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Vine

Getting to grips with Vine now. It’s quite an interesting piece of kit! Here’s a link to a video I made of the Jim Campbell exhibition in Dundee here.

Only having a few seconds to cover a fair few things is quite a challenge, but it’s also quite liberating. Also the thought that whatever you shoot will loop continuously brings new challenges and considerations.

All in all though it’s a fascinating app that holds much promise and is a great addition when taking stills.

 

The importance of movement

I enjoy night shoots of landscapes and architecture, mainly because you get to capture such an obviously different take on familiar things.

Here is a shot of the famous Forth Rail Bride from Dalmeny Station, lit up at night (which makes it tremendously more powerful than in the day).

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So far so good you might say, it certainly does look more impressive at night.

However, the thing I find most fascinating is the way that you can easily get movement – through light – to dramatically enhance almost any given night shot.

Here is the same picture with the addition of two Scotrail trains coming towards and away from the bridge. These were obviously both long(ish) exposures of about 20 seconds. The bridge is still to be seen but the movement draws in the viewer that much more.

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Or at least that’s my opinion!

A walk in the woods – Dec 2014

A lovely walk in Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothian. The weather was brisk but sunny, no clouds and beautiful.

I started taking a few pics of the massive piles of pine logs on the way down to a small but cute loch.

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I noticed that I’d walked past the lit trees into shadow and it reminded me somewhat of the light in a cathedral. Out came the long lens to zoom in to the difference between the darkness and the warmth.

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Then it was a scamper back up the hill and running and leaping around the forest (now with the wide angle) to get some of the delicious shadows of the trees. During this time I lost my phone* somewhere in the forest.

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Finally, out came the crystal ball. It’s quite a fun (though heavily used) technique and I wanted to use the powerful 360 degree almost fisheye effect to get the tops of the trees in. After I came back to my computer, I took out the colour to – as the americans say – make the crystal ball ‘pop’.

 

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Driving home I stopped off to take some pictures of a pretty gibbous and yellow moon. They turned out to be rubbish so I won’t be showing you them! However, I saw this tree just before I got in the car, and loved it’s dark lines against the warmth of the late evening sky.

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So all in all a nice trip to West Lothian.

*And all’s well that ends well – my phone got handed in by a member of the public :-)