Full Spectrum Sunset

Full Spectrum Sunset

It’s all about the white balance. I don’t know why all the sunset pictures lately. I promise I do take photos of other things. Sunsets just seem to be my vibe right now. This one was actually shot last year at a Beltane rehearsal (another theme running through all my everything at the moment). I thought I’d lost it forever when my phone ate a bunch of my photos a while back but I found it when I had my phone hooked up to my laptop and was digging through a bunch of hidden folders. So finally, after a year or so, I can share it.

It was shot with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and processed with Photoshop CC 2015.

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The National Monument of Scotland

The National Monument of Scotland

The National Monument of Scotland, situated on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, was built to honour Scottish soldiers and sailors who died during the Napoleonic Wars. Unfortunately the money ran out and it was never finished. It has since been given a number of less than flattering nicknames including Edinburgh’s Disgrace and Edinburgh’s Folly.

The monument is also the starting point of the procession that takes place during the Beltane Fire Festival so has a place in the hearts of many people for reasons completely unrelated to its original meaning. You might have noticed a few Beltane and Calton Hill related posts recently. That’s cause most of my time and energy at the moment is being spent on promoting the festival on 30th April and I’ve been on top of Calton Hill considerably more than I am during the rest of the year, with my phone camera handy to capture beautiful things.

This photo was taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and processed with Snapseed.

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Rhythm In Motion

Rhythm In Motion

A couple of weeks ago, I spent an afternoon wearing army issue ear protectors to preserve my hearing in the presence of the incredible sound of a very loud drum crew rehearsing for the Beltane Fire Festival 2016. I was doing live internet coverage for Beltane Fire Society‘s social media, shooting quick photos and videos on my phone to upload to BFS’ Facebook and Twitter.

I love the rough and ready experience of this kind of work because it’s all about capturing the essence of an event as it happens rather than creating polished pieces of media after the fact. I’ll be covering the festival itself on 30th April from within the procession that makes its way around Calton Hill, surrounded by fire, high above the centre of Edinburgh. It comes with its own set of challenges but the adrenalin rush of everything being so instant is awesome in the truest sense of the world.

The epic dude in the picture is Andy, a seriously talented musician and one of the organisers of Beltane 2016’s Processional Drummers. The photo was taken on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and processed with Snapseed.

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The Observatory On The Hill

The Observatory On The Hill

Because a lot of my time is being taken up by Beltane stuff at the moment, a lot of my photos are taken of Calton Hill, or from Calton Hill. This one is from earlier in the week when Edinburgh was blessed with a stunning sunset – perfect for capturing the silhouette of the Royal Observatory (the dome on the left) and people exploring the world above the city as the night crept in. I took this picture with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android phone and processed it with Snapseed. Mobile photography is making my heart sing right now, so expect more!

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Learn Photography Basics on Pinterest

Life has been so hectic lately! A super busy time at work (which I’m not complaining about, cause I love it) means I haven’t been taking photos-just-for-me as often as I’d like and I haven’t had a huge amount of time for blogging either, but it’s important to me to pop in here and say hello even when I don’t have new pictures to share.

In the absence of fresh photos or big news, I’d like to point you in the direction of something that you’ll hopefully find useful – my Learn Photography Basics board on Pinterest, where I gather helpful, informative stuff for people who are just starting out on their photographic journey (or who want a little refresher to top up their skills).

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If you’re looking for more specific information, I also curate boards about portraiture, nature photography, lighting, digital editing, the business of photography, photo sharing, phonetography and camera gear. I’m always on the look out for more photographers to follow on Pinterest, so if you’re into pinning too come and say hello!

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