Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Crown Princess

This Goliath of a cruise ship (Crown Princess) berthed at Greenock's Ocean Terminal on Sunday. Some statistics: 113000 tons; 951 feet long; 118 feet wide. 3080 passengers are a looked after by 1200 crew over 19 decks. She's operated by the Princess Cruise Line.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f5; 1/125s 200mm.

Monday, 29 June 2009


Monday 22/6 - Knitted Tea-Cosy
Tuesday 23/6 - Bar Code (Pringles)
Wednesday 24/6 - Tip of Ball Pen
Thursday - 25/6 - Plastic tie
Friday - 26/6 - Top of Carrot
Saturday 27/6 - Connection Side of Compact Flash Card
Sunday 28/6 - Kitchen Seive

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Close-up Week - Image 7

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; Extension Tube; 1/250s.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Close-up Week - Image 6

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; Extension Tube; 1/250s.

Close-up Week - Image 5

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; Extension Tube; 1/250s.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Close-up Week - Image 4

Any suggestions?

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; Extension Tube; 1/250s.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Close-up Week - Image 3

Think about this one carefully.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; Extension Tube; 1/250s.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Close-up Week - Image 2

This should be quite an straight-forward one......

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; Extension Tube; 1/250s.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Close-up Week - Image 1

OK. It's close-up week. Each image this week will be a close-up of an object whose identity may not be immediately obvious. See if you can work out what each image is showing and post your answer in a comment. I'll list image identities at the end of the week (SUNDAY).

An easy one to start with but see if you can come up with the specific item!

Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f - extension tube; 1/320s; 60mm.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Interesting Insect

I've seen these on a few occasions. Very odd looking little creatures.

Olympus SP600UZ; ISO 200; f3.2; 1/8s; 10.9mm.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

There once was an ugly duckling......

A swan on the pond at dusk in the Kay Park, Kilmarnock.

Olympus E-500; ISO 100; f4.5; 1/160s; 150mm.

Friday, 19 June 2009

The Red Arrows

The best aerobatic display team in the world. Nothing else to say.

Olympus E-500; ISO 100; f6.3; 1/250s; 81mm.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Dental Hygeine

Borrowing the design from its big cousin the bottle brush, this little piece of dental cleanliness equipment is 2mm wide and about 10mm long. Its random fibres make it the ideal tool for ensuring those inter-dental spaces are kept clean and healthy.

Olympus E-3; ISO 200; 1/250s; 180mm. 40mm of extension tube, hence the lack of f-stop info. Lens defaults to maximum opening. Light source was flash through soft box bounced off pale ceiling.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Fortune Cookie

Got this last time I had a Chinese Take Away. The message in it said, "Your kindness is surely to be repaid".

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f14; 1/250s; 60mm.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Tuesday - What's your wish?

This was part of a chicken I had at tea time.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f14; 1/250s; 60mm.

Monday - Sunset

Isn't a west coast sunset just something special.

Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f4.5; 1/50s; 96mm.

Monday, 15 June 2009

West Coast Sunset

Don't you just love a west coast sunset?

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f4.5; 1/50s; 96mm.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Acer Palmatum "Bloodgood"

How intricate a simple thing like a leaf can be when viewed in closer detail.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f6.3 1/200s; 123mm.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Triangular Chocolate.....

With honey, from triangular bees! Does anyone remember the rets of the crazy little tune that was used in the Toblerone adverts in the seventies? I'm sure it must reside on some website somewhere.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f11; 1/250s; 60mm.


I came across this big guy while driving across the Eaglesham Moor.

Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f4; 1/160s; 147mm.

Thursday, 11 June 2009


It may not be the most exotic bird in the world, or even that interesting to look at, but it is probably the most common bird found in most gardens around this part of the world.

This is one of a family of black birds currently inhabiting our back garden.

Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f5; 1/320s; 200mm.

New Tesco

Kilmarnock's newest super-store opens next Monday so I took a drive through its car park before it fills up never to be empty again. I liked how the sign was silhoutted by the last remnants of light in the sky.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f7.1; 1/200s; 83mm.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Japanese Maple

I always love the deep red colouring of this acer. It contrasts well with the green of the larch in the back-ground.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f2.8; 1/500s; 50mm.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Once you've popped.......

Any guesses on the flavour?

Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f13; 1/250s; 60mm.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Pagoda Flats

Ever since these flats had pointed roofs put on them, they've made me think of Chinese Pagodas.

Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f22; 1/400s; 96mm.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Rocky Coastline

This little inlet caught my eye when I stopped to photograph some cargo vessels on the Clyde between Largs and the Isle of Bute.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f4.5; 1/800s; 70mm.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Another Boat

I suppose it's inevitable, living beside the water that I'm going to take a lot of pictures of boats and ships, so here's yet another.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f6.3; 1/200s; 200mm.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Arkleston Cemetery

I discovered this cemetery by chance. It sits just beyond Hillington Industrial Estate, on the edge of Paisley.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f5.6; 1/125s; 48mm.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009


A Juniper Class train at Cardonald.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f6.3; 1/125s; 60mm.

Monday, 1 June 2009

The Moon

I love how the uneven terrain of the moon becomes visible on the periphery of highly magnified shots like this.

Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f4.9; 1/250s; 283mm.