The Old Parts of Town — Lens-Artists Challenge #216

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Sofia: Urban Environments.

I thought for this challenge I’d look at some of the older parts of the cities that are, to my mind, far more interesting than the modern glass edifices that are everywhere nowadays. Starting with Edinburgh on a bit of a gloomy day.

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History in Miniature — Lens-Artists Challenge #214

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Ann-Christine: Favourite Finds. This is also my entry for CFFC: Man-made items.

I’ve always enjoyed learning about history, with a great side bonus of seeing miniature models of old buildings & old technology.

First off is a model of Arbroath Abbey in the visitors centre.

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Up, Down & Inbetween — Lens-Artists Challenge #213

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Amy: Here Comes the Sun.

Sunrise, one of my favourite times of the day for a bit of natural drama; although in Scotland, it can mean an early rise to catch it πŸ˜‚

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Battle in the Mist — Lens-Artists Challenge #212

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Patti: Motion.

This first series of shots was of an aerial battle envolving 3 ravens on a snowy & misty morning. I was shooting at the limit of my 18-300mm zoom in low light conditions which was not ideal. The end result is that the pictures aren’t as crisp as I would normally want, but I think it adds to the overall chaos of aerial combat.

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Guess Who? — Lens-Artists Challenge #211

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Anne of Slow Shutter Speed: What’s Your Photographic Groove.

If you guessed Lensy, give yourselves a gold star & sweetie. Lensy is, of course, my particular Photographic Groove, but not my only one.

Lensball above the clouds
Lensball above the clouds
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Two Old, One New — Lens-Artists Challenge #210

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Sarah of Travel With Me: Picking Favourites.

This first shot is of a sunrise I captured in the coastal town of Arbroath, Scotland, & is my number one choice. To capture this meant an early rise whilst on holiday–with sunrise at about 0530. I’d also looked at the weather for the morning & the conditions looked like they would be ideal. We were up (yes, my long-suffering wife came with me πŸ˜‚) at about 0430, had a quick breakfast & headed to the seafront to get a good vantage point. There was a bank of low cloud sitting on the horizon with higher cloud above catching the sun’s colours before it arrived, which I took several shots of. Finally, the sun peeked over the top of the clouds & turned the world orange just as a small fishing boat left the harbour. The fishing boat is more of a silhouette, just like the gulls following it, but you can see the light glowing through the windows of the wheelhouse. There was also an interesting reflection off the seawall top–on the left of the picture. I love the scene as a whole, but it’s also the fact it was a planned-for-shot that worked & the fishing boat was an added bonus.

Arbroath sunrise
Arbroath sunrise
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Surrealism Without Photoshop — Lens-Artists Challenge #209

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Tracy of Reflections of an Untidy Mind: Surreal.

I thought this was going to be a real tough one as I headed into my archives.

This first shot was taken in Glasgow & is unedited; it looks like it could be made of 2 or 3 different pictures.

Glasgow skyline
Glasgow skyline
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Looks Like Summer — Lens-Artists Challenge #208

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by AndrΓ© of Solaner: Summer Vibes.

Looks like summer, but looks can be deceiving; these following shots were all taken a few years ago when my wife & I were staying in Malibu & Santa Monica. We were there in February, although it looks like summer.

Summer here means lots of green…

As well as lots of flowers for the butterflies & bees.

Summer is bright blue skies & yellow sands; we’re fortunate to have much quieter beaches 😁

For us, it’s getting out & about on our bikes…

…in all weathers β˜”οΈ

Auchinstarry Marina in the rain
Auchinstarry Marina in the rain

Seeing Double β€” Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #207

Hi all πŸ˜€ The crazy moderators at LAPC have given me the honour of hosting this week’s challenge.

Seeing double is all about reflectionsβ€”probably one of my biggest photographic obsessions. I tend to see them everywhere & actively seek them out when they’re not readily apparent. My reflection hunting started shortly after I got Snappy, my DSLR, 12 years ago with some poolside reflections.

This shot shows reflections of objects not seen in the picture, in this case, Malibu’s Serra Hills behind the house.

Pool reflections
Pool reflections
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Treasured Memories at the Beach — Lens-Artists Challenge #206

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Aletta from nowathome: Treasures; this is also my entry for Terri’s Sunday Stills.

A lot of my treasured memories are time spent at the beach with my wife, Susan. We met whilst both on meteorological courses in the Navy, at Culdrose in Cornwall. We both have an affinity for the sea & spent alot of time walking or body-boarding at the many beaches. This first set of beaches are at Malibu & Santa Monica from 12 years ago when we spent a month there after I retired from the Navy.

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