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Nice pictures @stormcrowuk - thanks again for posting. They very much support the proverbial comment about Skye - if you can see the mountains, it's just about to start raining - if you can't, it is. The second worst midgies in Scotland in my experience.


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I think these might be re-posts - I apologise for my lack of originality - I'm not sure - I have an awful lot of pictures that look like this. I've never been blessed by the weather gods in my landscape photography - to my mind though, the Highlands look best just before - during - or just after heavy weather or storms. The tyranny of the flawless blue sky doesn't interest me much - it seldom works with black and white film. Which is just as well. They seemed appropriate after looking at the Skye pictures.

Both views over the Rannoch Moor looking west. Leica and film - yours - I.

@Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
 
Nice pictures @stormcrowuk - thanks again for posting. They very much support the proverbial comment about Skye - if you can see the mountains, it's just about to start raining - if you can't, it is. The second worst midgies in Scotland in my experience.


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I think these might be re-posts - I apologise for my lack of originality - I'm not sure - I have an awful lot of pictures that look like this. I've never been blessed by the weather gods in my landscape photography - to my mind though, the Highlands look best just before - during - or just after heavy weather or storms. The tyranny of the flawless blue sky doesn't interest me much - it seldom works with black and white film. Which is just as well. They seemed appropriate after looking at the Skye pictures.

Both views over the Rannoch Moor looking west. Leica and film - yours - I.

@Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
Absolutely mind blowing Iain. Those skies look so angry yet mystical and my eye was immediately drawn to them. You have the scale spot on. I love those shots mate. :)
 
Nice pictures @stormcrowuk - thanks again for posting. They very much support the proverbial comment about Skye - if you can see the mountains, it's just about to start raining - if you can't, it is. The second worst midgies in Scotland in my experience.


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I think these might be re-posts - I apologise for my lack of originality - I'm not sure - I have an awful lot of pictures that look like this. I've never been blessed by the weather gods in my landscape photography - to my mind though, the Highlands look best just before - during - or just after heavy weather or storms. The tyranny of the flawless blue sky doesn't interest me much - it seldom works with black and white film. Which is just as well. They seemed appropriate after looking at the Skye pictures.

Both views over the Rannoch Moor looking west. Leica and film - yours - I.

@Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
Begs the question Iain - where are the worst midges in Scotland? And come to think of it, where do you find the best midges?
 
Snowbound -

We arrived on Wednesday evening from Madrid on what proved to be the second last flight allowed in before Edinburgh airport shut because of the weather. It was to be 38 hours before we left. An interesting experience - not as bad as you might think. Virtually all public transport ceased to function due to snow so you just had to make the best of it. There was no point in going anywhere - the trams were running sporadically into Edinburgh city centre but most hotels were basically profiteering - asking stupid amounts of money for a room and we wanted to stay where we were for when a bus finally turned up to take us back to Glasgow. In many ways it was a positive experience - with one exception - the airport staff were lovely - handing out blankets and looking after the vulnerable. Quickly it took on a post-apocalyptic feel - airports are places I associate with constant movement - throngs coming in and going out. It was surreal wandering about in the dead of night with barely a soul in sight. I'm pleased to say it brought out the best in people - for instance - the manager of a well known retail outlet - I shan't name it at his request - handed out carrier bags full of short dated sandwiches to be shared around. The hardcore camped out at the Starbuck's outlet - the most comfortable seats available. Our enforced stay was helped no end by having a litre of rum and another of whisky - we made lots of new friends.

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All images taken with a Nikon D700 - 18 - 35mm lens.

Cheers - I.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
 
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Snowbound -

We arrived on Wednesday evening from Madrid on what proved to be the second last flight allowed in before Edinburgh airport shut because of the weather. It was to be 38 hours before we left. An interesting experience - not as bad as you might think. Virtually all public transport ceased to function due to snow so you just had to make the best of it. There was no point in going anywhere - the trams were running sporadically into Edinburgh city centre but most hotels were basically profiteering - asking stupid amounts of money for a room and we wanted to stay where we were for when a bus finally turned up to take us back to Glasgow. In many ways it was a positive experience - with one exception - the airport staff were lovely - handing out blankets and looking after the vulnerable. Quickly it took on a post-apocalyptic feel - airports are places I associate with constant movement - throngs coming in and going out. It was surreal wandering about in the dead of night with barely a soul in sight. I'm pleased to say it brought out the best in people - for instance - the manager of a well known retail outlet - I shan't name it at his request - handed out carrier bags full of short dated sandwiches to be shared around. The hardcore camped out at the Starbuck's outlet - the most comfortable seats available. Our enforced stay was helped no end by having a litre of rum and another of whisky - we made lots of new friends.

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All images taken with a Nikon D700 - 18 - 35mm lens.

Cheers - I.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
Welcome home. The entrapment at the airport sounded like fun.....making the best out of any situation :) P .
 
Welcome home Iain. I thought for a second that your narrative would go Ballardian. Well I was hoping it would. Glad you’re home safely.
Thanks B. - funnily enough Ballard did come to mind - on the second night we spotted another group of survivors holed up on the ground level of the car park - next to the vending machine. I tried gesturing to them but they couldn't see me through the blizzard. It wasn't a bad experience - I read the Ashon book in pretty much one sitting. I shot a psycho-geography photo story in Madrid. Coming here soon if anybody is interested. Yours - I.
 
Thanks B. - funnily enough Ballard did come to mind - on the second night we spotted another group of survivors holed up on the ground level of the car park - next to the vending machine. I tried gesturing to them but they couldn't see me through the blizzard. It wasn't a bad experience - I read the Ashon book in pretty much one sitting. I shot a psycho-geography photo story in Madrid. Coming here soon if anybody is interested. Yours - I.
I look forward to that. What did you think of the Ashon?
 
Thanks B. - funnily enough Ballard did come to mind - on the second night we spotted another group of survivors holed up on the ground level of the car park - next to the vending machine. I tried gesturing to them but they couldn't see me through the blizzard. It wasn't a bad experience - I read the Ashon book in pretty much one sitting. I shot a psycho-geography photo story in Madrid. Coming here soon if anybody is interested. Yours - I.
Always interested Iain.:) Paul.
 
It is. I have only just started it. Jacob Epstein and his complicated domestic arrangements.
Complicated they were. Each chapter sort of centres around a person - interestingly for me - John Clare came up again - I liked what he had to say about Lawrence. I disagree with some of his conclusions but a perceptive analysis. The book - in my opinion - is a blend of psycho-geography with a self-help manual. Written by the author to help himself - not the reader. You'll come to the road protest stuff later in - probably the best part of the book for me. He reconciles all the characters at the end - and to some degree makes peace with himself. I laughed out loud when he referenced Sinclair. As I said I enjoyed it thoroughly. I think we may be having this conversation on the wrong thread? No matter - yours - I.
 
Complicated they were. Each chapter sort of centres around a person - interestingly for me - John Clare came up again - I liked what he had to say about Lawrence. I disagree with some of his conclusions but a perceptive analysis. The book - in my opinion - is a blend of psycho-geography with a self-help manual. Written by the author to help himself - not the reader. You'll come to the road protest stuff later in - probably the best part of the book for me. He reconciles all the characters at the end - and to some degree makes peace with himself. I laughed out loud when he referenced Sinclair. As I said I enjoyed it thoroughly. I think we may be having this conversation on the wrong thread? No matter - yours - I.
Yes you’re right Iain. I’m sure we will discuss the book elsewhere. I wondered whether Sinclair would pitch up at all.
 
Pleased to read you are home safe and well Iain. The obsolete airport reminds me of the shelves in supermarkets yesterday. :rolleyes: Honestly not a pint of milk or a loaf of bread to be found anywhere.

I made my own bread yesterday, something I haven't done for quite some time and it turned out very nice indeed.

Looking forward to your pics Iain from Madrid and the Gibbs shall be winging its way back up to its rightful owner this week.
Thank you for the extended loan, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and am totally enabled. :) What an awesome bit of kit it is.

Take care..
 
Snowbound -

We arrived on Wednesday evening from Madrid on what proved to be the second last flight allowed in before Edinburgh airport shut because of the weather. It was to be 38 hours before we left. An interesting experience - not as bad as you might think. Virtually all public transport ceased to function due to snow so you just had to make the best of it. There was no point in going anywhere - the trams were running sporadically into Edinburgh city centre but most hotels were basically profiteering - asking stupid amounts of money for a room and we wanted to stay where we were for when a bus finally turned up to take us back to Glasgow. In many ways it was a positive experience - with one exception - the airport staff were lovely - handing out blankets and looking after the vulnerable. Quickly it took on a post-apocalyptic feel - airports are places I associate with constant movement - throngs coming in and going out. It was surreal wandering about in the dead of night with barely a soul in sight. I'm pleased to say it brought out the best in people - for instance - the manager of a well known retail outlet - I shan't name it at his request - handed out carrier bags full of short dated sandwiches to be shared around. The hardcore camped out at the Starbuck's outlet - the most comfortable seats available. Our enforced stay was helped no end by having a litre of rum and another of whisky - we made lots of new friends.

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All images taken with a Nikon D700 - 18 - 35mm lens.

Cheers - I.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
Whoa! Thanks @Barry Giddens for directing me to this thread. Some superb photography on offer.
 
Some street photography from Madrid last week -

I had a couple of free afternoons to wander about - a definite project in mind - psycho-geography in Madrid - but I'm going to have to write some words to go with it - so in the interim these pictures are the outliers - not relevant to my main interest at the time but I couldn't walk past them. For me Madrid is a fantastic environment for the street photographer. Highly unusually for me shooting in colour with a digital camera. My Leicas need serviced. Not cheap. It might sound odd - but it took me about an hour to start seeing pictures in colour again.


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Somewhere around Opera barrio.

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Again - Opera.

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Tirso de Molina.

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Lavapies barrio.

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Tirso de Molina.

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Puerta del Sol.

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Me and my other half - somewhere around Opera.

Thanks for looking. All pictures shot with a Nikon D700 and an 18 - 35mm lens. Yours - I.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard @TomG
 
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