Man In The Hidden Garden

A montage shot, I liked this scene of the Hidden Garden at the Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. But it needed a human figure so this gentleman, photographed on the streets of New York, was added in.

Really, the image was an experimentation in processing and, particularly, in the use of control points in Silver Efex Pro – using these to draw the attention of the viewer to the parts I wanted them to focus on.

Underside, Kingston Bridge

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Glasgow, HDR, Journal, Photography | Leave a comment

On a club outing into Glasgow, several of the River Clyde Bridges became the focus of attention and the subject of numerous images. Passing under the Kingston Bridge – not the most attractive of structures – I quite liked this unusual view.

This image was a composite of three separate exposures, combined in Photomatix before being processed in PhotoShop.

Despite the warm colours of the image, it was utterly freezing!

Autumn, Loch Ard

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Experimental, HDR, Journal, Photography | Leave a comment

A weekend visit to the little jetty at Loch Ard was just what I needed. It gave me the chance to try out HDR using the new Nikon D700, which allows me to capture up to nine images for the creation of a single photograph. Needless to say, a tripod and cable release were also essential.

The only trouble with this little jetty is that it has been photographed so very often that it is hard to come up with an image which is even remotely fresh.

After making the HDR image, I did a lot of work on the image in Silver Efex Pro and in Photoshop, combining layers in different blend modes until I got the look I was after.

Art Installation, Summerlee

Art Installation, Summerlee - © willomailley.com

Art Installation, Summerlee - © willomailley.com

Visiting Summerlee yesterday, I was pleased to find there was an interesting photography and art exhibition, courtesy of PhotoMedia Studios, who have a studio at Summerlee. Encompassing various photographic themes, the prints on display were actually very good and I was pleased to see two pieces by a friend of mine at my Camera Club, Joanne Deas.  Amongst the work being exhibited, there was an art installation which was an audiovisual look-back at the history of the local area.

The installation was contained within a small booth, in which were four chairs. This immediately attracted my interest and I considered this might make an interesting image in it’s own right.

Cambusnethan Priory

Cambusnethan Priory - © willomailley.com

Cambusnethan Priory - © willomailley.com

Cambusnethan Priory was originally built in 1819, as a replacement for an earlier manor house, which burned down ten years before the Priory was completed; and this manor house was built close to the site of the original Norman tower house which had stood on the site. The priory is one of the few remaining examples of early 19th Century gothic mansions, and an even rarer example of the semi-religious style of architecture.

Sadly, the Priory is now nothing more than a ruined shell, a lingering memory of better days and of the glorious house it once was. Visiting today, it was sad to see the terrible state of disrepair in which the mansion now stands. The barest remnants remain of the upper floors and the original oak staircases, which once bore the crest of the Lockhart family. Even the pinacles have had to be removed for fear of them falling.

The images here tries to capture something of the desolation of the house, the brooding sky bemoaning the ruination of the place.