I have a personal project in mind for early 2017 to design and print a coffee-table book (a third) for my archive. Selecting images and designing a book’s layout can be a lengthy process but the end product is always satisfying and a joy to behold. Virtual photographs on a hard drive or seen on a computer screen are all well and good but in my opinion images really come alive when committed to print in an album or framed and hanging on a wall. In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite photographs taken in random locations around Perthshire at the tail end of autumn 2016.
I’ve stood on this spot by the River Earn many times so didn’t have any expectation of capturing something new; how wrong could I have been! I was totally mesmerised by the “white horses” on the river as it rushed by. All I needed to do was select an area within the scene, decide on a sympathetic shutter speed and shoot. Additional contrast was given in post production to bring out the structure of the “white horses” and job done. The title is from the album “Moonmadness” by Camel and their track, “Spirit of the Water” seemed appropriate while standing by the side of this ever flowing river. “You can live, you can die and nothing stops the river as it goes by”.
1.3 sec @ f/16 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 105mm
I like to think of this photograph being in the style of Fay Godwin. She was a great influence upon me when I began taking “considered” images in black & white back in the mid 1980s; and her signed book ‘Land‘ from 1985 remains one of the most treasured works in my library.
1/30 sec @ f/8 ISO 100 Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 78mm
The Avenue by the side of the River Earn at Lady Mary’s Walk at Crieff always looks fantastic in the late autumn but I think I may just have missed the peak colours this year.
0.5 sec @ f/16 ISO 100 Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 102mm
At a quick glance whilst driving by, I thought this was actually a single tree; hence the picture title “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Perhaps I should have gone to Spec Savers but this is another one of my all-time favourite photographs.
0.4 sec @ f/8 ISO 100 Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 98mm
1/80 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 800 Nikon D810 with 50mm f/1.4 lens
This close up shot of a fern, later converted to mono, lends an abstract feel to its structure.
1/320 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 800 Nikon D810 with 50mm f/1.4 lens
When I was a loon growing up on my dad’s farm in the 1960 / 70s one of my harvest time jobs was to stand on a narrow platform on a moving sled, pulled behind a baler. I would pile around 18 cuboid-shaped bales on a cradle six layers high, then release a metal bar leaving a well-structured tower of bales behind for later uplift; all the while another bale would be coming at me out of back of the baling machine! I recall it was hot, difficult work and by the end of a day my hands and arms would be chaffed red-raw by the rough straw. Of course that was in the days before the huge cylinder bales we see in the fields today.
1/4 sec @ f/16 ISO 100 Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 20mm