The Loneliest Glen

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Another dry day so fired up the little scooter for the biggest test yet a 150 mile round trip into the remote highlands. The original plan to snap some shots around Loch Tay but ended up going the opposite side of Ben Lawers which looks down on the loch.

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It was getting to the stage where I was getting closer to the west coast than the east coast of Scotland so I ditched the Milano in a little parking area at Bridge of Balgie and had a little stomp around on foot.
This fine fellow of a horse came down to say hello and give himself a good scratch in a fencepost. As soon as I snapped him I knew it was going to be a black and white edit. It’s came out pretty good.

Should say that Glen Lyon where these were taken is actually the longest enclosed glen in Scotland stretching out at 34 miles. Sir Walter Scott described as “…longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland.”
Some excellent scenery, I should really mount the GoPro on the scoot for some video footage of the Scottish hills and mountains rising up on either side.

Reflection Killer

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Restoration work going on in Doge’s Palace. Persues eyes up Adam whilst Eve lurks in the background.
You can’t see it because I didn’t photograph it but if you’re ever in the palace you can amaze people by pointing out that the Medusa on his shield is actually a reflection and that’s how he was able to kill without turning to stone. . . which he is now.

Winged sandals, invisibility cloaks and head with snakes. All sounds like a myth to me.

Bianco e Nero

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More from Venice and there will probably be more from Venice to come. A while back I was looking at the photographs of Josef Koudelka which led to me stumbling across the works of an Italian photographer, his name I can no longer remember. Anyway he had shot a lot of work in Venice may even have been from Venice himself, it was all in black and white and I think it’s the kind of city with it’s little alleyways and courtyards that look fantastic in black and white.

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Impossible not to take a photo of a water when you’re on a city surrounded by the stuff.

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St Mark’s Square shot for around 10 seconds. I was tripodless on the trip so I made do with whatever was flat and sturdy.
Below I found flat and sturdy but messed up the focusing and with being on one of the busiest bridges in Venice you don’t get a lot of time to be messing around to get the perfect shot.

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The Cross

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Looked a decent day today so packed up the tripod which is a bit of a rarity for me and set off on my adventures. Turns out it wasn’t as nice as I thought and the wind was absolutely baltic.
I cut short the planned journey and instead headed for a nearby graveyard firing off three or four shots with a wee filter on the old kit lens. This is my shot of the day fired for 60 seconds.

Out Of The Darkness

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A 50mm lens on the body for this shot from Sunday past. I was out and about for a little walk and some fresh air before the return to the day job with three cameras in the bag. The trusty old DSLR , the Bronica ETRSi and my little converted to infrared camera all getting a little airing.
Above is my best shot of the day, I thought the barbed wire coming out of the darkness would look pretty cool. When I get that focus point right it really is a sweet little lens to have, it’s actually my favourite and the one that more or less lives on the body.

Below is an infrared landscape. Sadly this camera only shoots JPEG so I don’t get too much control over the editing, the IR does make a nice black and white which I think could be handy on an upcoming trip back to Europe. That’s if they let us Brits back in!

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Skates On

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If you should go skating
On the thin ice of modern life . . .

Seeing as we’ve had a dusting of snow I venture out like a 21st century Shackleton in search of epic adventure.
Well maybe not epic, a quick skirt around the local reservoir was enough for me. Three chaps had a walk around the frozen water and then one of them slipped on the old skates and shot around the ice which appeared to be thick enough for some winter sports.