Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
This was taken today at Pumpherston Brickworks (disused) in West Lothian. The lighting set-up was a joint effort between Keith (Charlie's fiance) and myself. Thanks to Keith for the use of his flashes and stands and to Tom for triggers.
Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f4; 1/60s. 16mm.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Today I visited Overton House near Dumbarton, where I was born nearly forty-four years ago. The house has fallen into a fairly poor state of repair but work is on-going to restore at least some of its former glory. This image probably doesn't really do the house much justice but it gives some idea of its grandeur from days gone by.
Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f6.3; 1/320s; 12mm.
Friday, 24 April 2009
This was another experimental shot shot as part of my drive to be more creative with coloured flash outside the studio. This shows that a similar effect can be acheived using inexpensive flash units, improvised gels (Quality Street wrapper) and make-shift snoots. This shot was lit from behind using a flash with a purple gel and from the front using a snooted flash slightly higher than the model's head.
Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f4; 1/125s; 60mm.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
This instrument has been in the family for over ninety years and may have originated in Shetland (or perhaps Leith). It belonged to and was played by my mother's father. Unfortunately no one in our house can play, although my mother reckons she could have a good go at it given a bit of time and practice as she could get a tune out of it in the past.
Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f4.5; 1/30s; 23mm. Natural daylight from bay window all sides but right.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
This little six piece wooden puzzle was made by my mother's father in the first half of the 1950's. He made it on their return from a holiday in Dunoon. There was a puzzle the same in the hotel where they were staying and as my grandfather was so taken by it, he decided to make a copy by drawing the individual detail on each piece - each of the six pieces is different and can only fit together in one way to complete the shape in the image above.
There are other trinkets around the house made by my mother's father, perhaps I will photograph others to share with you. Look out for my favourite - a working wooden propellor.
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f13; 1/250s; 60mm. Off camera flash at 1/4 power and 40cm away.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
I've been waiting for the right time to get a nice clean, no clouds, red sunsight over Arran but it just ain't happening. I caught this shot while out tonight. It's the sun going down over the north end of Arran with much cloud to hide the rest of the island.
Olympus E-3; f6.3; 1/160s; 29mm.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
I thought I'd like to share this image with you. Although not taken today, it was today named as second equal in a competition on a photography website I frequent. The theme of the competition was "Colour".
Olympus E-500; ISO 100; f9; 1/125s; 40mm. Blue light from behind; red light facing model. Back light two or three stops above front.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
Sunday, 12 April 2009
I liked how this sprig of white blossom on a plum tree contrasted with the blue sky. Shot from beneath, I deliberately didn't use an fill-in flash as I wanted to retain the natural appearance of the blossom lit from above by strong sunlight. I think the transluscence in the leaves and blossom petals allows enough light through to give some colour without the harsh back-lighting creating a full silhouette effect.
Friday, 10 April 2009
An archive sourced shot today I'm afraid.
Departing Prestwick Airport on runway 13 in a Boeing 737-800, flaps at thirty degrees, just about to pass the secondary runway (03/21), control tower at the junction of the two strips' taxiways.
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
A small amount of water in a glass, a generous helping of washing-up liquid and some food-colouring. Then comes the fun bit. Blow into the mixture with a straw to create bubbles. Whatever you do though - don't suck.......
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f11; 1/125s; 60mm. Off camera flash.
Monday, 6 April 2009
With Easter just around the corner, it's great to see the Creme Egg McFlurry back at McDonalds.
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f4; 1/40s; 49mm. The tub was inverted over a Portaflash flash head set to it's lowest power of 1/4. The image was the rotated 180 degrees in PS.
Friday, 3 April 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
This was taken at Leuchars Airshow in September 2008 - one of the few aircraft that actually performed an air display that day due to the foul weather - don't let the blue sky fool you. It's courtesy of PS..............
By the way, the aircraft is the new Eurofighter - a Typhoon.