Ben Lomond

 

A friend and I managed a walk up Ben Lomond a couple of weekends ago, one of the more popular peaks in the Scottish Highlands. We were not short of fellow travellers, with the mountain being quite busy.

I managed a couple of nice shots on the way up and on the way back down, but sadly the top was just cloud! Ah well, an excuse to do it again in better weather (although I’m not sure there is such a thing as ‘better weather’ in the Scottish highlands…) This shot was my favourite from the day, I think it captures the drama of being up there in the clouds pretty well.

#WeBuiltShips

Govan gravings docks looking east along the Clyde towards the SECC and Science Centre tower.

Hello everyone, bit of a gap between now and my last post, so apologies are due! I’ve been very busy, not just with the festive period but also with a new job and a new flat – top tip: don’t move house over Christmas and New Year, it’s very difficult and you will literally burst with stress.

One of my New Year’s resolutions (do people still do these, aye?) is to post more photographs on my blogs. However, this has been hampered a bit by the fact that I have no Internet in the new flat yet, and it otherwise seems to be a communications blackspot, with no mobile signal whatsoever.

Part of the old Fairfield Yard (the abandoned part, as far as I can tell)

Anyway, despite the lack of Internet I’ve ended up starting a mini photo project recently, and completely by accident, too. As mentioned, I recently moved to Govan, an area of Glasgow famous for its shipbuilding past. There are still a few yards left in Govan, most notably Fairfield Heritage, and BAE Systems, where recent orders for the Royal Navy are still being fulfilled and ships are therefore very much still being built (incidentally, BAE Systems and Fairfield Heritage shipyards are my neighbours and, I suspect, the main reason I can’t get any mobile phone signal in my flat). However, the amount of shipbuilding happening in Govan these days is a shadow of the former industry in the area.
I’ve been taking lots of photos, as I do, and have found myself using the hashtag #WeBuiltShips on a lot of my Instagram posts. From this a definite theme has emerged (or, is emerging at least) around the transformation of Govan from shipyards to what it is now – an area which is still changing and evolving out of the industrial era into the new age, so to speak. As always, the changing urban environment is really interesting to me, and so I’ve found myself documenting various aspects of the Govan architecture and urban landscape. And what a rich history Govan has!

The entrance to Fairfield Yard – one of my new neighbours!

These are a few of the shots I’ve gotten recently with my Sony Xperia phone – I’m finding more and more these days that there’s less and less difference between my phone and my DSLR, for daylight shooting anyway. Im currently considering a new camera, but I’d love to know people’s opinions on me posting camera phone Vs DSLR pics. Is there a noticeable difference, do you consider camera phone pics to be cheating or lazy, do you even care?!
Hopefully the #WeBuiltShips theme is something I can keep going with, and maybe even turn into a proper project. Stay tuned for updates, and as always, thanks for visiting šŸ™‚

Pubs and alleyways

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I’ve been meaning to post this for ages… I’m trying to get more pictures with people in them, as apparently never having any people in your pictures (deliberately) makes you seem like a bit of a sociopath (no offence to sociopaths), This is – and I’m sure many people will recognise it – the lane off Buchanan Street that leads to Sloan’s Bar – the oldest bar in Glasgow, believe it or not Ā (also, one of my favourites on the rare occasion that I have a bevvy). Black and white, because most of the alley was either black or white anyway!

Thanks for reading.

Going through old photographs

Arran River

I was going through some old photographs and found this old shot from climbing Goatfell on the Isle of Arran a few years back. Didn’t like it so much at the the time but my tastes have obviously changed.

If you’veĀ ever climbed Goatfell on a hot day I’m sure you’ve refilled a water bottle or two from this stream. I’ve personally stuck my head in it a few times to relieve the heat! Hoping to head over to Arran and camp in the next few weeks, a little break from PhD-land. Looking forward to climbing Goatfell for the umpteenth time and taking in the amazing views across the West Coast.

Quiet as a Mouse

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This is my favourite from a recent band shoot in Glasgow city centre. The weather was predictably rubbish so lighting and general conditions weren’t great, but I liked the light in this one and couldn’t help but go for the mono conversion.

The band are Quiet as a Mouse and you can check them out on Facebook, Soundcloud and all the usual places. If you’re a fan of bands like Interpol or Editors then these guys will be right up your street.

www.quietasamouseofficial.com

Mitchell Library Glasgow

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This is the Mitchell Library, a literal literary Glasgow institution, and basically my ‘office’ for when I can’t be bothered heading over to the university in Paisley for work. I love the Mitchell.

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I took these photos with my new (second-hand) phone, the Samsung S4 Zoom. I previously had the S4 then sadly managed to break it and had resorted to a borrowed iPhone for a while. The camera on the S4 is quite impressive, but with 10x zoom, 16 megapixels and even a little hole.o screw in a mini tripod I am really impressed with the S4 Zoom. Combined with Snapseed, I’m getting some great pics.