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N 189 B 3.2K C 31 E Nov 13, 2022 F Dec 9, 2022
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Sunset at Elgol, Isle of Skye.

Explored (Number 17) December 9, 2022.

Tags:   Scotland Skye landscape sunset Elgol long exposure

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N 66 B 780 C 43 E Nov 27, 2022 F Dec 3, 2022
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Not the best of auroras, it was quite weak and diffuse with little evidence of ray structure (and clouds in the way). But I wanted to show the light from the Ocean GreatWhite - one of the world's largest ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs that is currently moored in Loch Kishorn for maintenance. Although it is miles away, the rig is visible from my house on Skye - it is huge, and easily dwarfs the rig Northern Producer that is moored nearby awaiting decommisioning - photographed on a kayak outing in August 2021 (see first comment box). Sadly it doesn't look like there will be an opportunity to kayak over to the Ocean GreatWhite, it is further away and there is a 300 metre exclusion zone around it.

The aurora exposure was 25 seconds, but this resulted in the light from the rig showing as a big white blob bleeding into the otherwise dark lanscape. I shot the rig on a 0.3 second exposure then blended the images. Zooming in shows details of the lights on the rig even at this distance. Had the aurora been better, I might have been tempted to just clone out the rig.

Tags:   Scotland Skye landscape seascape aurora northern lights long exposure stars night Ocean GreatWhite oil rig drilling rig

N 188 B 1.6K C 165 E Sep 29, 2015 F Dec 2, 2022
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One from the archives for Smile on Saturday theme 'Sunrise'.

Although I had always been a morning person, since developing chronic insomnia a few years ago, I frequently don't even get to sleep until sunrise. It was only when I got home from this stunning sunrise on Broadford Bay several years ago that I realised the reflection of the sky in the water gave a distinctive French flag - not added in photoshop I hasten to add!


Tags:   Smile on Saturday sunrise Scotland Skye landscape Broadford Bay Irishman's Point long exposure seascape French flag Tricolour aoi bestcapturesaoi

N 106 B 1.4K C 55 E Nov 22, 2022 F Nov 26, 2022
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Little Brian hadn't expected the new brand of toilet cleaner to be quite so powerful.

For Macro Mondays theme 'Bubbles'. This 'toilet' is a small refrigerator magnet, compete with working seat and lid. I found it in my local charity shop a few weeks ago and wondered who would ever want such a thing unless the intention was to do some silly snail photo. The bubbles were formed from dish washing liquid and were surprisingly stable. Knowing how I wanted the snail to perform, I sculpted the bubbles so that there was no danger of the snail coming into contact with them. The image was cropped to be within the MM size limit.

No snails were harmed in the making of this photograph.

Tags:   Macro Mondays Bubbles macro toilet fridge magnet soap foam suds animal invertebrate mollusc gastropod snail Garden snail Cornu aspersum


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