4th March 2016
Stargazing and new camera
Having treated myself to a new camera (5d mklll) I decided to test it on its first outing by having another go at shooting the Milky Way. I had dabbled in astro photography last year but with little success, I did feel better prepared this time around as hopefully I would have learned from my earlier attempts and of course having a better sensor in the new camera would help also. I needed to head out of the city away from the lights to have any chance at capturing any worthwhile images of the Milky Way so I headed for Loch Lomond and Millarochy Bay, a favourite location for Landscape Photographers.
The weather forcast was for clear skies, but when I arrived there was still a lot of cloud cover which obscured most of the stars. I set up anyway and began shooting the famous little tree that lives there from several angles hoping that eventually the cloud would clear and I would get the shot I was after. bY 10.30pm I was just about to give up on the skies clearing but decided to stick it out for another hour just in case. I'm so glad I decided to stay a bit longer as the clouds all but disappeared and the Milky way and the many stars were visible at last.
The first image was taken before the clouds had cleared, the orange glow on the clouds is light pollution from streetlights in the nearby town reflecting back off them, the second image (the one I had hoped for) shows the wee tree with the Milky Way in all its glory, job done!
19th July 2015
World of Wings
If you have never visited World of Wings in Cumbernauld just outside Glasgow then you are missing out on a fantastic day out. This was my first visit but it definately wont be my last. Along with a few other photographers I spent a very enjoyable morning photographing some of the amazing birds that are there. Let me say though that you dont need to be a photographer to enjoy a visit or appreciate the wonderful variety of birds on display. its an enjoyable family trip and the hot chocolate in the cafe is spectacular!!!
Heres a wee taster of the birds on display at the centre...
9th April 2015
A must for any landscape photographer is a visit to Iceland. With its spectacular scenery not to mention the friendly people and quite excellent food this was a trip I was really looking forward to.
Personally I wanted to capture shots of the night sky with the Aurora on show, some of the many spectacular waterfalls and the magnificent mountains and volcanos that Iceland is famous for. Alas the weather didnt play nice, we didnt get a clear night sky at any time during our trip and snowstorms and high winds meant that access into the mountains was impossible.
Our little group (there were four of us) had to be content with heading south from Rekjavik and exploring this part of the island. We still managed to capture some great images some of which you can see below. There will definately be a second trip to Iceland for me as there is so much to see and photograph there. Someone described this country as 'Scotland on steroids' and that really does sum it up perfectly!
8th June 2014
East Fortune - Bob McIntyre memorial meeting
Today I had a super day photographing the classic bikes at the Bob McIntyre classic, it was fantastic seeing the racing enthusiasts with their many and varied classic machines. This was my first visit to the race track but it certainly wont be my last. I admit to knowing nothing about the man the meet honours but this is what I have been able to find out...
Robert McGregor McIntyre was born in Scotstoun in Glasgow in 1928. He worked in the shipyards on the Clyde and then for motorcycle dealers Cooper Brothers of Troon, who were also his first racing sponsors.
Bob thrilled motorcycle racing spectators wherever he went. He possessed an incredible determination to win, astonishing concentration levels and his racing style was to go flat out to test his machines and his rivals to their limits.
His career is most memorable for his one-hour speed record at Monza in 1957 and his Isle of Man Junior and Senior TT wins that year, when, riding a Gilera 500cc, he also became the first rider to complete a lap at an average speed of over 100 mph.
Bob was also a proficient mechanic, and helped to design the bikes he raced. He was a popular figure at race meets, forever signing autographs and encouraging inexperienced competitors.