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The recent fog is great for photography if you can be ready for the breaks when the sun comes through to provide enough light. There was the most amazing sunrise this morning as it broke through the horizon above the water and below the mist.  I watched The Theory of Everything at the weekend, which was brilliant; but as enticing as the science is, there are some days when the sun really does seem to be a golden disc rising in the sky just for you.

Edinburgh Window

Taken from an office in the old town looking across at Princes Street and beyond to Fife.

iPhone 6


Fuji X-Pro 1, 27mm lens, f.8

Cockle Picker 1 Cockle Picker 2

These were taken on a beautiful late summer morning with a super low tide. I am usually the one looking down at this beach as I travel to work on the train, seeing people out on a solitary walk among the huge expanse of sand with Edinburgh away in the background. But this day it was my turn to walk it. I don’t think these cockle pickers are so lucky: a large group of Chinese people hard at work, probably for a pittance.


This is just freaky. Keep looking at it. I was driving home from the shops today and saw an interesting cloudscape beyond the houses above Dysart. So I parked the car, ran into the house, grabbed my camera bag, and went down to a road called School Brae where I could get an expansive, open view of the sea. I took a few pics, dropped my lens cap which I had to rescue from the drop below, and headed home. This is the first of 8 shots I took.

I didn’t see the face at the time. I only saw a great cloud above the ship and the water. It had passed over our town shortly before, depositing its water on us. When I looked at the images in Lightroom I was delighted to see the image of a face looking down on the ship. Serendipity.

I converted it to black and white and as I increased the contrast the face just got more and more obvious. I then made a few under exposed dashes to highlight some facial features, but only about 3 or 4 strokes with the mouse to bring out the eyes.

The more I stare at it the spookier it gets!


i had to skilfully skip over a tree trunk that lay across a stream to get to this area that caught my eye: a large pond tucked away beyond the path. I thought there would be some interesting reflections in the still water but it was the angular branches crossing at head height that made better pictures. The rest was too crowded and confusing, although I quite liked this fallen tree…



This was taken at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh as the light was dimming across Charles Jencks’ Landform Ueda. The design was inspired by patterns of nature, the idea of movement in nature, from meteorological effects to chaos theory. Jencks said he ‘wanted to design something which reflected these natural forces’. I didn’t know any of this when I took the photo. I was trying to create a sense of autumn turning to winter, when falling leaves blow across the landscape of the mind. I think this reflects some his ideas about what he wanted to create so I was happy.


With Halloween approaching I thought this had a suitably spooky feel about it. I also had one from the iPhone using Hipstamatic app with the tintype pack which I like but perhaps the heavy effect detracts from the quiet scene.




France, 2014.This was taken on a lovely warm evening, exploring the back roads of Tremolat – a small village near to Limueil where we were staying in the summer. I really didn’t think that I had many decent images this year but looking back through my Lightroom library I have a few that I like. I’ve think been so busy that I haven’t had much time to look at them!


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