Nice to see the weekend is here and the sun is shining, great weekend planned with a lovely dog walk tomorrow and CFR training on Sunday, really looking forward to being qualified and out there helping my community.
Today’s image is from Knockbrex Priapic Pillars, a must on the photographers places to visit list.
It’s a fair walk carrying all your kit and the beach has long since seen its best with rubbish everywhere, shame really as its a beautiful place with cattle grazing right down to the shore edge and bird life adorning the skies, a real treat, midge season was in full swing and even with the sea breeze I got bitten to hell and back. STill it was well worth it and I’d certainly go back there.
Have a great weekend all
Threave Castle is situated on an island in the River Dee, 2.5 km west of Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It was the home of ‘Black’ Douglas Earls of Douglas from the late 14th century until their fall in 1455.
Threave Castle’s rectangular keep is 21 m (69 ft), or 5 storeys high, and 18.4 by 12.1 m (60 by 40 ft) m by 12.1 m in plan. The keep was once accessed by a movable bridge from the gatehouse to the first floor. This level is vaulted, and was occupied by kitchens. Below is a basement with a well and prison pit. A spiral stair within the 2 m (6 ft 7 in) thick wall leads up to the great hall, which had a second bridge access to the upper gatehouse. Above this were two timber floors, now missing, with two rooms on the next storey, and servants quarters at the top. Holes in the external walls would have supported a timber defensive structure known as a bretache, which allowed the defenders to drop objects on attackers at the walls.
The keep is enclosed by the later curtain wall, which has round towers on its three corners, and a series of arrow loops and gun ports which were added when artillery began to play a significant role in warfare. Only one of these towers, the south east, remains, along with the gatehouse, which was formerly equipped with a drawbridge. The curtain walls are only 4.4m from the keep, and are surrounded by a once flooded ditch. To the west the river runs close to the keep. The remains of a wall survive along the river bank, curving back to the north west corner of the keep. A gated harbour was constructed here to provide secure alternative access to the castle. To the north, only an earth bank defends the keep, although the marshy approach to this side would have discouraged attackers.
The island itself covers 8 hectares (20 acres), although in the 15th century it is estimated to have been only a third of this size. However, the isle would have supported subsidiary buildings, such as stores and workshops, as well as the castle. Access was by boat or via a ford at the south of the island.
See who says I can’t do history, well wickithingy helps alot
apologies for not posting this week, been one of those weeks where I juts haven’t had time for the nicer things in life. One major headache has been the new accounts system, I’ve been using an old desktop version of quickbooks for 10 years now so I decided I’d update this to the new sparkling online service, lets just say they have the worst the very worst support of any company I have ever dealt with or am I likely to! Bottom line is I’m now with Sage which is where I should have switched to in the 1st place.
Anyway once I’ve calmed down enough I’ll be posting some new shots, todays is one from last heather season using my TS24 tilt shift lens to give it a toy town effect.
I’m afraid the weather here in Yorkshire didn’t play fair today and we had intermittent heavy cloud which obscured the eclipse totally at times, so here is my modest effort hand held 70-200.
Seen some wonderful efforts from Norway, obviously the place to be unless you don’t like polar bears who I might add should have been left alone not hunted down and killed, they should have left guards on tent duty all night!! anyway thats just my humble opinion.
Have a great weekend
very quick update as I’m busy busty with commission work at the moment, running all over the place. I’ll post info later.
This one from a recent trip to Anglesey, beautiful sunset at Rhosneigr, love the warmth of the sun glowing through the buoy. Saying that it was freezing!!
Anyway catch up later
Fantastic news to give. I have been awarded the Fellowship status to the British Institute of Professional Photographers, their highest award and is attainable for distinguished and exceptional ability and creativity so I’m extremely honoured to have reached this level.
Though this may be the top level it by no means means I’ll be resting on my laurels, not that we have any growing in the garden anyway! the ‘F’ will now help me with marketing giving my clients peace of mind they are hiring the best they can in the field they require and that my work is to and surpassing the standard that will help them with their business.
I have a few people to thank for their knowledge assistance and guidance along the path to this qualification.
Firstly my mentor Russell Baston, we haven’t hit it off all along the way but his knowledge and guidance has shone through in my submission and Russell guided my final layout so major thanks indeed.
Anne Marie Farley a wonderful photographer and friend who not only gave me some great critique but passed the TV company onto me for the Barging Round Britain book with John Sergeant, a massive thanks Anne Marie x
All the usual suspects within the BIPP for putting up with my “can I do this” emails etc etc and above all Princess Jojo for putting up with my constant outings and trips away leaving her to take care of the Husky gang and house and always taking care of me along the way xxxx
If I have forgotten anyone apologies and know that you helped along the way and are very much appreciated by me.
Now on with the book, me and Chris are doing a shoot in North Yorkshire this weekend and don’t forget we are doing the wedding circuit, several bookings for this year already.
had a great weekend filming topped off by a long drive to Hertfordshire on Sunday to do an event shoot for Woodland Trust and Disney. The Magical Wood is the largest new native forest in England with some 15,000 new trees being planted. The partnership between the Woodland Trust and Disney celebrated its 10th anniversary with some 100 volunteers turning out in very cold and windy conditions to help plant some 3000 saplings on Sunday, well done all.
A couple of volunteers
Pre planting warm up
Well she’s finally completed after a while in Photoshop, must admit I really enjoyed doing this, just need a real life woman now……I know they all say that lol
She started out as this.
Then went to this.
Good fun all the same
Perhaps one day, you never know especially with the way the world is going….lets hope not
Today’s image is courtesy of being awake with ideas buzzing round my head since 3:20. Since Jo was unavailable and wouldn’t do it for a gold pig anyway I had to dig old Jenna Jameson out of the closet, of course I’m just practising techniques with my Profoto B1’s, beauty dish and coloured grids.
Goes without saying would be much more fun in an industrial scene with a life model…any volunteers?, would also work well in an old cooling tower or tunnel too.
Background is black cloth and coloured by a gel on a B1 at full power while the beauty dish slightly right and above is less than half power, quite effective isn’t it?
OK it may be a little weird but I have a plan which involves a male and female model, the BBC and Musketeers…long story, if it comes off I’ll share.
A little I’ll grant but it’s a well used trick in photography using layers and masks and while I had 5 mins to play I thought I’d give the B1 a blast, just one to the right slightly behind the camera on TTL, quite a neat trick really and definitely worth trying with different subjects and locations.
Go on, have a play you know you want to and you get to eat the model…errrrr!