Photographs from my travels.
Sun star at Ryatt Linn
I was up early today at silly o'clock.
So glad I did venture out, the sunrise was spectacular and with no wind the reflections were glassy and just as I have wanted to catch this picturesque spot which is only 5 mins from home.
I was thrilled to get back to Duncryne Hill on the weekend - even if it was a little early in the day.
Maddie (home from Uni), Jamie (her boyfriend), Isabella and Sophia took the short walk to the top and were greeted with a stunning view.
It was a lovely way to finish a perfect Sunday after spend time earlier climbing Dumbarton Rock to see the castle.
We had a delightful drive back through the Dales on Monday.
The weather was cloudy and moody - perfect.
The traffic was light and the scenery spectacular. I did manage to annoy the family getting several picture stops in. I haved a few to share over time, so sorry if I bore you - it's my kind of country and I loved photographing it.
My favourite photo from our drive throught the Dales on the way back from York.
This was a busy part of the road, but i just had to stop as the clouds were rolling in and the sun was still shining over much of the landscape creating tnis dramatic effect of light and dark.
The other thing that impressed me was just how neat the drystone walls are. I've always pictured them as rather fallen down piles of rocks. in fact they're quite the opposite, they are extremely neat and carefully maintained.
An old gnarly tree is bathed in golden light early morning in Newton Mearns.
I had a fantastic time last night with Isabella we were filming and photography Maestoso a wood wind ensemble from Williamwood High, their last performance on home soil before travelling to Ireleand and France for performances. Highlights will follow - along with some of the photographs. They are an outstanding group of musicians.
I went back to this lovely place last week.
Keen to get a better shot of the area as it is barren and stunning and I never seem to be able to do it justice.
Still not happy with this so I am afraid I will have to go back.
We're off for Easter break today - going to York. Internet was flaky this morning so if it goes down over the weekend uploads will be low res from the iPad. Take care - Happy Easter!
I know this is a strange shot from me and it looks quite fake.
However it is real and is a cloud I saw at sunset at Whitelee Wind Farm last weekend. I was shooting uphill so it resulted in this delightfully shaped cloud sitting right on the horizon.
I love the moor grass here and have photographed it before with Sophia and have my favourite portrait of her taken in this location.
Hope you're having a great weekend, the weather in Scotland is wonderful, although I am in my little study editing another musical concert video. I hope to share some of it with you this week.
Rocky Stream, Wast Water
One of the photos I took on the way the Wales for a work conference.
I was on annual leave this day and we travelled down by car to take advantage of our travel through Cumbria and the Wye Valley.
This is a photo from a few I took at sunset in Wast Water. There was 3 minutes of light available when the sun almost broke through the clouds.
Wast Water at sunset.
In March a work colleage and I travelled down from Glasgow to Newport. I took a day's annual leave so we could photograph some of the stunning scenery on the way.
Our first sunset was a little dissappointing - along with the ones that followed - the forecast was for partly cloudy. The further we travelled the more foggy and overcast it became.
This is Wast Water which can be stunning at the right time. Either way - we did have a lovely early evening here. Followed by 3.5 hours rushing through mountaneous roads to get to our Guest House on time.
We love this little villiage. It is near where Maddie is studying.
We stay a little down the road, and I shot this on a slightly foggy Sunday when visiting Maddie. I've posted a shot of Craig House before. We learned once on holiday in the Isle of Bute that house colours in Scotland are quite restricted to white, brown and cream. Not sure of the accuracy of this, however to date I haven't seen anything like the colours of the villages in Ireland. So maybe there is something to it. Either way - I love the old stone buildings, always have even from seeing the wonderful Victorian ones in Adelaide in my childhood to these all over Scotland - plus those superb grey stones in Northern Wales.
It is a five shot panorama - no HDR as I wanted the fog to remain.
A panorama of Ryatt Linn in winter. Now in summer the waterfall is hidden behind the trees. Ryatt Drama Ryatt Sunrise Ryatt reflections Sun star at Ryatt Linn Low sun over Ryatt Linn Balgray overflow Falls Gate Iron And at the far end almost visible in this shot: Waulkmill Viaduct
The small waterfall sits between Balgray Reservoir and Ryatt Linn. The channel runs away to the Waulkmill Glen Reservoir. The circle of white you see in the higher pond must be an underground pipe straight in from the larger reservoir that sits above this. We had a full day of rain on Saturday so I am guessing the systems kicked in to drain away some of the overflow.
I took this after capturing the house on the hill in the photo I posted on Sunday.
The light faded fast, but it was still 'technically' the golden hour so I kept taking photos as I just like to click.
I have a wider HDR panorama I'll post of this delightful little spot as I like the area alot and I'll be sure to return to re-shoot some of these with better light.
I was a little out with my planning today. It has been a while since I checked the sunrise time and at 7.40 I flew out of the house for an 8.04 sunrise. This is 10 minutes from my place so I made it just before sun up. I took this hand held with no filters just to make sure I got a shot as the sun was peeking through a narrow gap on the horizon.
Fortunately it was a double sun rise day as there was another gap coming which enabled me to get some more shots later, albeit in more subdued lighting.
It is taken just up from Belgray Reservoir which is an area I first photographed when I received my Canon 5D Mark ii.
Early on a Sunday in winter the first cold spell we've had. The central heating at home was broken - as cold in as out. So I went out for some photography as the sky was clear and the sun about. I have been wanting to get back to Balgray and Waulkmill on the opposite side to last visits. This was the day.
This was part of a 77 shot HDR panorama [it's the 180 degree view from the train on the rail bridge - here www.flickr.com/photos/jrmurray/6718835245]. First time I have tried one with my new tripod which I am loving. I have changed the video head to a cheap photo ball head and I wasn't pleased with the way it panned. Anyway I did this in portrait orientation and learned the hard way that overlap is much harder when capturing with the camera on its side. The video head also made it much easier to track the pan and ensure the was enough overlap. In the end I trashed the whole 77 shots after spending 8 hours trying to turn them into a pano with manual blending and content based fill, as the scene would have been perfect. Not to worry. Glad I could salvage this. It's a long winded (boring) explanation for me posting a sunrise which I normally try not do on their own.
A view to Whitelee Windfarm behind Eaglesham and from Newon Mearns. Another shot taken immediately before the Country Light picture from earlier in the week.
A storm front is approaching over Eaglesham. The light was perfect. I have hoped for a shot like this for years.
I was hanging around the house after a failed trip out this morning getting soaked - when Beccy suggested I take a walk and get a shot of the local Castle. I am foreever thankful for the suggestion.
This is a 12 shot monochrome HDR due to the distinct lack of light, it was raining. The flare in the tree is actually from a light not the sun.
From Wikipedia: Mearns Castle is a fifteenth-century tower house in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, to the south of Glasgow, Scotland. The castle was built by Herbert, Lord Maxwell, under a royal warrant issued in 1449, and remained with the family until the fifth Lord was required by James VI to deliver it up to the crown.
The castle was originally a four-storey rectangular tower, and parts of the original corbelling remain. There is a vaulted basement room, approached from the main entrance. The first-floor hall, which is also vaulted, is approached by a straight mural stair; is has stone window seats, and once had a minstrels’ gallery. The original arched entrance is now walled up.
Sunrise at Waterfoot Falls. Part of yesterday's shoot, this was the best light available, a glimpse of sun for 4 minutes. I used an HDR shot for this one to milk as much as I could from the scene. I know many are not a fan of HDR but when you have to go with the flow . . . Hopefully the light will get better soom - in the meantime its good to play Wii with the kids.