Blackness Castle

As Scotland has been pretty much drenched in bad weather this week I haven't been out much to take photographs. But, I do have some from last week of Blackness Castle. I was hoping for some nice sunset photographs, however, there was a lot of clouds in between me and the sun.

Blackness Castle is a 15th-century fortress, near the village of Blackness, Scotland, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. It was built by Sir George Crichton in the 1440s. At this time, Blackness was the main port serving the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, one of the main residences of the Scottish monarch. The castle, together with the Crichton lands, passed to James II of Scotland in 1453, and the castle has been crown property ever since.


The Festival Fringe

Little known detail about the Edinburgh International Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival: they are two different festivals. It surprises me that people still clump the madness of Edinburgh at this time of year all into "The Edinburgh Festival". So what's the difference? The main difference is the programming policies. The Edinburgh International Festival principally promotes opera, music, dance and theatre and participation in the International Festival is by invitation only, issued by the Festival Director. The Festival Fringe has no selection process in its programming and is an open access festival for performers; anyone can present any type of work and pay a fee to the Fringe for services such as box office and inclusion in the brochure.

I thought I would give a flavour of the people and street shows I saw on a recent walk around some of the Fringe this week. It's absolute carnage trying to move around the city at this time of the year and I think this is the busiest I have ever experienced Edinburgh.

St Giles Cathedral
Food offerings abundant
Promoting Shows
Street Performing
Street Performances
The crowds of The Fringe
Donate for a big surprise
Red Point
Beard and Hat Comedian
Guitar playing
Self Promoting
Flamenco dancing and painting


Eagle eyed readers may have noticed the alteration in menu choices at the top of the page. I have dropped the photography (which can still be accessed in the sidebar when reading the Journal) and have added Prints.

Prints available

After much deliberation I have decided to make limited edition prints available for purchase through this website on the Prints page. At this point I have six available, three from Loch Earn, one from Edinburgh city centre and two from Cramond. I will be adding a few more soon.

The choices that are available reflect my own style and are among my favourite shots that I have assembled over the last year.

They are all printed on a high quality fine art matt paper, the price reflects the size, as well as the time, effort and processing that has went into the final product. I have gone through a lot of research that photographers charge for prints such as these and have priced them accordingly.

I am the biggest critic of my photographs, and most people are their own worst critic, but ultimately this is always where I was going when I was learning (and continue learning) to take photographs.

All payments are made securely online and are sent out with a couple of days, to anywhere in the world. 


Ben Chonzie

Wow, the 7th of August already and my first post of the month, where does the time go? 

I spent a mostly beautiful Saturday hillwalking near Crieff with @alycoste, conquering Ben Chonzie. Ben Chonzie clocks in at 931m and is therefore listed as a Munro. We took the longer tougher route crossing the Loch Turret Dam and trekking up the east side to the summit. Just as we summited the heavens opened up and soaked us both! Of course, ten minutes later the sun was out and dried off the wet waterproofs.

Needless to say I took a few photographs, a few of which are below.

Loch Lomond

I have been meaning to post these images since Monday but it has been a very busy week. A spent Monday evening at Loch Lomond, on the East side near Balmaha. It was a beautiful summer day and the evening was nearly cloudless which made for great conditions for shooting a few photographs.

I was especially keen on taking some long exposure photographs. Realising that I didn't have my tripod with me when I was almost there basically killed that idea off... I tried improvising using my rucksack but there was still too much movement :-(

On the bright side, it's Scotland so there will be lots of sunny days like this to try again ;-)

I have also taken on the role of moderator for the Instagram Hub @pocket_uk which means I get to select some photographs each week from the UK to promote! Am quite excited about this as sometimes I see photographs on Instagram that just blow me away and I feel giving a "like" and a comment just isn't enough! If you have instagram photos of the UK go over to the @pocket_uk hub, follow them and tag your photographs with #pocket_uk and you'll hopefully get a feature! 

Here are the photo's that I did get from Loch Lomond. Click the thumbnail for the large version :-)