Saturday, May 23, 2015


Don't tell me we have not got classy architecture - if you call Brutalism classy that is.

Waiting for the bus at a church in Tolsta

Friday, May 22, 2015

One mad dog

I know Boysie. He slobbers over me from time to time and it's not very easy to stop him doing so. But he makes a fine portrait.

I had a Pentax Espio Mini with me and it seemed to do the job.

There he is, Boysie the Great Dane with Chris his plaything!

I think I prefer cats.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A binscape with smudge and related development information which may or may be useful.

Bin Scape with big thing in background [and smudge].

Not sure how that happened but the Castle seemed to loom there. The smudge came from goodness knows where - which is a bit unfair as the old place is looking spick and span in and out these days.

I'd sloshed the film - Foma400 rated at 200 -in Rodinal 1 :50 which seems to work ok although without the sharpness of Tmax400 for example but a lot less cost. Been trying Tmax developer with Foma400 and recently was hoping to use Firstcall developer too - but can't find any suitable times. Maybe I might wing it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


This was me yesterday. I'd been getting ready to go out to meet my dear Eve for our annual savoury cream tea picnic harbour-side in memoriam of my late mum. The camera was there sitting on the table side. I took a snap [developed the film quickly] and went out. This is what that snap looks like. I rather like it. Captured the essence of my personality and possibly the personality of my essence too.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Found this lively Glaswegian trying to grab an electronic facsimile of a pile of old stones the other day. Whilst he was awaiting peeps to get out of his shot I was waiting for the flippin stones to get out of mine.

Nice chap mind. The stone is to your left!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Maybe I will

My reader asked me about my darkroom and the extensive facilities I have here on the island for developing and sometimes printing films. Well, it's the old peat shed next to the house that also houses the bikes. Only thing, when I go in there to snap it up for you it's always dark. Funny that. So you'll have to make do with a couple of snaps of Mr Toots who is always sometimes full of brightness.

See, the great man almost smiled as he stood leaning against the rubbish thing at Carloway harbour. Almost. Can't blame him really, I hate having my snap taken even if it is a wonderful style and by a lovely photographer [blushing now :-) ]. Mr Toots told me some tale about the railway planned by Lord Leverhulme to transport fish from this his new harbour to Stornoway. As if!

Perhaps it was because I caught him red handed trying to quickly hide the newly baked cakes as I arrived the other day, Pentax-P30 in hand and everything.  Nice light bouncing off his not so bald head though.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tuft of grassy stuff

This tuft of stuff - all greenish and waving in the wind down there by that pier that lives in Bayble - stood still long enough for me to make a portrait of it. The road is nice, it likes to show you the pier.