Turnberry Lighthouse

turnberry lighthouse in scotland from rocks at low tide

Turnberry Lighthouse

This long exposure photograph of Turnberry Lighthouse on the west coast of Scotland ended up costing me quite a lot to capture! I’d clambered across the rocks at low tide to get to this position and set up my tripod, before taking a couple of four minute long exposures and a few other shots. When I turned around, I noticed that the tide had quietly crept in behind me and covered some of my path back to the beach. Top tip: If this happens to you, make sure to put your lens cap back on and preferably put the camera away in your bag before taking shoes and socks off to wade back through rock pools to the shore! I did neither and ended up with a badly scratched lens thanks to bumping it against a rock. This was my 24-105, which is my most used lens when travelling. As we were leaving on another trip a few days later, I didn’t have time to get it repaired and had to buy a new one.

I remember watching Pro Celebrity Golf at Turnberry on television years ago. They always turned the camera on Turnberry Lighthouse and Ailsa Craig, the island in the distance in this shot, and I’m glad I finally got to visit and photograph it – even if it was an expensive shot.

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Isola Delle Femmine Harbour

Isola Delle Femmine Harbour at twilight.

Isola Delle Femmine Harbour

This photo of Isola Delle Femmine harbour was taken during the blue hour just after sunset. I like to shoot at this time of the day when the warm colour from the street and building lights contrasts nicely with the still blue sky. Isola Delle Femmine is a small town in the province of Palermo in north western Sicily. The town gets its name from the small island, a short distance from this harbour, where the only building is the deserted ruin of a womans prison. Isola Delle Femmine harbour is protected by a wall constructed from concrete blocks with a road and path leading around to the boat moorings, which makes it easy to get to this viewpoint.

The photo was taken with a Canon 5D mk3 and 16-35mm f/2.8L lens and settings were 35mm, ISO 100, 4 seconds at f/8. As some of the lights were very bright and were blown out , I captured a shorter exposure of 1 second and blended it in post processing using a layer mask in Photoshop. I then used On1 Effects 10 to get the final look that I wanted for the image.

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Glasgow At Night

Glasgow at night

Glasgow at Night

Sally and I joined a group of photographer friends in Glasgow for a weekend of socializing, talking about photography and taking some photos. I captured this shot of Glasgow at night from the Clyde Arc, otherwise known as the squinty bridge, shortly before we all gathered in a nearby restaurant for dinner. There are a few well known Glasgow landmarks alongside the River Clyde in this shot. From the left are Crowne Plaza, Clyde Auditorium or The Armadillo, Finnieston Crane and the Hydro.

Designed by architect Norman Foster and completed in 1997, Clyde Auditorium was nicknamed the Armadillo because of its shape. It is one of the most distinctive and recognisable buildings in Glasgow and is the venue where the singer Susan Boyle was discovered during auditions for Britain’s Got Talent.

The photo was taken on a Canon 5D MkIII with a 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens set at 35mm. Exposure was 8 seconds at f/8 and ISO 200. Processing was done in Lightroom and Photoshop, using ON1 Effects 10 and Topaz Denoise plugins.

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Odeon of Herodes Atticus

odeon of herodes atticus at the acropolis in athens

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone amphitheatre built into the south western slopes of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Herodes Atticus was a Roman philosopher, teacher and politician who constructed it in 161 AD, in memory of his wife who had died the year before. It originally had a wooden roof which was destroyed when the theatre was ruined in 267 AD. In the 1950s, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was restored and has since been used as a musical venue and the main stage for the Athens Festival, with seating for an audience of 6000. An impressive line-up of stars have performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus  over the years, including Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Elton John, Sting and many others.

This image was captured during a visit to Athens in May last year and was processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and ON1 Photo 10.

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Sunrise in the Maldives | Daybreak

sunrise in the maldives

Sunrise in the Maldives

There are a few reasons that I love to shoot at sunrise in the Maldives. For a start, you are almost guaranteed to see a beautiful sunrise every day. Another thing I love about it is that I get a lie in, compared to the time I have to get up back home, and still get up in time to see it! On Komandoo, you have the island almost to yourself at this time of day. It’s very peaceful all the time here, but particularly so at sunrise. On this day, the sunrise created quite a spectacular light show when it burst through the clouds sending light rays shooting across the sky.

The image was created from a couple of exposures, developed in Lightroom and then blended in Photoshop and processed with the On1 Photo 10 plugin.

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