Archives for category: colour



Japanese Garden, Cowden, Scotland.


Some pretty amazing colours here in our Fife woodlands.

Taken in the New Forest. On holiday and enjoying walks and a light camera bag consisting of an iPhone! Will post more as I go.




From the allotment, and a complete break with my usual style here. I was playing around with Lightroom settings and when it comes to colour I tend to go for extremes. Perhaps being slightly colour-blind has something to do with it – unable to differentiate the subtleties of some hues I just crank it up to avoid any doubt!

silversands2   Here are 2
other images from Silversands, Aberdour, taken last week. I have
been sitting here for a while playing around with different formats
– 4×5 and square – but I came back to being closer to the original
35mm format as I wanted to maintain the sense of the wide,
expansive view of the sea. silversands3



The view from my bedroom window the other day. There are one or two mornings a year where all I have to do is grab the camera and point it out over the sea. For a few I used a slow shutter speed and hand-held the camera, panning across the horizon, and some were hand-held at a faster speed.





A gaggle has to contain at least 5 geese, so I read. This was taken in France in the summer on a donkey farm in the Vendée. It is a bit pictorial for me but I do like it because I had a photo of mine critiqued by a highly regarded portrait photographer last year – which also happened to be a photo from France – and his comment was that I should experiment more with breaking up horizons and horizontals which I think I’ve done here. It seems to work. I know what he means. It’s just trying to achieve that when you on the trot with kids, the rain is coming down in lines, etc., isn’t that easy! I think it is one of those things that you have to work at until it becomes more instinctive.


A bit of colour after a walk along the coastal path at West Wemyss. I was experimenting with movement and trying to get swishes of colour among the green. I think there is something here worth pursuing in more detail – perhaps with a tripod next time. It’s worked on clouds at sunrise before if you click here to an old post. I like the scratchy effect that the grass makes on the foreground to break up the horizontals.

Maison de L’Ane, Beauvoir Sur Mer, France, 2012

I have some across a few poems about donkeys over the years and, being my favourite animal, I try to visit sanctuaries and farms when I can. This one in the Vendee was lovely with an interesting museum too. The American poet Richard Wilbur wrote one, as did GK Chesterton which ended:

“Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet”

They are hard to photograph well – true of most things I suppose –  but I think I got a something here.  I was going to phrase it ‘essence of donkey’ but that really doesn’t sound right does it (although the donkey milk soaps from the farm shop are fab).

Curtain, Hopetoun House

My children were at their activity club and were dressed up as ‘valets’ for the morning, showing visitors around Hopetoun House. I  didn’t go with the intention of taking photos apart from of the boys in their outfits but I enjoyed getting a few snaps in. I liked just trying to capture a few fleeting details and, as ever, I tend to follow the light…

Flowers, Hopetoun House