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

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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

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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

The Nowhere Button