Storm over Rannoch
Looking across Loch Rannoch and the Black Wood of Rannoch towards an approaching storm.
The Iron Morris
This one was inspired by the robot morris side in Terry Pratchett's Strata.
It is based on photos of a real morris side taken at Chippenham Folk Festival, over which I placed photos of segments of gas pipe.
In the Mind of Mondrian
Piet Mondrian was apparently a rather odd character. He started as a well-respected painter of flowers, but as he moved first to London and then to New York to escape from the second world war he turned away from natural subjects to the extent that in later years it was said that he would not look out of the window if any trees or plants could be seen. He became famous for the bold use of flat areas of colour, and the only concession to nature to be found in his studio was a wooden tulip with its leaves painted white. What goes on in the mind of such a man? This is my interpretation, in which Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie
grows a fist and smashes a tulip.
This was a complex image to create: you can read about how it was done in The Making of Mondrian
Camera-shake is not always bad! This is one of a series of images taken at very slow shutter speeds.
On The Beach
Filey beach is busy in summer, but can be deserted in March. The sand runs for miles. On this evening there were very few people on the esplanade and I was able to hide my own shadow behind an ice-cream kiosk so only one person is visible. It is a bit spooky, but everyone missed the Nevil Shute reference when I showed the image at the Camera Club!
Iceland gets a lot of its electricity from geothermal sources. The residual heat is then used to heat every building in Reykyavik, at a cost per kWh that we in the UK can only dream of. This power station also produces methanol for road-transport fuel, and it is part of the methanol plant that we see here.
I don't take many wildlife photos, but this New Zealand Robin just sat there on its perch in the middle of a vast forest so I had plenty of time to find the settings I wanted. This is about 3 hours walk from the nearest road so I suspect it does not see many people!
There are a few of these at the western end of Loch Errochty, where a wood was drowned by the Tummel Valley hydro-electric power scheme in 1957.
- 26 Jun 2010