Dubai

Hey,

some news after I’ve been away for a few days. Some things have happened. Some weren’t good and I’d rather not talk about them on the web and some other things are just amazing.

My short trip to Dubai for a few days is now finalised and it’s time to book some other stuff instead of doing that on location. Really can’t wait. So one thing I want to see is this here, check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzeoCAfdKj4 Check it out at the 08.48 minute mark. Love it!

Sooo excited and expect a few pictures once I’m back from the trip. Until then, take care!

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Quick stop – Gourock

Gourock has a nice water front and a nice park. I stopped there last week for a few minutes before torrential rain started and gave me a proper washing! On a random note Ifound myself to be preferring black and white shots. It simply adds more atmosphere to the picture and looks powerful.

As this was a race against the rain there were only a few pictures I took and so here we go with the other ones. Had a boat fable (it was the waterfront and harbour after all!) and left one shot in colour! Waahay! The shot below points towards the park in Gourock. I reckon that if the weather would’ve been

better the shot might have even turned out better but I’m quite pleased with this one. It looks great and the reflections were doing it for me. Right out of the shot there was a swan looking at me ready to bite my nose off! However, I stood my ground and quickly moved on after the shot was taken.

 

 

 

 

Maybe will try a conversion to black and white to see if it can look interesting if I take the colour out. Just out of curiosity!

Some random shots

This really isn’t so much of a location based photo collection. Some pictures were taken hundreds of miles apart. The first one I’m very proud of was shot near Dumbarton in a nice garden. The bridge bought my eyes and I definitely had to capture the moment. After spending some time in Lightroom the picture below popped out of the digital darkroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo was taken at Galloway Forest Park. I spent some time walking around the vast area and decided to go down the route with my photo rucksack and a tripod. The path was small and I got some scratches along the way. And even so I was determined to get a nice shot and I wanted to get the water blurry. At this stage I’d never done that before so this is the one below. For this shot I stood on a dodgy wooden, rotten bridge with my tripod, the D3100 and a 35mm F1.8 and was praying for the best shot I dared to produce. It got hairy at some point as someone passed me and nearly sent me and my equipment over the edge!

Wow! You can’t imagine how proud I am! This shot has an interesting history. Over the weekend we were hosting the Tall Ship event. Ships were stopping in Greenock and for the last day 21cc Fireworks were tasked to perform the lighting up the sky. And what can I say. The fireworks were simply awesome! It went on for minutes and this is one of my favourite shots. As it was raining and there were millions of people I had to shoot out of my room. My room has some sort of grill in front of it and the window can’t be opened fully. So and if that wasn’t enough your room is usually not suitable for setting up a massive tripod with camera and lens. So I spent 30 minutes setting up everything, making sure all was level and that no further obstructions were ruining the images. I also focussed on a spot and switched my lens into manual so the autofocus wouldn’t ruin the shots. Enjoy!

The next one I’d to cross a golf course! How cool that was! Turnberry is a nice place and I escaped golf balls and neatly fell off the cliff! Well, this below is one of the more safer shots. A bit of post production was done to the image and I’m please the way it turned out.

For this last shot shown here I accepted the challenges of nearly freezing to death, being drowned or at least getting seriously wet. In fact my shoes were drowned and I was being watched by some people asking themselves what this guy was doing. The Aisla Craig will be sitting prominently in the middle and being kissed by the beautiful sunset. This was around 9.30pm and I spent over 1.5 hours waiting for this to happen. Of those 1.5 hours I used 50 minutes to find a good spot and to set up the camera settings. Was jolly good fun!

A visit to the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation museum

I’ve always wanted to go to the Dumfries aviation museum so I decided some time last year to have a go and go down there to suck in a bit of the nostalgia of the past and to see

Hawker Siddely Trident passenger aircraft looking out of the cockpit

some glorious flying machines. In modern times we’re so used to see and hear Tornados, Typhoons, Mirages, Boeing 737s etc. that you can actually forget that not sooo long ago things were a bit different.

In fact in the last few decades mankind has come a long way and truly arrived in the sky. Nowadays we board an airplane and within a few hours you nearly could be at the other end of the world. And never could you travel as comfortable as today, quite obviously. So I decided to see what the museum had on offer. I’m going to show you a few shots I’d taken and after working on them in Lightroom I suddenly realised that colour wasn’t doing those photos justice. Translate history into colour might work for some people. For me it’s black and white colour. It strengthens the moment and makes it truly retro and I love that!

The drive to the museum was not too hard from my position near Glasgow and only took me an hour and a few minutes. Can’t remember exactly but it wasn’t too bad after all. The most interesting airplane I’ve seen there is a Fairey Gannet that features two counter rotating propellers. The fuel tank if I recall correctly is the bulk below the cockpit. At this stage I probably should apologise for any mistakes that might inevitably happen but I’m by all means not an aircraft wiki. So instead maybe you can help me recall the aircraft and let me know what they’re called.

view onto the typical cabin of a pilot

A word to the area and the people who’re running the place. All are friendly and there’s enough space to accommodate quite a lot of visitors. The tower is definitely a highlight

were you’ll be greeted with engines before you work your way up to the control tower. All along the way will you find exhibition pieces and stories around them. Well worth the time, money and drive.

I’ll be definitely going again. That time with someone who actually knows all those aircraft by name so I can be much more precise than I’ve been just now. Please excuse my lack of knowledge in this sector 😀 I also found the way the commanders worked in the tower very interesting so as you can imagine I definitely had to shoot that scenario as well and the pictures are shown below this paragraph.

The light was quite challenging and at some point I found myself pushing my camera up to ISO1600.

At that stage the picture showed a bit of grain and in retrospect I know I should’ve let the grain in the image as it adds more atmosphere to the image. However you never stop learning and the next time I’ll definitely leave the grain in the image. Some other images are being shown below. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Take care and have a great day!