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Welcome to my blog where I intent to witter on about how I process selected photos.

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Neil. 

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Written on Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Last updated on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

You may not be aware, but this site isn't only my photography. I coded it myself* One of the features I built into it was reading EXIF info from my photos. Not a big deal in of itself but I used a really simple bit of code to take the current month and use background images uploaded to the site which where shot in the same month.

This means that in the winter, the site should be showing snowy images while in the summer they should be more ... well, summery 

However I've found a fatal flaw.

It's seems I don't get out very much in the month of June and that's resulteed in the selection of backgrounds being a bit meh, a wee bit pff.

If you reload the page, you should see a different one. There's only about 5 images taken over 6 years!  And none of them are that great either :( 

 

Ah well. Hopefully next month will be better! :)

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Written on Friday, April 20, 2012
Last updated on Monday, February 3, 2014

I have to confess to being pretty unsure a trip down to Berwick-upon-Tweed for a sunset shoot was a particularly good idea.

My instinct is to try to at least point a bit towards the setting (or rising) sun. This instinctive desire to get in the sunlight is a conditioned reflex! I've spent so many trips shooting with an ultra-wide lens, looking for something interesting in the foreground and this type of shot usually works better when you have nice light illuminating whatever it is you have in the foreground. So my conditioned reflex coupled with an impression of the east coast being in deepest darkness at sunset meant I wasn't convinced we'd get much of interest. So as a compromise I suggested we just headed down to "scout" the place for a future sunrise. 

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Written on Monday, March 26, 2012
Last updated on Monday, February 3, 2014

Took a risky trip to South Queensferry to shoot the Rail Bridge. Risky because it's been misty for the last few days and there was a strong possibility of coming away with nothing. (ed: You mean you didn't?)

As it was I had to work quite hard in Photoplop to pull any colour from the shots. The reason the images are all different colours is because I like to mess around with the White Balance in ACR. To be honest, probably only one of these shots was actually required - they are all pretty much identical except for minor compositional changes and crops. Having 8 shots the same colour would be a bit boring so why not have a bugger around with the White Balance!?

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Written on Sunday, March 18, 2012
Last updated on Monday, February 3, 2014

This time, Ross and I took a trip to Yellowcraigs just outside Dirleton in East Lothian. The plan was to get a nice seascape of Fidra. You know what they say about plans!

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Written on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Last updated on Monday, February 3, 2014

One of my contacts on Flickr had posted a shot from this place and I immediately fell in love with the sea wall/sea defence/art installation. It was such an interesting shape and as many have said, kinda looks like a snake :)

I put St Monans on my “to do” list of places to visit and was planning to go with Ross. I wanted a partner, if nothing else, just to cut down on the fuel costs (this shot cost me nearly £25 on petrol alone!) Sadly Rossco’s middle name is “Can’t” and he came up with some ingenious reason not to go.

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