Black and White Spring

From a quick walk, Spring is truly here but instead of focussing on colours I wanted to expose the textures in these flowers using high contrast black and white. I’ll publish the colour versions shortly.

Monochrome Monikie Reservoir

A black and white photograph of the reservoir at Monikie Country Park in Scotland. Long exposure just after sunset. The sun had set behind the small island to the center right of the image and with heavy clouds in the sky I decided that a long exposure would do this scene justice.

Because the reservoir is so high above sea level you can get some amazing sunsets and sunrises here.

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal. Always looks small in most photographs, but when you have people in there for scale you can see just how massive it is. I took this almost 6 years ago. Hopefully it won’t be another 6 before I visit again.

Caird Hall

Walked past the Caird Hall in Dundee today.

The city square is looking great these days.

The place will be buzzing in the summertime.


This is a photography from 2011. 3 years ago. I’ve always liked this photography but I’m not sure I’ve ever posted it before. It was pretty cold though not as cold as the winter of 2010 when Dundee practically froze. But I’ve yet to see this place covered in snow. I can imagine that it would look pretty special but it’s never happened when I’ve been able to get there. Still we have no snow this winter and I’m hoping we’ll get some, especially since the temperature merits it!

How to Develop Your Own 35mm and 120 Black and White film

With the emergence of mobile phone photography, digital SLRs and phone apps the art of film photography is going through a bit of a resurgence lately… a bit like vinyl records. I’ve been capturing images with my phone almost as much as my dedicated camera and one of the things you notice most about the photography apps is nearly all of them offer some sort of filter. Most of those filters are based on film formats from years gone by. The problem with the filters is that though they might improve your image, and in some cases completely ruin them, they don’t offer the same experience as shooting film did.

One of the reasons I started shooting film is because I felt I was missing out on 50% of the fun, the experience of using film cameras, and so I wanted a way to do that in a way that was accessible and cost effective. Developing your own black and white film is a good way to do this. There are so many cameras out there that shoot 35mm and 120 each of which has it’s own style and personality which is embedded in the finished image. Ranging from ‘toy’ cameras like the Holga and Diana cameras to the more expensive Bronica, Hasselblad and Mamiya medium format cameras there is something for every one at every entry level.

I wanted to write a guide that would encompass some of the main aspects of shooting and developing black and white film because I remember when I was beginning I had many questions and found the answers scattered across the web and I want to compile those answers in a nice friendly article that my friends and anyone else interested can use to get their feet wet, so to speak.


Bow Fiddle Rock


The Rowan Gorilla VII and the Stars

The Rowan Gorilla VII

Kinnoull Hill Above the Clouds in Black and White

Kinnoull Hill is a hill located in Perth, Scotland.

From the hill’s 222m south-facing cliff summit, views are afforded of the River Tay, the Friarton Bridge, and a stretch of theTay Coast railway line. Further to the south, Moncrieffe Hill can be seen.

On an outcrop a few hundred yards to the east of — but visible from — the summit is Kinnoull Tower. Built in 1829 by Lord Grey of Kinfauns as a romantic folly, the tower, along with nearby Binn Tower, originally used as an observatory by Grey, are meant to resemble the castles on the Rhine in Germany as Grey saw a great similarity between the River Tay and parts of the Rhine. The tower is easily accessible via a footpath.