Flying To Perth

A bird crossing the River Tay in direction to Perth city.

Perth (Scottish Gaelic: Peairt) is a town and former city and royal burgh in central Scotland. Sitting on the banks of the River Tay, it is the administrative centre of Perth and Kinross council area and the historic county town of Perthshire. According to an estimate taken in 2008, Perth has a population of 44,820. Perth has been known as The Fair City, since the publication of the story, Fair Maid of Perth by the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott in 1828. During the medieval period, the town was also given two alternative names, St. John’s Toun or Saint Johnstoun by its Scots-speaking inhabitants in reference to the main church dedicated to St John The Baptist.

The name Perth derives from a Pictish-Gaelic word for wood or copse. There has been a settlement at Perth since prehistoric times, which was probably on a site where a river crossed a slightly raised mound on the west bank of the River Tay. The area surrounding the modern town has been known to have been occupied by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers since their arrival more than 8,000 years ago. Nearby Neolithic standing stones and circles also exist, dating from about 4000 BC, following the introduction of farming in the area.

The presence of Scone Abbey, home of the Stone of Destiny where the King of Scots was crowned, enhanced the early importance of the town. Perth became known as an effective ‘capital’ of Scotland, due to the frequent residence of the royal court. Royal Burgh status was soon given to the town by King William The Lion in the early 12th century. The town became one of the richest burghs in the country, doing trade with countries like France, the Low Countries and Baltic Countries for goods such as Spanish silk and French wine.

The Scottish Reformation also played a big role in the town with the sacking of the Houses of the Greyfriars and Blackfriars, after a sermon given by John Knox in the St John’s Kirk in 1559. The Act of settlement later brought about Jacobite uprisings. The town was occupied by Jacobite supporters on three occasions (1689, 1715 and 1745). The birth of Perth Academy in 1760, brought major industry to the town, such as Linen, leather, bleach and whisky. Given its location, Perth was perfectly placed to become a key transport centre with the coming of the railways. The first railway station in Perth was built in 1848.

Today, Perth serves as a popular retail centre for the surrounding area. This includes a main shopping centre along with a pedestrianised high street and many independent and specialist shops on offer. Following the decline of the Whisky, the economy of the town has now diversified towards insurance and banking. The Royal Bank of Scotland, Aviva and Scottish and Southern Energy are all now major employers in Perth.

Flying To Perth

Perth, Scotland (UK)

Panasonic DMC-FX9 @ 5.8 mm | f5.6, 1/800s, ISO 80.

The Fullmoon Mirror

During this shooting, I was stopped another time by security guards. This time was in a public park, and they said to me that it was not permitted to shot with tripod, saying that it is considered professional photography and then, I needed a permission from the city council. So I asked them if I could without tripod, so I shot long exposures using fixed surfaces. In this example, I use a support on the fence.

To process this picture, my French HDR photographer buddy Anto XIII suggested me to try Oloneo PhotoEngine HDR Software for blue hour and night shots and this is my 1st attempt. I am happy with the result because with other softwares, I had problems with the clouds motion in the different exposures and with Oloneo, I got what I wanted and later I could mix the HDR processed file with the 0EV exposure.

The Fullmoon Mirror :: HDR :: DRI
North Pond, Juan Carlos I Park , Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f4, 81s, ISO 100.  HDR/DRI from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]

Helical

One the emergency staircases at ‘Torre Negra’, one of the skyscrapers in the financial zone of AZCA, near ‘Torre Picasso’ , and ‘Paseo de la Castellana’. This building was part of the HQ of ‘Banco Santander Central Hispano’

Helical :: HDR

Torre Negra, AZCA, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 1/25s, ISO 100.  HDR from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]

Midnight Sunset At Oban Harbour

Due to the high latitude of Scotland, during summers the nights are so short and the day is so long. In fact, I think that it is a eternal blue hour after sunset, the darkness does not go to the sky.

After visiting the Isle Of Skye, we came back to the Highlands, taking a ferri in Armadale, and we finished spending our night in a hotel near Oban – the harbour in the picture.

Midnight Sunset At Oban Harbour

Oban Harbour, Scotland (UK)

Panasonic DMC-FX9 @ 5.8 mm | f2.8, 1/4s, ISO 80.

Double Symmetry At Debod

Last Wednesday, I was chating with a photographer buddy, when the sunset was coming and then I saw through the window that the clouds were turning on violet and the wind was blowing them which enough force to have blur in the sky with a long exposure. So I said goodbye quickly to my mate, saying that we had great clouds in Madrid, and go out for a bit of photowalk at only 50 meters from my home. And what I have there, this egyptian temple – Debod Temple – that I have shot so much times, and I always love to do it. It is an item so much shot in Madrid, so I tried a different composition from a lateral, seeing the wind direction and gaming with the symmetry and reflections.

In order to correct the fails with the tonemapped lighting on the temple, I have manually blended the -4 EV and -2 EV exposures with the HDR image.

Double Symmetry At Debod :: HDR :: DRI

Templo de Debod, Parque del Oeste, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 20s, ISO 100.  HDR/DRI from 4 exposures @ [-4 EV .. -2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]

Stealing Red Beauty

The spring has come and we have again another season to shoot for colourful scenes. Althought the flowers are not an usual subject in my photography, it is a fantastic element to show the colours of this season. Although the geranium from the picture was shot during August at home, in Marbella.

The macro was done adding to my 70-200 telephoto lens, a Canon 500D close-up lens. In fact, in the strictly meaning of macro in photography, this close-up lens that is screwed on to the front of a lens like a filter, only provides an increase in the magnification factor, but without having a form factor 1:1. This lens is an economical (around 150 €) and so light solution to do close-up photography, without degrading so much the optical performance of EF lenses and not expending extra money in an specific macro lens.

Stealing Red Beauty

At home, Marbella (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | EF70-200mm f2.8L IS USM + Canon 500D Close-Up filter @ 200 mm | f2.8, 1/200s, ISO 400.

Once Upon A Time, A Siren Touched The Sky

This siren is one of the 4 ones that are part of the Monument complex to Alfonso XII, at the Retiro Park. When the sunset was finishing, I found the the clouds were surrounding the hand of the sculpture, so I decided to look for a point of view where the siren seemed that was touching the sky.

Once Upon A Time A Siren That Touched The Sky :: HDR :: DRI

Parque de El Buen Retiro, Madrid (Spain)

Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM + HiTech ND 0.9 filter @ 10 mm | f11, 2.5s, ISO 100.  HDR /DRI from 3 exposures @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]