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N 2.8K B 91.4K C 268 E May 19, 2017 F Oct 20, 2017
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In the wake of the all the recent weather events battering coastlines around the world, I thought it might be appropriate to post something more turbulent than usual. This is from earlier in the year - a beautifully cinematic storm over the west coast of Skye. An evening when the light of the setting sun seemed to be visibly sucked into the darkness of the clouds as the wind screamed across the waters and the waves beat in metronomic rhythm against the rocks. If the world were to end today, it would go out like this. In an apocalyptic rage. Not a whimper.

Technical: Nikon D810. Lenses and stuff. I have man flu, so you’ll have to forgive my lack of verbosity. This I'm sure will come as a relief to many of you :-)

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM SKYE SCOTLAND STORM CLOUDS MOUNTAINS SEA ROCKS WAVES SPRAY SUNSET DRAMATIC COLOUR NEW FOAM GLOW CUILLINS SEASCAPE ELGOL MAN FLU

N 3.2K B 117.1K C 305 E Aug 29, 2016 F Oct 9, 2017
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You can't handcuff the wind
If you try you're gonna fail
It's like tryina put thunder in jail
You can't handcuff the wind!
You can't handcuff the wind- Richard Thorncroft.

I love these old fishing huts perched along the banks of the Gironde. I love their organic construction and the way in which the seemingly random array of posts and wires somehow withstand the powerful tidal surges to the west of Pauillac. You won't find any computer aided design here. No 3D renderings set to the gentle strains of some carefully chosen musical score. No perfectly aligned timbers. And no designer using the expression "in a construction that aims to echo real world phenomena, how far does one dare to stray from nature's template".

No- there's none of that. You just know instead that the template for these fishing huts is based on several bottles of Bordeaux and a pack of Gauloises. And that the crossmembers are fashioned from a discarded kitchen table. And that's brilliant you see because these fishing huts are in fact subject to very stringent local building regulations. But just look at it-can you really imagine it passing inspection in Britain? Can you imagine the man from the council with his fun sponge and laminated clipboard applauding the fact that you've just built something that looks...well, wonky.

And I was trying to explain this concept to our French hosts who owned the renovated 11th century property that we had rented. To express my gratitude that this sort of architectural joie de vivre was still encouraged. But it was difficult. You see, the same spirit of expressiveness that allows these beautiful constructs to exist, was also apparent in our hostess's choice of art work adorning the stone walls. Art work which was somewhat specialist in nature. And involved herself.

And meeting someone's eye in this context while searching for the expression "I really like how things are made over here" would have been ........ well, you know.

So sit back and enjoy the fiery sunset as the dying embers of the day cast their warm glow over the timbers and swirling waters of the Gironde. Celebrate- freedom of expression and remember...you can't handcuff the wind.

Technical: Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art at f/11, 55 seconds, ISO 64. 6 stop ND filter as a base with 0.9 soft grad for the sky. Gitzo GT something or other. Cable release.

Tags:   FRANCE GIRONDE ESTUARY CARRELET FISHING HUT SUNSET WATER TIDAL RIVER WARM GLOW LIGHT COLOUR REFLECTIONS WOODEN WIRES NIKON D810 LONG EXPOSURE SMOOTH NET FILTERS LEE HITECH

N 3.5K B 137.8K C 341 E Apr 29, 2017 F Sep 28, 2017
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Ok, so they're not really sea snakes but what is photography without a little imagination, right? A beautifully ethereal evening at one of my favourite locations, the sinuous patterns in the sand providing a perfect counterpoint to the starkly angular form of the lighthouse.

A huge thank you to everyone who has called, emailed or written on my stream during the last couple of months when I have been recovering from a broken leg. And for those kind enough to send things, I am now the proud owner of several sets of Lego, some knitted toys, numerous photographic magazines and a 10 CD collection of department store muzak. Although admittedly, I did buy this last one myself.

I hope you enjoy the image and have a fabulous week, Flickrites.

Technical: Nikon D810, 16-35mm at f/11, 339 seconds, ISO 64, stacked grads. Gitzo GT-something-or-other.

Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK BURNHAM LOW LIGHTHOUSE MOONLIGHT LONG EXPOSURE SEA SAND RIPPLES WATER REFLECTION SEASCAPE BLUE SMOOTH CLOUDS SHADOW LIGHT ND GRADS

N 5.0K B 141.9K C 382 E May 31, 2016 F Sep 18, 2017
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Quando sono solo
E sogno all'orizzonte
E mancan le parole
Sì lo so che non c'è luce
In una stanza quando manca il sole
Se non ci sei tu con me, con me
Su le finestre
Mostra a tutti il mio cuore
Che hai acceso
Chiudi dentro me
La luce che
Hai incontrato per strada

Con Te Partiro

I love Italy. I love the vibrancy of the people and the diversity of the landscape. I love the buildings and architecture and the way in which the vocal centre of any Italian is directly hard wired to their arms. But most of all, I love the language itself.

When I first shot here a few years ago, I shared a spot with a very amusing Italian photographer, who after watching me struggle with my camera settings taught me the expression "Braccia rubate all'agricoltura". And for a long time I loved the sound of those words without really understanding their context. I mean, just listen to them- they sound so beautiful. Like god himself is caressing your soul. It was only after using my newly acquired Italian phrase with a friend some time later that I came to understand that it means that I may be more suited to a life of farming than photography. Literally- "arms stolen from agricultural work" and not "you're an amazingly talented agricultural photographer" .

But you know what? I don't care. The feel of those words isn't diminished.

So here is a Tuscan sunrise on a gorgeous morning where the mist swirled and embraced the rolling hills. A morning when the whole valley seemed to exhale as the sun warmed the air.

And now you must excuse me while I tend to my animals.....

Tags:   ITALY TUSCANY VAL D'ORCIA BELVEDERE SAN QUIRICO SUNRISE DAWN MIST VALLEYS HILLS FARMHOUSE CYPRESS CLASSICAL SOFT LANDSCAPE NIKON D810 LEE FILTERS FIRST LIGHT FOG COLOUR <3

N 3.5K B 115.4K C 325 E May 19, 2017 F Sep 7, 2017
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Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

Riders on the Storm-The Doors

A storm breaks over the Elgol peninsula, the clouds swirling in a chaotic mass through the brooding peaks of the Cuillins as the waters, whipped up by the freshening winds churn and boil in a maelstrom of foam and spray. The dying light of the sun casts an other-worldly glow over the unfolding scene as the dull boom of the waves striking the distant cliffs plays out an intricate orchestral embrace with the frenzied sound of the sea tearing itself apart over the sharp granite beneath my feet. A cacophony of hisses and crackles and fizzes to accompany a far off bass line.

I shot this at a focal length of 16mm while perched on the edge of a rocky outcrop. With the incoming tide and increasingly menacing seas, there was very little time to set up but I wanted to try as much as possible to place the viewer right in the frame. To at least capture some of the raw energy and feel of that night. So turn up the music to one of my favourite tracks and taste the salt.............

It pays not to slip here.

Technical : Nikon D810, Nikkor 16.0-35.0 f/4 at 16mm, f/14, ISO 64, 1 second exposure. Gitzo GT3523LT with FLM-CB48 II ballhead.

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM SCOTLAND SKYE ELGOL CUILLINS SUNSET STORM SEA ROCKS SEASCAPE SPRAY FOAM GLOW MOUNTAINS COLOUR CLOUDS DRAMATIC


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