Occasional Ramblings with a Camera

This blog is my occasional ramblings on here, there and about, with and very occasionally without a camera. Photography, art, landscape (principally Scottish), heritage and wildlife are the things that interest me the most, so thats what I'll be writing about and of course showing pictures of. They say that a photograph is worth a thousand words, well I'm not so sure about that but if it is then great as it will save me a heap of typing, all power to the image.


Comma 2016

05-06-2016

With the much warmer weather over the past week I wondered if the Comma butterflies might appear earlier than last year, keeping an eye out, I saw one today, four days earlier than last year. Exactly the same location as previous years, by some mixed woodland. A few other butterflies around; red admiral and lots of orange tips.
Last week I came across something I hadn't seen before, a rather pretty Speckled Yellow day flying moth in a woodland near where I live. I'll try and register its sighting.

comma location © George Logancomma butterfly © George Logan

comma butterfly © George Logan




















Techy note: these were shot on my Sigma DP2.

A cloudless day

09-05-2016

The American photographer Robert Adams said, 'light transforms', I think it can also inspire. A rare warm sunny day, cloudless and a wonderful setting light. The silhouettes are of some flowers that I've had for several years, four I think. Dried brown despite the water that never evaporated.
A fitting end.

sunset© George Logan

flowers © George Logan

flowers © George Logan

flowers © George Logan

New zoomy pano - Shieling dig

03-05-2016

An interesting open day organised by the Shieling Project up at a dig by AOC Archaeology of a shieling site above Struy near Glen Strathfarrar. Many more shieling huts were found than the three indicated on 1st edition OS map, three were excavated as well as the site surveyed. Main find being the base of a glazed pot, possibly a small jug. An interesting location that also has a nearby short lived 19th century lead mine.

shieling dig © George Logan

Click on the above image for a new zoomable panorama.

A cold snap(s)

28-04-2016

A brief return to Winter gave the hills a bit of snow these past few days but up Auchaven © george Loganat Auchaven, at the head of Glen Isla there was little to be seen today. A few passing snow flurries but that was it. However back home and at a much lower level it started snowing fairly heavily come the evening. So I suspect Auchaven and Glen Isla will be a lot worse and now very white. The farmers will be frantic making sure the lambs are safe.
A couple of 'snaps' from today; I particularly like the tree one for its quiet quality and the pattern of the branches, the wrecked bridge with snow covered Monega Hill in the distance is definitely just a snap.

Auchaven © George Logan

Through a glass darkly - New collaborative project

08-04-2016

Along with an artist friend Chris Partridge we have started working on a collaborative project, a video along with our own ancillary related work painting, book making and photography. A basic element will be about seeing and eyes that was initiated from an idea and experience by Chris. It will be an interesting and I think very productive experience working collaboratively.
These images are just a couple of screen grabs from initial filming for the video, they might not be used but rather nice images anyway.

Untitled film still © George Logan / Chris Partridge

Untitled film still © George Logan / Chris Partridge


Pequod

24-03-2016

An artist friend had this found object, this fascinating piece of wood that I was keen to recontextualize. The text (Her ancient decks were worn and wrinkled, like the pilgrim-worshipped flag-stone in Canterbury Cathedral where Becket bled.) comes from Herman Melville's, Moby Dick. I thought of the square of wood coming perhaps from a boat of some sort. Having the weathering of being at sea and eventually finding itself ashore somewhere.

I wished to build around its possible history and its travels. After some consideration the thrust for me was being on death (memeto mori) and religion, with the text coming from Moby Dick.
Death here not just of the thousands of whales killed for their oil and bone, or of Becket at Canterbury but also of the Piquot tribe, Melville calling the boat Pequod referencing them. The native American Piquot tribe, in the 17th century fought the Puritan settlers after a dispute, hundreds were killed, decimating the tribe with many survivors subsequently enslaved. Death too of the crew that the text foretells. Many whaling ships and their crew's lost their lives in pursuit of the whale and also from the traitorous seas they encountered while months at sea. Melville worked on a whaling ship (the Acushnet) and was an experienced sailor before turning to writing. Moby Dick in many respects recalls that life on a whaling ship.

Religion; the Catholicism of Becket, the Puritan settlers, the Quakers who owned many of the whaling fleets but also the Transcendentalist interpretation of Moby Dick itself. 

The image is made like an illustration from a text book. Giving weight to the object, like some unique find, a relic, awaiting perhaps future academic study and analysis. More stories.

Pequod © George Logan 2016

Schiehallion from Dùn Coillich

08-03-2016

A new zoomable panorama: here or click on image

schielhallion © george loganA rather unexpected wander up to Dùn Coillich to photograph Schiehallion. I had anticipated another viewpoint much further south but the road to that location was closed, partly expected. However I headed to the Dùn Coillich Community Woodland car park to walk up and get an alternative view of Schiehallion and get a look at Dùn Coillich itself. A good viewpoint but Dùn Coillich was rather disappointing, despite the name and that it has a flat top there is no evidence that the hill was a hill fort as the name implies.
The view into Gleann Mor is a walk I would like to do one day, there are many shielings and at the head there is a very difficult to find cave, Uamh Tom a’Mhor-fir, is known as the cave where fairies loved to dwell.

A new zoomable pano - Glenshee Ski Centre

05-03-2016

This is possibly the largest zoomable panorama I've done, as far as file size is concerned. Its not a 360° image either. I didn't think I was going to be able to use it as there were several mis alignments on the chairlift to the right, due to the movement and weight of peopled chairs stretching down. A degree of retouching was required but overall I'm pleased with the image as a whole. It was quite windy and cold also, otherwise I might have shot more images to cover myself and give myself options to work with. 

The updated interface is now complete, barring the occasional tweak if any arise. Its a completely new backend as well, making for a more adaptable way of interacting. I've set the a starting zoom level so that the individual pages present a consistent panel image size, prior to moving to full screen, that will also be at that set zoom level. You can of course zoom in and out in either mode. I felt this gives a more consistent presentation initially and the potential to discover the whole image as such for oneself.
It should be noted I don't ski nor have any particular interest, although cross country skiing quite appeals.

The new pano can be found; Here or click on the image.

ski centre glenshee


Zoomable panoramas

02-03-2016

I've added my Panorama section. The zoomable panoramas can be found HERE

More will be added as I update and create.

A little video

26-02-2016

Video is something I'm slowly gaining experience with. Below is my recent video. 
The Perthshire Visual Arts Forum of which I'm on the committee invited Claire Cooper to give a talk, so a good opportunity to make a video, albeit rather static. The main point however in this case was getting more experience with the audio side of things. There are numerous other aspects I've still to deal with and get my head around, including titles and credits but that requires software that will have to wait for now.
Another two videos I made for PVAF can be found; Here.

Zoomable panoramas

22-02-2016

I'm in the process of re styling, updating and collating my zoomable panoramas. I've made several of these over the past year or so and really enjoy the way one can zoom in and explore in relative detail a landscape. 
I'll announce when the full index is ready but here is one to let you see: Here. (or click on image). See if you can spot the plane over Glasgow coming into land at Glasgow airport. This panorama was commissioned by Forestry Commission (Scotland).

More zoomable's will slowly be added in between more straight panoramas. I'm also in the process of updating the software that will allow better styling of the pano interface.

Duncolm Hill © George Logan


Wild Winter

01-02-2016

Though overcast it was a lovely wintery scene up in Strathardle and beyond, this Sunday past.

from the B950 © George Logan

from B950 © George LoganEnochdu © George Logan