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Todays post is an abstract of reflections Taken in Crombie Park near Dundee.

The original image has been processed in both Photoshop and Lightroom and has been rotated vertically, the bird placed in the lower left third. Clarity has been also been reduced in Lightroom to give the required effect on the water.

 

Abstract:

 

DVW Reflections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orignal Image:

 

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Lundie Craigs Nr Dundee

Todays post is a view from Lundie Craigs near Dundee, Scotland UK. The view is towards the Tay from the view point at the top of Lundie Craig.

Lundie Craigs are very popular with hill walkers and once at the top the view is worth it.

 

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Reflections … In a Cube

Todays post is one of The Summer Palace, Beijing, China. A very interesting and vast Palace to visit when in Beijing. It was built for the Emperors of China to “escape” from the Forbidden City and the smells of Beijing in the summer.

The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres (720 acres), three-quarters of which is water.

Longevity Hill is about 60 metres (200 feet) high and has many buildings positioned in sequence. The front hill is rich with splendid halls and pavilions, while the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty.

The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometres (540 acres) was entirely man-made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill.

In the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures.

Longevity Hill is the site of : The Cloud-Dispelling Hall, the Temple of Buddhist Virtue, and the Sea of Wisdom Temple.

In the center of the Temple of Buddhist Virtue stands the Tower of Buddhist Incense (Fo Xiang Ge), which forms the focal point for the buildings on the southern slope of Longevity Hill. The tower is built on a 20-meter-tall stone base, is 41 meters high with three stories and supported by eight ironwood (lignumvitae) pillars.

 

Summer Palace Reflections

 

EAF Exhibition Success

After entering the EAF Exhibition for the past three years I have at last succeeded in obtaining an acceptance for one of my images. The Exhibition is in May so I guess I will having a peak.

The image was taken at Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

The aircraft is a Hawker Nimrod II. An HDR effect has been applied. The plane was then masked from the background and further enhanced by duplicating the layer, inverting the mask and applying a softer blending mode to this layer and lowering the layers opacity, which separated the aircraft from its cluttered background.

 

Hawker Nimrod II

Contexture Theatre Company

My local camera club has an association with a local Theatre Company “Contexture” and we have provided images for Front of House for their first productions. In doing this it gives one a chance to practise ones low light photography as flash is not allowed. A high ISO is required and care must be taken in processing the images !

 

The following image is from their technical rehearsal for 12th Night by W. Shakespeare, which they have updated  to a modern times !!

 

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Calendar Success St Clare Hospice for 2015

Just heard from St Clare Hospice that one of my images, from several submitted,  has been selected for their 2015 Calendar.

“Dear David,

Thank you for submitting some photographs for our consideration to feature in the 2015 St Clare Hospice calendar.
We were delighted with the response to our appeal for help and had lots of fantastic images to choose from. We have now made our final selection and are pleased to say that we would like to use your photograph of moorings on the Stort.
The calendar will be going into production in the coming weeks and will go on sale in our seven Hospice shops in September/October.
We will be updating everyone who has an image in the calendar of its progress so please watch this space but for now congratulations!
If you have any further questions at this stage please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Kind regards”

St Clares Hospice 2015 Calendar August Image

Moorings on The River Stort

Chameleon

Todays post is a very colourful lizard a Chameleon. These amazing lizards can  change colour to match their background. There are approximately 160 species through out the world.

Chameleons are distinguished by their zygodactylous feet; their separately mobile, stereoscopic eyes; their very long, highly modified, rapidly extrudable tongues; their swaying gait; and crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads. Many species also have a prehensile tail. Well adapted for climbing and visual hunting, they are found in warm habitats that vary from rain forest to desert conditions—in Africa, Madagascar, and southern Europe, and across south Asia as far as Sri Lanka. They are often kept as household pets.

Chameleon

Leigh on Sea, Essex, UK

Todays Post is an image from Leigh on Sea, Essex, UK. At low tide many photographers can be seen wading through the mud flats taking images of the many boats found there.

The town of Leigh-on-Sea is situated on the northern side of the estuary of the river Thames, a few kilometers from the open waters of the North Sea to the east.

Leigh-on-Sea appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Legra, A 15th-century church, dedicated to St. Clement, was built on the clifftop, its fabric containing Roman tile.

The fishing and boat-building settlement of ‘Old Leigh’ was on the main shipping route to London and as a result Leigh-on-Sea grew to a prosperous port by the 16th century, but by the 18th century, ships had become larger and Leigh’s deep water channel silted up and the town diminished in importance.

Reduced once more to a fishing village and servicing the London markets via the Thames and by road. The main seafood catch from Leigh Old Town has always been shell-fish and whitebait.

The public houses and sea front are well worth a visit.

 

At The End of The Slipway I Saw Three Ships Not Sailing By….

Donnottar Castle

Donnottar Castle is sited just outside Stonehaven on the A90 as one drives north, towards The Granite City of Aberdeen.

It is well worth a visit and there are many interesting cliff top walks, sea birds and puffins to see as well the town of Stonehaven to visit.

Donnottar Castle as been graced by  William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II.

It was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction. The Crown, sceptre and sword now take pride of place in Edinburgh Castle.

A darker chapter in the history of Dunnottar is that of the ‘Whig’s Vault’. The gruesome story of the imprisonment in 1685 of a group of Covenanters who refused to acknowledge the King’s supremacy in spiritual matters and their fate…..

Donnottar Castle Nr Stonehaven

Broughty Ferry

Todays post is two images taken in Broughty Ferry, just outside Dundee.

One is of the view looking back to the City of Dundee taken at night:

View To Dundee From Broughty Ferry

 

The other is Broughty Ferry Castle converted to monochrome again taken at night, with a lovely reflection of the castle in the harbour:

 

Broughty Ferry Castle

The castle now houses a museum which is will worth a vist. More about Broughty Ferry can be found here