black and white, urban

A few days ago I used the word dreich in a blog. Not a word your average anglophone, born south of Gretna will know. If you were wondering what this word means – then here it is.

dreichScots has some fabulous words. If onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like what it is, then we’ve got words that are emotionally onomatopoeiac.

Dreich is how it feels, glaiket is how they look, a burach is just what it is and mingin has you holding your breath!

Winter ice

abstract, colour, Colour, landscape and nature

Perhaps it’s because there have been so many ice bubble photographs, I thought I’d do something icy.

This is some ice that had formed in the garden, shot through a reverse 22mm lens. It was shot at 1/400s, and ISO at 3200. Since the lens wasn’t connected to the camera, there was no control over the aperture.


Post production was a slight crop and a slight colour balance adjustment on the blue midtones.


colour, landscape and nature

Yellowcraigs Beach

There are times when I find that I can be somewhere fantastic, but for whatever reason things don’t seem to work. Yellowcraig’s beach at Direlton, near Edinburgh is a regular haunt.

On this day, I was frustrated that I wasn’t capturing anything that excited me. I didn’t have a plan, but was thinking about what you can do with a camera without resorting to post processing.

I started to try out some camera motion to create a painterly effect. I didn’t want to lose the sense of beach, sea and horizon. At the same time though I didn’t want a straight photo of the beach. I had an ND filter and so was able to slow the shutter down to 1/8 @ f36.

I had to do some spot cleaning in Lightroom. At that aperture the ten year old sensor was showing a few blemishes. I’m too mean to pay for a professional clean!