Glasgow Streets

Glasgow Streets

We took a quick trip over to Scotland to see the daughter and headed into Glasgow for the Christmas markets. Have to say I love Glasgow. It’s one heck of a vibrant city but we didn’t have a lot of time in there on this trip. I was fascinated by this busker who dressed as Slash, played Slash tunes but only to the photo in the shop window! No wonder his guitar case was empty!

Busker on Buchanan Street Glasgow

Slash playing to the crowds

The Christmas markets were a bit on the small side but mad busy!

Busy at the Glasgow Christmas Markets

Busy at the Glasgow Christmas Markets

Of course there was always time for some Social Media………

Status Update at the Glasgow Christmas markets

Status Update at the Glasgow Christmas markets

 

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Cops and Monsters

Cops and Monsters?

Ok, so what has cops and monsters got to do with photography?  Well nothing TBH, at least not directly other than me taking photos at the première of Episode 0.5 of this supernatural series.

Little bit of background required here. Once upon a time there was these three men……..(private joke). On a more serious note, No. 1 daughter moved to Glasgow to pursue a career in meeja having done her Masters in Maynooth.  After many job applications she eventually hooked up with a very talented young man by the name of Fraser Coull and landed the job of Producer for a new Sci-Fi/Supernatural series called, you guessed, Cops and Monsters! So they duly filmed a minisode or as they call it, Episode 0.5, back in January and the première of the minisode took place in Nottingham on March 16th.

Of course it wasn’t just your normal launch (whatever that might be), no, this launch was part of EM-Con, the East Midlands Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention and they were in good company. Dr. Who, Game of Throne and Red Dwarf no less. The launch took the format of a Q & A session after the screening to a large crowd.

cops and monsters Q&A

Q & A session for the crew

So at this stage you want to see what all the fuss was about, so here is Episode 0.5 of Cops & Monsters.

Next project for the summer is to film six full episodes and it seems they have some major names lined up already so really looking forward to this and as they say, watch this space!

Speaking of space, and getting back to some photos. What’s the best way to clear a crowded hall after the aforementioned Q&A? Well you call in the Storm Troopers of course!

Storm trooper in hall

Quickest way to clear a hall…..

Because there were so many big names at the convention, security was tight as you might expect. This lady was trying to get in to see the Cops & Monsters launch but the SWAT guys were having none of it………

Woman in blue wig with SWAT team

No entry……

I mentioned big names earlier, and there was loads of stars from the Movie and TV world including Andrew Shim. Now you may not know Andrew but he starred in one of the best British films ever made – This is England. It’s up there as one of my favourite movies and of course is also one of Emer’s . In fact she used it as part of her thesis when doing her degree so she was delighted to meet him get her pic taken with him. He’s a really nice bloke and had no problem posing for a shot – unlike some of the other “stars”, but that’s for another blog post……

Emer O'Donovan and Andrew Shim

The Producer and the Actor

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Edinburgh

Scotts Tower Edinburgh Scotland

Towards the Tower

Just a few shots from our trip to Edinburgh a couple of weeks back. We didn’t get to spend a huge amount of time in this beautiful city, partly because we were late leaving Glasgow and we got stuck in one of those awful traffic jams on the motorway. So by the time we actually got there, found parking and had something to eat there wasn’t enough hours left in the day to see more of it. We set off along Rose Street which is full of little shops, food and beer places. Rose Street runs parallel to the main drag, Princes Street and when we popped out at this junction there was the magnificent Scotts Tower at the end of the street. On further investigation it turns out you can climb up the 287 steps right the way to the top – all for the princely sum of £3. Of course me being afraid of heights I had to do it and Lorraine being afraid of heights, she was staying on terra firma!

View over Edinburgh from Scotts Tower

Across the city

It’s one hell of a climb up the spiral steps but thankfully it’s broken into four sections each with it’s own viewing balcony and a chance to take a breath.  Looking West over the train station you can see right across the Firth of Forth with Arthur’s Seat just beyond the city. Spectacular views on a clear day – as long as you don’t look down!

Looking down from Scotts Monument

Don’t look down!

That little red down down below is Lorraine who not only wouldn’t go up, but couldn’t even look up without getting dizzy. Over to the right was Edinburgh Castle which because of time constraints we didn’t get to visit. I also couldn’t shoot it from the top of the tower because the sun was too strong and was shining straight into the lens. This was while the rest of the UK was covered in snow and Ireland was getting washed away by storms. But no trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a shot of the castle, so here it is.

Silhouette of Edinburgh Castle

Leaving Edinburgh

So that was our short but interesting visit to Edinburgh. Oh, and did I mention the million quid? We got to see a real live £1,000,000 in cash. In fact we got to see two of them! 50,000 £20 notes in a glass box in a museum. Very cool.

More from Edinburgh over on Pix.ie

 

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Going Down

Boat partially sunk in Loch Lomond

Dive..dive…dive…..

So I’m sitting here processing a few photos from Loch Lomond with my music playing loudly in the background and what comes on only Dido and White Flag.

“I will go down with this ship 
And I won’t put my hands up and surrender 
There will be no white flag above my door 
I’m in love and always will be

How apt is that? So this has to be the photo for this post from the beautiful Loch Lomond.

Few more over on Pix.ie

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Hogsmeade

Tightly packed houses in Edinburgh

Harry Potter springs to mind

Ok, I know it looks nothing like Hogsmeade but all I could think of was Harry Potter and Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade and lots of wizardry things.

Taken from the top of Scott’s Tower in Edinburgh looking down on the city and it’s myriad of cut stone houses with their tall chimneys.

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When in Scotland

Glengoyne Distillery Scotland

Whisky place

No visit to Scotland is complete without the compulsory visit to a whisky distillery so while there last week we did our bit for Scottish tourism. Not too far north of Glasgow is the Glengoyne Distillery set in the picturesque foothills of the Highlands. Apparently they’ve been making whisky (without the E) for about 200 years and legally since 1833.

Man pouring whisky

The important bit

Enough about the distillery, on to the important part of the tour which of course is tasting the stuff. We started off by having a wee dram of 12 year old single malt which was very nice – despite being about 58% proof! You could pick up a bottle for about £38 which was dear enough until you saw some of the other bottles on sale!

£175 bottle of scotch whisky

A snip at £175

Now this one at only €175 was pricey enough until I spotted the 40 year old for a mere £3750. I’m not talking about a woman here, just a bottle of whisky! Think I’d like to try it before buying it………

Smelling a glass of scotch whisky

Get your nose in there

No he wasn’t trying the dear one. Not sure which one it was but he seemed to be enjoying it’s aroma. All in all a very pleasant way to spend a few hours so if you’re ever up that way call in. Rest of the set on Pix.ie

 

 

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It’s behind you

Woman on subway platform

She’s going the wrong way…

Glasgow is blessed with a neat subway system that basically runs in a big circle around the city. There is an inner circle running in one direction and an outer circle running in the other. How simple is that? No need for junctions or crossings or points or waiting for other trains to move. One ticket gets you to anywhere on the line and it’s pretty cheap at only £1.40 – LUAS take note.

 

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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Scotland

Well if herself can get a TOTD over on Pix.ie with a shot of Loch Lomond, I’m not going to be left out!

Here’s my one and only landscape from our trip to Scotland and what a lovely place to take it. Loch Lomond is a beautiful place but unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time to see it. We left Glasgow in glorious sunshine and drove the few miles up to the Loch. By the time we got there it was 3° and pelting sleet, so between sheltering in the car and shopping in the visitor centre, we didn’t get to see much of the Loch. When the rain did stop and the late evening sun peeped through, it lit up the distant snow capped mountains beautifully. We made a mad dash for the cameras and fired off a few shots with whatever lenses happened to be on them. Lorraine had the 70-200 on hers so she got a bit closer to the distant mountains and I had her 24-70 on my camera, hence the wider shot.

So that’s me and landscapes done for another year. My only regret is we had no swans in the foreground……….

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Social media is a dinosaur

Two men on their phones with a dinosaur between them

No bones about social media

Just back from a few days in Glasgow. What a beautiful city with gorgeous stone buildings and none more so than Glasgow University and it’s lovely museum. Of course the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery is even nicer but that’s for another post. The Hunterian museum in the University is small but has some fantastic interactive exhibits relating to the scientific works of James Watts and Lord Kelvin. Lots of buttons to press and wheels to turn to see their experiments come to life. While browsing the upper gallery of the exhibition I spotted these two chaps below me sitting on either side of a dinosaur – well his bones. Both chaps were engrossed in their devices while T-Rex himself looked on in despair. With the dinosaur between the two lads,  I thought the shot might just suit the current monthly challenge on Pix.ie – Between,  so it’s up there and the rest of the set can be seen in my Glasgow album, also on Pix.ie

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Loch Rannoch, Scotland in January

I haven’t posted any photos for a while. Just going through some of my shots of a trip to Scotland during all the snow in January, and thought I’d post a couple of them up here to share.

View of Loch Rannoch

This is a willow tree outside our apartment looking out over Loch Rannoch… real winter wonderland stuff.

Schiehallion, Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire, Scotland

…and this is a shot of Schiehallion taken from the banks of Loch Rannoch early one morning. It was the only day we saw the mountain; for the rest of our trip it was shrouded with low cloud.

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