Round the River Forth at Night

Drive round the River/Firth of Forth between Falkirk and Fife for some night photography along the banks of the river.

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The first image (above) comes from Culross Pier whilst looking towards the disused Longannet Power Station with the sunset in the background whilst the other side of the Forth at Grangemouth looking more lively.

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Heading towards Dunfermline we get to Limekilns Pier with the tide out and the boats sitting in the moonlight and the new Queensferry Crossing seen lighting up the background.

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Further down from Limekilns and near North Queensferry we see the new Queensferry Crossing which is due to open shortly, the older Forth Road Bridge is also seen in the background.

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Of course, in this area at night you can’t miss the Forth Rail Bridge, the UNESCO World Heritage site is seen lighting up the Firth of Forth on the clear evening with the other bridges just being able to be seen behind the spectacular site.

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The final image comes from Blackness Castle with one of the buildings at the site in complete darkness allowing the ‘Big Dipper/The Plough’ star alignment to be seen above the building.

World of Supercars at Knockhill

A couple of pictures from the World of Supercars Event at the Knockhill Racing Circuit in Scotland on the 23rd of July 2017.

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A McLaren P1 (Carbon version) in the main paddock area drawing most the attention in the rain for that part of the day.

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Martini Racing liveried Porsche 911 GT3 arriving back in the paddock after a parade lap while the sun appears for the first time during the day.

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One of the other main attractions at this event was the Lamborghini Huracan Performante in bright yellow, showing what a super car should look like.

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The event also allowed various car owners to show off their cars round the track at Knockhill, in this picture a Porsche 911 GT3 RS & 911 Carrera are seen exiting the hairpin onto the main straight on the circuit.

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Of course, at a super car event you can’t miss out on a picture of a Ferrari.  In this image a Ferrari 458 is seen accelerating away from the hairpin along the main straight on the circuit.

As well as taking pictures, I also took a fair bit of video footage which can be found in this YouTube playlist below:

 

The images used in this post are only a small percentage of the number I took at this event, more images will be uploaded to Flickr and placed in this album.

 

Ferry to some Small Islands

Rather than driving around the explore new parts around Scotland, I took the option to explore this time by boat to get to those even more remote places.

The ferry that I took was the ‘Calmac‘ Oban – Coll – Tiree – Oban ‘service’ which took roughly 7 and a half hours.  The boat which I sailed on was ‘MV Clansman’

 

The first picture from this trip comes from passing Eilean Musdile Lighthouse whilst looking towards the Scottish Mainland and Loch Linnhe;

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The next image comes from passing through the ‘Sound of Mull’ with the mainland coming from the left and the Isle of Mull just seen on the right;

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The first stop of the day was at Coll which is an island with a population of around 150, the picture here was taken on board the boat whilst it was loading at the port with the water showing various different colours.  The main island of Coll was behind where the picture was taken;

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The next stop was at Tiree with this picture looking into the ‘harbour’ of the island and across part of the island;

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Heading back to Oban, I took this picture not long before the sun started to set looking towards the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean;

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The final image from this trip comes from passing back through the Sound of Mull at sunset as the sun begins to dip behind the Isle of Mull itself;

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These are only a few of the 300 or so pictures I took from this small trip, the next plan for a trip like this would be to get off the ferry and go onto these small islands to explore them.

Glasgow by Day

Following on from the Glasgow By Night post a few months ago I’ve decided to put together a collection of pictures from around Glasgow that were taken during the day.

The first image was taken from the Squinty Bridge (Clyde Arc) looking over the River Clyde to the Finnieston Crane, SSE Hydro and Armadillo on a sunny afternoon in the late autumn:

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Further down the River Clyde crossing the Glasgow/South Portland Street Suspension Bridge looking towards the St. Enoch shopping centre while heading into Glasgow’s City Centre:

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A good place to visit more some good views in Glasgow is the Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane with a viewing platform which allows you to see across and beyond Glasgow.  This particular image is taken looking towards the Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow Caledonian University and City of Glasgow college with the ‘People Make Glasgow’ logo also in sight:

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Back down to the River Clyde which is very still while reflecting the various buildings and bridges around on a clear September morning:

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The final image taken not far from Glasgow City Centre is the pond at the Rouken Glen Park which again giving reflections on another sunny day:

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Latest Lot of Landscapes

Some landscape pictures from the last month or so that I have taken round various parts of Scotland.

The first picture comes from Talla Reservoir in the Scottish Borders on a dull evening:

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A few days later we see the sun setting over Broadwood Loch in Cumbernauld with the light reflecting off the water:

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The next landscape shot comes from another loch, this time we’re at Loch Lubnaig just north of Callander shortly before the rain arrived with more reflections of the scenic landscape on the loch:

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As the sun rises behind the clouds, we take a look up the road towards the Lecht Ski Centre in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands:

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Finally, staying in the Scottish Highlands at the Rest and Be Thankful between Arrochar and Inveraray on typically cloudy and wet Scottish day:

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Ferrari 70th Anniversary Festival

For the 70th anniversary of ‘Ferrari’ and the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari Owner’s Club, the Knockhill Racing Circuit held a festival for the brand with Ferrari’s from various decades being put on display with others being taken around the track by their owners plus Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic Series qualifying on the track on what was a rather dull and wet Saturday.

Below we have the Ferrari F50, La Ferrari and Enzo parked next to each other each gathering some of the crowds;

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Due to the weather there I didn’t get many picture of the Ferrari’s out on the track but here are some of the attempts I made;

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As well as photography with some of the cars I also filmed some of the cars round the track including over 50 Ferrari’s doing a parade lap round the track:

Good Views are not too far away…

Rather than a 90 minute or so drive to the Scottish Highlands this one roughly only took 20 minutes to the Campsie Fells at Lennoxtown before some “hill walking”.  So after a 20 minute climb from the car park on one of the best days of the year for weather I reached what a the ‘summit’ marked out by a pile of stone.

At the top there were good views all around looking into the Campsie Fells, Cumbernauld and Glasgow.

For the picture I took I went down another part of the hill to get a better position to avoid having lots of hills in the one shot.

Below we have a view looking over Lennoxtown with the city of Glasgow in the background:

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And the looking towards the east towards Cumbernauld with Lennoxtown in the foreground again with the moon also in the sky:

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These views were better than what I initially expected, after all I thought it was only a short 5 minute climb to a good view point but I didn’t quite get that one right which also meant I was quite expecting the size of the drop in which these pictures emphasize.