Saturday, 31 October 2009

Queen Mary 2 at Greenock

Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f22; 1/15s; 54mm.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Friday 30/10

I liked the pattern created in this gate by the twisted verticals at varying heights.

Olympus E-500; ISO 200; f5; 1/50s; 60mm.

Thursday, 29 October 2009


This image comes from a series shot to create one that will form the basis of an 'Alcohol Awareness' poster for a pre-festive period sensible eating and drinking campaign.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f4; 1/30s; 60mm.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009


Not sure what type of bird this is. Presumably some kind of gull.

Olympus E-SP500UZ; ISO 80; f4; 1/640s; 63mm.

Moon over Dumbartonshire

A not quite full moon rising over Dumbartonshire.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f3.5; 18s; 200mm.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Johnnie Walker

One of several Johnnie Walkers who appeared at a recent rally in Kilmarnock protesting to Diageo over their proposed closure of the Johnnie Walker plant in Kilmarnock.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f5.6; 1/250s; 87mm.

Rosneath Sunset

Another sunset looking towards Rosneath Point - just out of shot.

Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f3.1; 1/60s; 83mm.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Whitelee Windfarm

This wildly over-exposed (but I quite like it) picture was taken looking up the tower of Turbine 25 at Whitelee Windfarm. This is one of 140 turbines on the site operated by Scottish Power Renewables which covers an area of 55 square kilometres and delivers up to 322MW of electrical power onto the national grid - enough to power about 150,000 average sized UK homes.

The turbine in the picture is about 90m tall, to the rotor hub and 135m to the tip of the uppermost vertical rotor. Each rotor arm is 45m in length and when the turbine is turning at its maximum speed the tip of each rotor is travelling at approximately 160kph.

Whitelee Windfarm took about three years to create and involved extensive work to preserve as much of the important local peat/moorland habitat as possible. Already, native grasses are well established and wildlife is living quite happily alongside the turbines. Indeed, over 90km of walking trails have been created across the site for the public to enjoy the natural beauty of this windy but interesting patch of land which sits about 400m above sea-level and catches winds directly off the Irish Sea.

You really should pay a visit.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Ropes and chains

I love how the ropes and chains in this image lead the eye into the picture from several points......

Centrifugal Force

Some would argue there is no such thing as "centrifugal force", but something is keeping those folk stuck to the wall of that spinning ride! I'm sure someone will enlighten us.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The Lock

This lock is on the Forth & Cyde canal as it passes through Falkirk.

Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f22; 1/2s; 42mm.

Subarus at Knockhill

The starting grid at Knockhill on a rainy day.

Olympus E-500; ISO 200; f4.5; 1/125s; 200mm.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Queen Mary 2

Cunard's flagship, Queen Mary 2, visited Greenock today. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind to the people who came to see this huge vessel and even less kind to those of us who wanted to capture some of the essence of today's historic event on camera.

This image was taken from the quayside where the full size of QM2's 1132 feet length and 236 feet height can be appreciated.

The visit rounded-off with a short but rather good firework display.

Olympus E-500; ISO 200; f5.6 ; 1/125s.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

An "actor"!

Olympus E-500; ISO 400; f5; 1/125s; 113mm.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Art or Rubbish?

Or maybe even "Rubbish Art"!