Glasgow gallery of modern art
I was fortunate enough to be asked to shoot a morning gathering in Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art but had a half hour in the afternoon to look around before the bus left to take me back to Moffat. There are some great and thought provoking works on display but it's the amalgam of old and new architecture c/w with soft and sympathetic lighting that adds to the gallery's attraction.
I know it's a wee bit early for a jack-o-lantern, but the Christmas stuff is in Tesco already.
Glasgow's Blochairn Market
At the site of the fruit market in Glasgow, the Blochairn Sunday market and car boot sale is rebuilding after a fire that destroyed about half the covered area.
Stranraer Oyster Festival 2017
SSE asked me to capture some photos from Stranraer's inaugural 'Oyster Festival' and it was a fabulous event. The festival organisers, the people of Stranraer, and their funders and supporters should all be proud of what they made happen.
An old Kodak pocket camera
An early 1930's No 1 Pocket Kodak Junior folding camera I bought at a car boot sale for £4. I'll never use it, but someone else tried it... www.lomography.com/magazine...
A rural evening scene from near to Annan in SW Scotland on Thursday, juxtaposing industry and agriculture. The grazing animals brought to my mind African savanna, and the part decommissioned Chapelcross nuclear power station, Chernobyl. Much of the outer infrastructure surrounding the fast breeder nuclear reactors at Chapelcross remains after the toppling of four large concrete cooling towers about ten years ago. The hills to the left are down in the English Lake District, and the masts on the horizon in the Solway Firth.
Moffat Show 2017
Three from the local agricultural show. Wet, muddy, typically Moffat really, but folk made the most of it.
My new Techart Pro and some of its adapted lenses
I've recently got hold of a Techart Pro autofocus adapter for my full frame Sony A7II. It's a third party device with a Leica M connector that exploits the excellent Sony phase detection and now allows me to use all of my adapted Minolta, Pentax and Russian M42 mount lenses with reliable autofocus. I've got the tactile physical controls you can only get with fully-manual glass, and on-board sensor stabilisation that makes them every bit as functional as camera specific OEM ones. To say that I'm chuffed is an understatement. I did a shoot yesterday with lots of moving subjects and I reckon my productivity doubled. My concern about increased battery usage was put to rest when over the course of 700 exposures in 8 hours, I used a battery and a half of juice with three spare charged batteries unused still in my bag. Awesome :-)
Lathalmond - 323
Throwback commuting at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum near Dunfermline. A vehicle lookup reveals its registration is for a 'Guy Arab II' 8.4 litre diesel bus first registered in May 1948.