Return to the Falls

During an earlier lockdown walk I discovered a waterfall high up on the hill behind my house. Yesterday I returned, the day was cold, with wind and snow/sleet showers so I took my little Canon G7x which I usually take on mountain walks and bike rides. I also took a very light small tripod and a snack. Needless to say I got totally frozen taking the photos even with all my spare clothes on, but it was fun, I will have to return when the weather is better.

Here are some of my efforts

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Lock-down Drips

Yesterday I went on my second lock-down photo walk and as the weather was very wet and dull with heavy showers I figured I would just see what happened. Quite soon a theme for the walk emerged…..drips! I began playing with the macro setting and generally playing. I also took a shot of one of the bike tracks, this may be another theme. Anyway it was good to be out in the camera…here are the results of my efforts….the good, the bad and the ugly!

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Lockdown Photo Walk

We are now into the seventh week of lock-down, it is a very strange time for us all. immediately all my work finished as it did for many other people. Portraits shoots were cancelled or postponed, jewellery outlets closed, and planned exhibitions were cancelled. I saw from Facebook that some artists and photographers have been very productive making new work but I have found it very hard to find any motivation. My creativity has been directed to finishing a grandmas garden quilt that I started many many years ago and amongst other things a fairisle cardigan started by my mum before she passed away a few years ago.

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But now I am beginning to feel the need to take some more photographs and get back to ‘work’ I have started taking my camera out with me on my daily exercise walk just to see what takes my eye. Here are some of the photos from my first lock-down photo walk in the woods near my house.

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Burning Heather and Milky Light

It is that time of year again when all the galleries and shops are stocking up for the season and so artists, photographers, and crafts people are busy making, printing and delivering work. Me included!

Last week after setting up my work for the Photofest exhibition I managed to get back out to Dava Moor to search for interesting abandoned crofts to photograph. It turned out a bit of a thwarted journey as the light was not that good and there was a lot of heather burning. The building I spotted on the map was in fact a pile of stones and another had been renovated into a lunch spot for shooting parties complete with new land-rover track. The little wood behind had been felled. I consoled myself with a walk up Cam Sgriob  485m a wee hill which has commanding views of the distant Cairngorms and other local hills.

Photofest is on at the old Kirk in Nethybridge, until the 26th April, open daily from 1pm to 4.30.

Here are some of the photos from the day….

 

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Dava Moor

Some of my recent work on the abandoned crofts is currently being exhibited at the Galleryeleven41 in Kingussie. One of the photographs is a view across the moor. The day I took this photograph I had set out to photograph an abandoned croft called Easter Crannich. It was shaping up to be a good evening for the light so I set of on my bike with my tripod and camera gear on my bag. I had seen this croft in the distance from the road many times and loved the way it was set in the hill side with a barn and trees around it. I was very curious to see what it was like inside and up close. When I got there it didn’t disappoint, I had wanted to take some photos suitable for my jewellery as well but hadn’t really got a fixed idea of what I wanted. When I went inside and saw the layers of peeling wall paper I was struck by nostalgia for the generations of families who had hard but good lives up here. These were proper homes once that have been lovingly decorated over many many years. I felt sad to see the house left to the birds and sheep.

I had got my timing wrong, I was a bit early for the light and there were some annoying clouds covering the sun. I decided to ride up the track a bit more and investigate other building I had seen for another time.

As the sun then completely disappeared and the light became very flat I eventually returned to my camper van and had a brew. I sat pondering on the moor and how only 50 years ago it would have been teaming with life, three generations in each house, all their livestock. Children catching the train to school on Grantown, and young men Such as Andrew Cruickshank from Drumroy going away to the First World War.

All of a sudden the sun broke through and I took this picture from the side of the road. I love the bog cotton shining in the sun but I also love the fact that three croft houses are in view especially the ones on the skyline.

Besides this photo the photo also produced the first interior photos for my peeling back the year series which has become my new range of jewellery.

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Bring on the Snow!

It was high summer when i wrote the last post on this blog ans i was thinking about all things summery but now I have turned to more wintery things. I am sorting out new images for my Cairngorm Ski set of photo jewellery all ready for their Christmas market which starts in their mMountain Shop ion the 10th November……here are some of photos…more to follow…..

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West Coast mini road trip

A couple of weeks ago when the weather still felt like summer I headed out to Eilean Donan Castle to photograph the wedding of Diane and Rory a lovely couple who had traveled over from Canada with their friends and family specially for the event.IMG_0624

Anyway after we headed up the coast exploring, walking, photographing, visiting galleries and shops who might like to take some of my jewellery. We got as far as Ullapool before we had to head home but I am back again on monday for another wedding so the trip continues!

Here are some of the images that I took, many of them are now available to buy from my online shop as photo-jewellery and cards.

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Loch Pityoulish

Last week I managed to get down to Loch Pityoulish on a sunny afternoon….very chilly though!

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Sunset over Deepdale and the Derwent Fells

I was down in Cumbria this week took these sunsets at the end of a walk round the Deepdale horseshoe. The hills are the Derwent Fells

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Loch an Eilean

I was having a bit of a play with long exposures but really discovered that I needed a neutral density filter…which I now have and can’t wait for the rain to stop so I can have a play with it! Also would have been good to have brought my tripod!……… camera balanced on rock…!

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