilka bore the beams were glancing;
And loud resounded mirth and dancing.

Monday, 11 October 2010


Back after my broadband has miraculously self-healed (while on the phone for the third time to the ISP) after days and three different explanations from the ISP who say they did nothing to restore it

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Carrick Lane

I just realised at the end of this edit that using the recovery slider in ACR added artefacts to the shot right at the beginning... so in theory it should have been better than this!! I took a short cut and used a RAW file with a sky that was to blown out and recovered it only to end up with ghosting along the tree line and it must be in the cloud also. This could never even be printed the best of it is if I'd been more careful (known this could happen) it could have been recovered without the artefacts. But really I should have used one of the other files... damn that learning curve :))

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Whitespout Lane

click pics' to enlarge

Monday, 4 October 2010

Balloch Castle B&W

A slightly better day weather wise at Balloch Castle today to say the least It's an eleven-sided curtain-walled castle one of the finest and best preserved examples in the country. Originally sighted on an island at the southern end of Loch Doon hewn from blocks of ashlar that have stood the test of time sinse the 13th century and part of the Earls of Carrick lands ie Robert the Bruce

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Fading Light

Really not sure about this one

Friday, 1 October 2010

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Carrick Lane

Lane what lane?? Hereabouts a lane is also a small river burn confusing to some. The Whitespout Lane and the Eglin Lane flow and combine to make what you see here the Carrick Lane that runs into Loch Doon at the southern end of the Loch.

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