Thursday, 28 February 2013


Some backstreet graffiti in Kilmarnock! Any locals care to hazard a guess on the location?

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@32mm; ISO 400; f5.6; 1/60s.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Urban Industry

There's something quite appealling about this shot of a brewery chimney stack billowing its white steam into a blue sky while being watched over by a CCTV camera! Maybe it's just good to know industry is alive and well in the middle of Glasgow?

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 50-200mm@83mm; ISO 100; f22; 1/60s.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Now this is down-right odd! Even for Edinburgh during festival time. Oops! That's let the cat out of the bag that it's another archive shot.............

Olympus E-500; Zuiko 40-150mm@68mm; ISO 400; f4; 1/250s.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Glancing Blow

In this shot, the destructive blow came from a rough stone glancing off the surface of a water filled balloon sitting in a small flower pot to support it. The burst pattern of the water clearly shows how the stone has caused a tear in the balloon skin, giving a much more linear pattern to the the water's exit.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 50-200mm@112mm; ISO 400; f3.3; 1/500s; ambient light.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Impact Deformation

This water filled balloon was dropped from a height of about one metre, which prevented it from bursting and allowed me to capture how it deformed on impact with the ground. High speed video would be a great thing to get into to reveal all this sort of stuff, normally hidden to the unaided human eye.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 50-200mm@117mm; ISO 400; f3.3; 1/500s; ambient light.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Water Explosion

A water filled ballon just after its point of impact with the ground, dropped from a height of about two metres. The shutter fired just as the balloon ruptured and the water within exploded outwards.

Olympus E-3 (tripod mounted with remote shutter release); Zuiko 50-200mm@88mm; ISO 400; 1/500s; ambient light.

Friday, 22 February 2013

The Red Arrows

Taken at last year's Airshow at RAF Leuchars, this shot shows seven 'arrows' executing a fairly standard display move with full smoke trails. Notice also the streaks of ionised air from the wingtips!

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 50-200mm@200mm; ISO100; f3.5; 1/1000s.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Brushless Outrunner

One of the Brushless Outrunners for the  quadcopter I'm currently building. Brushless outrunner seems to be the snappy term for what I would call a little electric motor........ I thought it looked a good subject to photograph.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@26mm; ISO 100; f11; 1/250s; FL-50R held above subject.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Bone China Cup

This is the design printed on the outside of a bone china mug, backlit with the head of the flash unit sitting inside the mug.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm; ISO 100; f4; 1/125s; FL-50R set at 1/16 power and situated inside mug.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Orange Pepper

Not much to say about this one other than, "Orange Pepper"!

Olympus E-4; Zuiko 35mm macro; ISO 100; f11; 1/250s; FL-50R off camera.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Balloon Burst

This needs re-shot with a black background. I was trying to capture the point just as the balloon begins to rupture, probably a few milliseconds before this image, but I like it anyway.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@23mm; ISO 100; f11; 1/250s; FL-50R mounted above the balloon and of to right of frame.

Sunday, 17 February 2013


It's another relief one I'm afraid but shot in macro mode this time. Tomorrow I will do something different!

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 35mm macro; ISO 100; f8 1/250s; FL-50R set to left of jigsaw, level plane.

Saturday, 16 February 2013


Not a lot of inspiration today, so just another relief highlighting shot.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@25mm; ISO 100; f4; 1/125s; FL-50R set to left of subject in same plane.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Bubble 2013

Trying to do something else associated with water, so here's a "home made bubble". I mixed a high concentration of washing-up liquid with water then used a straw to blow the bubble to a point where it would just hang on the end of the straw.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@39mm; ISO 100; f5.6; 1/125s; FL-50R off-camera, positioned to left of shot, angled away from backdrop.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Cork Mat

I did warn that there may be a few relief style shots posted, so here's the next one. A cork mat this time shot with the same technique as yesterday's image.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@25mm; ISO 100; f4; 1/250s; FL-50R in the same plane as the mat and set diagonally from top left of shot.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Relief Exaggeration

I got this idea from some reading I was doing on the train on the way home today. I think I'll have to try a few different subject shot in this way.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@39mm; ISO 100; f4; 1/125s; FL-50R flash laid flat on table to left of shot.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Fishing Boats at Troon

Some of the Troon fishing fleet at rest in the harbour.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@50mm; ISO 200; f5.6 1/60s.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Ginetta Pile Up

Three Ginettas coming to grief at Knockhill last August.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 50-200mm@60mm; ISO 100; f4; 1/500s.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Sarah & Francesca

Taken at a group shoot event organised by Adam Matheson in Helensburgh today. Great event as ever.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@60mm; ISO 200; f5.6; 1/125s.

Lighting as follows:-

Main light - Bowens Gemini 500 @ f5.6 with barn door
Background left - Bowen's Gemini 500 @ f4 with green gel
Background right - Olympus FL-50R @ half power with blue gel, bounced off white sheet behind up-standing piano lid.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Second Curtain!

Henry the Navigator's "Gerry" on mouth organ solo.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 40-150mm@41mm; ISO 200; f8; 1s; FL-50R off camera, second curtain.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Henry the Navigator

Henry the Navigator tonight at Whistle Binkies, Edinburgh.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@16mm; ISO 400; f5.6; 1/125; FL50-R stage left, IR trigger.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Another Tap

Not much to say about this one really.....

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@60mm; ISO 200; f8; 1/125s; on camera flash.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013


Some bubbles in my kitchen sink.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@60mm; ISO 100; f5.6; 1/250s; FL-50R off camera flash.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Jen's Reflection

A simple shot showing the reflective properties of calm water in a puddle.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@26mm; ISO400; f4; 1/125s, FL-50R flash on camera.

Monday, 4 February 2013


These are both water based products. Orange juice floating on top of cranberry and apple juice. It's a very small glass!

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@60mm; ISO 100; f16; 1/250s; on camera flash.

Sunday, 3 February 2013


Just a wee hint of an excellent opportunity I had with a few others today.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 40-150mm@123mm; ISO 400; f5.6; 1/60s; ambient (window) light.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Cold Tap

Wonder at the complex patterns created in your kitchen sink with the simple flow of water from the tap.

Olympus E-3; Zuiko 12-60mm@37mm; ISO 400; f5.6; 1/250s; on camera flash.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Double Rainbow

One from the archives today as I fell asleep before shooting/posting an original. The new theme today on another site where I post these images was water and its associated products. Rainbows qualify under the 'associated products' caveat!
OK, so the secondary rainbow is a bit less significant than the main one but still there are two visible at once. It may have been a better record of reality had I not had to rely on my iPhone to take this image.

iPhone 3GS; ISO64; f2.8; 1/30s, ambient light.