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Ireland / Scotland ~ fait accompli

Ireland book ~ • click to embiggen
Scotland book ~ • click to embiggen
Outtakes book ~ • click to embiggen

Done at last, done at last. Thank the picture gods, I'm done at last ... or least I think so*.

After what seemed like a blurry-eyed eternity, I have finished processing pictures from our Ireland and Scotland trip. The books are finished and ready for printing - I am waiting for the next 50% off sale at Shutterfly. Otherwise the books,in total, would cost approximately $350USD. The next sale should start by the middle of next week.

Fyi, the books are 8×8 as opposed to my 'normal' 10×10 size. I wanted the finished products to look and feel more like picture albums rather than as books.

Also fyi, here's the project by the numbers ...

The pictures:

  • 1946 - total pictures made on trip
  • 545 - pictures processed
  • 345 - final pictures
  • 239 - pictures in books

The books:

  • 100 pgs / 95 pictures - Ireland book
  • 94 pgs / 91 pictures - Scotland book
  • 59 pgs / 53 pictures - Outtakes book
*It might not be over yet inasmuch as I am thinking about challenging myself, editing wise, by trying to make Ireland / Scotland books edited down to 1/3 - 1/2 the number of pictures - just to see it can be done successfully. The wife will be the judge of that.

civilized ku # 4008 ~ not my usual cup of tea

sunny Sunday ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

Sometimes you have to step out of the box in order to say what you want to say.

In the case of today's entry picture, the box I have stepped out of is that of my normal M.O. of processing my pictures to be full-range - no blown highlights / no blocked up shadows) - pictures. With the sunny Sunday picture I deliberately made and processed the file with the intention of lettings the highlight area be blown out / feature-less in order to represent the sensation of entering the porch space and having to squint while my eyes adjusted to the very bright light streaming in the porch doors.

This picturing M.O. is something I have been contemplating undertaking as a project, perhaps under the title of bright light(s). Still not sure if I want to venture off into the picture making land of feelings and sensations (as opposed to straight picture making).

BTW, it's appropriate that I post a picture of flowers inasmuch as I am judging a flower photo competition later today.

kitchen sink # 35 ~ life can be messy

pie goop with fork ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen


triptych # 26-28 / civilized ku # 4007 (ku-ish) ~ neither Ireland nor Scotland

before the storm ~ Mineville, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
porches ~ Mineville, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
porches ~ Mineville, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
various things ~ Mineville, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

Lest you think that I have given up making pictures in my own backyard (so to write), there are these recently made (last evening) pictures to contemplate.

It is certainly true that I have not been out and about much over the past few weeks due in large part to the task of working my way through the Ireland / Scotland picture mound o' pictures. However, yesterday I sent out the files for the Ireland book which should be in my hands by next Wednesday. So, that's half a load off my mind and back. Hence, more time to get out and about ....

.... like yesterday evening when the wife convinced me to accompany her to a board meeting in the middle-of-nowhere Mineville (along Lake Champlain about an hour drive from home). Part of the deal was to include dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (it was my birthday after all) which is located about half way back toward home.

In any event, I had about 45 minutes to kill while the wife attended to business. She suggested that I bring a book. I countered with the idea of making pictures, of what I wasn't certain but, quite frankly, if you can't make pictures wherever you are, maybe you should take up finger painting. And, immediately after dropping the wife off, my eye and sensibilities was struck with a number of porches, all of which had flowers and some other decorative accoutrements.

So, even with the inclusion a 15 minute deluge delay, I managed to make picture making hay while the sun (didn't) shined. Next time I'm in the Mineville area, I would like to add another 12 or so pictures to the collection. Or, maybe it's time for a picture making specific outing.

Ireland / Scotland # 39-41 ~ mixing it up

dusk ~ Pennan, Scotland • click to embiggen

dusk ~ Pennan, Scotland • click to embiggen

dusk ~ Pennan, Scotland • click to embiggen

Making pictures at/during dusk is one of my favorite picture making time of day. The key for me is mixing daylight with artificial / made-made light. Although, the window for that combination of light is quite brief so it really helps to have a good idea about what it is you wish to picture.


Ireland / Scotland # 36-38 ~ on and on it goes ...

Amsterdam airport ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands • click to embiggen
Caledonian Sleeper dining/club car ~ on the rails, Scotland • click to embiggen
cleaning house / Granny Kate's Cottage ~ Ardara, Donegal, Scotland • click to embiggen

The end is almost in sight. 201 Ireland / Scotland final pictures and about 50 more to completion. However, it's starting to feel like it will never end.


Ireland / Scotland # 33-35 (diptych # 214) / picture windows # 70 ~ touch not the cat

Cragganmore Distillery ~ Ballindalloch, Banffshire, Scotland • click to embiggen
Coat of Arms / Cragganmore Distillery ~ Ballindalloch, Banffshire, Scotland • click to embiggen
Gents / Laddies • Conway's ~ Ramelton, Donegal, Ireland • click to embiggen

The first distillery we visited in Scotland was Cragganmore, one of many distilleries in the Speyside region - hence the name Speyside Malts. At the finish of the tour, one is treated, in the office of the founder John Smith, to tastings of various expressions of Cragganmore Malts. And it was in that office that I pictured the Coat of Arms which adorned a wooden cabinet. I was drawn to the weird, to me, motto of "Touch not the cat but a glove" not to mention the wreath-clad guy with a club.

They say that curiosity killed the cat but, since I am not a cat, my curiosity about the Coat of Arms and the motto therein caused me no harm. What I discovered was that the motto is, according to the curator of the Clan Macpherson Museum, that of Clan Macpherson which in turn was a member of Clan Chattan along with Clan Macintosh, et al. Furthermore, an "ungloved" cat - in this case, a Scottish Wildcat, the mascot of Clan Chattan - is one that has its claws extended. Therefore, be forewarned and "Don't mess with us".

Alternately, according to other sources, the motto could be interpreted to mean. "Touch not the cat without a glove." Either way, it would seem that it is best not to mess with the cat.

That settled, the Gents / Ladies signs in the diptych, while not a Coat of Arms, is one of many like-minded (potty humor?) gents / ladies signs found on many Irish pub restroom doors. I like them. I wish I had pictured more of them.

Ireland / Scotland # 32 ~ watching / being watched

watching the street ~ Ramelton, Donegal, Ireland • click to embiggen

Ireland, Scotland and I assume the entire UK are loaded with the eyes of Big Brother.

PS - Jimmi Nuffin - that's not a complaint, it's just an observation.