Argyll Forestry

After spending most of last Summer distracted, I made a conscious decision to really embrace this Summer and lose myself in many outdoor activities. And so, with the proposed weather of  18°, a couple of friends and I went to Argyll Forestry for a mammoth Sunday morning walk, following it up with a pub lunch by the sea. It was the most perfect Sunday I’ve had in a long time; great weather, good company, nature and stodgy food.

 
 

Couture by Carolyn at 12 Picardy Place

My sister, a dress designer, and I collaborated once again this weekend, this time in Edinburgh with what turned out to be a very stressful and frenzied shoot. Our model never turned up, and with only 20 minutes to spare we managed to land another girl who lived just 5 minutes from our venue. We were a little apprehensive, though, as we had no idea what the model looked like. Imagine my delight when a natural redhead arrived! I’ve always wanted to photograph a redhead.

 
 

Diana F+

So, I’ve finished my first roll of film with the Diana. I’m sure it will have turned out a jumbled mess, and I’m okay with that. The pictures may not be pretty, but the camera definitely is. I think I’ll wait until I’ve finished another couple of rolls before seeing the results.

 
 

Des Clarke

Some of you may recognise this face. It belongs to Des Clarke, stand-up comedian and presenter of the Capital Breakfast Show. Des is performing at this year’s Fringe festival and needed some photos for posters, general promo and what-not. Des performs stand-up regularly, so follow him on Twitter and keep an eye out for his upcoming gigs.

This was my first shoot since my 28mm returned in working condition, so I put it to good use with some close-up portraits (they’re always funny).

 
 

Doughnut

Pardon my sticky table. Today I picked up my 28mm lens from AJ Johnstone after spending the past 2 weeks there getting repaired. The 28mm lens is my least used lens, I’ve just never grown fond of the wide perspective (the 50mm is my go-to lens for pretty much everything). However, whilst it was away I found I did miss it and was conjuring up lots of portrait ideas for use with the 28mm. Without it, I found I was going places and my composition was too tight (especially coffee shops and restaurants), and being an all-prime girl, it was something only my 28mm could fix. I couldn’t wait to use it again and shot a couple of frames of

 
 

Lunch at The Hidden Lane Tearoom

Shona often texts me spontaneously to say “Hey, I’m at Uni, let’s get coffee”, then the lazy me drags her to my side of town for some caffeine. I just find the city has little to offer in the way of independent coffee houses, and I find chains don’t stock as good coffee. The Hidden Lane Tearoom is a perfect blend of good food, beautiful light and smooth lattes, and it gets me way more excited than I should be.

I had tomato soup with a carrot, beetroot and goat cheese sammich, and a big pot of Chai tea.

 
 

Views from Stirling Castle

I’ve been feeling in a bit of a slump lately with photography (what’s new?), and with a wide open Sunday and the sun making a rare appearance, I took to the road and visited Stirling Castle.

Although I’m not particularly fond of landscapes, or good at them (I think the light has to be exceptionally special for a landscape to be interesting), I took my 45mm TS-E and tried more of these stitching shots. Much better with the 12GB of RAM my iMac is now boasting!

In other news, my 28mm lens still hasn’t been repaired, and I’m definitely itching to get it back. Especially as I found yesterday’s shooting with the 45mm too tight in the castle. Oh, and my sensor is dirty. Like, really dirty. And I just want to get on top of things; on top of life and photography and stop being so damn… stuck. Lately I’ve been so focused with work that everything else has taken a back seat (I have no idea how to balance life), and I just haven’t felt inspired. This needs to change. /rantover

 
 

Wee Ryan

I took a photo of Jane and published it to Flickr, so it was only correct I took a photo of her boyfriend and published it on my blog. To regular visitors Ryan will be very familiar. Whenever I need to practice or take a photo, he lets me abuse his chiselled face. Thanks, Ryan.

Anyway, I don’t have much to say this week. I am patiently awaiting the phone call from AJ Johnstone informing me my 28mm ƒ1.8 is fixed and good to go. It’s the widest lens I own, so I’m looking forward to getting it back. This photo of Ryan was taken with my 45mm ƒ2.8 TS-E, and it’s actually two shots stitched together vertically.

 
 

Lifegasm

I haven’t wanted to socialise much lately, I just want to get my work done. Some friends know I have a problem with focus, so when I get to this stage I just run with it. But you can burn out, right? Especially when you live alone and work from home, there comes a point you’re talking to yourself and dancing with no music on and generally going crazy.

With work I have a very specific vision of where I’m going, and I know I’ll get there because I always get to where I want to go. No distractions, except going for coffee, like I did yesterday, where I stayed until the shop closed and talked money, property, relationships, and …

 
 

My Travel Scrapbook

Remember this journal? I got it last year when everything was quiet on the travel front, so it sat in my office cupboard not getting put to any use. Since the beginning of this year, though, I’ve already visited Dublin and Prague (and have more adventures in the pipeline), so I’ve started filling it up with airplane tickets, notes and photographs I’ve taken.

It feels nice to have something physical to flick through as opposed to only storing my photos online. I guess it’s like a physical version of parts of this blog.

 
 
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