A few Images from the last week or so
Cairn Gorm Mountain Railway
On 21st January I went with my daughter to Aviemore with the intention of taking the railway to the top and looking for wildlife. I also wanted to take photographs of the wide open mountain spaces with snow. We did not achieve these aims. There were 100mph winds and blizzard conditions - we couldn't see a thing. Here are some images
At the bottom of the mountain we came across a dog sled event
On the 22nd we went down the NE Coast
We saw a Humped-backed Whale but too far out to sea for a photograph. That evening we got spectacular views of the Arora
Tyrebagger Wood and Slains Castle
This weekend I have visited Tyrebagger Wood outside Aberdeen. It has a lot of sulptures
On the way back I called in at Slains Castle
Thursday's Club Meeting
Stanley Partridge took the floor ayt last thursdays meeting. He showed us images he had taken at the local scramble and quad bike track
We then has an old video of Fraserburgh celebrating in a pageant its 400th anniversary. This was followed by a collection of award winning audeo/visual slide shows covering topics as diverse as the history of the Water Closet to a Winter at Yellowstone National Park
The New Year
Well it has been over a month since my last blog. For those of you who hang on every word please accept my apologies.
Following the December break in club meetings there have been two in January. I trust eveyrone had a good time celebrating Hogmany and that they got all the photographic equipment that they had optimisticly asked Santa to deliver.
The club social took place on 5th January. Members and partners were invited. The main feature, apart from the food and drink, was a show of images by Andrew West on 'Old Fraserburgh'. Andrew has collected an impressive library of historical images of Fraserburgh showing the town as it once was. It brought back fond memories for several of the members and was an education to the others. Two things struck me. The first was that there were several dairies in the town. One of Andrews images showed the cows walking down the road after being milked (this was the days before all milk came from a supermarket). A couple of members recalled that they were able to go between pasture and dairy unaided. The second was that many of the towns building seemed to have burned down. Whether this was a sign of the times or an indication that the good people of Fraserburgh had just got the hang of insurance is a matter of conjecture.
It was clear that everyone had a thoroughly good evening.
Gondolas and Groves
Last Thursday Andrew West gave a presentation 'Gondolas and Groves' giving an account of a cruise in the Aegean Sea.
What have I been up to?
I know that you are all dying to know what I have been doing for the past few weeks.
Well if you remember I had two images put into the Guardian Camera Club advent calendar. Well I had a third one published on 23rd December. I tried my hand at some abstract still life pictures
I took a few pictures of Fraserburgh at play,
the Peterhead fishing fleet lit up for Christmas. The Fraserburgh fleet doesn't do this which is a pity.
And a random collection of things
My current project is to submit a set of six images to the Guardian January assignment. The theme for the images is Achievement and Inspiration. The difficultly is that it has to be done on film not digital and it has to be done using one roll of film. I have only used film as a means of taking 'snaps' so I have borrowed a Nikon camera from Paul in the FPS and he has given me a roll of black and white film (expiry date Nov 2005). I will of course let you know how I get on.
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society