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MONTY’S MANTRA

For a non-gardener, like me, to sit down to watch ‘Gardener’s World’ probably says a lot more about lamentable television scheduling than it does about me​. However, Monty Don’s wonderfully eloquent description caused me to reconsider a subject I had previously considered rather boring​ …… summer woodland.

There is something about green that the eye and the brain immediately respond to.
It is calming and it is invigorating and centres you; it holds you exactly where you are meant to be.
And it’s never boring, there’s always layer upon layer and shade upon shade of different greens.

MONTY DON
   Gardener’s World BBC 2 11th August 2017

So with summer ​quickly drawing to a close and with Monty’s words ringing in my ears, I headed ​over to Clackmannanshire to do a bit of photography in ​verdant Dollar Glen. These images were made in the deep gorge below Castle Campbell at the lower end of the ‘Burn of Care‘ before it joins the wonderfully named ‘Burn of Sorrow‘ to become ​the ‘Dollar Burn​’.

Burn of Care | Dollar Glen | Clackmannanshire

Burn of Care | Dollar Glen | Clackmannanshire

I had photographed this same scene around 1991; at that time I was using a lovely but heavy beast of a medium-format film camera called a Mamiya RZ67 and shooting on Fuji Velvia transparency film. One of the great features of the Mamiya RZ67 was that it had a revolving back; the benefit being that you didn’t have to turn the camera to change the picture orientation. Fast forward to the present; this image was created from three digital frames (shot in portrait orientation using a tilt-shift lens) which were then merged in Photoshop to form a stitched panorama. The result is a picture giving normal perspective but taking in a much wider view without the distorting effect of a wide-angle lens.
1.6 sec @ f/16  ISO 250  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

Burn of Care | Dollar Glen | Clackmannanshire

Burn of Care | Dollar Glen | Clackmannanshire

10 sec @ f/16  ISO 250  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 lens @ 110mm

 

Burn of Care | Dollar Glen | Clackmannanshire

Burn of Care | Dollar Glen | Clackmannanshire

1 sec @ f/16  ISO 500  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 lens @ 122mm

  • Thomas Peck - Beautiful, really lovely. With a hint of glamour glow if I’m not mistaken. Monty is so right, calming and invigorating, almost a tautology but absolutely true. TP23/08/2017 – 5:57 amReplyCancel

    • Alexander McIntosh Weir - Good to hear from you Tom. You’re right, just a hint of Glamour Glow courtesy of Nik Software Color E​f​ex Pro 4 to give​ the images a slight sense​ of ‘mystery’. I’m glad you like them, thank you very much.
      What are you up to these days, Tom? Are you heading back to the US South-West with a workshop? Best wishes to you and your family. Sandy23/08/2017 – 4:26 pmReplyCancel

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