Monday, July 28, 2014

Scottish Heather

You might think that the stories you hear about Scotland being blanketed by heather are a myth perpetuated by the Scottish Tourist people; but you'd be wrong.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Happy Miracle of Single Malt Whisky

On a distillery tour many years ago a guide told our group that he was going to give us their secret recipe.  First, he said, you'll need the basic ingredients; barley, water and yeast.  You'll then malt the barley, germinate it, mash it, ferment it and distill it.  Then you might distill it again depending on your 'house style' and the custom of your own distillery.  Then it's into the barrels for a wee rest, at least three years by law or maybe much longer.  Then, voila!  Single malt scotch whisky.  What could be simpler?  This fence detail depicting a still was observed at Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Little Foreground Interest Please Part II

Here's another example of how foreground interest can be brought into play; this time in a more symmetrical picture space layout.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Little Foreground Interest Please

Several years ago a photographer that I hold in high regard introduced me to the concept of foreground interest - he used it to great affect in his photography.  It can really help to fill the frame and add depth to a photo.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stirling Castle

This symmetrical composition featuring aspects of a courtyard wall within Stirling Castle looks far better in black and white than the colour version.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kelvingrove Museum

The Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow has something for everyone - including these happy and sad heads  hanging in the rotunda

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guest Photographer

Today's photo was taken by my wife, Terri, who caught me in action taking panoramic photos with my iPhone on the Isle of Skye.