Potato Fields (24 May 2013)

Potatoes are planted in big ridges, and in the right light they make stunning semi-abstract images.  This field is visible from the A91 between Strathmiglo and Gateside. These are the some of the first images I took when I changed to a Pentax K5 II. Someone said they reminded them of some of Bridget Riley’s work and I can see where they were coming from.

Potato Field
Potato Field
Potato Field
Potato Field
Potato Field
Potato Field
  • Aperture :ƒ/8
  • Camera :PENTAX K-5 II
  • Taken :24 May, 2013
  • Focal length :300mm
  • ISO :400
  • Shutter speed :1/400s

Leaf on Rock (14th Nov 2010)

Leaf on Rock
Leaf on Rock

I went back to the Braan at Ossian’s Hall the next day.  The water had fallen quite a lot overnight which changed the river images considerably and allowed me to do a lot more scrambling over the various rocks.  On my way back I spotted this lovely bright orange leaf on some rocks – I think it’s a birch leaf – along with a few larch needles, and took this shot.

Like the previous shot this was taken with an old manual 70-200mm Pentax lens.

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  • Aperture :ƒ/13
  • Camera :PENTAX K-7
  • Taken :14 November, 2010
  • Focal length :100mm
  • ISO :800
  • Shutter speed :1/6s

Glenshee Ski Centre (30th Jan 2010)

Glenshee Ski Centre
Glenshee Ski Centre

Winter continued, and once the airfield was open again I was taken for a jaunt in a light aircraft – my pilot made a point of making sure I took my camera!  The Highlands were plastered in snow on all slopes, south-facing as well as north-facing, and all the lochs and so on were frozen including Loch Leven, next door to the gliding club.

In this picture you can see the ski centre car-park is only part-full, and from the plane I couldn’t see any lift queues.  Apparently the Glenshee side of the A93 had been shut overnight thus limiting access.  The image is rather blue, but this is reflecting the beautiful blue sky.

There was a strong wind – about 40 knots at flying height.  It took over twice as long to fly there as back.

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  • Aperture :ƒ/5.6
  • Camera :E-510
  • Taken :30 January, 2010
  • Focal length :42mm
  • ISO :400
  • Shutter speed :1/2000s

Snow at Portmoak (20th Dec 2009)

The first snow fell before Christmas, and I arrived at the airfield to discover a wonderful light – everything glowed very slightly.  The weak links are used to protect a glider from being overstressed when we are winch-launching them, and they come in different strengths each denoted by a particular colour.

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