Sunday, 31 May 2009

The Garden Frog

This frog has lived in our garden since it metamorphosed from a tadpole too many years ago for me to remember.

Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f3.5; 1/60s; 200mm.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Upright Grand

I felt like to photographing the insides of a piano tonight, so I did. My mother's Upright Grand, which she's had for forty-six years!

Friday, 29 May 2009

The Falkirk Wheel

Based on the displacement theory as described by Archimedes, the Falkirk Wheel lifts canal traffic through the 17.5m height difference to allow efficient transit between the Union and Forth & Clyde Canals. Prior to its construction this required a day navigating eleven traditional locks. The struture is basically a huge balance whose equilibrium is upset by a nudge from about 18kW of electric motor power to start it on its rotational journey. A further 1.5kW keeps the balance rotating to transfer upper and lower gondolas, complete with their cargos of canal boats. Thoroughly amazing, the only such device in the world and it's here, on our doorstep. If you haven't been, get there, soon!

ISO 100; f7.1; 1/125s; 60mm.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Need to eat more like this.......

Continuing yesterday's fruit theme, I thought I'd use some rather nice looking fruit kebabs we had at a Healthy Working Lives event today.

Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f4; 1/125s; 60mm.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009


Something I always think of when I hear the title "Still Life".

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f14; 1/125s; 40mm.

(Tuesday) Album Cover..........?

This was done on Scalpsie Beach, Isle of Bute, during a landscape shooting trip. Just shows there's always time for a bit of silliness. Thanks to Tom and Scott.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f5; 1/100s; 17mm.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Another Bulb Image

Well I said I'd do some more bulb images so here we are. I removed the bulb's outer shell to expose the inner glass mount and filament. Amazingly simple design and construction and all that light from such a small piece of coiled wire.......

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f22; 1/250s; 60mm.

Sunday, 24 May 2009


Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f7.1; 1/125s; 48mm.

Saturday, 23 May 2009


I've heard of them. I've even seen pictures of them. But I've never seen a Pinata "in use" before. Surprising the strength little ones can muster at the prospect of beating a cardboard donkey until it bursts and showers sweets everywhere........ This one's still shuddering from its last beating!

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f8; 1/125s; 21mm.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Big Crane

This sizeable floating crane is on duty pile driving at the Gareloch for a new floating service jetty for the Royal Navy (Adam - keep me right here......)

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f7.1; 1/200s; 43mm.


This is some kind of incredible looking pro hair brush....... Reminds me a bit of a hand-held prayer wheel.

Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f8; 1/200s; 60mm.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Best Red Drink Ever

Curries Red Kola. Unbeatable. A must with any chip shop supplied meal.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f10; 1/125s; 46mm.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

That's a Big One

Bueno Vista.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f4.5; 1/100s; 200mm.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Light Blue

What use is a dud bulb? Not much really. So I filled a basin with water, dyed it blue with food colouring and floated the bulb in it. I used a diffused flash from the left-side below the water level.

I'm quite keen on the effect. Might do another bulb based shot tomorrow.......

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f5.6; 1/125s; 36mm.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Rustic Colours

I suppose this was another attempt at some kind of still life offering. It's perhaps not that appealling to look at on first glance but the way the patterns distort through the glass is quite interesting. In this instance, for me, the lens flare adds interest

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f8; 1/125s; 23mm. Flash set about thirty degrees and behind glass.

Saturday, 16 May 2009


Just liked the clouds in this one......

Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f22; 1/200s; 150mm.

Keyboard DOF

I've been doing a few shots lately that give a different perspective on everyday scenes or objects. This is the first one to share with you all.

Olympus E-3; ISO 1000; f4; 1/50s; 36mm.7

Thursday, 14 May 2009


The sky over the Cowal Peninsula and beyond the Gareloch has been particularly interesting each evening this week so I finally decided to use it as my image for the day today.

Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f3.5; 1/30s; 26mm.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Take her to sea.......

Yet another vessel spotted passing my Greenock window.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f7.1; 1/125s; 56mm.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Out my other window......

Olympus E-3; f4; 1/125s; 12mm.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Cool Colours

I like the richness of the browns in this shot of the rocks at Troon beach. The cold blues and greens are also very appealling.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f8; 1/125s; 60mm.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Arran from Troon

The sun going down over Arran with some nice clouds and a bit of lens flare......

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f22; 1/250s; 26mm.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Still Life?

Is this classified as still life when there is motion in the metronome pendulum? When at rest, the metronome has no motion, but as can be seen from the double flashing that was used here, the pendulum was in motion for the two seconds during which the image was exposed. Had the pendulum been still during the shot then I would most definitely consider this to be still life. But this, I'm not sure.


Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f16; 2s; 55mm.

Friday, 8 May 2009


I caught this rainbow after a real heavy downpour around tea-time today. I find rainbows extremely difficult to capture on camera with the same vividness seen by the eye. Tips and hints gratefully received.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f11; 1/60s; 20mm.

Thursday, 7 May 2009


Seen lying on the pavement in a fairly derelict part of Hillington Industrial Estate. I love the cracked pavement surface and all the little bits of debris lying around. The screwdriver in the background adds to the abandoned look I think too.

Olympus E-3 ISO 100; f4; 1/125s; 60mm.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Lamp Posts

I liked the sky. I prefer how the lamp posts stick up into it.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f22; 1/200s; 60mm.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009


These logs, photographed at Troon Harbour, were destined for the paper mill a few miles along the road at Irvine where they produce high quality china glazed papers for the magazine printing industry - or at least they used to and possibly still do.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f8; 1/25s; 130mm.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Millenium Bridge

Remember all the hoo-ha when this bridge over the Thames was opened? The whole thing swung from side-to-side as people walked on it. However, some fancy engineering sorted that out.

Olympus SP500UZ; ISO 80; f3.7; 1/320s; 63mm.

Sunday, 3 May 2009


From memory this was taken in Pater Noster Square in London.

Olympus SP500UZ; ISO 80; f4; 1/160s; 9.9mm.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Blue Sky at Night

This aircraft trail reflected light from the moon enough to make it appear really visible even in the dark night sky. Some PS work achieved the unnatural colouring. This also reminded me that the moon is really just a huge and distant reflector of sunlight.

Olympus E-500; ISO 200; f3.5; 15s; 14mm.

Friday, 1 May 2009


A pink rose - nothing else to say?

Olympus SP500UZ; ISO 200; f5.6; 1/30s; 6.3mm.

Bentley or Rolls-Royce

Which would you rather have? A Bentley for me please - far more exclusive.

Olympus E-500; ISO 400; f6.4; 1/40s; 212mm.