Grey tower

colour, urban

The final photo from a walk round the Gyle busines park. I don’t know which building this is. Edinburgh is not a city of tall buildings, so you need to get close to the ground to get any sense of presence from the buildings. I think the guests of the local budget hotel thought I was mad, lying on the ground taking the picture of an office stairwell!

gray tower1/100, f/10, ISO160

St. Vigeans Church

Blogging, colour

Sitting on top of it’s grassy knoll, close to the Brothick Burn, St Vigeans Church has always been for me the epitome of a red sandstone building.

st vigeansIn this image, I’ve combined two exposures – 1/100 & 1/400, f/10, ISO160. At 1/100 the sky was white and at 1/400 the building was looking like dark shadow.

Someday I’d like to be there towards sunset on a clear day. The church tower faces west and the hue of the sandstone looks amazing against a darkening blue sky.


Steampunk Coffee

Blogging, colour, street

Stockbridge on a sunny Sunday has a great atmosphere. This Sunday had the first day of spring feel to it. Stockbridge Market takes place in the Jubille Gardens, with some fabulous food, streetfood and crafts. One of my favourite Coffee Shops (Steampunk, from North Berwick) are there with their VeeDub Campervan.

steampunk1/125, f/5.0, ISO400

Goodbye too soon


Slightly off topic for my usual blog – but……….Romain Bardet, wrote: “This sport is as sublime as it is tragic. In the sense that it can put the life of any of those who practice it in danger at any moment. All our thoughts are with Michael Goolaerts.”

Gazette van Cat

Some days, being a cycling fan is easier than others.  This week we have lived through the highest of excitements and the lowest of lows.

The words many of us woke up to this morning

“It is with unimaginable sadness…”

were very difficult for our small, close-knit community to take, as we found out that Michael Goolaerts did not make it through the night.

Social Media has had us all in a bittersweet mood today as the tweets we ‘liked’ yesterday, reminding us of the fun and excitement of a fantastic Paris-Roubaix, are interspersed with new tweets of condolence and grief.

At first, I fumed that the standard Twitter and Facebook settings were so cold and insensitive.  Then, I realized that tomorrow, all the ‘Likes” we see will be those outpourings of grief and sorrow.  If we continue to “like” these our mourning will continue for another day and another.

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Getting white balance close

Blogging, colour, portrait

It’s great when you learn something new. It’s also really satisfying to get something right in camera, and this little trick seems to work well for me.

Granted, it’s quite straightforward to correct white balance in Lightroom when shooting RAW. However either I don’t have a great memory for colour, or I don’t have a great eye for it. (Maybe that’s why I like black and white!). So that means I can take ages trying to get the colours right – and I often miss the colour cast entirely.

This trick is a variation on white/grey card, and is a close to zero cost hack on the Expodisc idea – especially if you have an Aeropress! All you need is an Aeropress Filter

Here’s the photo using Auto White Balance.IMG_2491

It’s Mr. Buzzington Buzz again. He’s sitting on a blue sofa, with a north facing window to his rear left. There’s a blue cast over him.

I placed the camera in front of Mr. Buzzington, facing back to where I was going to take the photo from. With the coffee filter covering the lens I took a properly exposed shot. (i.e. the histogram was dead centre). Here it is.


Not the most interesting photo! However I then used this to create a custom white balance. I use a Canon 80D, and that takes about 4 key presses.

Reshooting Mr. Buzzington Buzz (same shutter speed and aperture) gave the following result.


This is a much more accurate representation of the colours – and no fiddling about in Lightroom!